Due to its zero side effects, cheapness than the contemporaries and no obligation of animal testing, Ayurveda has garnered tremendous popularity in both India as well as abroad and is experiencing an unprecedented attention by the government for creating a global market in this field. The treatment herein is not only authentic but also holistic. Especially due to the increasing network of Ayurvedic health resorts and spas in places like Kerala and Rishikesh, India is becoming a hub again for medical tourism. This fact was further reiterated by the recent Global Ayurveda Summit at Kozhikode, Kerala turning out to be a huge success in terms of the participation of 5000 delegates coming from both India as well as abroad.
The present article aims to provide all the required details about Ayurveda and explores the prospect of Ayurveda physician as a career profile.
Job profile for an Ayurveda Doctor/Physician
Unlike their contemporary counterparts from Allopathic or Homeopathic schools of medicine, the Ayurvedic physician diagnoses by the imbalance of doshas (Vata, pitta and Kapha) and do subscribe to the idea that any ailment is caused just by the imbalance of one or more of these doshas and can be cured accordingly. Ayurvedic physicians have their own diagnostic methods and the treatment is based on totally scientifically laid facts allowing it to thrive still in the jet era.
What are the Qualifications requisites for becoming an Ayurveda Physician?
Apart from the obvious PCB background up to +2, one has to opt for the course in Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery or the acronym BAMS at the undergraduate level. The course duration is 5 years and 6 months. The other relevant courses of interest are:
- Diploma in Ayurvedic Pharmacy (D.Pharma), 2 years duration
- Bachelor in Ayurvedic pharmacy (B.Pharma), 4 years duration
- Master in Ayurvedic pharmacy (M.Pharma), 2 years duration
- Master of science in Medicinal Plants, M.Sc 2 year duration
- The last 3 are the hallmark courses of the Gujarat Ayurvedic University, Jamnagar one of the premier in the country.
- G diploma in Ayurvedic drug standardization (offered at Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU)
For the said qualifications, there is a total of 150 undergraduate and 30 postgraduate degrees offering colleges in India. The premier ones being:
- Shri Dhanvantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh
- Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences
- Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar
- B Roy State Ayurvedic Medical college and hospital, Kolkata
- Institute of Medical Science (Ayurveda) BHU etc
This sector mainly sees opportunities floated by the government sectors where one works in the capacity of both a physician as well as a teacher. Apart from this, ambitious personnel also go on to practice medicine in private set up clinics. One may work as a sales executive at various Ayurvedic pharmaceutical companies, apart from these, there are ample chances of going abroad as the courses are in high demand at foreign universities. It is always advisable to undertake a parallel course in a foreign language as it increases the job prospects in the later case.
To conclude, it can be said that Ayurveda provides very enticing prospects in both India as well as abroad. If one has a penchant for completely holistic and a totally side effect free health care education, Ayurveda then is definitely his call!