What jobs are there in Ayurveda?
|February 19, 2012||Posted by Bill under Ayurveda Job Information, Ayurveda Job Training||
People that work in Ayurveda can find jobs in any of the eight traditional branches of Ayurvedic medicine. Skilled individuals can apply knowledge of these branches in a variety of positions in the education, medical, sports, pharmaceutical, and leisure industries. Originating between 2,000 and 300 B.C., the eight branches of Ayurveda are outlined below.
|Eight Traditional Branches of Ayurvedic Medicine|
|Internal Medicine||Kayachikitsa||Treatment of mind, body, and soul|
|Surgery||Shalyatantra||Healing traumatic injuries and removing tumors|
|Opthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology||Shalakya Tantra||Treating diseases of the eyes, head, and throat|
|Pediatrics||Kaumarabhritya||Prenatal and postnatal baby care and pregnant women’s care|
|Toxicology||Agadatantra||Dealing with toxins within plants, minerals, and animals|
|Psychology||Bhutavidya||Mental disease treatment|
|Rejuvenation Sciences||Rasayana||Renew vitality and prevent diseases in order to maintain a healthy life|
|Reproductive Health||Vajikarana||Rejuvenation and maintenance of sexual organs|
|From Frawley and Ranade 2001:1619|
As you can see, there is considerable overlap between the eight branches of Ayurvedic medicine and many of these branches also have corresponding fields within western medicine today. Most Ayurveda jobs do not require in-depth knowledge of all eight fields, but even the most basic practitioners are trained and familiar with something from each branch. Because Ayurveda focuses on treating illness using foods, plants, exercise, and meditation, there is significant room for practitioners within western medicine.
Most Ayurveda jobs are either in universities and schools, formal hospitals and clinics, in private practice, in other wellness industries, and in pharmaceuticals.
Universities and schools: Highly qualified Ayurveda professionals can find work teaching the next generation in universities and schools. Extensive education is usually required to teach at government colleges in India, but basic education will take you far in the United States. Someone with a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from an Indian university will have a higher education than many practicing Ayurvedic professionals in the United States.
Hospitals and clinics: In order to work in formal hospitals and clinics, Ayurvedic doctors require the highest level of education and qualifications. These doctors are highly regarded and, in the western world, work with western physicians to provide holistic care to patients.
Private practice: A large number of Ayurveda jobs are available for enterprising individuals willing to open their own practice. Ayurvedic doctors operating their own offices have a range of education and qualifications and use Ayurvedic principals to treat patients.
Holistic healing and wellness industry: There are thousands of Ayurveda jobs available in spas, resorts, and hotels across the world. Practitioners in this industry use Ayurvedic methods to provide therapeutic massages, oil treatments, and advice on healthful living.
Pharmaceuticals: Ayurveda jobs in pharmaceuticals focus on obtaining and distilling oils, herbs, plants, and minerals into medicines that can be used by other Ayurvedic healers. These valuable, healthy medicines are becoming more and more important across the western world as we search for better ways to treat illness.
The earning potential within each of these main fields of Ayurveda jobs varies widely, but Ayurvedic specialists are in high demand around the world. People with Ayurveda jobs have plenty of opportunities to craft their education towards something that suits their tastes and can work in a number of rewarding fields upon graduation. There is a solid demand for Ayurvedic practitioners, medicines, techniques, and products across the world for those that are interested in helping other people live better, more healthy lives.
Frawley, Dr. David and Dr. Subhash Ranade
2001 Ayurveda: Nature’s Medicine. Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.