Updated on Jan 11, 2022 08:47 IST

Alternative medicine is a study of natural medical practices that makes use of ancient techniques to heal the body. It focuses on medical products and practices that are outside the conventional clinical care. Alternative medicine includes dietary supplements, vitamins, natural products, herbal recipes, massage therapy, magnet therapy, and spiritual healing. The effectiveness and scientific relevance of these systems of medicine make them a popular stream of study among young aspirants in India. Some of the popular alternative streams of medicine are Homeopathy, Unani, Ayurveda, and Naturopathy. There are a number of alternative medicine colleges in India offering the course at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Eligibility Criteria for Alternative Medicine

It is required by the candidate to complete regular 10+2 education in school with science as a major subject to take admission for Alternative medicine course. The rule applies for Diploma, Undergraduate and postgraduate courses. For admission into undergraduate degrees such as BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, BNYS, students should have more than 50% marks in Science stream (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology). Some of the Indian states have their entrance examinations and students are given admission based on their cut off marks in these entrance tests.  There are three postgraduate courses available as well, namely

  • MD (MD in homoeopathy, MD Ayurveda), etc.
  • Master’s degree program (Master of Naturopathy and Masters of yoga science
  • PG diploma certification (PG diploma in Alternative Medicine)

Required Skillset for the Course

Alternative medicine course demands its aspirants to have sound knowledge about the basic structure and the functioning of the human body. They should be able to find the problem and its origin exactly so as to suggest treatment modalities. They should have patience in treating the clients as the disease and wellness outcome takes longer than allopathic medicine. They should have high levels of empathy to understand the psychological trauma of the clients. Other general skill sets that are mandatory for a student of Alternative medicine are,

  • General proficiency in English
  • Ability to converse in an empathetic tone
  • Clarity of speech
  • Ability to explain the treatment modality and its outcome with clarity
  • Confidence
  • Good presentation skills
  • Follow strict aseptic protocols during treatment

Course Curriculum

The stream of Alternative medicine at the undergraduate level is divided into four streams namely Bachelor of alternative medicine and Surgery, Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery, Bachelor of Unani medicine and surgery and Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic science. The semester wise split-up of subjects for all these courses are as follows and the course duration for all these specialities is 5 years

Year of study

BAMS

BHMS

BUMS

BNYS

First-year

 

(1 ½ year)

History of Ayurveda

Principles of Homeopathic Philosophy and Psychology

History of Unani System

Biochemistry


 

Sanskrit and Samhita

Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology

Anatomy (Tashreef-ul-Badan)

 

Human Anatomy

 

Padartha Vigyana( ayurvedic philosophy)

Physiology Including Biochemistry

Physiology (Munafe-Ul-Aza)

Human Physiology

 

Rachna Sharira ( anatomy)(

Homeopathic pharmacy

Yoga

Philosophy of Nature Cure

 

Kriya Sharira ( physiology)

Homeopathic Material Medical

Pathology (Ilmul Amraz)

Principle of Yoga

 

 

 

Bedside Clinic (Sareeiyat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second-year ( 1 ½ year)

Pharmacology of Ayurveda

Pathology and Microbiology

Toxicology

Pathology and Microbiology

 

Material Medica of Ayurveda

Forensic medicine and toxicology

Medical ethics

Colour & Magnetotherapy 

 

Toxicology and Jurisprudence

Principles of Homeopathic Philosophy

Advanced yoga

Community Medicine

 

Pathology and pulse diagnosis

Homeopathic material medical

Social medicine and preventive

Basic Pharmacology

 

Personal and Social Hygiene including Dietetics

Surgery including EYE, ENT and Homeo Therapeutics

Medical Jurisprudence

Forensic Medicine & Toxicology

 

Charaka Samhita

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dissertation 1 and 2

Philosophy & Practice of Yoga

 

 

 

 

 

Final Professional year ( 1 ½ year)

General Medicine including Panchakarma, Rasayana, and Vajikarabna

The practice of Medicine and Homeo Therapeutics

Regimental Therapy

Naturopathic & Modern Diagnosis

 

General Surgery and Para Surgical Techniques

Surgery, ENT, Eye, and Dental

Gynaecology and Paediatrics

Psychology & Basic Psychiatry

 

ENT, Eye, and Dentistry

OBG and Infant Care

Advanced principles of Unani Medicine

Acupuncture, Acupressure, Reflexology, Reiki, & Pranic Healing

 

Gynaecology and Obstetrics

Homeopathic Materia Medical

ENT

Yoga & Physical Culture

 

Paediatrics

Organon of Medicine

Surgery

Nutrition & Herbology

 

Medical Ethics

 

 

Manipulative Therapies

 

Health Regulations

 

 

 

 

Yoga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final year

Dissertation

Practice Medicine and homeo Therapeutics

Dissertation

Yoga therapy

 

Internship

Homeopathic Materia Medical

Internship

Obstetrics & Gynecology

 

 

Repertory

 

Hydrotherapy & Mud Therapy

 

 

Community Medicine.

 

Fasting & Diet therapy

 

 

 

 

Clinical Naturopathy

 

 

 

 

Emergency Medicine, minor Surgery, and First Aid

 

 

 

 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

 

 

 

 

Research Methodology and Recent Advances

 

 

 

 

Hospital Management

After successful completion of the course, it is required by the graduates to complete one-year compulsory work in the stream of alternative medicine in a hospital, attached with a medical college or other approved hospitals. Such internship programs are called as compulsory Rotatory residential internship.

Specializations performed in the course

Higher education venues for Alternative medicine graduates

Job opportunities

Job titles these graduates can take after graduation

MD in Alternative Medicine

Teaching position in colleges of alternative medicine

Lecturer and Professor

Master’s   degree

Research institutes, clinics, hospitals( both government and private)

Therapist, Medical Practitioner

PG Diploma in Alternative Medicine

Medical Colleges

 

PH.D  in Alternative Medicine

Charitable Institutions

Scientist

 

Junior clinical trial coordinator

Pharmacist

 

Alternative medicine pharmaceutical companies

Public Health Specialist

 

Private practice

Independent Doctor

 

Government AYUSH centres

Consultant

 

SPA centres

SPA director

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Job Profile with Annual Salary for Alternative Medicine Graduates

Job Profile

Details

Average annual salary

General practitioner

Perform independent practice in government AYUSH centres and PHC’s.

INR 8-10 LPA

Private practice

Independent practitioner in Alternative Medicine hospitals and clinics

INR 4-8 LPA

Para clinic specialist

Head and co-ordinate Alternative Medicine Facilities

INR 6-7 LPA

Lecturer/ professor

Teach and train students in Alternative Medicine Colleges

INR 7-8 LPA

Spa head

Head and control massage centres, spa centres,

INR 7-10 LPA

Researcher

Perform research  in Alternative Medicine drugs and practice

INR 10-12 LPA

Top Recruiters for Alternative Medicine Professionals

These practitioners of Alternative medicine are in high demand in Government AYUSH centres and in alternative medicine wing of PHCs. They are also recruited by the government and private clinics, private agencies such as Patanjali, rehabilitation centres, Pharmaceutical industries such as Hamdard, life science industries, etc. Most of these graduates adapt to independent practice and start their own clinics and centres.

 

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The basic eligibility criteria to pursue a Diploma in homeopathy is passing Class 10 or 12 with a 50-55% aggregate score from a recognized board of education. The course duration ranges from 2 to 4 years and students are qualified for practicing homeopathic medicine to treat patients. Homeopathic...The basic eligibility criteria to pursue a Diploma in homeopathy is passing Class 10 or 12 with a 50-55% aggregate score from a recognized board of education. The course duration ranges from 2 to 4 years and students are qualified for practicing homeopathic medicine to treat patients. Homeopathic Pharmacy is a branch of study that deals with collecting, compounding, combining, preparing, preserving medicines and drugs based on homeopathic principles. It prepares medicines according to the prescription of the homeopathic physician. The course also embraces the professional and legal aspects and also deals with the proper distribution of drugs and medicines. Homeopathy Pharmacy is taught as one of the subjects in B.A. MS The graduates can specialize in it at the postgraduate level and also at the Ph.D. level. This course is also offered at the Certificate and Diploma level of study. The average duration of the programme is 2 -3 years. The course is usually offered by medical or homeopathy medical institutes. There are around 170 homeopathy colleges in India and admission is based on national level entrance tests. For Diploma courses, the candidates should have completed 10+2 with Science. They should have Biology as one of the subjects and should have a minimum aggregate of 50%. For master courses, they should have completed BHMS with a minimum aggregate of 50% from a recognized university. They should have professional experience with a registration Certificate from the homeopathic board or council. For doctorate courses, the candidates should have completed a postgraduate degree from a recognized university.

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Here is the list of few colleges-GD Memorial Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Patna- Dr RB Singh Gaya Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Gaya- Dr Yadubir Sinha Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Darbhanga- Halim Homeopathic Medical College, Darbhanga- Kent Homeopathic Me...Here is the list of few colleges-
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- Rameshwar Das Kedia Homeopathic Medical college and Hospital, Motihari
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Eligibility : Above High School/ Xth standard. / O level or Equivalent
Course duration : One year
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