Institute of Alternative Medicines & Research

Alternative Medicines
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Institute of Alternative Medicines & Research

Alternative Medicine
Literally, Alternative Medicines means alternative to “something else”, this “something else” is western medicine or allopathy or orthodox medicine.

This term is loosely used to cover all forms of medicine except allopathy. In 1973, the Medical Faculty of the University of Rome convened the first world congress of alternative Medicines, and the provisional programme contained no less than 135 different therapies. The experts of WHO have also identified and enlisted more than 100 types of practises and they have termed these as traditional medicine.

These forms of medicine are known astraditional medicine (as most of these are practised from time immemorial), complementary medicine (as these medicines supplement allopathic medicines in many-a-cases) (as it differs from the orthodox medicine), holistic medicine (most of alternative medical systems consider the human body as a complete being comprising of physical, mental, social and spirituall dimension), ethno medicine (as these methods of treatment are based on the laws of nature and natural substances are used to treat the patients).

There are more than 100 systems of alternative medicines still inpractise all over the world. Every country, region or area has its own traditional systems of health and medical care such as for the chinese it is acupuncture, for the french, magnetic healing; for the Germans, Heilpraxis; for the English-Herbalism; For India-Ayurveda; for the muslim countries-the Unani; for the Southern part of the country- Siddha; for Japan-Shiatsu etc.

The most popular forms of alternative medicines are ayurveda, electro homoeopathy, unani, siddha, naturopathy, yoga therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, magneto therapy, shiatsu, herbalism, meditation, aroma therapy, bach flower remedies, gem therapy, chromo therapy, hydropathy,d iet therapy and reiki.

Career courses in alternative medicine:
It would not be an exaggeration to state that despite the consistent advance of western medicine, affordable and effective health care is still beyond the reach of vast sections of the world’s population, particularly those residing in the developing world. A few decades ago, it was generally assumed by the scientific community that medicinal plants, homoeopathic doses, acupuncture needles, yoga etc. Could be safely relegated to no more than a footnote of medical history. But this assumption has indeed turned out to be a very premature one. During the past two decades, the upsurge in herbology, acupressure, acupuncture & yoga etc. Across the world has been phenomenal. This renewed interest has generated an international awareness on the richness and importance of the subject. It is so to cater to this interest and the need for trained practitioners in the field of Alternative Medicines that the Institute of Alternative Medicines and Research offers a variety of multilevel courses in Alternative Medicines.

Established under the affiliation of the Open international Unviersity & Indian coucnil of alternative medicines the “Institute of alternative Medicines & Research” is the leading educational academy, offering a high standard of academic programmes, via regular classes and means of distance education, in the various alternative therapies. Already having an innumerable number of students and practioners under its banner, the institute looks forward to educate more and more students in various courses of diploma/Degree/ Post Graduate on Acupressure, Acupuncture, Aroma Therapy, Biochemic Medicines, Electro Homoeopathy, reiki, naturopathy, yoga and many more.

The syllabus of the various courses of the Institute are as per standard of and based on the syllabus prescribed by the Ministry of Health, Govt. Of India and various other national and international institutes. The lessons provided by the Institute are written in a simple and lucid fashion so that they can be followed by beginners as well as experienced practitioners.
The courses are of great practical relevance to one and all. They enable one to maintain his or her health, reduce medical bill by following simple and cost effective procedures/ remedies and render medical service.
The courses are of great practical relavance to one and all. They enable one to maintain his or her health, reduce medical bill by following simple and cost effective procedures / remedies and render medical service. The institute places equal emphasis on its distance education programmes as it does on its regular classes. Distance education allows students from all over the world to pursue these courses and receive accepted certification on its completion. Besides, education by means of corresspondence has its own advantages, particularly for working people or those with other preoccupations, as the students can study at their own pace and in their environment, thus making it a very convenient process.

An annual convocation is held by the institute at which its students aer presented their diplomas and degrees by dignitaries and outstanding students are commended for their performances with medals and awards.

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