Sunday, December 7, 2014

Recognized Naturopathy degree institutes in India

I read many online advertising as well as printed advertisement on newspaper claiming that they are a naturopathy institute and offer naturopathy "Diploma", "Degrees" through postal mode and all. These institutes claim that to practice naturopathy and any alternative medicine, one do not need registration and they can practice as a doctor. This is not true. Due to such fake institutes, you will find thousands of such quack doctors in urban India as well as rural India.

Let me clarify points here.

What is alternative medicine?
Any medicine other than the allopathic system of medicine is known as alternate medicine. Allopathic medicine means the medicine which has chemical compounds which is administered as a liquid as syrup, as tablets as injection and IV. Yes, the most of the medicine you know today are allopathics. They are Crocin (Acetaminophen (combination of acetyl, amine and phenyl compound) or paracetamol), cetrizine or levocetrizine, Gelusil MPS, Benadryl and so on. These medicines has to be taken very carefully and wrong dosages or wrong administration, wrong combinations may damage your health and even can lead to death. These are fastest working but also damage our healths severely.

Alternative medicines are safer, time tested way of medicine which do not use such chemical. It includes Ayurvedic, Homeopathy, Siddha and Yoga, Unani and Ayurvedic. These systems are also called Indian system of medicine.

If you complete a degree in alternative medicines, you have to practice in the particular system of medicine only.
You cannot prefix Doctor or Dr. before your name

Admission criteria
To pursue course in alternative medicine, you need to possess same qualification required to pursue any other medical courses i.e. 10+2 / HSC/ Sr. Secondary/ intermediate/ PDC/ PUC from a recognized board with Physics, Chemistry and Biology with minimum 50% marks in each subject  and need to clear entrance examination. There is no other way to get admission.

The courses are available in full time mode only.

Even for these courses, approval from department of Ayush, Ministry of health and family welfare is required.

These courses are available in full time only.

You need to register with the respective council before starting the practice.

The course duration is 4 1/2 years + 1 year internship i.e. total 5 1/2 years. There is no relaxation. 

Only universities can offer the degrees. 
any institute claiming and offering anything violation of these are fake.

What is naturopathy
  1. a system of alternative medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by techniques such as control of diet, exercise, and massage.

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal
health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing
process.  The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.

The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice:
  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
  • Identify and Treat the Causes (ToIle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms. 
  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
    • Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; 
    • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
    • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process. 
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship. 
  • Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development. 
  • Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy), public health measures, hygiene, counseling, minor surgery, homeopathy, acupuncture, prescription medication, intravenous and injection therapy, and naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth).

I hope, you have got a clearer picture now. 

What is naturopathy degree?
It is Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Science (BNYS). It is 4 1/2 years + 1 year internship = 5 1/2 years degree courses. 

Which are the approved institutes offering Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Medicine degrees in India?

1. Govt. Naturopathic Medical College,
Ameerpet, Hyderabad-500016
Ph:040-23730462(F), 23731786 (H)
N.T.R. University of Health
Sciences, Vijayawada, Govt.
of Andhra Pradesh

2. Narayana Yoga & Naturopathy Medical
College, Chintareddypalem,
Nellore-524 002
M:09490166164, Ph:0861-2337433
N.T.R. University of Health
Sciences, Vijayawada, Govt.
of Andhra Pradesh

3. Devs Yoga & Naturopathy Medical College,
Devnagar, Ankireddypalli, Keesara,
Rangareddy Dist.-501301
Ph. 040-27121323
M: 09490601323, 09849267595
N.T.R. University of Health
Sciences, Vijayawada Govt. of
Andhra Pradesh

4. Mahavir College of Naturopathy & Yoga,
Nagpura, Dist. Durg -491001
Ph: 0788-3297104, 2111633, 2621205
Pt. Ravi Shankar University,
Raipur, Govt. of Chhattisgarh

5. Morarji Desai Institute of Naturopathy &
Yoga, Karelibaug, Vadodara-390008
Gujarat Ayurveda University,
Jamnagar, Govt. of Gujarat

6. S.D.M. College of Naturopathy & Yogic
Sciences, Ujire- 574240(D.K.)
Ph: 08256-236188, Fax: 08256-236844
Rajiv Gandhi University of
Health Sciences, Bangalore,
Govt. of Karnataka

7. Alvas College of Naturopathy & Yoga,
Moodbidri - 574 227 (D.K.)
Ph: 08258-238111, 261072
Fax: 236731
Rajiv Gandhi University of
Health Sciences, Bangalore,
Govt. of Karnataka

8. Govt. Nature Cure & Yoga College, PKTR
Hospital, KRS Road,
Mysore – 570002,
Ph: 0821-24433701
R G University of Health
Sciences, Bangalore, Govt. of Karnataka

9. SVYASA College of Naturopathy & Yogic
Sciences, Eknath Bhavan, Kempegowda
Bangalore-560 019
Ph: 26612669, Telefax: 26608645,
Swami Vivekananda Yoga
Anusandhána Samsthána
(SVYASA) Govt. of Karnataka

10. Sant Hirdaram Medical Collage of
Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences,
Bairagarh, Bhopal-462012
Ph: 0755-2643288, 264413, 2645151
Barkatullah University
Bhopal, Govt. of M.P.

11. Sanchi Naturopathy College,
Barla (Sanchi), Dist. Raisen-464551
M: 09203913301/02
Barkatullah University,
Bhopal, Govt. of M.P.

12. JSS Institute of Naturopathy & Yogic
Sciences, Navakkarai, Palghat Road,
Coimbatore- 641105
Ph:0422-2656394, 2656395
Fax: 2656470
The TN Dr. M.G.R. Medical
University, Chennai, Govt. of
Tamil Nadu

13. Sivaraj Naturopathy and Yoga Medical
College, Siddhar Kovil Road,
Thumbathulipatty, Salem - 636 307
Ph: 0427-2481006
The TN Dr. M.G.R. Medical
University, Chennai, Govt. of
Tamil Nadu

14. Govt. Naturopathy & Yoga Medical College,
Anna Nagar, Chennai-600106
Ph: 044-26281563, 26216244
The TN Dr. M.G.R. Medical
University, Chennai, Govt. of
Tamil Nadu

15. S. R. K. Medical College of Naturopathy &
Yoga, Padanilam, Kulasekharam - 629161
Kanyakumari Dist.
The TN Dr. M.G.R. Medical
University, Chennai, Govt. of
Tamil Nadu

16. S.V.S. Medical College of Yoga &
Naturopathy and Research Institute
Salem Main Road,
Bhangaram, Thottium Post
Kallakurichi 626 202
Villupuram District
The TN Dr. M.G.R. Medical
University, Chennai, Govt. of
Tamil Nadu

17. Maharishi Aurobindo Subharti College of
Naturopathy & Yoga Science, N.H. 58, Delhi Haridwar
By Pass Road, Meerut-250005
Ph: 0121-2439578, 3058038
Swami Vivekanand Subharti
University, Subharti Puram,

There no course like ND, Doctor of Naturopathy or Diploma in Naturopathy and no online, postal, distance or correspondence course in naturopathy is available. Beware. If you are interested in the subject as a learner and do not want to be a doctor, you may pursue Diploma in Naturopathy, PG diploma in Naturopathy and Bachelor of Naturopathy from University of Madras, Institute of Distance Education but you cannot practice as a doctor after doing these courses. You may practice as a dietician, as a yoga instructor but not a doctor.

Please ask if you have any query.



  1. HI! I hv keen intrest in alternative tharapies & want to make career in this field. I hv done my masters in psychology and recently I hv done P.G.Diploma in Yoga (by distance education from DSVV,Haridwar).Now, someone told me that if I will complete N.D/N.M.D, I can start practice.I am in Dubai so I can not join any regular course,now I search on web & there is India Board of alternative tharapies,kolkata' is giving N.D/N.M.D online degree (duration 18 months/fee-1lakh approx).
    Kindly,let me know is it authraise or fake...??? & guide me what I need to do ?

    1. No, you cannot start practice. Please resd my artcle carefully.


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