Science of life
Science of life
1. About : Ayurveda is comprised of two words ayu (life) and veda (knowledge)
2. Get ready for : Knowledge of Ayurveda, Research Skills, Soft Skills, Enterprising Ability
3. How to go for it? : Stream, Entrance, Graduation, After-graduation
4. Opportunities ahead : Teaching, Research Institution, Hospitals, Pharmacist, Consultant, Government Sector, Panchakarma Centre, Drug Manufacturing
5. Channel checks : Not a first option, Dual knowledge
6. Let’s be little futuristic : Increase realization of the benefits coming from natural elements in the Ayurvedic medical system
7. Useful links : The Ayurvedic Clock, Where does ayurveda come from?, Things to consider when choosing a career in Ayurveda, Interesting facts about ayurveda
8. 1dot1 Mentors : Dr. Kiran Lalwani
The term Ayurveda is comprised of two words ayu (life) and veda (knowledge), and deals with health and well-being. It is a medicinal practice of natural healthcare system that originated in India.
It is defined as the discipline that deals with the healthy and unhealthy aspects of life, the happy and unhappy life, and what is beneficial and not beneficial for nurturing life and a full life span. Thus, it translates as life science.
The term Ayurveda is not limited to medicine, cure or therapy, rather it implies an approach to life and living, and is guided by the praneshana (desire of living beings to live a long healthy life), dhaneshana (desire to enjoy monetary and material security), and paralokeshana (desire to secure happiness in the life hereafter). Candidates who study this form of medicine and are licensed to practice it professionally are called Ayurvedic Doctors.
Knowledge of Ayurveda is the basic requirement to practice Ayurveda. This is gained through education 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.
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.
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.
As an Ayurvedic doctor, you should be enthusiastic about sharing knowledge, participate in workshops and training, impart education and spread the awareness of Ayurveda.
The candidate having BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) degree is eligible to be called as a Ayurveda Doctor.
Complete 10+2 in medical stream (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) as mandatory subjects.
BAMS admissions in India are done on the basis of entrance exams i.e., NEET-UG. It is the national-level entrance examination conducted all over India.
B.A.M.S is 5.5 years course (4 and a Half Years of study + 1 year Internship). Candidates will be admitted on basis of the scores obtained in NEET. One will need to obtain a minimum of 50th percentile (40th percentile for reserved categories) in NEET to qualify for getting admission.
If you want to specialize, go for MD/MS. After BAMS, post graduation specialization can be pursued in Kayachikitsa (Medicine), Shalya tantra (General Surgery), Shalakya Tantra (ENT Ophthalmology), Rognidan (Pathology), Balrog (Paediatrics), Stree Prasutitantra (Gynecology), Agadtantra (Forensic Medicine), Swasthvritta (Preventive & Social Medicine), Sharir Rachna (Anatomy), Sharir Kriya (Physiology) and many other options are also there.
It is an evergreen option. You can become lecturer/professor in college.
Students can also choose to work at research institutes after BAMS. People usually do not opt for research as it does not pay you well. But, people with a keen interest in the subject should think seriously about this option.
One can work in hospitals. There are hospitals dedicated to Ayurveda and naturopathy.
They can work as a ayurvedic pharmacist in government ayurveda hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, private ayurvedic colleges.
An Ayurvedic consultant is a health and wellness advisor. He works with long term clients for long term health and lifestyle changes. An Ayurvedic advisor reduces the gap between what people want and what they actually do and want to change the lives of people.
Ayurveda is becoming more popular among common people. As a result, the government has started employing more Ayurveda doctors. Also, many private hospitals have started taking this step. This has given a great chance for students to work in different sector.
A Panchakarma is a famous detox process which includes Five (Pancha) Actions (Karma). It is a unique, natural, and holistic way of cleansing the body’s deep tissues of toxins. Students who have interests can find their way to the Panchakarma centers.
In the manufacturing sector production of Ayurvedic medicines is a good business. Apart from this, there are other options such as cultivation of medicinal plants, trading raw materials in the form of powder, extracts, oils, etc.
The irony of ayurvedic practice of medicine is people go for ayurvedic treatment not as their first choice, but only when they have tried every other option available to them. They realized later what marvels ayurveda could do if they would have gone right at the onset of a disease.
Similarly, there are many students who are considering ayurveda as second option. They prepare for NEET to get admission in MBBS. If by chance they are not scoring sufficient marks then they are heading towards BAMS. Ayurveda should not be pursued by chance but by will.
BAMS isn’t just about imparting ayurvedic knowledge. Dual knowledge of modern and ayurvedic medicine is pivotal to this field.
Owing to rising popularity and realization of the benefits coming from natural elements in the Ayurvedic medical system, there is ample scope for BAMS students in future in both India and other developed countries such as US and UK. While the traditional concepts of Ayurveda and Yoga etc. have been prevailing in different parts of the country for long, they are now also gaining momentum world over with more and more people taking this treasure to their own countries.
Thus, there is tremendous career scope for the program and its knowledge and practical experience to be employed in varied relevant verticals in the future.