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Career in Ayurveda

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The word ‘Ayurveda’ literally means ‘science of life’. This five millennium old system of medicine is often said to be the precursor to all modern medicine. Very comprehensively recorded in the ancient Vedic texts, it’s centralized around healing, prevention of illness and anti-aging.

The practice functions on the theory of ‘Tridosha’ that all life can be expressed in terms of the primary elements of air, fire and water; and that it is the imbalance of these elements that brings about illness. To restore these balances, Ayurveda has developed several natural therapies that such as nutrition plans, massage, exercise(yoga), aromatherapy, color therapy, music, meditation and ethical living.

The demand for Ayurveda jobs has skyrocketed over the last century, and so Indian schools of medicine and other institutes find themselves catering to this burgeoning market of students at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (B.A.M.S)

A B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery) degree course takes about a five and a half years to complete, followed by a year of internship. Pre-requisites to the course include a 10 + 2 background in Sanskrit and/or science. Diploma courses of about a year or two are also available to matriculated candidates.Like many other undergraduate and graduate courses, entrance into the course can be based on a merit examination.

During the BAMS course, a student can opt for any one or a combination of seventeen specialisations such as:-

    • pharmacist
    • surgeon
    • dieticians
    • gynaecologist
    • teacher
    • panchkarma practitioner

An undergraduate degree can be followed up with a three year M.D (Doctor of Medicine) or an M.S (Master of Surgery) in Ayurveda. M.B.B.S graduates with an internship under their belt can avail this option too.

Ayurveda Jobs

Like any other scientific field, there is intensive research and development work in Ayurvedic practices. The Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS), supervised by the government, is always on the lookout for fresh specialists who may bring this science forward in its various fundamentals and applications.

There are a any number of Ayurvedic hospitals, clinics and medical centers around the country, run by both government and private institutions, founded on Ayurveda; jobs as doctors and surgeons are plentiful. A third option is to gain employment as a teacher/professor in the very institutes that impart Ayurvedic knowledge.

If you’re not comfortable with institutionalized settings, there is a great demand for Ayurvedic clinics everywhere; a private Ayurvedic centre in a populated neighborhood can be a very lucrative business.

B.A.M.S Salary in India

The remuneration of an Ayurvedic doctor appointed in government hospital/department is similar to that of homeopathic doctor. The gross salary varies between Rs.10, 000 – Rs.15, 000. In private practice the earning is more and depends totally on the effort put into action. Private sector hospitals and nursing homes have tremendous openings for Ayurveda professionals who offer excellent pay-packages.

As Ayurveda system of medicine is becoming more popular in foreign countries, the demand for trained professionals in this field is also increasing. Hence graduates can also dream for a professional career abroad where the remuneration will be beyond expectations.

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