Alternative Medicine is a study of health care and its procedures, which is based on the practice to cure without using any conservative medicines. The treatment takes place utilizing traditional methods without using any western medicine, which is trained in medical colleges.  They provide natural medicine to their patients such as Naturopathy (herbs and plants), Chinese medicines, herbal medicines and others.  

Alternative medicine has huge storehouse of physical exercises, spiritual therapies and practical hands on methods, which are used to treat ailments of therapies. These treatments help people to maintain their good health. Now-a-days this kind of treatment is increasing rapidly in order to cure the problem in natural way.  Alternative Medicine promotes health rather than curing the disease.

Counseling is a variety of alternative medicine. Counseling helps to decide problems related to making decisions and how to overcome it.

Advantages of studying alternative medicine:-


  • In today’s health care profession the alternative medicine has recognized more and more due to its advantages. The most important advantage of alternative medicine is - it helps in whole body healing and treatment of the underlying effects of diseases and conditions.
  • Alternative medicine focuses on the betterment of individual’s health and value of life.
  • Natural treatment helps to cure the problems on its own without any side effects.
  • Not only are the vast majority of alternative therapies considered to be safe and effective, they also offer individuals a wide variety of healthy therapy options that simply are not available through conventional treatment.
  • Majority of alternative therapies considered as not only are effective and safe, they do offer individual’s a wide range of healthy therapy treatments, which are not offered through conservative treatment.
  • Patients need to tell their healthcare practitioner when they are opting for this treatment it is very important, since some alternative treatments many relate with (orthodox treatments) and that may cause potential disagreement, hence should be investigated in the interest of the patient.

Some of the courses:-


  • Diploma in Yoga & Massage Theraphy (D.Y.M.T)
  • Diploma in Reiki Healing (D.R.H)
  • Diploma in Gem-Tele-Chromo Therapy (D.G.T.C.T)
  • Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery ((B.A.M.S)
  • Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yoga Therapy (B.N.Y.T)
  • Bachelor of Acupressure & Magneto Therapy (B.A.M.T)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Alternative Medicines (PGDAM)
  • Doctor of Medicine in Alternative Medicines M.D.(A.M.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Alternative Medicines PhD (A.M.)

Basic Eligibility



For taking admission into this course a student must have completed his/her two years intermediate, HSC or equivalent course, with science subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The duration for this course is 2 years and for diploma course is for one year.



For taking admission into this course a student should have completed his/her bachelor degree from a recognized University. The duration for this is one year.


Some specializations under alternative medicine are:-


  • Medical Astrology
  • Gem-Tele-Chromo Therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Acupuncture
  • Electro-Homoeopathy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Traditional Chinese Med
  • Aroma Therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Radiesthesia & Radionics
  • Iridology Science
  • Medicinal Herbalism
  • Holistic Health & Nutrition

Job Prospects

Alternative medicine practitioners have lots of scope in medical field such as counseling, mental or physical therapy, healthcare department, naturopathic doctor, etc.   Professional in this field gets training and motivation to develop their knowledge. For some career in this field may need additional knowledge, certification and education. A graduate in alternative medicine can seek career option in following areas such as researcher, practitioners in Ayurvedic & homeopathic, hospitals, dispensaries and in government sectors.

For private practitioners in above fields get the initial salary range of Rs 8,000. A graduate student working with a trained practitioner or in clinic could help them to gain the confidence and revenue. In research institutions and in Drug and pharmaceutical companies employ research scientists and consultants in order to work in this field. Post-graduates students can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges.

Some job titles are: -


  • Masseuse
  • Wellness counselor
  • Acupuncturist
  • Chiropractor
  • Naturopathologist

Medical Colleges for Alternative Medicine and Counselling

Acharya Gyan Ayurved College

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Acharya Gyan Ayurved College, Indore was established in 2001. The college is affiliated to Devi Ahilya Vishwavidylaya, Indore. The institute has comprehensive facilities for teaching, inexhaustible resources for medical and allied...

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Aligarh Unani & Ayurvedic Medical College

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Aligarh Unani & Ayurvedic Medical College (AUAMC), Aligarh was established in 1993 and this college is committed to provide a zealous and updated education in the line of medicine especially in Ayurveda and Unani pathies and impart...

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Alva’s Ayurveda Medical College

South Canara, Karnataka, India

Alva’s Ayurveda Medical College, Moodabidr was established in 1996. The institution is affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health sciences, Karnataka, Bangalore and approved by Central Council of Indian Medicine, New Delhi....

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Amrita School of Ayurveda

Kollam, Kerala, India

Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kollam was established in 2004. Amrita School of Ayurveda is a constituent unit of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The school is affiliated to Department of Ayush, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt....

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Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (AVP)

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (AVP), Coimbatore was established in 1943. In 1948, the college was registered as a Public Limited Company. Over the years, it has grown into a large enterprise in the field of Ayurveda offering services in the...

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Aryabhatta Knowledge University

Patna, Bihar, India

Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU), Patna was established in 2008 by Government of Bihar for the development and management of educational infrastructure related to technical, medical, management and allied professional education in...

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Ashwin Rural Ayurved Mahavidyalaya

Ahmedabad, Maharashtra, India

Ashwin Rural Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Ahmednagar was established in 2000. The college is affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Science Nasik. The institute has comprehensive facilities for teaching, inexhaustible resources for...

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Atreya Ayurvedic Medical College

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Atreya Ayurvedic Medical College, Bangalore is dedicated in providing the highest quality education, health care, and research in the field of Ayurveda. The college trains its students to become the healers of the future. Ayurvedic...

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Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Ahmednagar

Ahmedabad, Maharashtra, India

Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Ahmednagar is an private college. The college was established in 1991. The college is affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Science, Nasik. The institute has comprehensive facilities for teaching,...

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