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Ayurveda Scope And Career Opportunities

Choosing career as Ayur Veda The science of Life

In this high tech era, with the changing stagnant lifestyles, if you think you could make a difference or a constructive change in people’s life, and then choose Healing way of life to live life i.e, Ayurvedic Sciences.

September 24, 2021

By Tanu Kapoor

Career Expert & Blogger


Ayur-veda: The Science of Life, a connection to Innerself

Ayurveda is a classical Indian healing practice that involves maintaining balance in the body and mind through various whole-body treatments. Formal degree programs are available in India, but the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) also keeps a list of formal training and certification programs available in the States. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), there is currently no licensing requirements within the U.S. to regulate the use of Ayurvedic medicine, but there is data to support that several healthcare practitioners, such as midwives and massage therapists, pursue training in this field. There are other career paths for Ayurvedic practitioners, and individuals can find that information through such organizations as NAMA.

What is the concept of Ayurveda?

In Ayurvedic practices, treatment is specifically created for each person and will largely depend on the state of his or her dosha. In particular, an Ayurvedic practitioner will assess the composition of a person’s dosha and the illnesses he or she is experiencing. It is only then that the Ayurvedic practitioner will recommend a specific treatment for the illness or imbalance. Practitioners of Ayurveda believe that the manifestation of illness is not the same for all people, and that sickness will vary based on how their bodies manifest the symptoms.

In India, Vaidya or Doctor are viewed as some of the most respectable professionals. Young students often dream about becoming doctors. Every year, a huge number of scholars labor to secure admission in top-class medical institutions. Naturally, MBBS is the first qualification that comes to their minds when they hear the designation of "Doctor". So, it is simply because of lack of information about alternative medical degrees that many students wind up in an MBBS course. But if you explore a little more, you can find that there are numerous alternative courses like BAMS, BDS and BHMS, which can also promise a reputable and satisfying career. With the recent trends of Ayurveda therapies kicking in , BAMS can be the best alternative to choose from this list. So here's something to introduce you to this alternative medical course!

BAMS or Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery is a professional degree, especially intended to educate students about the framework of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of healing. After graduating from your Higher Secondary course with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, you would have to qualify the NEET selection test to be able to apply for BAMS. Typically, it is a 4.5-year educational program which is followed by an internship period of one year. Post the completion of your course, you will be well equipped with the detailed knowledge of Ayurvedic Samhitas, present-day medical practices and current demonstrative tests used for diagnosis too. Then as an Ayurvedic specialist you can try any of the following options for your future career:

Career options:

  • Clinical practice - you can start your own clinic or work under any senior doctor. Either BAMS or MD
  • Hospital - work in a hospital as a Medical Officer. There is an exam for govt hospitals
  • Consultancy - Be an ayurveda consultant in any panchkarma centre or Hospital. Usually MDs are preferred.
  • Research & Development - This is one of the growing areas in Ayurved field & a lot of pharma companies hire MD (Ayurveda) preferably in Rasashastra for Product development & Research. Great scope!
  • Academics - You can teach in an institute in your area of specialization. A PG degree is necessary.
  • Management & administration - You can do Hospital management after BAMS. And if you are good at it, you can do great.
  • Drug Manufacturing

According to the World’s Largest Market Research Store, the Ayurveda market in India was valued at INR 300 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach INR 710.87 billion by 2024, expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of ~16.06% . Thus, there is tremendous carrier scope for the program and its knowledge and practical experience to be employed in varied relevant verticals in the upcoming days.

BAMS as a Career in India has shifted, altered and gained in importance, as it rides on the growing interest wave across policy corridors and amidst consumers in India. Did you know the consumption of Ayurvedic products constitutes for more than 41 percent of the personal care market in India? “The time to pursue the study of Ayurvedic system of medicine has never been better. There is a positive environment for the subject across the country. Earlier wariness and suspicion of patients is rehabilitating into prompt adoption. The change in environment is well supported by the government’s efforts of employing veterans with knowledge of Ayurveda.

Is Ayurveda Art or Science?

Both an art and a science, one of mankind's oldest forms of plant-based wellness and healing methodology from India, which dates back more than 5,000 years, is Ayurveda ), also referred to as 'Mother of All Healing

What is the some employment area of Ayurveda?

  1. Pharmaceutical companies.
  2. Health centres.
  3. Hospitals.
  4. Educational institutes.
  5. Pancha Karma (massage) Centres.

Which are the best institutions for Ayurveda?

  1. University of Health Science, Vijayawada.
  2. Dr. MGR Medical University, Guindy, Chennai.
  3. Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded.
  4. Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.
  5. National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur.
  6. Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (National Academy of Ayurveda), New Delhi.
  7. Mahatma Gandhi Gramoday Vishwavidyalay, Chitrakoot.
  8. Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.


Small Tip: Can we implement Ayurvedic treatment at home? If so how?

An ancient Ayurvedic practice that is easy to begin yourself at home is drinking copper infused water. Water stored in a copper vessel (which is known as tamra jal in Ayurvedic medicine) balances the three dosha in your body (vata, kapha and pitta) by gently infusing the water with the positive health properties of copper. Water stored in a copper vessel will also become natural alkaline water, which helps balance your body’s pH levels. A copper water bottle is a great investment to create your own tamra jal at home and on the go.

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