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Alternative Medicine


Do you often get interested to know how warriors in ancient times survived the deadly war-wounds or how did people in early times receive treatments for critical health problems? Do you often feel that urge to learn and acquire the mastery of Charaka and Susruta? Well, then why not turn your urge into an interesting career in alternative medicine? A stark contrast to allopathy, alternative medicine is a branch of treatment, which dates back to the historic times and combines both science and philosophy in its course. Instead of synthetic drugs, it relies upon complex systems of healthcare processes, with the use of herbs, diet, exercise and aim at the improvement of the internal health.

Some of the popular Alternative medicine practice are:

· Ayurveda

· Siddha

· Unani

· Reiki

· Yoga

· Homeopathy

In all of these alternative medicinal practices, the diagnostic and healing processes are often quite long, involving question answer sessions between the patient and the practitioner.

Now, if that sounds really intriguing to you and you have made up your mind to learn these ancient skills, you may choose to delve into any one of the above and well etch out an off-beat yet unusually interesting vocation for yourself!

Eligibility Criteria

If you are passionate about a career in alternative medicine, you ought to be a good listener, excellent observer, must possess the sound ability to interpret information and must have interest in people and life in general. But above all, you must be a lover of healthy lifestyle yourself, as it is said “you must practice what you preach”! Knowledge of Sanskrit is advantageous if you are willing to take up Ayurveda, for the much of the celebrated texts on the subject are written in Sanskrit. Though translated books may be procured, isn’t it more pleasurable to read something with all its originality? Similarly, for those of you, keen on pursuing Unani, knowledge of Urdu is necessary.

In order to get admission to alternative medical courses, such as Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) and Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), you must have Physics, Chemistry and Biology in your Plus Two. Admission may be on the basis of Plus Two exam marks or through entrance examination.

Career Prospects

Practitioners of Ayurveda/ Siddha/ Unani can get placements at Ayurvedic/ Unani Medical Colleges and hospitals. For candidates willing to pursue higher studies in the field may go for post-graduation. Both Ayurveda as well as Unani offer various specializations at post-graduation level. If you are a post-graduate, you may opt for teaching. The recent revival of interest in alternative medicine has opened up scopes for practitioners willing to do private practice. Entrepreneurship in the field of ayurvedic medicine manufacture might also be profitable, keeping in mind the increasing faith in alternative medicine.


There is no fixed earning for individual practitioners and entrepreneurs, whereas those employed at the Ayurvedic/ Unani Medical Colleges and hospitals draw salaries as per the norms of the institutes.



Are you looking for a career in alternative medicine but still not convinced about the credibility of Ayurveda and the Unani? Do not lose your heart. You have yet another option ahead of you – homeopathy. Pioneered by the 19th century German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy has come up as a strong alternative to allopathy, assuring safe remedies with almost zero side-effects. It owes it origin to the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, whose understanding of disease and how it affect human body form the backbone of this branch of medicine.

In contrast to allopathy, homeopathic treatment involves minimal medication and no surgical intervention. Any homeopathic physician must study the case history of the patient thoroughly in the process of diagnosis. This requires a homeopathic doctor to be a person of good mental ability with an aptitude to think logically.

With more and more people resorting to alternative medical treatments nowadays, there lies bright prospect for you, if you are willing to take up homeopathy as your vocation. Private consulting seems a good option if homeopathic practitioner and experience adds a lot of advantage and credibility to it. With the emergence of enterprises such as Hahnemann’s Laboratory, Dr Batra’s, Dr Paul’s, the world of homeopathy has attained a new dimension and attracted people’s attention like never before. So, once you have gathered experience in the field, you may well try your hand at entrepreneurship and add to the industry of homeopathy.

Institutes :

B Roy State Ayurved Medical College

RD Street, Kolkata – 700 004, Phone: 033-25565761, 25545418/ 5362

Government Ayurvedic College

Jakulbari, Guwahati – 781 014, Phone: 0361-2570455

Assam Government Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital

Mull Singh Road, Lakhingar, P.O. Haibergaon

Nagaon, Guwahati – 782 002, Assam, Phone-0361-2570455

Salfia Unani Medical College

Darbhanga – 846001, Bihar, Phone-06272-34181

Bengal Homo. J Medical College and Hospital

Ismile, Asansol PO- 713301, Phone-341-3297389, 2257199/198

Kolkata Homeo Medical College

265/66, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road,Kolkata- 700046

National Institute of Homeopathy, Block BE, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700091

Indian Board of Alternative Medicines

80 Chowringhee Road, Calcutta, West Bengal- 700 020, India

Phone :  2287 0157/2476 9361, 033- 2287 0157/2476 9361

91-9830150844 / 0091-33-2287 0157/ 0091-33-2476 9361


School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma

Mascot Beach Resort, Near Baby Beach, Burnassery

Kannur (District) , Kerala (State), South India – 670013

Phone:  +91 98952 68511,

Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital

B’-block, Defence Colony, New Delhi-110024
Phone – +91-11-24334226/24334228/24334225, Website:

Yoga Vidya Gurukul

“Vishwa Yoga Darshan” Talwade, Taluka -Trimbak, District – Nasik, Maharashtra, India, Phone : +91-253-2318090 or +91-9822770727

Email:- or


National Institute Of Unani Medicine

Kottigepalya, Magadi Main Road, Bangalore : 560091

Karnataka, INDIA, Phone: 080-23584260, Tele Fax : 080-23584180


Reiki India

Reiki House, 35-T,Sector-8, Jasola Vihar, N. Delhi-11OO25, India

Phone: +91-11-40505803 Mobile: 9811740203, Email: