Unani is one of the ancient and popular streams of medical science. It provides ample career opportunities in India. Explore information about career options, courses and education in Unani medicine.

Careers in Unani Medicine

Unani is an ancient Greek medical system. Originated in Greece, it is also known as “hikmat” or Unani Tibb Medicine. The Unani medicine, which has been practiced for almost 6000 years, is based on the principles of Hippocratic theory of the Four Humours - blood in human body, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile. Unani is considered as close to Ayurveda medicine of India, because both these medicines are based on the theory of 'the presence of elements' - fire, water, earth and air. Due to the popularity of Unani as one of the alternate medical systems, people in India have opted for building career in this field. A number of colleges are imparting quality education in the field of Unani through undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Research work is also being done in this medical system.

Course Details
Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery (BUMS) is the undergraduate level course offered by many medical colleges in India. Out of the medical colleges in India, many are standalone Unani institutions, while other have included Unani medicine in their curriculum. To be eligible to pursue the course, one must have passed Intermediate / Higher Secondary Certificate Examination or its equivalent with minimum 50% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, from any recognized Institute or University. Those who have studied Urdu as a language in their 10+2 examination are given preference.

Career Prospects
After pursuing course in the field of Unani medicine, one can work as Unani Hakim or pharmacist. One can also join any central Government or state Government dispensaries, Unani hospitals, health centers, private nursing homes, Unani pharmacies, research centers or can join teaching department at any Unani institute or practice Unani medicine as Unani physician or consultant.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Some of the well known and prominent colleges in India that offer course in the field of Unani medicine are Ayurved Unani Tibbi College (Delhi), Jamia Hamdard University (Delhi), Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College (Aligarh), National Institute of Unani Medicine (Bangalore), Govt. Nizamia Tibbi College (Hyderabad), Dr. Abdul Haq Unani Medical College & Hospital (Andhra Pradesh), Govt. Tibbi College (Patna), Saifia Hamidia Unani Tibbia College & Hospital (Madhya Pradesh) and The Calcutta Unani Medical College and Hospital.

Remuneration in Unani medicine largely depends upon the standard of the organizations and the person experience in the field. Generally, in Unani medicine, one can earn anywhere between Rs 3,00,000 and 4,00,000 per annum.

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