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MD in Dravya Guna is a 2-year full-time postgraduate course in medicine, involving an advanced study of the principles, qualities, actions, and therapeutic profiles of the food/ drug substances in Ayurveda.

Dravyaguna is a part of Ayurveda. It can be correlated with the discipline of Pharmacology in modern medicine. The word 'Dravya" means 'drug'. The word 'Guna' means 'properties', and the word 'Vijnan' means knowledge or science. Therefore, the term 'Dravyaguna Vijnan' means the science that deals with the study of the properties of drugs.

Dravyaguna Vigyan (Ayurvedic Pharmacology) is a non-clinical course. It sets standards of Ayurvedic pharmacognosy and pharmacology with focus on identifying dubious medications, adulterants, and substitutes utilized as a part of Ayurvedic practice.

Dravyaguna deals with the nomenclature (namajnana), pharmacognosy (rupajnana), pharmacology (gunajnana), and pharmacotherapeutics (yuktijnana).

Some of the institutes that offer the course in India are listed here:

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Christian Medical College, Tamil Nadu
  • Armed Forces Medical College, Maharashtra
  • Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
  • Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.

Some of the top entrance tests conducted for admission to the course in India are:

  • JIPMER PG
  • NEET PG
  • AIIMS PG
  • COMEDK PGET
  • CMC Vellore.

The basic eligibility criterion for pursuing the course is the successful completion of BAMS from a recognized institute, with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam.

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 10,000 to 5,00,000.

Successful graduates of the course can expect anything between INR 3 to 20,00,000 as annual salary in the industry, increasing with experience and skillset.

Such graduates are hired in capacities such as:

  • Category Manager, Medical Representative, Business Development Officer.
  • Ayurvedic Doctor, Sales Representative, Area Sales Executive/Manager.
  • Product Manager, Assistant Claims Manager.
  • Pharmacist, Jr. Clinical Trial Coordinator, etc.

Top Colleges for Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Dravya Guna)

  • Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Dravya Guna) in Karnataka
  • MD in Delhi-NCR
  • MD in Maharashtra
  • MD in Chennai
  • MD in Uttar Pradesh
  • MD in Telangana

MD in Dravya Guna: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPost Graduation
Duration2 years
Examination TypeSemester System
EligibilityBAMS with minimum 50% marks.
Admission ProcessEntrance Exam + Group Discussion/ Personal Interview
Course FeeINR 10,000 to 5,00,000
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 to 20,00,000 per annum
Top Recruiting CompaniesDabur, Patanjali, Baidyanath and Himalaya firms, University of Madras, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Ayurveda, etc.
Top Recruiting AreasColleges & Universities, Medical Colleges, Govt./Pvt. Hospitals, Content Writing (medical), Nursing Homes, Medical Labs, and such.
Job PositionsCategory Manager, Medical Representative, Business Development Officer, Ayurvedic Doctor, Sales Representative, Area Sales Executive/Manager, Product Manager, Assistant Claims Manager, Pharmacist, Jr. Clinical Trial Coordinator, among others.

MD in Dravya Guna: What is it About?

Dravyaguna involves an advanced study of medicinal herbs and drugs, their origin, nature, properties, and effects upon human beings. It finds its parallel in the modern science of pharmacology. It’s the science of herbal plants.

The discipline comprises pharmacognosy, pharmacology, and therapeutic uses of the plants. Ayurvedic drugs, especially herbs, are prescribed across different pharmaceutical forms, to produce maximum therapeutic effect.

Dravya signifies a material or thing which can be living or not living, Guna stands for properties.

As indicated by Charaka, there is nothing on the earth which is not medicine. That is the reason Ayurveda considers all substances as solution, if utilized for particular purposes in a fitting way.

Dravyaguna Vignan also allows the practitioner to choose herbs or herbal combinations that effectively balance the vitiations of doshas, while preventing further imbalances or side effects. Here lies the key to relative absence of side-effects for Ayurvedic medicines. The medicines are used to treat both the disease and the patient, since the treatment of a specific imbalance can lead to the imbalance of other parts.

Therefore, Drayaguna Vignan is one of the most important knowledge an Ayurvedic practitioner must gain before he begins practice. The course prepares candidates for professional capacities such as Examination Researcher, Educator, Ayurvedic Doctor, Specialist to contribute productively to therapeutic and health sciences.

Top Institutes offering MD in Dravya Guna

Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees in INR
All India Institute of Medical SciencesNew Delhi1,944
Christian Medical CollegeTamil Nadu1,17,000
Armed Forces Medical CollegeMaharashtra64,400
Kasturba Medical CollegeMangalore12,50,000
Maulana Azad Medical CollegeNew Delhi10,000
Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchPondicherry6,200
Lady Harding Medical CollegeNew Delhi10,000
Madras Medical CollegeTamil Nadu13,667
Grant Medical CollegeMaharashtra82,400
Sri Ramachandra UniversityTamil Nadu14,00,000
Government Medical CollegePunjab11,000
Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical CollegeMaharashtra86,825
Christian Medical CollegeLudhiana1,33,000
Osmania Medical CollegeHyderabad66,666
Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical CollegePune72,650
Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchKolkata10,000
Bangalore Medical College and Research InstituteBangalore95,000
SMS Medical CollegeJaipur6,000
Government Medical CollegeSurat14,000
Government Medical CollegeKerala61,667

Eligibility for MD in Dravya Guna

Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.

  • Successful completion of BAMS from a recognized institute.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 55% (50% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the level of BAMS.

MD in Dravya Guna: Admission Process

Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test, mostly, NEET PG, often followed by a round of personal interview, wherein their general aptitude for the course is tested. Admission process generally varies across colleges.

A few institutes also conduct their own entrance tests for admission to the course in the country.

Listed below are some of the top entrance exams conducted in the country for admission to the course.

  • JIPMER PG
  • NEET PG
  • AIIMS PG
  • COMEDK PGET
  • CMC Vellore
  • AIAPGET
  • PU CET
  • AIPMT
  • DNB CET
  • AIPGMEE
  • UPSEE
  • KCET
  • AP EAMCET
  • GCET
  • MU OET
  • JCECE
  • OJEE
  • CETPPMC
  • GUJCET
  • KARNATAK PHCET
  • DSAT.

MD in Dravya Guna: Syllabus and Course Description

A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

Year IYear II
Ayurveda Samhita and Siddhanta Research Methodology Concerned SubjectAyurveda Samhita and Siddhanta Charak Samhita Sushrut Samhita & Ashtang-Hridayam Ayurvediya And Darshanika Siddhanta Ayurved Itihas And Prayogika
Rachana Sharira Research Methodology Rachana ShariraRachana Sharira Garbha Shaarira Koshthanga Sira Dhamani Srotas Shaarir Marma Shaarira Evum Asthi Sandhi Peshee Shaarira Garbha Shaarira
Kriya Sharira Research Methodology Kriya ShariraKriya Sharira Prakrti- Sattva Vijnana Kosthanga Kriya Vijnana Modern Physiology And Its Applied Aspect Prakrti- Sattva Vijnana
Dravyaguna Vigyana Research Methodology Dravyaguna VigyanaDravyaguna Vigyana Namarupa Vigyana Guna Karma Vigyan Prayogavigyana Nighantu
Rasashastra and Bhaishajya kalpana Research Methodology Rasashastra and Bhaishajya kalpanaRasashastra and Bhaishajya kalpana Rasa Shastra Bhaishajya Kalpana Rasa Chikitsa & Aushadha Yoga Vigyana Pharmacology And Pharmacy Management
Roga Nidana evam Vikritit Vigyana Research Methodology Roga Nidana evam Vikritit VigyanaRoga Nidana evam Vikritit Vigyana Fundamental Principles of Roganidana Roga Vigyana Pariksha Vigyana Vikriti Vigyana And Jivanu Vigyana
Kaumarbhritya Research Methodology KaumarbhrityaKaumarbhritya Bija, Garbha Vigyaniya (Human Genetics, Embryology) Navajata Shishu Vigyan Evam Poshana Balrog (Pediatric Disorders) Kaumarabhritya In Ancient Classics And Recent Advances
Stri Roga and Prasuti Tantra Research Methodology Stri Roga and Prasuti TantraStri Roga and Prasuti Tantra Garbhagarbhini Vigyan Prasava – Vigyan Stree Rog Vigyan Prasuti–Streerog-Shalya Karma
Kayachikitsa Research Methodology KayachikitsaKayachikitsa Fundamentals Of Kayachikitsa Samanya Roga Chikitsa Vishishta Roga Chikitsa Advances In Kayachikitsa
Shalyatantra-Kshara Karma Research Methodology Shalyatantra-Kshara KarmaShalyatantra-Kshara Karma Shalya Siddhanta – Fundamentals Of Surgery Vishishta Shalya Vigyana - Shalya Tantra Speciality Adhunik Shalya Karma - Modern Surgery Shalya Vangmaya – Shalya Literature, Research And Development

MD in Dravya Guna: Career Prospects

Successful postgraduates of the course typically work across medical colleges and research institutes as researchers, or in nursing homes. Pursuing private practice in healthcare centers or clinics is another career option for such professionals.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
Clinical AssociateClinical Associates help medical offices enhance working methods and approaches in arrange of departments.3,00,662
ProfessorProfessors teach students in a wide range of disciplines at the post-secondary level. They deliver scholarly articles, perform research, and instruct in the area of specialization.9,13,657
Ayurvedic DoctorAn Ayurvedic Doctor treats patients suffering from the many physical maladies caused as a result of the modern life, using comprehensive ancient medicine methods from India to enable patients to maintain or regain health, wiping out polluting influences, diminishing stress, and battling illness.2,84,900

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