The Future of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery

Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery


Ayurveda has been around for eons, treating people with various diseases while providing a holistic, individual-centric approach to health. Derived from the words ‘ayur’ meaning life and ‘ved’ meaning knowledge, this alternative form of medicine has been gaining popularity yet again since the inauguration of the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) ministry in India.

India is in a unique position when it comes to leveraging the potential of its homegrown system of medicine, one that is so old that even other popular forms of alternative medicine like TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) derive inspiration from it. The current status of ayurveda in India as a viable alternative to western medicine is on the uptick. It is only expected to grow as the current government seems wholly dedicated to bringing this wonderful tradition back to mainstream relevance again.

This blog explores the various courses that one can take to take advantage of ayurveda’s rise to popularity, the difference between ayurveda and modern medicine, and the scope of ayurveda in the future of India.

Also Read: Why Should One Pursue a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery

Become a Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner with BAMS

BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) is the undergraduate course launched by the AYUSH ministry to create a new generation of fully qualified and licensed doctors of ayurveda. This course is designed to address all the various disciplines and sub-disciplines of ayurveda medicine and surgery on a basic, foundational level, preparing the students to handle a wide variety of cases.


To be eligible for a BAMS course in any of the ayurvedic medical colleges in India, students have to fulfill the following criteria:

  • The candidate has to have completed their 10+2 from a recognized board or university with at least 50% - 60% marks (depending on the institution)
  • The candidate should have had the PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) combination in their 10+2
  • The candidate should be between 17 to 25 years of age as of 31st December of the year of admission
  • The candidate should have secured qualifying marks in the NEET(National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)


The duration of a BAMS course is usually 5.5 years, with 4.5 years of study and a year of compulsory rotary internships to gain experience.

Take your Knowledge Further with PG Courses in Ayurveda

After completion of your BAMS degree, you can study further in the field of ayurveda by opting for a postgraduate degree. PG degrees in ayurveda are usually offered under the MD (Doctor of Medicine) or MS (Master of Surgery) title. These postgraduate courses build on the knowledge already imparted in the undergraduate ayurveda course and offer students various specializations to choose from.


The eligibility criteria to get into a PG course in ayurveda at Mansarovar Ayurvedic Medical College, one of the best ayurveda colleges in India, are as follows:

  • The candidate must have completed graduation in BAMS from a recognized university
  • The candidate must have passed the AIA-PGET (All India Ayush Post Graduate Entrance Test)


The duration of a postgraduate course in ayurveda is usually 3 years.


The postgraduate courses in ayurveda, either MD or MS offer a wide range of subjects for students to specialize in, some of which are:

  • MD Agad Tantra (Medical Jurisprudence & Toxicology)
  • MD Dravya Guna (Materia Medica & Pharmacology)
  • MD Maulika Siddhanta (Fundamental Principles)
  • MD Bala Roga (Pediatrics)
  • MD Panchakarma (Penta Bio-Purification Methods)
  • MD Rasa Shastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana (Iatro-Chemistry)
  • MD Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine)
  • MD Roga & Vikriti Vijnana (Clinical Medicine & Pathology)
  • MD Swasthya Vritta (Preventive & Social Medicine)
  • MD Sharira Kriya (Physiology)
  • MD Sharira Rachana (Anatomy)
  • MD Rasayana & Vajikarana (Geriatrics and Aphrodisiacs)
  • MS Shalya Tantra (Surgery)
  • MS Prasuti Stri Roga (Gynaecology & Obstetrics)
  • MS Shalakya Tantra (ENT & Ophthalmology)
Also Read: The importance of post-graduation after pursuing BAMS

Best Ayurveda Colleges in India

There are more than 200 colleges that offer courses in ayurveda in our country. Some of the best colleges for studying ayurvedic courses in India, like BAMS, are-

Name of the College BAMS Approximate Fee (INR)
Mansarovar Ayurvedic Medical College, Bhopal 3.9 lakh
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University 3.5 lakh
Banaras Hindu University 22 thousand
AVS Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya 37 thousand
Tantia University 2.9 lakh
LNCT University 2.75 lakh
DRS Kiran and Pallavi Patel Global University 3.6 lakh

Challenges That Need to be Overcome

Since the pandemic happened, people have been a little more conscious of their health than they used to be before. The trend for a holistic and natural way of living to prevent diseases is on the rise, as opposed to symptomatic treatment of ailments as they occur. This key difference between ayurveda and modern medicine has been noticed by people worldwide, as is evident from how alternative methods of treatment are the hot thing now.

However, there are a few factors that are still somewhat of a roadblock to the spread of ayurveda as an accepted form of alternative medicine to the masses, in India and worldwide. Lack of research is the biggest plague that affects the whole field of ayurveda. While there have been numerous people that have been benefitting front the various ayurvedic treatments available since the Vedic times, there has been little to no documented research on the viability of ayurvedic methods. This needs to change if ayurveda is to be taken seriously as an alternative form of medicine by the (western) medical community, where every treatment is based on the scientific method and involves a lot of trials and testing before it is made available to the public.

Professionals involved in the research field of ayurveda need to up their game. That is the only way ayurvedic treatments can be regulated, which will instill confidence in the critics that just because it is a 3000-year-old discipline does not have to mean ayurveda scientific evidence is lacking.

A Bright Future

The future of BAMS graduates is bright, along with the future of ayurveda in India as a whole, as more and more of the world learns about this natural way of staying healthy. Online searches for ayurveda-based treatments for various diseases have already increased by 10-12% since 2020, with 25% of the traffic coming from the US and 17% from various countries like the UK, Japan, and Germany. The global market for alternative medicine is at 1.2 billion dollars, and it is only expected to rise. Sign up for an undergraduate course in ayurveda at MAMC today so you can also be a part of the revolution that is taking up the healing solutions market by storm.


  • Will I be eligible for the BAMS course if I have a diploma certificate with the PCB subjects but not a 10+2 certificate?

    Yes. You are also eligible for the BAMS course if you have a 10+2 equivalent certificate/diploma with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology subjects.

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  • Who makes the regulations regarding the eligibility criteria for BAMS courses?

    -The eligibility criteria for BAMS courses are primarily made by the Ministry of AYUSH, the government of India, and the state governments.

  • What are the PG specializations available at MAMC?

    MAMC offers PG specialization in three ayurvedic subjects:

      1. Prasuti Evam Stri Roga (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
      2. Shalakya Tantra (Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, Head, Neck, and Dentistry)
      3. Ayurved Samhita Evam Siddhant (Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda)

  • Is the BAMS course based on the semester system?

    No. The BAMS course is based on a professional course system, with each course taking 1.5 years to complete. Each of these courses is designed in a way to teach related subjects to ease the learning process.

  • Where can I get a job after completing a BAMS course?

    You have a lot of options to choose from after a BAMS course. You can open your own practice, work in a government hospital or college, work for the various ayurvedic companies or wellness resorts that abound in the country, and so much more.