How to become an Ayurvedic doctor in India

Many people in India have full faith on Ayurvedic treatment or other forms of alternative medicine. In this article, the author has discussed about study of Ayurved and career prospects of Ayurvedic physicians in the country.

India is a vast and populous country. Allopathic healthcare facilities have not reached every nook and corner of the country. So a large number of people do not have access to allopathic medicines or physicians. They depend upon Ayurvedic medicines. Moreover, some other people do not have any trust on allopathic medicines because of severe side effects. These people also depend upon Ayurvedic medicines or other alternate forms of medicine. Ayurvedic doctors are thus in great demand all over the country. In this article, we will discuss how a student can become an Ayurvedic practitioner in India.

Ayurvedic doctors develop various medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various diseases. Ayurveda treatment is based on the specific premise that our life is governed by five elements, viz., air, fire, water, space and earth. Ayurveda means knowledge of life. Thus the practitioners of Ayurveda treat patients with their knowledge of the life. With the change in living conditions and lifestyle alongwith high stress level, there has been a considerable increase in the diseases and ailments affecting the large population. To cure these types of ailments, Ayurvedic treatment is considered best. Besides, most of the Ayurvedic medicines have no or minimum side effects.

Education qualification for becoming Ayurvedic doctor

Interested candidates have to appear in the entrance tests conducted by the various state and independent bodies to admit candidates in various medical institutions attached with the body according to the rank of the candidates in the entrance examination. These entrance examinations are generally held in the month of May-June and consist of Objective type questions on English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. However, the number of questions and pattern may vary from examinations conducted in different states. The results of these examinations are generally declared by June-July of the same year.

After completing this four and half years of (BAMS) Degree course including six months compulsory training, a student can opt for some job in private or state run hospitals as junior doctor. Alternatively, such students can opt for private practice after obtaining the necessary affiliation with respective medical councils or can also opt for higher specialized studies in the chosen field.

Course content

During the four and a half years of BAMS course, a student has to study subjects like Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Dermatology, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Forensic Medicine, Toxicology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Botany, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrrics, Psychiatry, Surgery and subjects related to Ayurvedic medicine. In addition, a student has to undergo six months compulsory training.

Required skills to become an Ayurvedic doctor

  1. Ayurvedic doctors require a lot of hard work, dedication and zeal to serve the people.
  2. They should be disciplined, patient and committed to the patients.
  3. They must possess full knowledge of life cycle and anatomy of the body as this form of alternative treatment is fully based on it.
  4. They should have strong power of concentration, observation, caring nature, good communication and counseling skills.
  5. Candidates should have learnt Sanskrit as a subject and have good knowledge of it. In addition, knowledge of Botany is also essential.

Career prospects of Ayurvedic doctors

As already stated, there is vast scope for Ayurvedic doctors all over India. Moreover, Government of India and State Governments also appoint Ayurvedic doctors. In these cases, Ayurvedic doctors get equal scale as that of an Allopathic doctor. Such Ayurvedic doctors (appointed by Central Government and State Governments) also get Non Practicing Allowance (NPA) at the rate of 20 per cent. Nowadays, many corporate houses are also appointing Ayrvedic medical practitioners for the staff working in the organisations. So, if a student is interested to become an Ayurvedic doctor, he/she must appear in the admission test for admission in BAMS.

Article by Partha K.
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Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao17 May 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Good article. Ayurveda is the 5th Veda brought to the earth by, DHANVANTARI, the God of Ayurveda. There are many famous books in Sanskrit written about this type of treatment and medicines. Two books by name "Charaka Samhita " and "Susruta" are very famous and give the compositions of various ayurvedic medicines and their usefulness. Hence I feel an ayurvedic doctor should also learn Sanskrit. Read these books for a better understanding of the subject. Of course, this is not mandatory.

Author: Partha K.17 May 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

Dr. Rao: I have already mentioned in Para 6 of the article that Ayurved practitioners must learn Sanskrit. Charak-Sanhita and Sushrut-Sanhita are very famous treatises on Ayurvedic medicine and Ayurvedic surgery.

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