A Career in Unani Medicine

Unani By Ayush


What is the Unani system of medicine?

Unani medicine is a one among the Ayush systems that is believed to have originated in ancient Greece around thousands of years ago but is now practised primarily in India. This system of medicine includes addressing the prevention and treatment of disease by using herbal remedies, dietary changes and alternative therapies.  The Unani system of medicine was documented in Al- Qanoon, a medical classic, by Sheikh Bu-Ali Sina (Avicena) (980-1037) AD) and in Al-Havi by Razi (850-923 AD).

It is the fourth most popular traditional and Complementary system of medicine practised in India after the Allopathy, Ayurveda and Homeopathy systems. It works on the principle that a body has its own self-healing power which needs to be boosted. 

A career in Unani

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) is a degree programme in the field of Unani medicine. On obtaining  this degree, one can start working as a doctor in the Unani medical field. 

One can also specialise further by doing a Postgraduate and Ph.D in Unani medicine.

An Unani practitioner can work as a doctor in a government or private or Unani hospital. The professionals in this field can also get work opportunities with companies that deal with the Unani preparations.

Educational Institutions:

The standards of medical education in Unani are regulated through The Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) which is a statutory body constituted under the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970.

At present, there are 41 recognized colleges of Unani Medicine – including the National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM), Bangalore – in the country, which provide education and training facilities in the system. These colleges have a total admission capacity of 1750 students per year for undergraduate courses. 

The Ministry of Ayush, runs a premier institute, the National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM), Bangalore. This institute established in the year 1984, imparts quality education, training and research in the Unani system of medicine.  

NIUM  imparts postgraduate and PhD. courses in various disciplines for the past two decades. It aims to promote excellence in education, research and patient care in Unani Medicine.

Apart from the courses, it also organizes events like  CME, workshops, seminars and guest lectures by the eminent scholars on a regular basis.

The hospital of the institute provides clinical services to patients through general and

speciality OPDs for a variety of disease conditions like skin diseases, GIT and hepato-billiary disorders, neurological disorders, psychiatric and geriatric care. 

Salient Features: 

  • Accredited by NABH
  • Postgraduate courses in eight disciplines
  • PhD. programme in two disciplines
  • 10 departments
  • Library with more than 13700 books
  • Modern Diagnostic Laboratories
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