Unani: Medicine, Hakims, Doctors, Treatments, Medical Colleges

Unani traditional medicine

Unani system was originated in Greece and the pioneering man behind the system was Hippocrates. Unani, the Indian system of traditional medicine had been practiced in India since a long a long time. It came to India by Arabs and Persians during the eleventh century, who worked and researched extensively on the Greek philosophy. It got adequate patronage from the Delhi Sultanate. Since then, it is rooted here except the British regime. Now, India is the leading country in the world in terms of Unani education, hospitals and health care facilities.

Unani principle concepts

The entire concept of Unani system of medicine revolves around four humour theory of Hippocrates: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. As per Unani, the human body is consisted of seven components: Element (Arkan), Temperament (Mizaj), Humors (Akhlat), Organs (Aaza), Spirits (Arwah), Faculties (Quwa) and Functions (Afaal). The four parts of element with temperament are Air (hot & moist), Earth (cold & dry), Fire (hot & dry) and Water (cold & moist).

Unani treatment

In Unani treatment, the six essential pre-requisites (Asbab Sitta e Zaroriayah) for the promotion of health and prevention of diseases are: Air, Food and drinks, Bodily movement and repose, Psychic movement and repose, Sleep and wakefulness, Evacuation and retention.  The important treatments in Unani medicine are:

1.Regimental therapy (Ilaj-bil-Tadbir): It is also known as detoxification method. The following techniques used in regimental therapy are:

  • Venesection (Fasd)- good for blood related problems, toxicity prevention, waste excretion and menstrual disorder.
  • Cupping (Al-hijama)- Used in case of skin cleansing, menses solutions, liver disease, and piles.
  • Sweating (Tareeq)-releases waste matter from the skin.
  • Diuresis (Idrar-e-baul)-helps in excreting toxic matter from the body.
  • Turkish bath (Hamam)-refreshing the body.
  • Massage (Dalk, Malish). Counter irritation- provides relief to pain and burning irritation.
  • Cauterization (Amal-e-Kae)-prevents poison malignancy and joint pains, helps to remove pathogens.
  • Purging (Ishal)- Used for intestinal evacuation.
  •  Vomitting (Qai)-Good in treating of headache, migraine, bronchial related problems.
  • Exercise (Riyazat)-Good for overall wellbeing.
  • Leeching (Taleeq-e-Alaq)-Used to remove toxins from the body.

2. Dieto Therapy (Ilaj-bil-Ghiza): Diet plays important roles in Unani system. Quality and quantity of food is utmost important in Unani.

3. Pharmacotherapy (Ilaj-bil-Dawa): It deals with drugs, especially the naturally occurring drugs.

4. Surgery (Ilaj-bil-Yad): Simple and minor surgery is being conducted in the system.

Leading Unani Institutes/Institutions

The top most unani institutions and organization of the world are given below.

  1. Hamdard Al-Majeed College of Eastern Medicine, Hamdard University, Pakistan
  2. Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), New Delhi, India
  3. Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine (CRIUM), Hyderabad, India
  4. Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Science, India
  5. Jamia Tibbiya Deoband, India
  6. Unani Department of Hamdard University, India
  7. Tibbia College, Pakistan
  8. National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bangalore, India
  9. Tipu Sultan Unani Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka
  10. Govt. Unani and Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Top Unani Hakims of the world

The leading and pioneering Hakims who had contributed a lot for the growth and promotion of the Unani system are given below. They have given a new direction to the naturally occurring drug discipline.

  • Hakim Abdul Aziz
  • Hakim Abdul Hameed
  • Hakim Ajmal Khan
  • Hakim Habibur Rahman
  • Hakim Hammad Usmani
  • Hakim Mohammed Said
  • Hakim Syed Atiqul Qadir
  • Hakim Syed Fazlur Rahman
  • Hakim Syed Karam Hussain
  • Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman
  • Qazi Mazhar Qayyum

Unani doctor

Unani doctors are having good job opportunities in India, South East Asia and Middle East because of its holistic in nature and in-depth healing power with least side effects. One can become Unani doctor after passing Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery (BUMS) course. It is of 5½ years course including house surgery. The eligibility for BUMS is that one should pass 12th standard with minimum 50% marks in aggregate in physics, chemistry and biology from a recognized college or university. Those candidates who have Urdu in their Intermediate exam are given preference. After completing BUMS, one can also pursue MD (Mahir-e-Tibb) and MS courses. The interested candidate may also pursue Ph.D.

Unani research centres

  1. RRI of Unani Medicine, Srinagar
  2. Clinical Research Unit, Bangalore
  3. Clinical Research Unit, Alawaye
  4. Clinical Research Unit, Bhopal
  5. Clinical Research Unit, Buranpur
  6. RRI of Unani Medicine, Mumbai
  7. Family Welfare Research Unit, Mumbai
  8. Clinical Research Unit, Unani Medical College & Hospital, Pune
  9. RRI of Unani Medicine, Balasore
  10. RRI of Unani Medicine, Chennai
  11. Drug Standarisation Research Unit, Chennai
  12. Institute of Unani Medicinal Plants, Lucknow
  13. RRIUM, Aligarh
  14. Clinical Research Unit, Allahabad
  15. Clinical Research Unit, Meerut
  16. Drug Standarisation Research Unit, Lucknow
  17. Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine, Hyderabad
  18. Drug Standarisation Unit Jamia Hamdard, Delhi
  19. RRI of Unani Medicine, Abul Fazal, Okhla

Unani medical colleges

There are many unani medical colleges and institutions in India, which are offering UG and PG courses in the field. The list of 38 medical colleges are being given, which are spread in different states of the country.


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