Ayurvedic Doctor also known as an Ayurveda or in simple language Vaid is a qualified medical practitioner who treats the human body with Ayurvedic medicines and other allied practices. Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and followed in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine.
Ayurvedic doctors developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments and diseases. Ayurvedic treatment is based on the premise that life is governed by five elements – air, fire, water, space, and earth and Ayurveda means “knowledge of life. Thus the Ayurvedic practitioner treats with their knowledge of the life.
With the changed living conditions, lifestyles and high-stress levels there has been an increase in the diseases and ailments affecting the large population all over the world that are more of self created rather than caused by some external agents like microbes. To cure these kinds of ailments Ayurvedic treatment can be considered as one of the best treatment.
India is set to fight a battle against these diseases for which it will require a large and efficient team of dedicated Ayurvedic doctors. So there is a good scope for today’s younger generation to make their career in Ayurvedic medicine to claim not only good monetary fortunes but also high respect in the society.
To become an Ayurvedic doctor requires a lot of hard work, dedication and spirit to serve the society. Besides one should have discipline, patience, commitment to excel,self-confidence and above all full knowledge of life cycle and anatomy of the body as this way of alternative treatment is fully based on it. If you have all these qualities in you then you are fit for being a Ayurvedic Doctor.
Eligibility to become an Ayurvedic Doctor
1. Educational Qualification
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.
How to become an Ayurvedic Doctor?
Interested candidate has to appear in an entrance tests conducted by the various state and Independent bodies like PMT, taken by Punjab Government and boards to admit candidates in various medical institutions like J B Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College, Kolkata ,Govt. Ayurved College, Kerala ,Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Maharashtra Dayanad Govt Ayurved College, Punjab, attached with it according to the rank of the candidate in the entrance exam.
These exams are generally held in the month of May-June and consist of Objective type questions on the subject of English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology though number of questions and pattern may vary from test to test. The results of these exams are generally out by June/July
After completing this four and half years of (BAMS) Degree course in which one has to study (subjects which include anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, dermatology, obstetrics and gynecology, forensic medicine and toxicology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, anesthesiology, community medicine, medicine, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery and subject related to ayurvedic medicines and and six months compulsory training one can opt. for some job in private or state run hospitals as junior doctor, go for privates practice after obtaining the necessary affiliation with respective medical councils or go for higher specialized studies.
Fees and Other Expenditures: Although varying from college to college, the total course fee for an BAMS degree ranges from anywhere from few thousands at a government college to around Rs 5 lakh.
Ayurvedic Doctor Career Prospects
There is a lot of scope for those who are joining medicine as career in the present scenario. Apart from joining a private or government hospital, younger doctors can find lucrative placements with huge salaries in corporate hospitals.
Ayurvedic Doctor 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.