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Career in Ayurveda



What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Globalized and modernized practices derived from Ayurveda traditions are a type of alternative medicine. In countries beyond India, Ayurvedic therapies and practices have been integrated in general wellness applications and in some cases in medical use.


What is the history of Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the system of medicine that evolved in India with a rationale logical foundation and it has survived as a distinct entity from remote antiquity to the present day. The fundamentals on which the Ayurvedic system is based are essentially true for all times and do not change from are to age. These are based on human actors, on intrinsic causes. The origin of Ayurveda is attributed to Atharva Veda where mention is made several diseases with their treatments. Later, from the 6th Century BC to 7th Century AD there was systematic development of the science and it is called Samhita period, when a number of classical works were produced by several authors and during this period there is evidence of organized medical care.


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.


What are the branches of Ayurveda?

There are eight different components in Ayurvedic medicine that encompass the body’s holistic health. These branches further explain various bodily functions, and how to prevent and cure diseases in these areas:


1. Kayachikitsa (internal medicine): this branch is concerned with the overall treatment of the entire body. It also focuses on the body’s digestive system and metabolism. Procedures can be executed internally and externally, and may include orally taking medicine as prescribed by the Ayurvedic practitioner and applying oils, lotions, and creams.


2. Baala Chikitsa (treatment for children): this branch is also called Kaumara Bhritya. It focuses on diseases and sickness that manifest in children. It is also concerned with pre and postnatal care. Ayurvedic practitioners keep in mind that children cannot fully explain the problems they are feeling, that each treatment will be different for each child, and that the medicine prescribed should be pleasant to the taste.


3. Graha Chikitsa (psychiatry): also known as Bhoot Vidya, this branch deals with problems and diseases of the mind. Some of the treatments used under Graha Chikitsa include herbs, recommended diet, yoga, deep breathing, and Mantra Chikitsa which involves chanting mantras.


4. Urdhyaanga Chikitsa: also known as Shalakaya Tantra, this branch is primarily concerned with health and issues in the upper part of the body, particularly the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.


5. Shalyaroga Chikitsa (surgery): this branch is mainly concerned with surgical procedures. It describes the use of surgical devices such as scalpels and scissors.


6. Damstra Chikitsa (toxicology): this branch deals with the study and remedy of toxins and poisons in the body, food, and environment.


7. Jara Chikitsa (geriatric): this branch is concerned with the care of the elderly. It focuses on the treatment of sickness and diseases brought about by old age. Therapies focus on rejuvenation, longevity, memory, and strength.


8. Vajjikaran Chikitsa (reproductive health): this involves sexual health and treatment of reproductive problems such as infertility and the insufficiency of essential fluids.

What is the workplace of Ayurvedic Specialist?

Ayurvedic specialist can start their own practice or work in hospitals in Ayurveda and/or alternative medicine departments. Employment opportunities can also be found in academics and drug manufacturing companies.

As an Ayurvedic doctor, you are unlikely to be working at odd or extended work hours or respond to on-call duties. You may have to coordinate with other healthcare professionals and undertake activities like teaching.

Emergency situations, compared to many other medical specialties might not be as common. You can hope for improved research opportunities in the days to come.


Skills and Abilities:

KNOWLEDGE OF AYURVEDA

Knowledge of Ayurveda is the basic requirement to practice Ayurveda. This is gained through B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery) and M.D. in Rasa Shastra, but more importantly, through a long-term interest, devotion, and sincerity towards this science and art of healing.

A deep understanding of Vedic philosophy will also help in gaining a better understanding of Ayurveda.


COMMUNICATION SKILLS Ayurvedic doctors treat patients suffering from various ailments. As a doctor specialising in this discipline, you should be a good communicator and be able to explain the treatment plan and the approach to a patient. Being an alternative form of treatment, sound communication skills are very important so that a patient is convinced about the authenticity and ability of the treatment.


SOFT SKILLS As an Ayurvedic doctor, you will need to be patient and must show empathy and be well-behaved with patients. Ayurvedic treatment isn't about instant relief. Therefore patience both on the part of the doctor as well as the patient is very important. Good behaviour by the doctor will foster a long-term relationship with the patient and also present Ayurvedic treatment in a positive light


ENTERPRISING ABILITY As an Ayurvedic doctor, you should be enthusiastic about sharing knowledge, participate in workshops and training, impart education and spread the awareness of Ayurveda. In order to increase the knowledge of Ayurveda as well as awareness among people towards alternative treatment and your practice, your presentation and branding skills are very crucial.


RESEARCH SKILLS As an Ayurvedic doctor, you will undertake Ayurveda-based research as well as develop case studies and contents. You should be passionate about researching improved Ayurvedic solutions to various ailments and presenting the same in various forums. Apart from research, you should be willing to share your findings through training and teaching sessions and Ayurveda camps

What is Ayurvedic Doctor Eligibility?

To be eligible for joining BAMS course one should be 10+2 Class pass with Physics, chemistry and Biology (PCB) as main subjects and for institutions with at least 50% marks. Graduates in Science can also apply for this course.


What is career opportunity of Ayurvedic Specialist?

Career opportunities of Ayurvedic specialist, in the past, were limited to private practice, but opportunities have now opened up in government agencies, hospitals, academic institutions, drug manufacturing and research. This opens up a lot of opportunities for aspiring Ayurvedic doctors.

The importance of Ayurveda is increasing in the medical world, particularly in ailments related to skin, spinal disorders, ophthalmologic conditions, anorectic diseases etc


Salary

A qualified Ayurvedic Doctor can expect a starting salary anywhere between Rs.20,000 to Rs.25,000 depending upon the competence of the individual doctor There is a lot of money in private practice as well, and it only gets better for candidates as they win the trust of the patients and the goodwill is spread by word of mouth to attract more patients to the clinic. A couple of years dedicated work and some experience along with a master’s degree could lead a doctor to a huge pay package. There is no upper ceiling to the earnings of a competent and capable doctor. One can also be a visiting doctor at several hospitals and charge by the hour.


Career options of Ayurveda

Massage Therapist

Ayurvedic practitioners assess a patient's 'dosha,' or energy type, to determine the proper foods, exercise, herbs, breathing exercises and other holistic healthcare regimens. Most Ayurvedic massage therapists provide wellness support through health spa treatments that usually include several forms of specialized massage. Massage therapists may work one-on-one with clients, or they may work at spa treatment centers, alternative medicine clinics, or massage parlors.


Prior to specializing in Ayurvedic massage, massage therapists must complete general training, which according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) may take 500 hours or more. Massage therapy students learn about human anatomy, muscles, injuries, and general massage techniques. They also participate in clinical hands-on training sessions. Practically every state requires massage therapists to be certified or licensed in accordance with state guidelines. Besides completing state-approved training programs, individuals will most likely have to pass exams to gain licensure. After becoming licensed massage therapists, professionals can pursue additional training in Ayurvedic massage techniques.


Nurse Midwife

According to the BLS, these professionals are also known as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Nurse midwives deal exclusively with women who are planning to get pregnant or who are already pregnant. Midwives provide healthcare education, perform gynecological exams, assist woman during delivery, and provide care to mothers and newborns. As a specialty type of registered nurse, these professionals require additional education, and, according to the BLS, APRNs usually hold master's degrees in their field of specialty. Prior to entering graduate studies, however, individuals must already be licensed registered nurses. The licensure process for registered nurses includes meeting education requirements and passing national exams. APRN licensure varies per state.

Not all nurse midwives use Ayurvedic medicine, but as more Westerners become interested in the use of alternative medicine with pregnancy and childbirth, it has become more common for nurse midwives to pursue training in various alternative medicine fields, including Ayurvedic medicine. The NCCAM has indicated that many healthcare practitioners, including nurse midwives, have sought out training in Ayurvedic medicine.

Frequently asked questions?

Am I fit for it?

Pursuing BAMS degree is beneficial only and only if you r fully dedicated to your profession. As to have jobs with lots of money is not easy after completion of course. Sometimes due to lack of information in society and not having a lot of government jobs opportunities very frequently as that is available in some other courses, you can be easily disguised from your path.


How difficult is Ayurveda topic?

It’s a separate system of medicine with their defined laws and principles. It is a vast subject with different approaches to different systems of human body. They have some fundamental books like ‘Charak Samhita’ and ‘Sushruta Samhita’ which explains the mechanism and process of treatment. Ayurveda also covers one of the most difficult subjects of Medicine, which is Surgery! So overall actual Ayurveda not that easy!


What are the different types of job?

  • Researcher.

  • Teacher.

  • Ayurvedic supervisors.

  • Medical officer.

  • Therapist.

  • Nurse.

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?

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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