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.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Annual System|
|Eligibility||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., or M.D(A.M)|
|Admission Process||Selection for admissions is based on the rank obtained in the (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) NEET|
|Course Fee||INR 25,000 to 2 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 4 to 10 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Industries||Healthcare 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 Positions||Acupuncture Consultants, Massage Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants & Aides, Chiropractors and Healthcare Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners|
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.
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 Institute||City||Average Fees|
|Indian Board of Alternative Medicines (IBAM)||Kerala||INR 1 Lakh (course)|
|Dr. Praveera’s Institute of Herbal Solutions (DPIHS)||Chennai||INR 24,000 (course)|
|Vignesh Acupuncture Medical Centre||Chennai||INR 60,000 (course)|
|IBAM Academy||Kolkata||INR 45,000 (course)|
|INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SCIENCES||Kolkata||INR 26,400 (course)|
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.
Selection for admission to the course is based on the candidate’s rank in the (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) NEET.
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.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Acupuncture Consultants||Acupuncture 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 Therapists||Massage 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 & Aides||Physical 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|
|Chiropractors||Chiropractors 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 Practitioners||Under 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|
A year- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here.
|Philosophy and Practice of Acupuncture and Energy Medicine|
|Applied basic medical sciences in relation with AEM and Psychoneuro-immunology.|
|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.