Any healing procedure that does not fall within the purview of conventional medicine is known as alternative medicine. Alternative medicine may sometimes not be based only on scientific research but on traditional and cultural methods practiced at home. Health practices like osteopathy, chiropractic, faith healing, acupuncture and naturopathy are all different types of alternative medicinal practices. All types of alternative medicinal practices are not legalized by a country.
There are several methods of treatment and healing which are confined within a single country, since it has been practiced informally in homes across the country since time immemorial. For instance, Siddha and Unani are two forms of healthcare which are practiced in India but are not known in other p-arts of the world. Similarly, ayurvedic treatment is very popular in India and the subcontinent, but not in other parts of the world. Legalization of all forms of alternative medicine practice and courses is also rare. In India, all forms of alternative health treatment are recognized by law and taught in institutes spread across the country, asides naturopathy which is still in the process of receiving the permission to be taught as a course in Indian colleges and universities.
The primary academic qualification required to seek admission to institutes imparting study programs in alternative medicine courses is successful completion of 10+2 board examination for a bachelor degree in the subject. Diploma courses in alternative medicine are also available.
These courses are taught for a period of two years and can be pursued by students who have successfully completed the class X board examination. For more knowledge and experience on alternative medicine, a student can pursue a post graduation degree or Ph.D degree in alternative medicine.
A research shows that though allopathic treatment is the ruling form of health treatment in India, the alternative means are fast gaining popularity because of the rise in the number of ailing and the failure of allopathic medicines to treat a number of diseases. Unlike allopathic, the alternative medicines do not have severe side effects on the human body. This is the reason why a greater percentage of young students from India are opting for courses in alternative medicine to explore this industry in India.