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Rapid Access Guide to Alternative Medicine Exam in UAE

moh tcam bookRapid Access Guide to MOH DHA HAAD Proemtric examinations for Doctors in TCAM – Alternative medicine.

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MOH UAE TCAM Exam Schedule 2016

uae13The next TCAM Examination will be in July 11th 2016.

The one after that will be in August 30 and September 2016.

Venue is in Sharjah, UAE.

Registration and payment should be online

The registration for exam at MOH can be done online at  (new users sign up by clicking ‘Create New Account’ link). Note that after online registration, personal verification has to be made by Data Flow, an agency entrusted by MOH for this purpose (pay the amount for this only after intimation from MOH). Note that online registration is mandatory for all applicants before personal registration (verification of documents) at MOH office.

NB: The date and venue of exam can be changed as per MOH discretion.


Unified licences for healthcare professionals across UAE

uaeOne licence for all seven emirates from October 12

Dubai: In a major move for the advancement of the health-care sector, unified medical licences will now be recognised across the UAE with effect from October 12, paving the way for medical professionals to work across the country.

The Dubai Health Authority is implementing an earlier agreement for unification of medical practitioners during the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress in January.

Dr Layla Al Marzouqi, acting director of Health Regulation Department at DHA, said it is excellent move. “ It’s like having a driving license that is recognised throughout the country,” she said.

Similarly doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals will not need to sit for exams or send their papers for primary verification once they have already been certified as practitioners in Dubai or another emirate. Their licence will be recognised throughout the country. This will give the patients a wider range of choices.

In case of certain super specialities ,there are only a limited number of doctors available in the country. Now these doctors will have better mobility and can travel from one emirate to another for medical consultation. However, doctors will only have to now take permission from the health authorities of the emirate in which they wish to practise. The price of licensing procedures remains the same.

Eisa Al Maidour, Director-General of DHA, said that this move works as it seeks to unify medical practice and streamline the professional medical licensing process. “With the introduction of this process, all health-care professionals will be evaluated based on the same criteria across UAE,” he said.

For the time-being all professionals graduating from accredited local programmes within the UAE will be exempted from experience requirement so that they can begin practice in their field of medicine or nursing after completion of the medical programme and internship. For the first two years, they will work under supervision in a secondary or tertiary hospital.

Al Maidour also said that for certain certificate holders, the number of years required for a specialist physician/dentist to be a consultant has been reduced from eight to five years as a means to provide growth opportunities to medical professionals. He said that American board, Canadian board and Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) certificate holders from UK will be eligible to be consultants directly.


Attention UAE DHA Medical or Alternative medicine Job seekers

job18Please visit these websites and get a job of GP, Homoeopathy, Alternative medicine, Nurse, Specialist, Technicians etc..

These websites display polyclinics with their address, phone email etc .

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TCAM Exam Schedule 2015 by Ministry of Health UAE

new logo MOHTraditional Complimentary Alternative Medicine (Homoeopathy,Ayurveda,Unanai,Chineese medicine etc) Exam Schedule 2015 by Ministry of Health United Arab Emirates

  • 11th February 2015
  • 8th April 2015
  • 3rd June 2015
  • 1st September 2015
  • 24th November 2015 (preponed to 11th Nov 2015)

Web :

Registration and payment should be online, Written Exam at UAE only.

The registration can be done online at (new users sign up by clicking ‘Create New Account’ link).

After online registration, personal verification has to be made at MOH centre- Muhaisinah, Dubai or MOH Office, Abu Dhabi (only after intimation from MOH). Note that online registration is mandatory for all applicants before personal registration (verification of documents) at MOH office.

Important links

Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Licensing Requirements

HAAD Standard for Scope of Practice for Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Practitioners

Tips on preparation and interview 

Previous question papers 


Brief outline on Homoeopathy & TCAM Exams and job at UAE

doctors10Brief outline on Homoeopathy & TCAM Examinations by MOH UAE

Dr Saifulla Khalid Adamji
Coordinator TCAM

This is just an outline summary for understanding of TCAM (Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medicine) Exam & Practice in U.A.E.

Definite Policies & Procedures have been put in place in order to regulate TCAM

Services by MOH-U.A.E. Each of TCAM specialties may differ from one another in terms of Course Content, Exams Eligibility Criteria, Education, Experience & Evaluation Procedure)

As an initiator of TCAM, MOH has formulated Guidelines, Procedures, Policies & Examination method for TCAM Practitioners as follows.

1. All Alternative Medicine Graduates/Practitioners such as Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Chinese Medicine , Acupuncture, Chiropractor, Osteopathy, & Alternative Medicine Technicians such as Chinese Massage Therapist/ Ayurveda Indian Massage Therapist, Ozone Therapy, Cupping(Hejama) Therapy are specialties of TCAM recognized by MOH, to be eligible to practice provided they fulfil all other criteria. Exams are conducted four times in an academic year.

2. A candidate should have Degree/Diploma not less than of 4 yrs from recognized University/institution & should have minimum 2 yrs of experience after Internship, valid registration/license in the country of practice along with attestation as mentioned. for TCAM Medicine Practitioners. & minimum of 1 year course duration for TCAM Therapist & minimum 1 year experience except for Cupping Therapy.

The experience should be continuous & a candidate should not be away from clinical practice for more than 1 year.

Online /Distance Learning/Correspondence Courses or Programs Offered by Open Universities or Unaccredited Universities are not approved and candidates having such courses are not eligible to take any kind of Licensing Examination by MOH.

Certificate Course in CPR/Basic Life Support Courses should be completed only by Ministry of Health/Dubai Health Authority/Health Authority Abu Dhabi/Dubai Police/Abu Dhabi Police.

3.A medical degree holder (MBBS. MD., MBchB,) willing to practice any mentioned MOH approved specialties should have minimum of 2 semester full time academic course duration, from recognized University in that particular field.

4.A written exam fully based on USMLE-MRCP pattern composed of Clinical Medicine, Internal Medicine is conducted for TCAM eligible candidate.& this is almost equivalent to any MBBS exams & only successful candidates are subjected for an Interview/Oral exam.

5.Any Medical degree holder(MBBS, MD.,MbchB) already licensed by Ministry of Health, Department of Health, Abu Dhabi Health Authority to practice Allopathic system of Medicine, working as General/Specialist Practitioner in U.A.E. willing to practice any MOH approved branch of TCAM, having undergone training in any of MOH approved specialty of TCAM for not less than 2 semester full time academic course duration along with other criteria then, also he/she is subjected for an interview & if they pass out that oral exam ,than an additional EVALUATION CERTIFICATE is issued to them along with existing Physician’s license.

6.Any Medical degree holder(MBBS, MD.,MbchB) NOT HOLDING Practice license by Ministry of Health, Department of Health, Abu Dhabi Health Authority to practice Allopathic system of Medicine, as General/Specialist Practitioner in U.A.E. ,willing to practice any MOH approved branch of TCAM, having undergone training in any of MOH approved specialty of TCAM for not less than 2 semester full time academic course duration then along with other criteria, he/she is subjected for BOTH-THOERY AS WELL AS ORAL-INTERVIEW EXAM.

7.After passing this exam a candidate will be given EVALUATION CERTIFICATE mentioning remarks such as e.g.

To Work in a Medical Center Only where one can be allowed to practice only where physicians of modern medicine are already present in that particular set up OR May Work Independently which allows them to have owns practice,& this Evaluation is a passing certificate but not the License & which in no way guaranties any jobs in Government Sector,& there does not exists any openings for TCAM Practitioners in MOH Controlled Hospitals & Primary Health Care Centers till now(at present), but TCAM is growing in private medical sector & TCAM Practitioners are being employed in private medical centers /Polyclinic & even in some private major Hospitals.

8.A candidate who has received Evaluation Certificate i.e.(PASSING) can work anywhere within U.A.E, after obtaining a LICENSE from regional Health Authorities such as HAAD-Health Authority Abu Dhabi for Abu Dhabi, DHA-Dubai Health Authority for Dubai region, BUT if you want to establish a practice in Northern Emirates like Sharjah, Ajman, Ummul Quwain, Ras al Khaimah, Fujairah then regional Ministry of Health Offices will be responsible bodies to issue you the license to practice in those particular areas.

Source :

Dr Saifulla Khalid Adamji
Coordinator TCAM
Ministry Of Health-Dubai UAE.
TEL – 04 2301423 FAX- 04 2301851
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TCAM Exam by MOH UAE- 2014 schedule published

Exams9Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medicine Exam schedule 2014 by Ministry of Health – United Arab Emirates

Date of Written Exam in 2014        

  1. 12/02/2014
  2. 09/04/2014
  3. 04/06/2014
  4. 03/09/2014
  5. 26/11/2014                               

Place of Registration

Place of Exam
Sharjah Nursing Institute, Maliha Road-Sharjah (Tel.: 06-5589933)

9:00am – 12:00pm

Oral Examination: Applicants successful in written examination will be notified through mail about venue & timings to attend oral examination which will be held within 2 weeks of written test.

Online registration :

Step by step guide for scheduling MOH test on

Documents Required For Tcam Medicine Practitioner

Previous Question papers of TCAM Exam by MOH UAE

MOH UAE TCAM Exam – Tips on Application, Preparation & Interview

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Dr Saifulla Khalid Adamji
Coordinator TCAM
Ministry Of Health-Dubai UAE.
Ph:  04 2301423 FAX- 04 2301851
Mail :  ,

Customer service Contact
Address: P. O. Box 1853, Dubai, UAE. Tel : +971 (4) 2301000 or 800-11-111 (24/7)
Location: Muhaisna 2, beside Etisalat Academy on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Exit No. 60 after Merdif City Center.

Data Flow Contact
Please call +971 4 453 96 04
Send email at


Documents required for TCAM medicine practitioner exam at UAE

uae4Revised guide lines – Documents required for Alternative medicine practitioner exam at UAE

1.Degree Certificate
Attestations required are
a)U.A.E. Embassy
b)Ministry of External Affairs /Foreign affairs/HRD
c)Ministry of Education/Regional Attestation Centers-(RAC)
d)U.A.E. Foreign Office (in U.A.E.)

A, B, & C attestations are required from country where Degree has been obtained.

2.Registration /License
Attestations required are
A) U.A.E. Embassy
B) Ministry of External Affairs/Foreign affairs/HRD
C) UA.E. Foreign office (in U.A.E.)
A & B attestations are required from country where you are registered as practitioner.

3.Internship Certificate

4. Mark list/Transcripts
NO. 3 & 4 to be attested by College /University

5.Experience Certificate
To be attested by Local Court/Magistrate /Public Notary in country where experience has been gained.

6.CPR/First Aid Certificate Course– from MOH recognized institute
(Please contact Dr Marwan Mohamed on 04-2301437/050-8760741)


8.1 Photograph

9.Passport Copy with Visa Page

10.Exam Fees -50 Dhs. (E-Dhs)


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UAE Medical License Exam now appear Online

uae6Dubai: Health-care professionals, especially outside the UAE, can apply for a medical licence to work in the Emirates through the fully operational online Examination and Evaluation System (EES).

Candidates  can appear for the licence exams, conducted on a weekly basis, in their own country and receive results electronically, reducing cost and time. The fees are also paid electronically.

Previously, an applicant had to appear for an exam, and if unsuccessful, reappear after the stipulated two months wait.

“The new system allows an applicant to sit for an exam every week in his or her country the number of attempts or trials to schedule MoH exams is four,” said Dr Ameen Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practices and Licensing at the ministry, speaking to Gulf News.

He explained that in the past, applicants had to enter the country and incur expenses.

Now they can enter the country after they have been evaluated and are ready to seek jobs. The system is centralised and reduces the financial burden on applicants. It also saves them time.”

To facilitate the exams, the ministry has enlisted the help of Prometric Worldwide, a global testing network. “Prometric manages the exams for the ministry around the world,” said Dr Al Amiri.

Apart from licensing, health-care professionals including physicians, technicians, dentists, pharmacists and TCAM (traditional, complementary and alternative medicine) practitioners can also benefit from the system’s online features that allow one to upgrade qualification and experience.

For fee payment, the system mandates the use of the UAE e-dirham card, which was introduced in 2001 to replace traditional methods of fee collection for government services.

The UAE E-Dirham card is a ‘secure electronic purse’ that can be bought in person or online from the ministries of Finance and Interior and/or any member bank like the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Commercial Bank of Dubai.

Dr Al Amiri said that once an applicant has registered, he or she has to submit the required documents (passport copy, photograph, and certificates, among others), and pay the fee using the UAE e-dirham card.

He explained that the payment is done through the Blue and Red Al Haslah prepaid (customisable) e-dirham cards.

He added the system has been tested by the ministries of health and finance to ensure accuracy.[Source]


TCAM Alternative Medicine Exam schedule 2013 at MOH UAE

uae5TCAM Alternative Medicine Exam schedule 2013 at MOH UAE

Homoeopathy & Alternative Medicine Exam dates for 2013 at Ministry of health United Arab Emirates – Date of Written Exam, Place of registration & Place of Exam

Note: Oral Exam will be conducted for candidates successful in TCAM Written Exams

Dates will be announced for each TCAM Oral exams right before each TCAM Written Examination.


Please go through the link for details and requirements

MOH will inform the candidates in case of any cancellation or changes in the dates of interviews.

Date of Written Exam

Place of Registration

Place of Exam
05/02/2013 ONLINE registration is MANDATORY for ALLTCAM specialties and payment will be done at the MOH. Sharjah Nursing Institute (Tel.: 06-5589933)
09/04/2013 ONLINE registration is MANDATORY for ALLTCAM specialties and payment will be done at the MOH. Sharjah Nursing Institute (Tel.: 06-5589933)
04/06/2013 ONLINE registration is MANDATORY for ALLTCAM specialties and payment will be done at the MOH. Sharjah Nursing Institute (Tel.: 06-5589933)
24/09/2013 ONLINE registration is MANDATORY for ALLTCAM specialties and payment will be done at the MOH. Sharjah Nursing Institute (Tel.: 06-5589933)
26/11/2013 ONLINE registration is MANDATORY for ALLTCAM specialties and payment will be done at the MOH. Sharjah Nursing Institute (Tel.: 06-5589933)

Please note that in some speciality exams the canditates are required to pass Prometric “Online” exam prior to attend the oral exam. Examination process (Prometric)

Source :

MOH (UAE) TCAM Alternative Medicine Exam Schedule 2012

 Ministry of Health United Arab Emirates
 TCAM Alternative Medicine, Homoeopathy Exam Schedule 2012 

Dates of registration                  Date of written exam

1. 08/02/2012 & 09/02/2012     13/02/2012

2. 01/04/2012 & 02/04/2012     09/04/2012

3. 03/06/2012 & 04/06/2012     11/06/2012

4. 09/09/2012 & 10/09/2012     17/09/2012

5. 04/11/2012 & 05/11/2012      12/11/2012

Venue of registration:
Customer service
Ministry of Health-Dubai
Tel: 04-2301423

Note : In case if any holiday is announced by UAE Government on above mentioned dates, new dates/changed schedule will be  announced as per government’s direction.

More details at :

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MOH UAE TCAM Exam -Tips on Application Preparation and Interview

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Guideline to Candidates

  • A comprehensive and up to date knowledge in Practice of medicine and Community Medicine (SPM) is necessary.
  • Davidson is the approved text by MOH
  • No Homoeopathic / Alternative medicine questions during the theory exams, but liberally during interview.
  • Questions are MCQ (multiple choice questions) type with 4/5 answers.
  • Remember all the answers are more or less similar but only one is similmum.
  • Recently pattern of questions entirely changed.
  • 60 MCQ (for 40marks) and 40 short answer type questions ( for 60 marks) were asked.
  • Questions are of PG standard
  • Latest investigative procedures and normal biochemical values in International Units are asked for theory and viva.

The following documents should be submitted along with the application form:

  • Evaluation application form.
  • Curriculum Vitae (C.V).
  • Copies of academic certificates provided the originals are attested by the official authorities.
  • Copies of experience certificates provided the originals are attested by the official authorities.
  • Copy of registration in the relevant syndicate in the applicant’s country of origin.
  • Personal declaration.
  • List of referable researches, studies and sources (for doctors, specialist technicians and consultants).
  • Established fees payment receipt.
  • Curriculum Vitae (preferably one page)
  • Passport Copy and Three (3) recent passport size colour photographs
  • Copy of mark sheets / Transcripts for each year or semester (Authenticated or Certified true copy by the college or a Notary Officer)
  • Copy of Internship completion Certificate (Authenticated or Certified true copy by the college or a Notary Officer)
  • Copies of Diplomas and Degrees (Authenticated/attested by the Ministry of Higher Education and the UAE Embassy in the country where Degree has been awarded)
  • A practical short duration training course certificate is required in any one of the Emergency Care courses such as: Advance Life Support, First Aid Course, or CPR. The training should have been done from an authorized training centre in the UAE or abroad, like Red Crescent Society, Red Cross Society, or any Major Hospitals, etc. (Distant Education Courses and Online internet courses would not be accepted)
  • Experience letters/certificates in your field of specialty, including the date of appointment and termination of duties.


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  • Registration Fees would be accepted only by E-Dirham, which could be purchased through any of the local banks.
  • Registration would start at 8:00 a.m to 12:00 noon.
  • Only 75 applications would be registered per registration day.
  • Maximum number of seats for each cycle of TCAM examination would be 150 persons.
  • Those who had failed the previous exam can bring their registration slip and register again, for this exam.

Number of Seats

  • Maximum number of seats for each cycle of TCAM examination would be 150 persons.
  • Number of attempts : 3 attempts are possible
  • After getting MOH license you need to get attached to the concerned Emirates Ministry of health where you are going to get placed.
  • Usually 2 exams are conducted per year.
  • You have only 3 chances to win/attend
  • 80-90% marks in theory is necessary for in attending the interview

Note on Incomplete applications:

  • “Incomplete” files are those applications that have one or more of missing documents such as: required attestation, relevant experience certificates, passport copy, etc.
  • For more details, please refer to Examinations Section at the Recruitment Department, First Floor, Ministry of Health, Abu Dhabi.

Certificate attestation & Submission
Your BHMS degree certificate should be attested by embassy of UAE in your country . For this you have to send – Internship certificate, degree certificate, final year mark list, registration certificate ( medical council) and Transcript ( obtained from the university in which you have got BHMS or equivalent certificate ) through an approved Travel agency or directly.

Minimum time required for this : 10-18 days

Electronic Dirham 100 should be paid there.

Arrange Visa, flight ticket, accommodation etc at your own risk and expense .

A minimum of 10-15 days stay is required.


  • 2 years after Degree or 3 Years after Diploma
  • UAE national Doctors are exempted from the (2) years’ experience condition, hence the year of internship is sufficient for evaluation.
  • Excellent command of English language (written and spoken) is a condition

Ranking/License to practice/Certificates

For those who secure higher marks will be awarded Independent Practice Certificate. For others Under the Clinic license only.

Upon the recommendation of the examination committee, the evaluation committee grants one of the following options according to the qualifications, experiences and results of written and oral examinations:

a. Allowed to work in a medical center

b. Allowed to work independently

c. Allowed to work under supervision in the same specialty

Job in UAE

At present no government jobs are available for Alternative medicine people at UAE. But you can earn much from your private practice or attached to many hospitals.

1. Who is eligible to sit for C.A.M Practioner’s Examination?

a. Alternative Medicine Degree holders (MD in a branch of Alternative Medicine, DC, DO, BHMS, BAMS, BUMS, BAc, BSc Hom, BTCM, etc.)

b. Medical Degree holders (MBBS, MBBCh, MD, etc.) having a postgraduate Diploma or Certificate of not less than Two Years full time duration, in any branch of Alternative Medicine, wishing to practice Alternative Medicine only. (Those who wish to practice modern medicine in addition to Alternative medicine should first successfully pass regular MOH, GP Examinations.)

c. Allied Health Specialists and Graduates that are recognized by the Health Ministry for example Nurses, Dieticians and Nutritionists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, having successfully completed a course in a branch of Alternative Medicine, of no less than 3 Years full time duration, from recognized Institutions, would be also considered on individual basis to sit for the examinations.

2. Criteria:

a. Diplomas, Degrees or other certificates should be issued from recognized universities or institutions which are authorized by the higher education authorities in a country to award certificates of competence or course completion at the end of the course.

b. Correspondence Courses, Distant Learning Certificates, and Certificates from unrecognized institutions shall not be accepted.

c. Applicants should be fluent in Arabic and/or English. Written Examinations are in English.

d. Internship period should be in a related Alternative Medicine Hospital or Clinic. If no internship was done, then two years of experience equals to One year of internship.

e. Years of Study, internship and experience would be calculated as follows :

Minimum Duration of full time

Alternative Medicine Study

Internship Period in Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine Experience 4 Years

For those having only Alternative Medicine Degree.

1 Year , 5 Years ,3 Years (respectively)

For those having an additional Qualification in Allied Health Sciences

6 Months, 3 Years, 2 Years (respectively)

Only for Medical Degree Holders

6 Months, 3 Years (respectively)

Written Examination would be common for all the Alternative Medicine disciplines. This examination would be Multiple Choice, of not less than two hours duration. Candidates should be familiar with prevalence of common diseases in the UAE and the Gulf and should have adequate knowledge of public health principles, necessary for any General Practice.

Only those passing this examination would be called for interview and practical examination in their field of specialty.

(Examination for other CAM practitioners like Ayurveds, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Unani Medicine Practitioners would take place in future Cycles, only after enough number of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Unani Medicines have been registered by the Pharmacy Department of MOH.)

Practitioners of non-conventional medicine, should know which conditions and individuals they will be unable to treat successfully and be able to identify when the patient should be directed to medically qualified physicians and specialists. C.A.M practitioners should also be able to recognize contra-indications to their system of therapy. Failure to recognize such signs could result in injury to the patients.

It is also particularly very important that Complementary and Alternative practitioners do not countermand instructions or prescriptions given by a medical doctor. For example a C.A.M practitioner may not alter or recommend alteration in dosage of a medicine taken by a patient on advice of a medically qualified doctor.

Changing the practical field from “working under supervision” or “working in a medical center” into “working independently “the following requirements should exist:

Evidence of work experience in a licensed medical center, for a period not less than one year or as defined by the committee upon evaluation.

Passing the interview or any exams specified by the committee.

Adhering to all forthcoming conditions and instructions.

Examinations -Topics for written exams, interviews, and practical :

An examination for a license shall be in writing and oral and if necessary practical.

The written exam shall include testing in

a. The basic sciences including but not limited to anatomy, physiology, bacteriology, pathology, hygiene, and chemistry as related to human body or mind.

b. The clinical sciences, nutrition, preventive and public health medicine

c. Professional ethics and any other subjects that the examining board may deem advisable

Step 1: Multiple Choice Written Examinations

The written exam generally consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Short-answer-objective type questions and questions based on diagrams/pictures/images depicting medical conditions may be also included in the written exam. MCQs may be structured in such a way that only one answer would be correct, in such a case there would be no negative markings. There may also be MCQs with multiple correct answers. In such a case, there would be negative marking for wrong answers chosen. Instructions for each type of MCQs would be clearly given during the examination time.

Indicate you answer by circling the appropriate letter on the question paper and also by filling in the appropriate circle on the computer answer sheet.

Directions for marking the computer answer sheet:

Use a black lead pencil (2B or HB) so that any mistakes can be erased and changed.

Make heavy black marks which fill in the circle completely

Erase fully any answer you wish to change.

Make no stray marks on the answer sheet.

When filling your name, one letter to a box, and fill in the circle with the correspondening letter or number. If there are not enough boxes, stop when you run out of boxes as in the ‘first name’ for example.

Your answer sheet is machine read by an optical character reader. The out put is processed by a computer. One mark is given for each correct answer. No marks are deducted for incorrect answers. If more than one answer is filled for a question, no marks would be given.

Candidates who successfully pass the written examination would be called for interview in their field of specialty. An examination board consisting of professionals from different specialties conducts the interviews. As per needs and requirements, the examination board may invite TCAM professionals from the private sector to assist in conducting the interviews.

Successful candidates who have passed both written and oral/practical examinations would then be awarded the license to practice in their field of specialty.

You have to appear for an interview in front of a panel of experts with original documents.

Dress well preferably in suite .

For example, Chinese medicine practitioners would be interviwed by Traditional Chinese Medicine examining committee. Likewise other practitioners such as Chiropractors, Homeopaths, Herbalists, etc. would be sent to special interviewing committees. This would be held as soon as possible after results are announced. (Usually within a week).


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Read at least Harrison Vol.1- you can answer 50% questions

Pre-Application Form for Candidates interested to apply for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Examination please visit :

Web site of MOH

Revised guide lines – Documents required for Alternative medicine practitioner exam at UAE

1.Degree Certificate
Attestations required are
a)U.A.E. Embassy
b)Ministry of External Affairs /Foreign affairs/HRD
c)Ministry of Education/Regional Attestation Centers-(RAC)
d)U.A.E. Foreign Office (in U.A.E.)

A, B, & C attestations are required from country where Degree has been obtained.

2.Registration /License
Attestations required are
A) U.A.E. Embassy
B) Ministry of External Affairs/Foreign affairs/HRD
C) UA.E. Foreign office (in U.A.E.)
A & B attestations are required from country where you are registered as practitioner.

3.Internship Certificate

4. Mark list/Transcripts
NO. 3 & 4 to be attested by College /University

5.Experience Certificate
To be attested by Local Court/Magistrate /Public Notary in country where experience has been gained.

6.CPR/First Aid Certificate Course– from MOH recognized institute
(Please contact Dr Marwan Mohamed on 04-2301437/050-8760741)


8.1 Photograph

9.Passport Copy with Visa Page

10.Exam Fees -50 Dhs. (E-Dhs)

Important links

Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Licensing Requirements

HAAD Standard for Scope of Practice for Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Practitioners

Tips on preparation and interview 

Previous question papers 

Question paper

MOH UAE Alternative medicine Question Papers

Question paper Five Question Papers of MOH UAE Alternative medicine Examinations

1) This examination paper consists of 9 pages and 100 questions. Please Check that you have all the pages.
2) Write your Examination Number on each page of the question paper, on the top right hand corner.
3) Each question consists of a stem followed by four items identified by A, B, C, and D. There are also some TRUE and FALSE questions. Only one of multiple choices is the most appropriate answer. Select this by encircling the correct letter.

Question paper  February 2002
Time allowed: 2 hours

Please complete the following in English:
1) Full Name (Block Letters): ___________________________________
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Example 1          Example 2
The most common primary cardiac tumor is :     Pericarditis occurs in all of the a following, EXCEP T:
A. myxoma         ;     A. rheumatic fever
B. sarcoma         B. tuberculosis
C. rhabdomyoma       C. pneumonia
D. fibroma       D. scarlet fever

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1) Notification is a statutory obligation in the following infections except:
A) Food poisoning
B) Viral hepatitis
C) Measles and rubella
D) Laryngitis

2) With regard to travelers’ diarrhoea, which one of the following statements is true:
A) No causative organism is identified in 65% of patients
B) Most attacks require drug treatment
C) Antidiarrhoeal agents are particularly useful in children
D) Doxycycline prophylaxis is advised for all travelers’ to sub-Saharan Africa

3) Noteworthy factors in the assessment of pyrexia of unknown origin includes all except:
A) History of travel abroad
B) Occupational history
C) History recent vaccination
D) Recent drug therapy

4) The most common condition requiring surgery during the first 2 months of life is:
A) Volvulus
B) Inguinal hernia
C) Intussusception
D) Congenital hypertrophic pyloric stenosis

5) Legg Calve Perthes disease:
A) Is painful
B) Is bilateral in 80% of cases
C) Is more common in females than in males
D) Occurs between the ages of 2 to 12 years (mean age of 7 years)

6) Low serum iron, elevated serum ferritin, and normal iron- binding capacity typically occur in:
A) Thalassemia
B) Sickle cell anemia
C) Iron deficiency anemia
D) Anemia of chronic inflammation or infection

7) Which of the following eye disorders is most likely to occur in patients with ankylosing spondylitis?
A) Iritis
B) Cataract
C) Glaucoma
D) Conjunctivitis

8) Following recovery from pneumonia, a 46-year – old man develops paralysis of the proximal and distal muscles of the leg, the most likely diagnosis is:
A) Syringomyelia
B) Multiple sclerosis
C) Guillain-Barre syndrome
D) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

9) Bell’s palsy occurs in about 20% of patients with:
A) Malaria
B) Lyme disease
C) Leptospirosis
D) Relapsing fever

10) Abdominal pain associated with erythrocyte stippling and footdrop or wristdrop typically occurs in:
A) Thalassemia
B) Lead poisoning
C) Multiple myeloma
D) Infectious mononucleosis

11) Breath sounds are increased in:
A) Atelectasis
B) Pneumothorax
C) Both
D) Neither

12) Iron deficiency anemia is characterized by decreased:
A) Transferrin saturation
B) Total iron- binding capacity
C) Free erythrocyte protoporphrin
D) All of the above

13) The best test for a 15 month old male with recurrent pneumonia due to pseudomonas aeruginosa is:
A) sweat test
B) Schilling test
C) Serum lead levels
D) Respiratory function tests.

14) 19 year old sexually ac tive woman presents with right upper quadrant pain due to gonococcal perihepatitis, this is called:
A) Mittelschmerz
B) Reiter’s syndrome
C) Leriche’s syndrome
D) Fitz- Hugh- Curtis syndrome

15) Which of the following tests you would order for a 19 year old female with sore throat and cervical adenopathy?
A) Schilling test
B) Coombs test
C) Schirmer test
D) Monospot test

16) Anthrax (malignant pustule; woolsorter’s disease) is caused by:
A) Virus
B) Fungus
C) Bacteria
D) Rickettsia

17) Pregnant women should avoid taking:
A) Digoxin
B) Glyburide
C) Ethambutol
D) All of the above

18) The most common gynecologic malignancy in a 20-year -old female is:
A) Vulvar cancer
B) Ovarian cancer
C) Cervical cancer
D) Endometrial cancer

19) 62 year old woman complains of jaw pain when chewing and diminished vision of her right eye, the most likely diagnosis is:
A) Glaucoma
B) Temporal arteritis
C) Tension headache
D) Normal pressure hydrocephalus

20) A14 year old boy is brought to you because of intense itching around his fingers with visible excoriations, the most likely diagnosis is:
A) Scabies
B) Lymphoma
C) Erysipelas
D) Sarcoidosis

21) The most likely cause of a bulge behind the knee of a 58 year old woman with long history of arthritis is:
A) Hematoma
B) Baker’s cyst
C) Osteosarcoma
D) Arteriovenous malformation

22) A child has a midline neck mass that elevates with the protrusion of the tongue, the most likely diagnosis is:
A) Cystic hygroma
B) Branchial cleft cyst
C) Thyroglossal duct cyst
D) Cervical lymphadenitis

23) What is the most common cause of intracranial hemorrhage?
A) Trauma
B) Hypertension
C) Coagulopathy
D) Arteriovenous malformation

24) Cervical disk herniation is most common at:
A) C1- C2
B) C2- C3
C) C4- C5
D) C6- C7

25) Which of the following disorders is most likely to occur in short boys aged 4 to 10 years?
A) Congenital hip dysplasia
B) Osgood-Schlatter disease
C) Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
D) Slipped capital femoral epiphysis

26) Reticulocyte count is NOT low in:
A) Thalassemia
B) Lead poisoning
C) Sideroblastic anemia
D) Iron deficiency anemia

27) A patient with nephrotic syndrome has white horizontal lines on his nails, this is known as:
A) Koilonychia
B) Beau’s lines
C) Terry’s nails
D) Muehrcke’s nails.

28) What test you would order for a 38 year with history of recurrent peptic ulcer disease and diarrhea?
A) Sweat test
B) Schilling test
C) Small bowel biopsy
D) Serum gastrin levels

29) Runny nose, sneezing, and coughing in a 2 year old child is most likely due to:
A) Croup
B) Asthma
C) Epiglottitis
D) Bronchiolitis

30) Hyperpigmentation, salt craving, postural hypotension, and fasting hypoglycemia aresymptoms of:
A) Addison disease
B) Diabetes insipi dus
C) Cushing syndrome
D) Hyperparathyroidism

31) The most common hernia of all ages and both sexes is:
A) Femoral hernia
B) Umbilical hernia
C) Direct inguinal hernia
D) Indirect inguinal hernia

32) The most common cause of acute abdomen in children and adolescents is:
A) Volvulus
B) Pancreatitis
C) Peptic ulcer
D) Appendicitis

33) 16 year old female breaks up with the boyfriend, cries everyday, and refuses to go back to school, the most likely diagnosis is:
A) Conduct disorder
B) Major depression
C) Conversion disorder
D) Adjustment disorder

34) Obesity is a risk factor for:
A) Osteoporosis
B) Osteoarthritis
C) Both
D) Neither

35) Estrogen therapy increases the incidence of:
A) Osteoporosis
B) Ischemic heart disease
C) Both
D) Neither

36) High parity (multiparity) is a risk factor for:
A) Breast cancer
B) Cervical cancer
C) Endometrial cancer
D) All of the above

37) Tetany is associated with:
A) Hypocalcemia
B) Hypomagnesemia
C) Both
D) Neither

38) Which of the following values is increased during pregnancy?
A) Serum iron
B) Serum ferritin
C) Iron binding capacity
D) All of the above

39) Sudden onset of cyanosis with aphonia and inability to cough in a 2 year old child is most likely due to:
A) Croup
B) Epiglottitis
C) Laryngomalacia
D) Foreign body aspiration

40) Labyrinthitis causes:
A) Fever
B) Ear pain
C) Dizziness
D) Aural fullness

41) Hutchinson’s tr iad of congenital syphilis consists of tooth abnormalities, deafness, and:
A) Keratitis
B) Hepatitis
C) Cholangitis
D) Pancreatitis.

42) The most common extracutaneus site of involvement of chickenpox in children is:
A) Genitourinary system
B) Cardiovascular system
C) Central nervous system
D) Gastrointestinal system

43) Anterior curvature of the spine is called:
A) Lordosis
B) Kyphosis
C) Scoliosis
D) Osteogenesis imperfecta

44) The most likely cause of painless jaundice of one month duration in a 72 year old man is:
A) Acute cholangitis
B) Acute cholecystitis
C) Carcinoma of pancreas
D) Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

45) Primary Osteoarthritis is mostly related to:
A) Sex
B) Hormonal disturbances
C) Age
D) Occupation

46) Which of the following is NOT a radiological feature of OA?
A) Loss of joint space
B) Presence of new bone formation or osteophytes
C) Cyst formation
D) Presence of foreign body in the joint

47) Itch caused by Scabies is often exacerbated at:
A) Night
B) Morning before noon
C) Early morning
D) Afternoon

48) ………………………… usually extremely itchy. The patient presents with excoriated blisters on the elbows, buttocks and knees.
A) Xerosis
B) Bullous Pemphigoid
C) Urticaria
D) Dermatitis Herpatiformis

49) Xerosis is a common skin symptom in what age group?
A) Below five years old
B) Teenagers
C) Infants
D) Old age

50) Pruritus is often the most bothersome symptom and usually precedes other signs and symptoms of which of the following diseases?
A) Diabetes Mellitus
B) Cholestatic Liver disease
C) Alzheimer Disease
D) Migraine

51) Dementia usually follows a:
A) Progressively deteriorating condition
B) Rapidly improving condition
C) Stable condition
D) Fluctuating condition

52) Most causes of Dementia are currently:
A) Avoidable
B) Curable
C) Incurable
D) Acute

53) The risk of developing dementia is related to:
A) Viral infection
B) Age and family
C) Environmental factors
D) Emotional distress

54) Which of the following statements about infective arthritis is true:
A) The onset is typically insidious
B) Haemophilus influenza is the most common causative organism in adults
C) Pre-existing arthritis is a recognized predisposing factor
D) Small peripheral joints are involved more often than larger joints

55) Polyarthrlagia is NOT a common presenting complaint in:
A) Rubella
B) Depression
C) Juvenile Diabetes
D) Metabolic bone disease.

56) Which of the following disorders does not usually produce signs and symptoms in the joints:
A) Lyme disease
B) Acromegaly
C) Chronic sarcoidosis
D) Benign Prostate Hyperplasia

57) Shoulder pain is NOT a recognized feature of:
A) Myocardial Ischaemia
B) Supra spinatus Tendonitis
C) Scleritis
D) Cervical spondylosis

58) Osteoarthritis is:
A) Evident radiologically in at least 80% of patients > 65 years old
B) More likely to be generalized and severe in males
C) Best managed with anti-inflammatory doses of NSAIDs
D) Related to bronchial Carcinoma

59) In a patient with neck pain:
A) Aggravation by sneezing suggests cervical disc prolapse
B) Associated bilateral arm paresthesiae suggests angina pectoris
C) Otherwise normal joints, rheumatoid arthritis is excluded as a possible diagnosis
D) Antinuclear antibodies are characteristically absent

60) The clinical features of Gout exclude:
A) Cellulitis, tensosynovitis and bursitis
B) The abrupt onset of severe joint pain at tenderness
C) Serum urate levels fall during the attack
D) Loin pain and haematuria

61) Which is the most common bacterial cause of community acquired pneumonia?
A) Streptococcus Pneumoniae
B) Herpes Simplex
C) Cytomegalovirus
D) Salmonella

62) Finger clubbing is a typical finding in:
A) Chronic bronchitis
B) Bronchiectasis
C) Fever
D) Functional dyspepsia

63) …………………………is usually spread via the faecal-oral route:
A) Hepatitis B
B) Cholera
D) Atopic Dermatitis

64) In which of the followi ng infections notification to Health authorities is not necessary:
A) Food poisoning
B) Viral Hepatitis
C) Measles and Rubella
D) Mild tonsillitis

65) Sexually transmissible viral disease include:
A) Hepatitis A, B and C
B) Influenza
C) Brucellosis
D) Myocarditis

66) For treatment of Tetanus the best management would be:
A) Washing of the wound with horse urine
B) Administration of human antitetanus immunoglobuline
C) Physiotherapy of the stiffness
D) Wound should be left alone to heal naturally

67) Which of the following is not a recognized complication of heart failure?
A) Hyponatraemia
B) Sudden death
C) Impaired LFT
D) Anaemia

68) Which of the following therapies does not improve the long term prognosis after myocardial infarction?
A) Aspirin
B) ACE inhibitor
C) B blockers
D) Mint tea infusions

69) The diagnosis of peptic ulcer is best made with
A) Endoscopy
B) Barium Meal X Ray
C) Plain X Ray
D) Coating of tongue.

70) One of the main causes of Oliguria is:
A) Diabetes Mellitus
B) Addison’s disease
C) Decreased Renal Perfusion
D) Chronic hyperglycemia

71) Pneumaturia is the……………….
A) Passage of casts in urine
B) Passage of gas in urine
C) Passage of epithelial cells in urine
D) Passage of RBCs in urine

72) In adults the most frequent diagnosis of primary tumors of the anterior mediastinum is:
A) Germ Cell neoplasms
B) Lymphomas
C) Endocrine tumors
D) Thymic lesions (cysts, hyperplasia,thymoma)

73) Carcinoma of stomach is most likely to metastasize to:
A) Liver
B) Peritoneum
C) Lungs
D) Bone

74) In investigating a patient for possible hepatocellular carcinoma, the best tumor marker would be:
A) Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin
B) Alkaline Phosphatase
C) a-fetoprotein
D) S-100 antigen

75) Which of the following features is most characteristic of non-insulin- dependent, type II Diabetes?
A) Obese body weight
B) Age on onset usually under 30
C) Ketosis is common
D) History of smoking

76) A 60-year-old woman has a three-month continuous history of morning stiffness, and pain and swelling of the second and third metacarpalphalangeal joints of both hands. The best diagnosis is:
A) Definite Rheumatoid Arthritis
B) Possible scleroderma
C) Definite Osteoarthritis
D) Classic psoriatic arthritis

77) A 28-year-old man presents to your clinic with two-hour history of chest tightness, coughing, and wheezing. The history determines that he has had many such attacks in recent years, usually brought on by emotional factors or exertion, and generally treatable by self-medication at home. There is a longhistory of hay fever and other members of the familyhave similar symptoms. Physical examination reveals dyspnoea, orthopnea, and cyanosis. High-pitched sibilant rhonchi occur on inspiration and ex piration and some coarse crepitations are audible. Pulse is 130/min and regular. Coughing produces viscid sputum. The most likely diagnosis is:
A) Right heart failure
B) Left heart failure
C) Asthma
D) Pneumonoconiosis

78) Precipitating factors in this patient’s (question 77) condition include all of the following EXCEPT:
A) Exposure to antigen
B) Salt ingestion
C) Excitement
D) Irritants

79) Pulmonary function studies during an acute attack (ref. to question 77) are most likely to show:
A) Decreased FEV1
B) Increased vital capacity
C) Decreased residual volume
D) Increased arterial PO2

80) A 28 year old woman presents to your clinic with a history of diarrhea and crampy abdominal pain. In retrospect, the attacks have been increasing in frequency and severity for the past three years, so that there are now at least ten bowel movements per day. She has lost 10% of her body weight in the past year. On examination, she is a thin woman in acute distress from abdominal cramps. A boggy mass can be palpated in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, associated with marked tenderness, but nor guarding. Examination of the anal area reveals an apparent perianal fistula..
X-ray of the GI system are taken and on review show that a barium enema is essentially normal. An upper GI series shows a normal esophagus and stomach, but there are several areas of stenosis in the ileum separated by normal bowel. A mass of adherent loops of ileum with evidence of fistulous connections between several loops.

The most likely diagnosis of this patient is:
A) Ulcerative colitis
B) Crohn’s disease
C) Acute appendicitis
D) Carcinoma of the small bowel

81) The above (question 80) long standing disease may be associated with all of the following EXCEPT:
A) Pyelonephritis
B) Polyarthritis
C) Emotional instability
D) Respiratory failure

82) The most common complication of chickenpox in children is:
A) Pneumonia
B) Cystitis
C) Secondary bacterial skin infection
D) Encephalitis

83) Which statement is true concerning Hodgkin’s disease?
A) The peak incidence is between 15 and 34 years of age
B) The most common presenting finding is enlargement of cervical lymph nodes
C) More than 90% of patients initially achieve a complete clinical remission
D) All of the above

84) With regard to mortality in relation to smoking which of the following is NOT correct?
A) Current male cigarette smokers have a 70% greater chance of dying from disease than non smokers
B) Specific mortality ratios are directly proportional to the amount smoked and the years of cigarette smoking
C) Mortality ratios are also higher for those who initiated their smoking at younger ages
D) Former cigarette smokers carry their increased mortality rate with them after they stop smoking.

85) With regard to smoking and cancer of the lungs which of the following is NOT correct?
A) The most definite causal relationship between the use of tobacco and any disease is with lung cancer
B) The use of filter cigarettes with low tar and nicotine content decreases lung cancer mortality
C) Smokers experience decrease in lung cancer mortality rates, which approaches the rate of nonsmokers, after 10 or 15 years of cessation.
D) Cancer of the lungs has become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the past decade

86) Vitamin C increases iron absorption:
A) True
B) False

87) Iron deficiency in infancy may cause impaired psychomotor development
A) True
B) False

88) Iron deficiency is more common in late childhood than adolescence
A) True
B) False

89) In older patients, a recurrent chalazion in the same location should prompt referral
A) True
B) False

90) Upper eyelid swellings in a child should raise suspicion of a dermoid
A) True
B) False

91) Bacterial conjunctivitis generally has a watery discharge.
A) True
B) False

92) Glaucoma generally produces significant purulent discharge
A) True
B) False

93) Enuresis, thirst, weight loss and a tiredness that has withdrawn a child from usual play and activities should alert you to diabetes
A) True
B) False

94) All childhood diabetes is due to type I diabetes
A) True
B) False

95) Sensitivity to the house dust mite is associated with an increased risk for current asthma
A) True
B) False

96) An indoor domestic pet could be suggestive of an allergic trigger in a person with chronic asthma
A) True
B) False

97) Ulcerative colitis typically causes abdominal pain
A) True
B) False

98) A delayed release preparation of fish oil has been shown to prolong the remission of Crohn’s disease
A) True
B) False

99) Pruritus of cholestatic liver disease generally appears on the abdomen
A) True
B) False

100) Solar keratoses are indicators of cumulative sun exposure
A) True
B) False

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Dubai Healthcare City opens doors to Ayurveda, Homeopathy

Dubai Healthcare City, a member of Tatweer today announced that it has started to implement the principles of alternative medicine The Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Council, set up by the DHCC is the overseeing authority for licensing the CAM professionals under specific rules and regulations as well as its other regulatory functions.

  • The council set up by DHCC’s Centre for Planning and Quality (CPQ) and is led by prominent alternative medicine practitioners.
  • This will open doors for the traditional Indian medicine of ‘Ayurveda’, the Chinese medicine and Homoeopathy.
  • This will immense job opportunity to young aspirants with good salary and wages
  • Dubai health care city provides patients with quality health care, medical education & research with international standards
  • For more details : http://www.dhcc.ae

Alternative medicine gaining ground in UAE

Asma Ali Zain and Ahmed Shaaban

26 July 2009 DUBAI – While alternative medicine is not everyone’s first choice for daily health care, it may soon become a popular option. In the UAE, demand for alternative medicine is bound to increase due to the affluent market structure, say local experts.

“In the US and Europe, 70 per cent of the patients ask for alternative medicine at least once a year,” he says, adding that alternative medicine treats the root cause as compared to conventional medicine. “Herbs are expensive while a licence for practitioners is hard to get,” he says.

A survey conducted by the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) in 2006 found out that 28 per cent of people in the UAE used one form or the other of alternative therapy during the preceding 12 months while 48 per cent had availed of these therapies at some point in their lifetime.

The same study concluded that 55 per cent of the public preferred implementation of formal regulations for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Council set up at the healthcare city to increase public confidence and wider use.

Herbal medicine, Chinese acupuncture, muscular massage treatment and medical ozone oxygen treatments were among the alternative medicine therapies streamlined by the UAE Ministry of Health in 2005 along with traditional, herbal, homeopathic, osteopathy, chiropractic and naturopathic medicines.

Healthcare City is also providing the option of medical cover for people turning to alternative medicine. “We are in talks with insurance companies and some have agreed to cover alternative drugs,” explains Dr Mukesh Batra who recently opened the first homeopathic clinic at the healthcare city.

He explains that the global homeopathy market stands at Dh10 billion. “The annual growth rate of the market stands at 25 per cent and this includes the UAE as well,” he added. The market is definitely growing says Dr Saifi. “People in the country are financially well off.”

Over 4,000 General Sales Products, 250 homeopathic medicines and 300 herbal medicines have been registered with the health ministry so far.

Alternative medicine has also become a reliable option for people seeking treatment free from side effects. From anything between Ayurvedic methods to Chinese acupuncture and mind-body techniques, the UAE offers a wide range of treatment options.

Vascular Diseases therapist and Hijama (cupping) expert at GMC hospital in Ajman Dr Amr Farouk classifies it into five categories — alternative therapies, mind-body techniques, body-based therapies, biologically based therapies and energy therapies.

“A number of alternative medical systems exist, including Hijama, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and unconventional Western practices of natural healing,” says Dr Amr.

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Alternative Medicine exam UAE revised schedule 2011

In case if any holidays is announced by UAE Government on above mentioned dates, new dates/changed schedule will be announced as per Government’s directives later.

Candidates are requested to confirm by contacting MOH directly before booking the flight.

Date of Registration                                            Date of Written Exam
1              01/02/2011 & 02/02/2011                                        07/02/2011

2              03/04/2011 & 04/04/2011                                        10/04/2011

3              01/06/2011 & 02/06/2011                                        12/06/2011

4              11/09/2011 & 12/09/2011                                        18/09/2011

5              13/11/2011 & 14/11/2011                                        20/11/2011






Homeopathy Practice Guidelines at UAE

BPNo person is allowed to practice Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the UAE, without prior permission from the UAE Health Regulatory Authorities

Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners should abide by the following rules:

  1. The Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners can act as a portal of entry and provide health care without any referrals
  2. The Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners can work either independently or in a medical center or under supervision of another senior Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioner as per recommendation and approval of the Evaluation Committee
  3. The Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners may make diagnosis according to the science and philosophy of their field of training/specialty.
  4. If necessary, the Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners should refer patients to hospitals and health care clinics.
  5. The Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners can only prescribe pharmaceutical medicines and products as per their own specialty. They can also prescribe OTC products that are registered by the Ministry of Health.
  6. The Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners may ask for laboratory and radiological diagnostic tests as necessitates by the medical condition of the patients.
  7. The Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners Complementary and Alternative practitioners must use MOH Register for registration of patients visits.
  8. The Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners must provide the MOH with the official Monthly statistics report.

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Message from the Undersecretary,MOH UAE

The establishment of Zayed Complex for Herbal Research and Traditional Medicine by the order of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan has been an important mile stone in promotion of scientific research on medicinal herbs in the UAE and integration of Traditional Medicine treatment protocols for chronic ailments.

There has also been an increased demand for other Natural and Alternative therapies in the UAE following such trends in Europe and North America. Several studies published in reputable medical journals have shown that alternative therapies are being sought in an increasing demand for chronic conditions including back problems, allergic conditions, anxiety, and headaches. The Ministry of Health is interested to know how these therapies are being developed and how they could be regulated for the safety of the public. Observing these trends for the past couple of years, has lead to the creation of a legal mandate that would provide for the official recognition of Alternative Medicine practitioners and maintaining of minimum standard of quality.

The Office of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the Ministry of Health has been being given the task of collecting information, ideas and comments from medical and scientific literature, health care professionals and those interested in this field, so that gradually a valid and reliable data-base would be established to assist the Ministry in formulation of regulations and maintenance of high standards of Alternative Medicine care.

What is T.C.A.M?
It has become increasingly clear, both to the medical establishment and the general public that complementary forms of medicine and therapies contribute to health care system. It has also become obvious that no one system of medicine has the complete answer to all our health care requirements. We need to be aware of the value and efficacy of the various types of treatments, be they conventional or those that we have come to know as ‘alternative’ or ‘complementary’.

Non-conventional therapies also referred to as integrative medicine—include a broad range of healing philosophies, approaches, and therapies. A therapy is generally called ‘complementary’ when it is used in addition to conventional treatments; it is often called alternative when it is used instead of conventional treatment. Depending on how they are used, some therapies can be considered either complementary or alternative.

Complementary and alternative therapies are used in an effort to prevent illness, reduce stress, prevent or reduce side effects and symptoms, or control or cure disease. Some commonly used methods of complementary or alternative therapy include mind/body control interventions such as visualization or relaxation; manual healing including Chiropractic, Osteopathy, acupressure and massage; homeopathy; vitamins and herbal products; Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, as well as Indian System of Medicine (Ayurveda)


Licensure requirements, scope of practice, and prohibitions

disclaimerA. Introduction As a result of increasing interest in and use of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) therapies in medical practices and as a necessary function of its duty to protect the public interest, the UAE Ministry of Health requires all TCAM physicians and practitioners to comply with professional, ethical and practice standards, and act as responsible agents for their patients.

The following guidelines assists in educating and regulating: (1) TCAM practitioners who may work independently and (2) Those TCAM practitioners who co-manage patients with licensed Medical practitioners in clinics or polyclinics and hospitals

This document focuses on encouraging the medical community to adopt consistent standards, ensuring the public health and safety by facilitating the proper and effective use of TCAM treatments, while educating physicians on the adequate safeguards needed to assure these services are provided within the bounds of acceptable professional practice

B. Licensing: In exercising its licensing authority the Ministry of Health has the inherent power to determine precisely the qualifications a TCAM applicant must possess. It may investigate educational credentials, professional competence, and moral character. The applicant bears the burden to prove his fulfillment of all requirements for licensure.

The practice of medicine consists of the ethical application of a body of knowledge, principles and methods known as medical science and that these objective standards are the basis of medical licensure for physicians and TCAM practitioners. Therefore no person shall practice TCAM in the UAE without first being licensed by the Ministry of Health. Successfully passing TCAM qualifying examination is a precondition for evaluation and grant of TCAM practice license.

Following is a list of M.O.H recognized TCAM specialties: Herbal Medicine Traditional Islamic Medicine (Unani) Traditional Chinese Medicine Traditional Indian Medicine (Ayurveda and Siddha) Homeopathic Medicine Naturopathy Chiropractic Medicine Osteopathy

D. Eligible qualifications for TCAM Examinations: 1. Examples of Masters level Courses (Usually 2 years Post Graduation): Member of Faculty of Homeopathy (M. F. Hom. from Faculty of  Homeopathy, UK) or equivalent Doctor of Medicine in Homeopathy (MD in Homeopathy) or equivalent Doctor of Medicine in Ayurvedic Medicine (MD in Ayurvedic Medicine) or  equivalent Doctor of Medicine in Unani Medicine (MD in Unani Medicine) or  equivalent Doctor of Medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MD or Masters in  TCM)

2. Examples of Bachelor level Courses (Usually 4 to 5 ½ Years College Level Education): Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DC) or equivalent Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) or equivalent Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences (BNYS) Bachelor in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) Bachelor in Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS) Bachelor in Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) Bachelor in Osteopathy Bachelor in Traditional Chinese Medicine

3. Examples of Diploma Level Courses (Usually 3 to 4 years College Level Education): Diploma in Naturopathy Diploma in Homeopathy Diploma in Osteopathy Diploma in Acupuncture Diploma in Herbal Medicine Practice Category: The educational qualifications, depth and field of experience, and results of the TCAM examinations and recommendations from examination board would be considered for evaluating the candidates and the category for their practice. The evaluation committee may permit the following two categories of TCAM practice privileges on the licenses: 1. Independent TCAM practice category: Usually TCAM practitioners, who have basic medical degrees or MD level qualifications in TCAM specialties or those who have extensive proven experience and/or as per recommendations of the examination board, may be awarded independent TCAM practice. These practitioners may start their own clinics or treatment centers and may employ other supporting staff like nurses, technicians and even other TCAM specialists, as per their needs and requirements. 2. Under Clinic License category: These practitioners would be permitted to work only in an established polyclinic or clinic where a licensed Medical General Practitioner is on duty. Based on the policy or decision of the management of the clinic, these TCAM practitioners may see patients directly or after referral from the resident Medical G.P. Good TCAM care 1.Physicians, indeed all health-care professionals, have a duty not only to avoid harm but also a positive duty to do good— that is, to act in the patient’s best interest[s]. This duty of beneficence takes precedence over any self-interest. Furthermore, patients have a right to seek any kind of care for their health problems. It is recognized that a full and frank discussion of the risks and benefits of all medical practices is in the patient’s best interest. 2.There are varying degrees of potential patient harm that can result from either conventional medical practices or TCAM: 3.Economic harm, which results in monetary loss but presents no health hazard; 4.Indirect harm, which results in a delay of appropriate treatment, or in unreasonable expectations that discourage patients and their families from accepting and dealing effectively with their medical conditions; 5.Direct harm, which results in adverse patient outcome. TCAM practitioners are responsible for practicing good medicine by complying with professional standards and regulatory mandates. In consideration of the above potential harms, the Ministry of Health will evaluate whether or not a TCAM practitioner is practicing appropriate practice by considering the following practice criteria.

Is the licensed TCAM practitioner using a treatment that is: Effective and safe? (Having adequate scientific evidence of efficacy and/or safety or greater safety than other established treatment models for the same condition) Effective, but with some real or potential danger? (Having evidence of efficacy, but also of adverse side effects) Inadequately studied, but safe? (Having insufficient evidence of clinical efficacy, but reasonable evidence to suggest relative safety) Ineffective and dangerous? (Proven to be ineffective or unsafe through controlled trials or documented evidence or as measured by a risk/benefit assessment)

Good TCAM care must include: An adequate assessment of the patient’s condition, based on history, clinical sign and symptoms and if necessary an appropriate examination

1) Evaluation of Patient Prior to offering any TCAM treatments, the TCAM practitioners shall conduct an appropriate medical history and physical examination of the patient as well as an appropriate review of the patient’s medical records. This evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, conventional methods of diagnosis and may include other methods of diagnosis as long as the methodology utilized for diagnosis is based upon the same standards of safety and reliability as conventional methods, and shall be documented in the patient’s medical record.

2) Documentation of Medical Records The TCAM practitioners should keep accurate and complete records to include: (a) The medical history and physical examination; (b) Diagnostic, therapeutic and laboratory results; (c) Results of evaluations, consultations and referrals; (d) Treatment objectives; (e) Discussion of risks and benefits; (f) Appropriate informed consent; (g) Treatments; (h) Medications (including date, type, dosage and quantity prescribed); (i) Instructions and agreements; (j) Periodic reviews Records should remain current and be maintained in an accessible manner, and readily available for review. 3) Treatment Plan The TCAM practitioner may offer the patient TCAM treatment pursuant to a documented treatment plan tailored to the individual needs of the patient by which treatment progress or success can be evaluated with stated objectives, such as pain relief and/or improved physical and/or psychosocial function. Such a documented treatment plan shall consider pertinent medical history, previous medical records and physical examination, as well as the need for further testing, consultations, referrals, or the use of other treatment modalities. The treatment offered should: i) Have a favorable risk/benefit ratio compared to other treatments for the same condition; ii) Be based upon a reasonable expectation that it will result in a favorable patient outcome, including preventive practices; iii) Be based upon the expectation that a greater benefit will be achieved than that, which can be expected with no treatment. 4) Consultations and/or referral to M.O.H licensed Medical General Practitioners and Specialists The TCAM practitioners may refer patients as necessary for additional evaluation and treatment in order to achieve treatment objectives. However, the Medical G.P or Specialist is responsible for monitoring the results and should schedule periodic reviews to ensure progress is being achieved. 5) Clinical Investigations As expected of those physicians using conventional medical practices, physicians providing TCAM therapies while engaged in the clinical investigation of new drugs and procedures are obligated to maintain their ethical and professional responsibilities. Investigators shall be expected to conform to the following ethical standards: i) Clinical investigations should be part of a systematic program competently designed, under accepted standards of scientific research, to produce data, which are scientifically valid and significant. ii) A clinical investigator should demonstrate the same concern and caution for the welfare, safety, and comfort of the patient involved as is required of a physician who is furnishing medical care to a patient independent of any clinical investigation. iii) Furthermore, investigators shall abide by all M.O.H. guidelines and safeguards, to ensure the risks to the patient are as low as possible and are worth any potential benefits. In providing TCAM therapies, practitioners must: 1) Recognize and work within the limits of their professional competence 2) Be willing to consult allopathic and alternative medicine colleagues 3) Be competent when making diagnosis and when giving or arranging treatment 4) Keep clear, accurate and contemporaneous patient records which report the relevant clinical findings, the decisions made, the information given to patients and any drugs, regimen or treatment prescribed. 5) Keep colleagues well informed when sharing the care of patients 6) Pay due regard to efficacy and use of resources 7) Prescribe only the treatment, drugs or appliances that serve the patient’s needs. G. Prohibitions and restrictions: TCAM practitioners are prohibited from: i. Carrying out procedures not related to their specialty, including performing operations ii. Administering injections, parenteral solutions and vaccinations iii. Practicing midwifery iv. Withdrawing blood v.   Claiming or offering to treat cancer vi. Treating infectious, communicable diseases vii. Performing internal examinations viii. Prescribing controlled medicines or drugs such as “Prescription Only” medications ix. Sale of medicines, goods, or health related products from their clinics or treatment centers. Grounds for discipline These may include the following: i. Advertising that is false or misleading or that claims the cure of any condition or disease ii. Alcohol or drug dependency iii. Fraudulent procurement of a license iv. Failure to cooperate with a medical licensing committee investigation v. Participation or involvement in a criminal abortion vi. Sexual advances toward or involvement with patients vii. Sales of medical certificates viii. Charging a patient for services not rendered ix. False or inaccurate patient records x. Improperly prescribing, administering or dispensing controlled substances xi. Diverting or giving away controlled substances xii. Transmission of disease by improper sterilization procedures xiii. Weight control therapy abuse xiv. Patient neglect and abandonment xv. Failure to comply with a patient’s request to furnish a health record or report required by law. xvi. Unprofessional or dishonorable conduct or gross misconduct xvii. Gross or repeated malpractice or the failure to practice TCAM at a level of care, skill, and treatment which is recognized and acceptable xviii. Exercising influence on a patient in such a manner as to exploit the patient for financial gain of the TCAM practitioner or of a third party which shall include, but not limited to, the promotion or sale of services, goods or appliances. xix. Splitting fees, or promising to pay a portion of a fee or a commission, or accepting a rebate xx. Directly or indirectly engaging in threatening, dishonest, or misleading fee collection techniques xxi. Failure to comply with legal requirement, such as reporting venereal and infectious disease, birth registration, and suspicious death or injury xxii. Permitting, aiding, or abetting unlicensed personnel to perform medical procedures normally restricted to a licensed practitioner xxiii. Conviction of a crime xxiv. Any other act the Ministry of Health by rule may define. TCAM practitioners who do not possess basic medical degree (MBBS, MD, etc.) are prohibited from claiming to be or leading people to understand that they are an allopathic, or conventional medical doctor. TCAM practitioners are also prohibited to prevent any person from being treated by an allopathic physician or improperly influencing any person to abstain from such treatment. References and other sources: i) Federation of State Medical Boards, USA: Guidelines for the use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Medical Practice. ii) Legal Medicine, Fourth Edition, American College of Legal Medicine iii) Legal Status of Traditional Medicine and Complementary / Alternative Medicine, WHO iv) Complementary Medicine, New Approach to Good Practice, British Medical Association v) Overview of Legislative Development Concerning Alternative Health Care in the United States, A Research Project of the Fetzer Institute, by David M. Sale, J.D., LL.M. vi) Alternative Medicine, Expanding Medical Horizons, N.I.H, Bethesda, USA vii) Complementary Therapies for Pharmacists, by Steven B Kayne

Compiled and edited by the Office of TCAM, Federal Ministry of Health, UAE For suggestions and comments: Email:

Precautions while treating your Gulf patients

Dr.Sinsen Joseph M D (Hom) Specialist-Homeopathic Medicine City Point International Specialists Medical Center.Dubai Al Amal Medical Center, Al Khuwair, Muscat.Sltanate of Oman

Homoeopathic system of medicine is gaining momentum all over the world. People from India, especially from the state of Kerala are spread all over the world. The greatest concentration can be seen in Gulf countries like UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar etc; homeopathy system of medicine is legalized in Oman and UAE. Recently in Bahrain also our system of medicine is legalized. Since large portion of expats are living in this Middle East area and they are visiting their home countries once in a year, many of our practitioners are treating these persons.

Our system requires the exact mode of living, the occupation, its nature, the climatic conditions of dwelling place etc; many of our practitioners are not been to these places. So there is difficulty in exactly determine the mode of living. This article aims to help such physicians to get an idea for advising healthy life style and also for a better prescription.

1. The ideal way to treat such patients is to refer them to your known colleague practicing in such places. Give him the list of prescriptions. The doctor can refer back the patient to the old physician, when the patient comes back and settle in his area.

2.  But the cost of medicine, the charge for consultation, the cost of investigation etc; in overseas make the reality different. The patients will prefer to consult doctors from their place. The first thing to keep in mind is to gain the confidence of the patient. It is a known fact that the majority of Egostic Indians won’t tell you the exact nature of their job and their living conditions overseas. It is rather like an unbreakable oath. Sharing accommodation, crowded bachelor accommodation etc; are very common in Gulf countries. So if they feel great confidence on the physician, then only they will reveal the above facts.

3. Oxidative stress is a more important cause for all complaints in Gulf countries. So the physician must be well aware of this and should give them the written advice how to combat it.

4. Long working hours and long driving time are inevitable part of Gulf working people. Difficulty in finding parking, traffic fines etc; remain as a night mare for many of them. So before jumping into your similimum enquire properly about these issues.

5. Mental stress is at its peak in this labour force. Frustration, indignation, wounded honour, sense of helplessness, high competition, chances of exposure to bad habits etc; are high. Be a compassionate friend and gently enquire about this sensitive area. Our golden tool- THE EMOTIONAL SURGERY will definitely prevent many heart attacks, suicides and cancer deaths among the gulf patients. Consider the patient as your own, instead of thinking about them as Petrodollars.

6. Most of the complaints in Gulf population are psychosomatic in origin. This is aggrevated by the extreme climatic conditions. So the role of homeopathy is vital and crucial. We can prevent it 100% if we do justice to our profession. But don’t be a fanatic too.

7. Next important complaints in Gulf population are Hormonal problems. The females are worst affected. PCOS, Thyroid complaints, Endometriosis, Infertility are at a rise. Don’t be hesitating to advise a proper endocrine assessment. If you are thorough with hormone hemostasis and hormone disorders, you will be a true healer for them. But use your analytical mind.

8. onsider the legal status of homeopathy of your patient’s resident country. In UAE including Dubai, majority of 30C medicines are available. Few tinctures, 200C and 1M also available. Never give medicine in powder formIt is ideal to give the prescription, but warn the patient about the repetition without physician’s advice. It is the duty of a true healer to give contact number of at least one physician in his resident country, if homeopathy is legalized there. Never give the reference of a physician who is practicing without the proper MOH license of that country. (There are few homeopaths doing house practice, which is punishable). This may leads to the arrest and may end in punishment of that physician, though he is legalized in his home country. This may damage the image of our profession. In UAE the alternative medicine is practiced legally and is regulated properly. Homeopathy enjoys a great privilege here. Please don’t misuse it.

9. Don’t feel ashamed of advising your patient to seek the help of other system of medicine in case of emergency. It is the duty of a true scientific practitioner to save the life of a patient than trying his similima over the phone. In all Gulf countries the prevalent system of medicine is also regulated very strictly. Even fully equipped private hospitals are also not allowed to treat certain diseases and emergencies. Instruct your patients about this properly, instead of blaming authorities or your colleagues abroad.

10. Understand the true spirit of §5 and be a preserver of health rather than a mere therapeutist. Healthy life style, food hygiene, proper physical exercise etc; will act as adjuvants for the similimum and will augments the action of medicine too. Update yourself with modern investigations and laboratory procedures. Discuss with the patient rather than putting suggestions into his head. These patients may have interactions from well-known overseas doctors of different nationalities.  Be aware of SI system of reference lab values.

It is highly appreciable that many of our physicians are regularly referring patients to their colleagues in Gulf. Together we can keep the reputation of our homeopathic system of medicine high, by respecting the patients and their consulting doctors.

(Dr. Sinsen Joseph is a post graduate Govt Homeo Medical officer in Dept of Homeopathy, Govt of Kerala (on leave).He is the first Specialist in Homeopathic Medicine in Middle East. He is practicing in Dubai, Oman and India. He represented UAE in 9th reproductive biomedicine conference held on August 2008 in Tehran, Iran and presented a paper. He is a life member of IHMA. He is member of NUPATH Canada.)


Top 10 Gulf Interview Cracking Tips

interviewThe following Gulf Interview Cracking Tips have been compiled with the help of the best Middle-East recruiters in agencies & companies, as well as, recently hired candidates.

Remember these TOP 10 Gulf Job Interview Cracking Tips:

  • Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and a smile, address your interviewer by name, and make eye contact.
  • Never sit until asked to do so.
  • Ensure you are informed about the position and the organization before your interview. Wherever possible get a job description or review the details of the position.
  • Go to their web site. You should know approximately what the salary range is for the position (particularly if going through an agency). Research the organization and affiliations. Be aware of all products or services.
  • Make sure you are familiar with all dates and information on your resume. Be prepared to go into detail and to give examples of various difficult work situations you have successfully handled.
  • Make sure you know the exact location and how to get there. Get there five to ten minutes early.
  • Dress should be appropriate, business-like and conservative. Always look successful.
  • You may be asked to talk about yourself, but keep your entire life history for non-business situations! An interviewer is interested in how you and your experience best suit the position and the company.
  • Do not take notes, and do not be concerned if your interviewer takes notes. Never speak negatively about present or previous work situations.
  • At the end of the gulf job interview you may have an opportunity to ask questions. Express enthusiasm and interest in the company and the position. Thank the interviewer for their time. You may ask what the next step would be in their hiring process.
  • Do not discuss money/salary during the interview, or ask about benefits and vacation, unless the interviewer brings these subjects up for discussion. End the interview with a handshake.
  • A follow-up note or thank you letter sent after the interview, if you are particularly interested in the position and organization, is a good way to keep your name visible. A follow-up call within a week is a good idea, if you have not been contacted.
  • If an agency arranged the interview for you, call them immediately. It is important for the agency to get your response about the position, before they talk to the employer. A positive response from you can often lead to a positive response from the employer. Keep in touch with your agency.

Salary Negotiation:
Although negotiating salary, may be common in some places it is NOT recommended for the UAE and the Gulf market. It may give the potential employer a negative impression about the candidate.

These Gulf Interview Cracking Tips more or less cover almost everything. If you go through these thoroughly, you will be well prepared to make a Positive Impression. And in these competitive times, this may be the one thing that tips the job in your favor!

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Prospects of Homoeopathy in UAE

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UAE Government approved practice of Homoeopathy in the country in the beginning of 2001. A separate section was established under UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) for Complementary and Alternative Medicines. A qualifying examination is held by MOH about three times a year, and so far 92 Homoeopaths have qualified to practice in UAE.

The MOH examination is of a simple structure but analyze in depth the capacity of the doctors.

It consists of two parts. The first, a written examination for 100 marks is a mixture of MCQ and short-answer questions. This is a common test for all the branches of complimentary and alternative medicines like Homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Unani, Acupuncture etc. This is based on General Medicine and the questions are of good standard. Those who clear this examination will be called for an interview, where a panel of experts (Allopathic and Homoeopathic doctors) will judge the capacity of the candidate as a physician. The Homoeopathic knowledge is assessed in this part. The successful doctors will be given an evaluation certificate with register numbers, which is the license to practice Homoeopathy in UAE.

For help in preparing for the examination it is best to have a thorough knowledge in Practice of Medicine based on Davidson’s textbook. For familiarizing with the MCQ it is advisable to go to the questions from where a number of MCQs are given from Davidson’s as well as questions from US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). But remember that your practical knowledge is what counts especially in the interview.

One has to submit the application in person at the MOH office in Abu Dhabi with all the documentary evidences (For details visit our website “”) and the prescribed fee (presently 50 UAE Dirham). The candidates have to bear the travel and other expenses for the trip and also make their own arrangements for their visa. Further clarification about all these can be had at the MOH website “ ”.

Even though the system got official blessings in UAE very recently, Homoeopathy was never a stranger in the peninsula. Many people there depend on Homoeopathy for their treatment. While some of them bring medicines from their home countries a few go to clandestine (qualified) practitioners for this end.

It is reassuring to see that even the labor classes, who can’t miss even a day of their work, come to Homoeopathy for their ailments. One another factor is that the common illnesses met with here like UTI, RTI, infertility, Headache and alopecia are all responding wonderfully to the simple medicines.

The unique climate and life style being the main culprit, the task of the physician is made much easy.Another welcoming thing is the number of patrons coming up to sponsor Homoeopathic clinics. All the major healthcare establishments have started a Homoeopathic section also along with their institutions. The doctors already cleared by MOH and started their practice here sounded enthusiastic and hopeful about the future. The large Indian population also sounded relieved that at last they could get quality Homoeopathic treatment nearby.

One minor obstacle yet to be overcome is the problem with dispensing medicines.

As of now no permission is given to freely dispense the medicines by the physicians. Even if this is of vital importance to successful Homoeopathic practice the doctors here have to depend on sealed bottles of pre-medicated pills of a fixed dose, which is to be dispensed as a whole to the patient. The trouble with this is that often there won’t be the necessity of that much doses of medicine and it will eventually lead to over dosage. Another one being the heavy cost of these sealed bottle preparations, which jeoparadises the very claim of cost effectiveness of the system.

We hope the problems will be solved as the system grows up. Once the results start coming up the system will sustain itself as it has done in many other countries and the obstacles will be melted away one by one.

No one can do any kind of medical practice in UAE without a proper licence from the MOH/DOHMS/DHCC.

As all major cities of UAE are cosmopolitan in nature one get people of all walks and classes of life here. So there is never a shortage of supporters to the system. It is reassuring to see that even the labor classes, who can’t miss even a day of their work, come to Homeopathy for their ailments. Another pleasant surprise is the support by local/native population. One another factor is that the common illnesses met with here like UTI, RTI, infertility, Headache and alopecia etc. are responding wonderfully to the simple medicines. The unique climate and life style being the main culprit, the task of the physician is made much easy.

Another welcoming thing is the number of patrons coming up to sponsor Homeopathic clinics. All the major healthcare establishments have started a Homeopathic section also along with their institutions. The doctors who already cleared by MOH and started their practice here sounded enthusiastic and hopeful about the future. The large Indian population also sounded relieved that at last they could get quality Homeopathic treatment nearby.

One minor obstacle yet to be overcome is the problem with dispensing medicines. As of now no permission is given to freely dispense the medicines by the physicians. Even if this is of vital importance to successful Homeopathic practice the doctors here have to depend on sealed bottles of pre-medicated pills of a fixed dose, which is to be dispensed as a whole to the patient. The trouble with this is that often there won’t be the necessity of that much doses of medicine and it will eventually lead to over dosage. Another one being the heavy cost of these sealed bottle preparations, which jeopardizes the very claim of cost effectiveness of the system.

We hope the problems will be solved as the system grows up. Once the results start coming up the system will sustain itself as it has done in many other countries and the obstacles will be melted away one by one.

Please note that so far there are no government job opportunities in homeopathy in UAE, either in teaching or medical practice. In fact at present there is no teaching institutions in homeopathy in UAE except one private school which is an annex of a UK institution and offer a UK based certificate qualification only.

This article is brought in for the reference of all the doctors who would like to sit for the MOH examination.