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Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Acupuncture) - Course Overview




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Updated On - January 25th 2019

Doctorate of Medicine in Acupuncture Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

MD in Acupuncture is a 2-year long postgraduate course in medicine, minimum eligibility for pursuing which is any of M.B.B.S., B.D.S., D.M.S., D.H.M.S., B.H.M.S etc.

The program offers to eligible candidates, a comprehensive understanding of the classical and theoretical foundations of the fields of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, with focus on the Constitutional Five Element Acupuncture tradition and the Eight Principle treatment strategies. It aims to introduce students to Biomedicine from an integrative and holistic perspective, as needed for the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 25,000 and 2 Lacs. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s rank in the (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) NEET.

Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Acupuncture Consultants, Massage Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants & Aides, Chiropractors and Healthcare Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners etc. They are hired in industries such as healthcare, including hospitals, physician practices, integrative healthcare clinics, public health clinics, college health centers, natural apothecaries, and in settings that care for military veterans.

The average initial salary offered for such positions varies between INR 4 to 10 Lacs annually.

Top Colleges for Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Acupuncture)

MD in Acupuncture: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPost Graduate
Duration2 years
Examination TypeAnnual System
EligibilityM.B.B.S., B.D.S., D.M.S., D.H.M.S., B.H.M.S., B.A.M.S., B.A.S.M., B.E.M.S., B.I.A.M.S., B.N.Y.T., B.A.T.S., B.U.M.S., B.P.T., B.Pharma, N.O., or M.D(A.M)
Admission ProcessSelection for admissions is based on the rank obtained in the (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) NEET
Course FeeINR 25,000 to 2 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 4 to 10 Lacs
Top Recruiting IndustriesHealthcare environments including Hospitals, Physician Practices, Integrative Healthcare Clinics, Public Health Clinics, College Health Centers, Natural Apothecaries, and in settings that care for military veterans.
Job PositionsAcupuncture Consultants, Massage Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants & Aides, Chiropractors and Healthcare Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners

MD in Acupuncture: What is it About?

The purpose of the course is to foster self-directed learning and critical thinking skills within the framework of traditional Chinese medicine, with the aim of broadening natural healing skills in the practitioner for the purpose of patient care.

The post-graduate doctorate in acupuncture is not required for licensure, but imparts advanced learning in alternative medicine.

The program emphasizes self-cultivation and ‘healership’ – offering students a rigorous, transformative, and relationship-centered curriculum that acknowledges the complex interrelationship between body, mind, and spirit. The program also provides a solid foundation in practice management and in skills necessary to build a practice or enter the work force and participate efficiently in today’s growing healthcare field.

Top Institutes Offering MD in Acupuncture

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
Indian Board of Alternative Medicines (IBAM)KeralaINR 1 Lakh (course)
Dr. Praveera’s Institute of Herbal Solutions (DPIHS)ChennaiINR 24,000 (course)
Vignesh Acupuncture Medical CentreChennaiINR 60,000 (course)
IBAM AcademyKolkataINR 45,000 (course)

Eligibility for MD in Acupuncture

Applicants wishing to pursue this program need to be qualified in any of M.B.B.S., B.D.S., D.M.S., D.H.M.S., B.H.M.S., B.A.M.S., B.A.S.M., B.E.M.S., B.I.A.M.S., B.N.Y.T., B.A.T.S., B.U.M.S., B.P.T., B.Pharma., N.O., and M.D (A.M).

For practitioners and research workers who have been practicing for the last 10 years, the minimum basic qualification is exempted and they can directly apply for the doctorate program.

MD in Acupuncture: Admission Process

Selection for admission to the course is based on the candidate’s rank in the (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) NEET.

MD in Acupuncture: Career Prospects

Successful postgraduates of the course are trained in collaborative care and are equipped in clinical experiences in an integrative health setting, prepared to work in a number of healthcare environments.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Doctorate of Medicine in Acupuncture
Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
Acupuncture ConsultantsAcupuncture Consultants are highly trained and treat numerous physical and psychological conditions and offer support for patients with chronic diseases. Acupuncture Consultants offer treatment of numerous medical conditions, symptoms, and side effects such as chronic pain (e.g., headache, back pain, arthritis), nausea and vomiting (e.g., after surgery or chemotherapy), stroke rehabilitation, menstrual cramps, cosmetic problems, skin diseases.4,73,264 
Massage TherapistsMassage Therapists perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. They assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans. Also, they massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or maintenance of wellness.8,64,000
Physical Therapist Assistants & AidesPhysical Therapist Assistants are involved in the direct care of patients. They often do tasks that are indirectly related to patient care, such as cleaning and setting up the treatment area, moving patients, and performing clerical duties.2,90,558
ChiropractorsChiropractors care for patients with health problems of the neuro musculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments, manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients' health concerns, such as back and neck pain.10,25,000
Healthcare Diagnosing and Treating PractitionersUnder the supervision of a physician, they perform examinations and evaluations of patient health towards the care and treatment of patients, and perform diagnostic and therapeutic tasks appropriate to licensure, and perform related duties as required.6,06,782

MD in Acupuncture: Syllabus and Course Description

A year- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here.

Year 1

Philosophy and Practice of Acupuncture and Energy Medicine
Applied basic medical sciences in relation with AEM and Psychoneuro-immunology.

Year 2

Advanced Therapeutics, Psychology in AEM and Indian medical sciences in relation with AEM
Clinical Acupuncture and Energy Medicine

Listed here are the subjects taught as part of the curriculum.

  • Anatomy with reference to Acupressure.
  • History, Philosophy & Principles of Acupressure therapy.
  • Advance Reflexology (Face, Ear & Spine).
  • Yin-Yang Concept & Five Element Theory
  • Meridian logy 14 channel
  • General Knowledge of magnet, Color Therapy, General food therapy.
  • Method of Tonification & Sedition of Meridian of Point.
  • Important Meridian Point, Diagnosis
  • Disease & Treatment methods by Meridian Point
  • Uses of Acupuncture Instruments.



1 Comment
Kishor Reddy

Can BNYS students they can do MD in acupuncture

14 Feb, 2019 16:59
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Kishor, kindly go through the eligibility criteria as stated in the article above for desired info.

14 Feb, 2019 18:18

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