MD in Ayurveda is a 3-year, full-time post-graduate course divided into 6 semesters. Ayurveda or Ayurvedic science deals with the study of health care covering the broad areas of good lifestyle & wellness. Ayurveda, besides being a medical science, is the ‘Science of life’. The job of an Ayurvedic professional is challenging, keeping in view the wide range of incurable diseases newly emerging, and the failure of other systems of medicine, such as Allopathy, to address them.
Ayurveda is India's traditional, natural system of medicine that has been practiced in the country for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda provides an integrated approach to preventing and treating illnesses through lifestyle interventions and natural therapies. The Ayurvedic theory states that all disease begins with an imbalance or stress in the individual's consciousness. Lifestyle interventions are a major ayurvedic preventive and therapeutic approach.
As per the discipline, the inherent theory of ‘Tridosha’ states 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 such as nutrition plans, massage, exercise (yoga), aromatherapy, colour therapy, music, meditation, and ethical living.
Ayurvedic medicine is holistic, which means viewing the body and mind as a whole. Ayurveda not only treats a person's physical complaints, but it also changes lifestyle practices to help maintain or improve health.
According to Ayurveda, the five elements of nature combine in the body as three components known as Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha. These Doshas relate closely to the basic elements of nature and to specific functions of the body. A balance of these Doshas is thought to be required for optimal health.
The average annual course fee charged in India ranges between INR 20,000 and 10 lacs, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 10 lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Bachelor’s degree in Ayurveda or equivalent discipline|
|Admission Process||Counselling after qualification of entrance examination|
|Average Course Fee||INR 20,000 to 10 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 10 lacs|
Ayurveda has been the main guiding force in drug discovery from traditional medicine. In concept, this system is rooted in folk or ethno-medicine, and in practice it shows further refinement and development in accordance with local traditions. Isolation of active principles from crude drugs, their pharmacological evaluation, therapeutic testing, and clinical application resulted in the genesis of modem or Allopathic medicine.
To keep the opportunity alive for further development in traditional as well as modem medicines, it is necessary to have an uninterrupted connection with ethno-medicine. Since the practice of ethno-medicine is based on the age-long indigenous knowledge which has been orally transmitted through generations, and sustained in traditions, there is an urgent need to document such knowledge. The on-going strategies adopted in India to document the precious traditional knowledge and conserve medicinal plants are based on Ayurveda.
India, with her rich herbal wealth and traditional history of the medicinal use of plants, has tremendous scope to provide leadership in ensuring human health and longevity.
Meditation helps effortlessly enter a state of expanded awareness and inner quiet that refreshes the mind and restores balance. Since the mind and body are inseparable, the body is naturally balanced through the practice of meditation. In the state of restful awareness created through meditation, the heart rate and breath slow down, the body decreases the production of ‘stress’ hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, and increases the production of neurotransmitters that enhance wellbeing, including serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins.
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country are listed below with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES|
|SRM University||Chennai||INR 9,10,000|
|Ashtang Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya||Pune||INR 6,00,000|
|Ayush and Health Science University||Raipur||INR 53,390|
|Bharati Vidyapeeth University||Pune||INR 2,50,000|
|College of Ayurveda And Research Centre||Pune||INR 3,50,000|
|Desh Bhagat University||Punjab||INR 58,500|
|Dr. BNM Rural Ayurveda Medical College||Bijapur||INR 20,000|
|Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences||Vijayawada||INR 2,27,000|
|Gopabandhu Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya||Orissa||INR 1,10,000|
|Government Ayurveda College||Kerala||INR 1,20,000|
|Himachal Pradesh University||Shimla||INR 19,000|
|Institute of Medical Sciences||Varanasi||INR 7,65,000|
|Maharashtra University of Health Sciences||Nasik||INR 1,20,000|
Applicants wishing to pursue this course must fulfil the eligibility requirements mentioned here.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test conducted. The entrance test consists of multiple choice questions which must be completed within 1 hour & 15 minutes
Candidates must score a minimum aggregate score of 50% to qualify the entrance test. Syllabus for the written examination is based on the topics covered in the last qualifying examination.
A year - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Charak Samhita||Garbha Shaarira|
|Sushrut Samhita & Ashtang-Hridayam||Koshthanga Sira Dhamani Srotas Shaarir|
|Ayurvediya and Darshanika Siddhanta||Marma Shaarira Evum Asthi Sandi Peshee Shaarira|
|Ayurved Itihas and Prayogika Siddhant||Tantra Shaarira Evum Antah and BahihGranthi Vigyaniya|
Ayurvedic Doctors are trained in all applied aspects of modern medical science, besides possessing expert knowledge in the science of Ayurveda which was originally recorded in Sanskrit.
There is an upsurge in idiopathic, non-communicable and lifestyle-based diseases and ailments seen every day in the modern society. Owing to the insufficient availability of safe and side effect-free medicines in conventional modern chemical system, Ayurveda is indispensable.
Ayurveda Doctors can also work for business organizations, industries, schools and embassies as consultants. With the emergence of more advanced clinical trials and research, such professionals are highly in demand.
Some of the top professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Ayurveda Therapist||An Ayurvedic Practitioner uses holistic techniques from India to help patients maintain a healthy life, eliminate impurities, reduce stress, and fight diseases. Through observation techniques that focus on the interconnectedness between body, mind, and spirit, such practitioners assess the entire well-being of the patient. Ayurvedic Practitioners assess dietary habits, lifestyle choices, and mental states. Once the cause of the imbalance is analysed, the Practitioner draws from numerous treatments to find the best remedy.||INR 3,20,000|
|Ayurveda Specialist||Ayurveda Practitioners diagnose people through visual and tactile observations and analyses of patients' medical histories and lifestyles. They practise Ayurvedic remedies such as herbal supplements and oils, massage, and yoga. In addition, they direct patients to change dietary habits or lifestyle choices.||INR 7,00,000|
|Ayurveda Medical Officer||Ayurvedic Health Counsellors are certified by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), and dispense Ayurvedic medical advice and treatments.||INR 1,60,000|
|Food Services Manager||Food Service Managers are responsible for managing the operations of a food service outlet, such as a grocery store, restaurant or cafeteria. Food Service Managers perform a range of duties, including duties related to customer service, administration, and management. Though no formal education is required for Food Service Managers, some postsecondary schooling or professional experience in the field is typically needed.||INR 5,40,000|
|Restaurant Manager||Restaurant Managers need to have excellent interpersonal and organizational, leadership skills, and reliability. They need to be physically fit and have the stamina necessary for administrative tasks. They must have good communication skills, such as for giving orders and providing direction to staff.||INR 4,09,000|