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Indian Board of Alternative Medicines (IBAM) Review

Updated on December 7, 2015


Medicine is an important part of our daily life. Some can't live without medicine, while some can't live with medicine. The art of medicine should be carefully studied, if not, the practitioner might seriously hurt someone. Natural medicine or commonly called alternative medicine is a natural way of healing and doesn't involve any side effects. Studying a degree in alternative medicine won't qualify a person as a doctor, but as a medical practitioner. I just wanted to mention this first before anyone starts getting dreams up. Although they're recognized worldwide, to actually qualify as a traditional/alternative medical practitioner, you'll have to check with your country's traditional/alternative medicine department to see whether your degree from IBAM can be used.


The Indian Board of Alternative Medicine or IBAM has all the appropriate documents to be a certified college, but only in India. They claim that once we receive the medical practitioner license from them, we can practice our art anywhere within India, without getting arrested. I had inquired them whether we can practice the arts internationally or not, which they replied that all the information will be available on the materials that they will send, which was not the case. I had only received a "confirmation of enrollment" letter and the course structure sheet.

Materials Sent

They will send you a basic textbook for each course, but surprisingly, a textbook is only within a centimeter thick. The basic textbooks are manufactured by IBAM themselves and you will find some language mistakes, but the sentences are still comprehensive. Other than the basic textbooks, you will receive additional reading materials which are thicker than the basic textbooks. These materials are more professional looking than the basic textbooks. The Identification Card they give is simply ridiculous, it's just a piece of paper with your information written on it.

Form of Learning

All learning is done by the student themselves. Although they claim to be an online learning college, they don't offer any type of online learning. You'll have to rely on the materials that are given, but I think that an average learner might finish all the materials within months. Excluding the additional materials, an average learner might finish within a month. They do offer questionaries, but it consists of two pages per subject. To conclude, they offer a very poor form of learning, there is no interaction between you and IBAM after you send payment.


I would recommend IBAM only if you are from India as then only will you receive full benefits. I could definitely say that you won't qualify as a medical practitioner with this degree in the US. I would recommend this to people outside India only for additional knowledge and as an addition to your CV, not the base. Thank you for reading and have a nice day.

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