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Aims & Objectives of the Board :

The main objective of the Society is to cater to the needs of the Students by rendering high quality education by establishing educational institutions such as Academic (Health ,Arts & Science) , Technical, Medical, Dental, Engineering, Paramedical Courses and all other health sciences, ITI, B.Ed., Training Institutions, Technical & Health Training Centers and Nursing Institutions.

 

Mission/vision

The Board of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (BCAM) has developed the following mission, vision and values statements as a foundation for the new regulatory college and will use these statements to guide the development of the regulations, policies, by-laws and operating procedures for the future College of  Naturopaths of India.




Mission
The Board of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (BCAM)  regulates  CAM  and Naturopathic Doctors to ensure safe, ethical and competent naturopathic care for the people of India.




Vision

Public confidence in the practice of Naturopathic Medicine through excellence in regulation.

Values

Following proclamation, the College of Naturopaths of India will govern the profession and its own activities based on its values.  In the meantime, the transitional Council will be guided by these values. We will:

           

  1. Be fair, equitable, transparent, and accountable to our stakeholders;
  2. Act with honesty and integrity;
  3. Be proactive and innovative;
  4. Work collaboratively with others;
  5. Accept diverse perspectives and value healthy debate;
  6. Be respectful and professional;
  7. Treat all human resources as a key asset;
  8. Ensure that our standards and processes are evidence-informed;
  9. Respect the health of the individual and the environment;
  10. Be courageous, bold, and challenging.


The Board of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (BCAM) as the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy - Naturopathy is the current regulatory authority for Naturopathic Doctors in India. The BCAM  will continue to fulfill its role as regulator until the Naturopathy Act, is fully proclaimed and the College of Naturopaths of Indiao is operational. Until proclamation, all regulatory matters, including registration of Naturopathic Doctors, and/or complaints should be directed to the BCAM.

Function of the Board

The major functions of the Board are:

•    To conduct Certificate and Diploma Examinations, and examinations of other courses prescribed by the Board. 

•    To prepare courses of studies, text books, teaching materials etc.

•    To publish and distribute/sell text books, syllabuses, lesson notes, work books and other related materials.

•    To recognise the schools, colleges and institutions for the examinations of the Board. 

•    To make regulations for undertaking different functions of the Board.

•    To take care of Education through Orientation Programmes, Refresher Courses and other academic programmes. 

•    To issue certificates/Diploma of the examinations conducted by the Board and equivalence certificate to the examinations of other       State Boards. 


Origin and Development

The history of the Board of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (BCAM) is a remarkable panorama of progressive record of the futurological vision for developing a dynamic system of Complementary and Alternative Medicines including various sub-systems of examinations and highlights of the academic excellence of the last four decades. With the promulgation of the SSES. Act . 5853 54993M/1403 Nat. Recognised by the Government of India & Other States No.301/3/80/15-June-1981 Ministry of Health, Govt. of India No.R14015/25/96U&H(R)(Pt)25-Nov-2003 Ministry of Health Government .of India Vidhayika Anubhag-1 No.1227/17/1-3-1981 Luck,17-4-1982 Govt. of U.P.  ,  And program of action 1992 Govt. of India., this Board was set up in UP and  began functioning in its present building with an enchanting dignity of its own with all amenities.


Board of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (BCAM) is an approved project initiated by the"Sukh Sagar International” registered under the Govt. of UP. India. BCAM has been registered under the society & public trust from Govt. of UP in different fields of programmed & commercial training conducted by the State government & Central Government to approach every class of the society.  Under the Guidelines of Govt. of India. Established Under the SSES. Act . 5853 54993M/1403 Nat. Recognised by the Government of India & Other States No.301/3/80/15-June-1981 Ministry of Health, Govt. of India No.R14015/25/96U&H(R)(Pt)25-Nov-2003 Ministry of Health Govt.of India Vidhayika Anubhag-1 No.1227/17/1-3-1981 Luck,17-4-1982 Govt. of U.P. Incorporated by the BNSM (Delhi) ,Authorized by O.P.J.S. University (Raj.  And program of action 1992 Govt. of India. It has been constituted to Regulate Complementary and Alternative Medicine Education and other Vocational courses (Under Self Employment Education Scheme) in India. With the help of Educational Experts to educate un Educated Boys, Girls, Men and Women to Upliftment the health and literacy in India. So that they can serve Society effectively and with dignity. Board may impart Education with International Techniques and with stress on Morally, Mentally, Physically and Socially Personality.




Board of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (BCAM) is an approved project initiated by "Sukh Sagar International” registered under Govt. of UP. India.




BCAM includes strong team of Professional, technical and management members comprising of Doctors, Management Professionals, Computer Professionals, Social Workers, and Advocates etc. All of them have a similar dream to help the country being technically sound and help India become.





BCAM is a noncommercial organization engaged in the work of social welfare. Started with a mission to provide better health education and service and spread literacy to all class of people.





BCAM has been supported by number of organization. In education & commercial activities but to work for the development of society also.


 




Origin and Development



The history of the Board of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (BCAM) is a remarkable panorama of progressive record of the futurological vision for developing a dynamic system of Complementary and Alternative Medicines including various sub-systems of examinations and highlights of the academic excellence of the last four decades. With the promulgation of the SSES. Act . 5853 54993M/1403 Nat. Recognised by the Government of India & Other States No.301/3/80/15-June-1981 Ministry of Health, Govt. of India No.R14015/25/96U&H(R)(Pt)25-Nov-2003 Ministry of Health Government .of India Vidhayika Anubhag-1 No.1227/17/1-3-1981 Luck,17-4-1982 Govt. of U.P. Incorporated by the BNSM (Delhi) ,Authorized by O.P.J.S. University (Raj.  And program of action 1992 Govt. of India., this Board was set up in UP and  began functioning in its present building with an enchanting dignity of its own with all amenities.

Complementary medicine is alternative medicine used together with conventional medical treatment in a belief, not proven by using scientific methods, that it "complements" the treatment. CAM is the abbreviation for complementary and alternative medicine.

 Complementary Health Approaches

Today, many people use complementary health approaches for a variety of diseases or conditions. But what exactly are these approaches, and how do they differ from standard medical care?

Complementary health approaches are medical and health care systems, practices, and products that originated outside of mainstream medicine. They include techniques performed by a practitioner (such as acupuncture, spinal manipulation, and massage therapy) and natural products (such as herbs, probiotics, and fish oil). Some approaches, including acupuncture and yoga, originated in Eastern countries such as China or India but are now used in Western countries as well.

Complementary vs. Alternative

When people talk about health care practices with non-mainstream origins, they often use the words “alternative” and “complementary” as though they mean the same thing, but the two words usually refer to different concepts.

  • “Complementary” refers to use of a non-mainstream approach together with conventional medicine.
  • “Alternative” refers to use of a non-mainstream approach in place of conventional medicine.

True “alternative” medicine is not common. Most people who use non-mainstream approaches use them along with conventional treatments.

 


Safe Use of Complementary Health Products and Practices

As with any treatment, it is important to consider safety before using complementary health products and practices. Safety depends on the specific therapy, and each complementary product or practice should be considered on its own.

Mind and body practices such as meditation and yoga, for example, are generally considered to be safe in healthy people when practiced appropriately. Natural products such as herbal medicines or botanicals are often sold as dietary supplements and are readily available to consumers; however, there is a lot we don’t know about the safety of many of these products, in part because a manufacturer does not have to prove the safety and effectiveness of a dietary supplement before it is available to the public.

Two of the main safety concerns for dietary supplements are

  • The possibilities of drug interactions—for example, research has shown that St. John’s wort interacts with drugs such as antidepressants in ways that can interfere with their intended effects
  • The possibilities of product contamination—supplements have been found to contain hidden prescription drugs or other compounds, particularly in dietary supplements marketed for weight loss, sexual health including erectile dysfunction, and athletic performance or body-building.



           



 





Naturopathy

Naturopathy consider that the human body owes its existence to Nature’s five elements – Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether a composite illustration of all forces of Nature.

The element Earth stands for the solid structure like bones. Water is a representative of the fluids like blood, lymph, etc. Air represents the breath of life, Fire symbolizes the vitality and Ether or Space personifies the reflection of the human sprit – Soul – the unseen aspect of the human entity.

In positive health, each of these elements is in equilibrium and well balanced. Any interruption in this equilibrium due to any cause leads to a disease. Naturopathy aligns us with the self-preservative Will of Nature to protect and heal itself from within, by weeding out the undesirable, with a strong sense of will power.

Naturopathy believes “All healing powers are with in our body”. It, therefore, advocated aiding the human system to remove the cause of the disease i.e. toxins, by expelling discarded matter from the body for curing the disease. We fall ill only when we go against nature.


Yoga

Yoga’ means peace and tranquility. The Sanskrit word 'Yuj' which essentially means to join or unite. The word ‘union’ referred to is that of the individual self uniting with Cosmic Consciousness or the Universal Spirit.

Yoga-essence
The true essence of Yoga revolves around elevating the life force or ‘Kundalini’ at the base of the spine. It aims to achieve this through a series of physical and mental exercises. At the physical level, the methods comprise various yoga postures or ‘asanas’ that aim to keep the body healthy. The mental techniques include breathing exercises or ‘pranayama’ and meditation or ‘dhyana’ to discipline the mind.

The ultimate goal of yoga is, however, to help the individual to transcend the self and attain enlightenment. As the Bhagavad-Gita says, “A person is said to have achieved yoga, the union with the Self, when the perfectly disciplined mind gets freedom from all desires, and becomes absorbed in the Self alone.”


Yoga exercises recharge the body with cosmic energy This facilitates

  • Attainment of perfect equilibrium and harmony
  • Promotes self- healing.
  • Removes negative blocks from the mind and toxins from the body
  • Enhances Personal power
  • Increases self-awareness
  • Helps in attention focus and concentration, especially important for children
  • Reduces stress and tension in the physical body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system

  • All over the world, the society is now realizing the importance of the ancient drugless system, yoga after suffering hazardous side effects due to the use of drugs.

    Yoga has been an integrated part of our Indian culture from time Immemorial. The Asanas and Kriyas, pain staking evolved by the sages over the centuries, have been perfected to cure a wide range of disease and also to help maintain high standard of health.

    Yoga provides a holistic approach to attain holistic health. It acts in body, mind, & Sprit. It shapes the body and mind to attain holistic health. In Yogic therapy the healing aspect of yoga is taken into consideration, which proves to be the best means to uproot the problems, which originates in the mind and manifest in the bo
    dy.

    Therapies NATURAL THERAPIES LIKE
    HYDROTHERAPY:
    In hydrotherapy water application is mode to produce thermic and circulatory reactions in the body. Water applications are made in cold, Neutral and hot temperatures. Cold hydriatic applications are tonic by reaction and used in eliminative and constructive phases. Neutral baths are soothing and relaxing both to the body and mind. Hot applications though atonic by reaction are helpful in mitigating aches, pains and relieve internal congestions. All these treatments are helpful in activating and regulating the functions of all systems of the body. Hydro massage therapy is excellent especially with stress management techniques. The water arrangements by means of which heat and cold are brought to bear are packing, hot or cold, general or local, sweating or cooling hot air or steam baths general baths, hot water or cold sitz, spinal, head or foot baths; bandages , wet or dry; also fomentations and poultices, hot and cold, rubbings and water potations.

    Mud therapy
    Basically a cold therapeutical application to produce the reaction which promotes the circulatory and thermic processes of the body by which the circulation is directed towards the affected parts of the body, producing this reaction on regular basis will help in construction of the cell and helps in the elimination of cellular toxins. In certain cases like arthritis, hot mud applications are also implemented.

    Hot mud applications are useful in relieving congestion, reducing pain and hence are excellent remedial measures in arthritic patients. Hot mud application are also used in passive inflammatory conditions such as muscular pains ,fibromyalgia etc.In asthma patients hot mud applications upon back relieves the lung congestion and helps in reducing paroxysmal attacks in asthmatics. A mud bath is a type of therapy, in which a person is applied with mud all over the body as therapeutic modality.

    Massage&Mechano therapies
    Massage and mechano therapies will help in regulating the flow of blood and lymphatic circulations in the body and hence useful as indirect exercise procedure .A good massage produces hyperemia and this in inturn activities the sebaceous and perspiratory ducts to relieve the toxins through the skin.Massage tones up the muscles and relaxes the nerve endings.Massage is a perfect therapeutic measure when given by a trained person. Massage is the treatment and practice of manipulation of the soft body tissues with physical, functional like mechanical, medical/therapeutic, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals Massage involves acting and manipulating the patient's body with pressure, tension, motion, or vibration done manually or with mechanical aids.

    DIET THERAPY
    In naturopathy, diet is the internal medicine. A naturopath plans the diet of a patient keeping in view of his age, disease and nutritive habits and necessities keeping in view, at the same time, the 3 phases of the treatments viz eliminative,soothening and constructive. The diet is also planned to relieve symptomatic acute conditions which sometime may arise in the form of healing crises during the treatment period. Specific diets are also prescribed in specific conditions keeping in view of the calorie and nutritional balances in the mind. Diet therapy promotes a balanced selection of foods vital for good health. By combining foods appropriate for each individual and drinking the proper amount of water, one can help maintain the best possible health. Eating the proper diet is critical for the health of individuals, special medical and dietary needs,

    Fasting Therapy:
    In Naturopathy, fasting therapy is considered as an important part, as it provides a chance for the cell level purification. It diverts the conserved energy towards the elimination process. Many diseases are cured by keeping the patient on liquid fasting, and Fruit fasting. Fasting therapy involves the consumption of the juice of raw fruit or vegetables. A person may drink juice preventively to stay healthy, to treat a medical condition like disease low immunity or to produce a certain outcome, such as strengthening the immune system

    Physiotherapy:
    In Physiotherapy, health problems like Paralysis, back pain, Knee joint pains, are treated by undertaking exercises to specific group of muscles and strengthening them.. All the mechanical injuries are treated in physiotherapy with out using any drugs. Physiotherapy is a concerned with prevention and management of movement disorders arising from conditions and diseases occurring throughout the lifespan..

    Acupressure & Reflexology:
    Through drugless system by stimulating the acupressure points present in palms & soles, we can increase the blood circulation, as well as we can improve the nervous system functions in the body. Reflexology or zone therapy is the practice of massaging, squeezing, or pushing on parts of the feet, or sometimes the hands and ears with the goal of encouraging a beneficial effect on other parts of the body, or to improve general health.

    Acupuncture
    Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating needles into points on the body with the aim of relieving pain and for therapeutic purposes.

    Chromo therapy:
    In chromo therapy different colours are used to treat different diseases .Colour charged water, oils are used for this purpose.

    Magnetotherapy:
    Different magnets like Low power, Medium power, High power magnets are used to heal the diseases. Magnetic charged water as well as oils also used for treatment purpose.

    Yoga Therapy;
    Yoga therapy helps not only on cleansing the body but also to bring harmony between the body, mind and spirit. Yogic Kriyas such as jalneti, Sutraneti, Dhauti, laghushankhaprakshalana, shankha prakshalana, Kapalabhati will help a person in cleansing the system and detoxifying. Yogasanas are specially recommended in different form of diseases to improve the functional ability of vital organs, to bring flexibility in joints and the, muscles and to strengthen the spine and improve its agility. The relaxing technique such as Yoganidra will enhance the relaxing capacity of mind which in turn improves stress bearing capacity by strengthening the functions of the endocrinal system and neuromuscular system. The person who perfects the technique of yoganidra achieves improved immunity. The different techniques of Pranayama will help in stimulating the neuro transmitters of the brain which control the entire voluntary and involuntary functions of the body and at the same time enriching body cells with oxygen. 

    Other list of CAM Treatment /Therapy 

    1.                               Acupressure

    2.                               Acupuncture

    3.                               Medical acupuncture

    4.                               Affirmative prayer

    5.                               Alexander technique

    6.                               Alternative cancer treatments

    7.                               Applied kinesiology

    8.                               Aromatherapy

    9.                               Attachment therapy

    10.                           Autosuggestion

    11.                           Ayurveda

    12.                           Bach flower therapy

    13.                           Bates method

    14.                           Body work (alternative medicine) or Massage therapy

    15.                           Coin rubbing

    16.                           Colon hydrotherapy

    17.                           Color therapy

    18.                           Creative visualization

    19.                           Crystal healing

    20.                           Dietary supplements

    21.                           Eclectic medicine

    22.                           Electromagnetic therapy

    23.                           Electro homeopathy

    24.                           Energy therapies

    25.                           Acupuncture

    26.                           Magnet therapy

    27.                           Medical acupuncture

    28.                           Reiki (Seichim and Sekhem)

    29.                           Shiatsu

    30.                           Therapeutic touch

    31.                           Energy medicine

    32.                           Energy psychology

    33.                           Faith healing

    34.                           Fasting

    35.                           Feng shui

    36.                           Flower essence therapy

    37.                           Functional medicine

    38.                           Gua sha

    39.                           Hatha yoga

    40.                           Hawaiian massage

    41.                           Herbalism

    42.                           Herbal therapy

    43.                           Herbology

    44.                           Holistic living

    45.                           Holistic medicine

    46.                           Home remedies

    47.                           Hydrotherapy

    48.                           Hypnosis

    49.                           Hypnotherapy

    50.                           Iridology

    51.                           Light therapy

    52.                           Magnetic healing

    53.                           Massage therapy

    54.                           Medical acupuncture

    55.                           Medical intuition

    56.                           Meditation

    57.                           Mindfulness meditation

    58.                           Transcendental meditation

    59.                           Vipassana

    60.                           Mind–body intervention

    61.                           Alexander technique

    62.                           Aromatherapy

    63.                           Autogenic training

    64.                           Autosuggestion

    65.                           Bach flower therapy

    66.                           Hatha yoga

    67.                           Hypnotherapy

    68.                           Music therapy

    69.                           Natural Health

    70.                           Natural therapies

    71.                           Naturopathic medicine

    72.                           New thought

    73.                           Neuro-linguistic programming

    74.                           Nutritional healing

    75.                           Nutritional supplements

    76.                           Naprapathic Medicine

    77.                           Osteopathy

    78.                           Polarity therapy

    79.                           Power yoga

    80.                           Pranic healing

    81.                           Prayer

    82.                           Psychic surgery

    83.                           Quantum healing

    84.                           Rebirthing

    85.                           Reflexology

    86.                           Reiki

    87.                           Self-hypnosis

    88.                           Shiatsu

    89.                           Siddha medicine

    90.                           Sound therapy

    91.                           Spiritual mind treatment

    92.                           Structural Integration

    93.                           Therapeutic touch

    94.                           Tibetan eye chart

    95.                           Traditional Tibetan medicine

    96.                           Transcendental meditation

    97.                           Trigger point

    98.                           Unani medicine

    99.                           Urine therapy

    100.                        Uropathy

    101.                        Visualization (cam)

    102.                        Visualization

    103.                        Water cure (therapy)

    104.                        Wellness (alternative medicine)

    105.                        Yoga

    106.                        Ashtanga yoga

    107.                        Ashtanga vinyasa yoga

    108.                        Bikram yoga

    109.                        Hatha yoga

    110.                        Iyengar yoga

    111.                        Kundalini yoga

    112.                        Power yoga

    113.                        Siddha yoga

    114.                        Sivananda yoga

    115.                        Tantric yoga

    116.                        Viniyoga

    117.                        Vinyasa yoga



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