A balanced and healthy life requires the mind, body and spirit to be in a harmonious sync. And that’s what Ayurveda is all about — cleansing and purifying the body of three main elements or doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) through natural healing.
Ayurveda as a subject is gaining prominence today as an alternative option. With this in mind, several colleges and universities like Ayurveda medical college, VPSV Ayurveda College, Kottakkal, Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College, Ollur, are offering graduate and postgraduate courses in Ayurveda.
Students, who have completed their plus two in science stream with 50% marks and a good grade in the state entrance examination, can opt for a degree in Ayurveda. “Following a five-and-a-half year degree course in Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicines and Surgery (BAMS), one can either work as an independent practitioner or opt for a three year post graduation,” says Dr Eswara Sarma MP, principal, VPSV Ayurveda College, Kottakkal.
According to Dr Anil V Kaimal, senior physician, Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda foundation, a sound knowledge of Sanskrit is a pre requisite for any student of Ayurveda. “In this era of alternative medicine, a traditional background or a proper guidance from a reputed Ayurvedic doctor is important for those who want to pursue a career in Ayurveda,” he adds.
Advances in Ayurveda involve treatment for skin problems, lung and heart disorders, options for purgation and laxation. “Apart from these, other postgraduate disciplines include specialisation in management of fractures and disfiguration, psychiatry, gastroenterology, paediatrics, toxicology, gynaecology, pharmacology, public health and medicine,” adds Sarma.
The prospects of a Bachelor’s degree in Ayurveda are numerous — from teaching in Ayurveda colleges to private practice of general medicine. Employment opportunities also exist in Ayurvedic hospitals, health centres, private wellness care centre and Ayurvedic resorts.
“Infertility management, adverse skin conditions and upper respiratory disorders are some of the unexplored areas in Ayurveda. Lifestyle clinics dealing with lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, stress management, etc, are emerging areas within Ayurveda,” informs Kaimal. With more people resorting to alternative medicine and alternate therapies finding more takers today, Ayurveda is here to stay.