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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Abhishek

2021-12-12 09:22:51

Which are the colleges for PhD in homeopathy in Maharashtra?

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Dr Uma Sinha

Scholar-Level 16

3 days ago

You can consider following colleges:
Sonajirao Kshirsagar Homoeopathic Medical College
Bharati Vidyapeeth Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune.

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Divya Jeon

2022-02-27 12:05:39

I have done BHMS. Can I get admission in MA psychology in this college?

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Shubhangi Mahajan

2022-02-07 18:31:34

I want to know about the fee structure at IBAM Kolkata for MD in Alternative Medicine (Part-Time).

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3 weeks ago

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Sabil ahmed

2022-01-20 13:37:24

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.U.M.S. in Unani Medicine at Aligarh Muslim University ?

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Nikita Sharma

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

For admission at Aligarh Muslim University for B.U.M.S course you must have score good rank in NEET.

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Swapnil Kale

2022-01-05 14:26:08

After one year of B.A. MS or BHMS can we do an MBBS?

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Moumita Mukherjee

Beginner-Level 3

a month ago

Yes of course you can do MBBS after one year of BHMS. Some people get their MBBS degree after completing B.Sc. So why won't you take your dream degree after one year of BHMS.

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hitesh parmar

2022-01-18 12:56:40

Please provide information about Global Ayurved College, Rajkot.

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kirti Gupta

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

Hello hitesh, The Global Ayurved Institute in Rajkot have well-equipped educational laboratories and ayurvedic departments with various charts, models and the latest instruments for practical and dissections. Institutes library consist more than 7000 ayurvedic and modern book along with journals ...Hello hitesh, The Global Ayurved Institute in Rajkot have well-equipped educational laboratories and ayurvedic departments with various charts, models and the latest instruments for practical and dissections. Institutes library consist more than 7000 ayurvedic and modern book along with journals and magazines. The institute has separate hostel for boys and girls with a total capacity of 160 beds. Global Institute of Ayurveda has total 5 number of laboratories. As a prominent contributor in education, The institute strive to craft globally responsible citizens and outstanding professionals, exhibiting their intellect and excellence stimulating an epoch of a sustainable planet. For further information you can visit the following Shiksha link:-
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Iqra

2022-01-16 23:44:27

I want to know about the fee structure at Aligarh Muslim University for BUMS - Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery.

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KUSHAGRA VERMA

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

It's 5 years and 6 months course and it's total fee around Rs 47000

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Royal jaya Simha

2022-01-13 18:02:02

I got 240 marks in NEET 2021 can I get BHMS free seat?

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Vipin Bihari Yadav

Guide-Level 12

a month ago

Hii, You should have maintained a score above 550 to be on the safer side. You cannot get into any medical college with this mark. Thanks.

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Dileep

2021-12-10 20:13:06

How to get admission for B.A. MS or BHMS in IGNOU University?

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Vasu Gupta

Contributor-Level 7

a month ago

Apply online from their website from admissions section.

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Pradnya Vijayanand Baladhye

2021-12-27 18:22:50

I scored 153 marks in NEET and my category is sc. Can I get any of BHMS college?

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Hrishabh Sahu

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

Hi Pradnya
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Vipin Bihari Yadav

Guide-Level 12

2 months ago

Yes, your marks are enough but only for the private college not for the government colleges. You can't get government seat in this marks. Thanks.

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Pruthvi Wawlkar

2021-12-25 22:21:37

After completing BHMS degree. Will I be eligible to get in M.sc 2nd year directly? No need to do 1st year of M.Sc?

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Nikita Sharma

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

No, it won't be possible.

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Nazz

2021-12-27 21:16:06

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery BHMS at Parul University.

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Nikita Sharma

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

Parul University BHMS admission is based on a valid score in NEET UG. The rank of a candidate in GUJCET after which no admissions are allowed in a branch is the cutoff for the courses offered at the university. It is known as Parul University cutoff. For an institute/university, cutoff ranks vary...Parul University BHMS admission is based on a valid score in NEET UG. The rank of a candidate in GUJCET after which no admissions are allowed in a branch is the cutoff for the courses offered at the university. It is known as Parul University cutoff. For an institute/university, cutoff ranks vary from course to course. A candidate needs to secure the rank in the GUJCET above the cutoff to secure admission at the institute. The exam conducting authority releases the GUJCET cutoff for the Parul University and other institutes on its official website in the form of opening and closing ranks. The authority releases course-wise, category-wise and gender-wise cutoff ranks for any stream in an institute. All the information relating to cut off and previous years cutoff is given here:
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Prince Kumar

2021-12-27 11:03:17

When will admission process start at Bakson homoeopathic medical College?

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Vipin Bihari Yadav

Guide-Level 12

2 months ago

Candidates who wish to apply for BHMS and MD programs can do so in offline mode. They must follow the subsequent steps to apply:Visit the official website of Bakson Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital. Click on online application form. Fill the form correctly and click on Submit button. Take...Candidates who wish to apply for BHMS and MD programs can do so in offline mode. They must follow the subsequent steps to apply:
Visit the official website of Bakson Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital. Click on online application form. Fill the form correctly and click on Submit button. Take a printout of the same. Send the form along with a DD of INR 1050 drawn in favor of Bakson Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, payable at New Delhi along with other required documents to:
college follows a criteria of entrance examination for taking admissions into the college programs, all the admissions in the college is done by the entrance test conducted by the college. After clearance of the test your previous year qualification marks are taken into consideration after that you will be called for counselling and take admissions into the college.

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Sumit Bhardwaj

2021-12-26 23:06:32

Which are the colleges offering Diploma in chiropractic?

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Vipin Bihari Yadav

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2 months ago

AIIMS Delhi - All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. Christian Medical College, Vellore. National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences.

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Punam

2021-12-23 15:01:53

I want to know the stipend of BHU PG ayurved students and their placement process.

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kirti Gupta

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

BHU offers Somewhere Around 50,000/month With All allowances to MD/MS students of Ayurveda.

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2021-12-16 07:32:18

I have scored 283 in NEET. Which are the top colleges in India for BHMS?

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Hrishabh Sahu

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

Just go through this link and fill out the required details:
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