Ayurvedic Chemo Recovery Program

The Raj Program for Chemotherapy Recovery is based on the science of Maharishi Ayurveda. Using traditional Ayurvedic detoxification treatments, The Raj provides a natural approach to restoring balance, strengthening the immune system, and removing harmful chemicals.

Chemotherapy agents work by killing fast-growing cancer cells. Unfortunately they also destroy healthy cells, decreasing the white blood count, and weakening the immune system. Many chemicals used in chemotherapy can remain in the body’s fat cells for years, with possible problematic effects.

The Raj offers the traditional purification therapies of Ayurveda, known as Panchakarma, to gently and effectively flush out impurities, while nourishing healthy cells and tissues. A wait of 3 – 9 months is recommended after chemo treatments, based on the recommendations of our experts and your primary doctors. Science has shown that our treatments are uniquely effective in removing fat-soluble toxins without harmful side effects. (see research below). As the physiology begins to function more normally, guests experience a lessening of chemo side-effects and a quickened recovery process.

With So Many Options, Why Choose The Raj?

Our goal is to help you progress toward balanced health during your stay and to give you the knowledge and tools you need to enjoy continued improvement when you return home.
  • Individualized Programs – Chemo Recover

    Our Ayurveda Experts will design an individualized Chemotherapy Recovery Program based on your needs. You will leave with specialized recommendations to allow you to continue your progress at home

  • Boutique Experience – Chemo Recover

    For 25 years The Raj has led the field in Ayurveda treatments. Accepting no more than 15 guests at a time, The Raj offers the highest quality of individualized service and treatment.


“After two days of panchakarma plus daily yoga, I felt I'd entered the uncharted zones beyond relaxation—and could easily get used to the feeling.”

“One of the seven recommended Ayurveda Health Centers in the U.S.A.”

"The Raj is truly a place to regain a radiant state of health, spiritual well-being, and youthfulness."

"One of the four recommended silent/meditative retreats."

"The center is both an enlightening and a therapeutic experience for those who are seeking a better understanding of their body and metabolism."

"By my second day, I began to notice that tension and imbalance seemed to be lifted from my body. I felt renewed, refreshed, with a clearer peace of mind, and it was like nothing I've felt before."

"One of the top seven destination spas capable of customizing an intimate, personalized spa experience that meets individual health goals."

Frequently Asked Questions

The traditional purification and purification treatments of Ayurveda, known as Panchakarma, help to restore optimal functioning to the cells and tissues.

When toxins of any kind accumulate in the body, they can build up in the joints, tissues and cells, inhibiting proper functioning and compromising the immune system. The Raj Chemo Recovery Treatment Program:

  1. Removes deeply imbedded toxins
  2. Improves digestion and metabolism to prevent further creation of toxins
  3. Restores the body’s ability to lubricate and nourish the tissues and joints
  4. Balances the doshas (operating principles of the mind and body)

The Raj Chemo Recovery Treatment Program has a high success rate, with many guests experiencing a marked increase in well-being. Your daily Panchakarma treatments form the cornerstone of your in-residence treatment program.

Chemotherapeutic agents posses a hot potency that creates imbalance in both Pitta and Vata dosha, while depleting Kapha dosha. Balancing the doshas is an important step in restoring health. Vata imbalances are associated with pain and sensitivity. Anything that aggravates, or overly activates Vata, will increase the sensitivity and experience of pain in the body. An aggravation of Pitta dosha can led to burning sensations in various parts of the body. In summary, the Ayurveda Panchakarma treatment approach is to:

  1. Strengthen the metabolic pathways that prevent circulatory channels to joints and tissues from becoming blocked by impurities.
  2. Strengthen digestion to create nutritional plasma that is pure and easy to assimilate.
  3. Improve the lubrication of joints.
  4. Balance nervous system function and its sensitivity to pain.
  5. Create balance in Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha

During an in-residence stay for chemo-recovery, our Ayurveda Health Consultant will use pulse assessment and other Ayurveda evaluation tools to determine balance and imbalance in your body’s inner intelligence.

This assessment is not an evaluation of the state of cells and tissues but an evaluation of a deeper level of physiological functioning that controls the healing and self-repair mechanisms of the body. Disruptions on this level are the root cause of most disorders.

People can have different reactions to chemotherapy and need different programs to help restore balanced health. Our Ayurveda experts will create an individualized program to the address specific imbalances that have arisen in your physiology. This is the value of the initial Ayurveda assessment of your state of balance and imbalance at the start of your program.

All imbalances can be aggravated through improper diet. Some foods can make Vata highly active, thereby increasing sensitivity to pain. Other foods can increase Pitta, contributing to excess heat in the body.

Consultations with The Raj Ayurveda Health Experts, along with daily educational meetings, will help you understand which foods are best for you, which are the most clogging and obstructing to circulation, and which are the hardest to digest. Foods that are hard to digest have the potential to create toxins (undigested food not only clogs the channels in the body, but actually becomes toxic) and need to be avoided. You will also learn which foods can easily be digested, creating micronutrients that are then assimilated into the tissues. This is vital for rebuilding your strength and immunity. 

Just as important as what you eat is how well you digest, metabolize, and eliminate food. Chemo agents can destroy healthy cells in the gastrointestinal tract, leading to problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, constipation and hyperacidity. Our Ayurveda Health Experts will provide programs to improve digestion, metabolism and elimination, which will provide a strong foundation for your healing process.

The Raj cooking classes will provide you with knowledge of how to prepare foods in ways that create maximum nourishment for the body and that prevent incomplete digestion and clogging of circulation.

Ayurveda Herbs for Balance and the Reduction of Free Radicals

Once you have removed harmful toxins from the body, restoring balanced functioning, you will be given recommendations for herbal formulas that will help you to continue your progress. During your consultations, the Ayurveda Health Experts will select the appropriate herbal formulas for aiding the healing process, strengthening digestion, and helping the body purify itself of toxins and free radicals.

Free radicals are highly irritating to the physiology and their presence creates and worsens many disorders and can compromise the immune system. When appropriate, we will recommend Ayurveda herbs that research has shown to be powerful anti-oxidants (1000 times more powerful than vitamin C or E) and free radical scavengers. These herbs can also have a holistic influence of balancing and nourishing the entire physiology.

Traditional Ayurveda theory says that herbs are most effective after a person completes an internal cleansing program. The cleansing and rejuvenation treatments that you will receive daily are the main focus of your in-residence stay. Once your chemo  recovery program is finished, you are ready to gain maximum benefits from your herbal program.

Maharishi Vedic herbal formulations have been found to protect against tissue damage caused by the chemical solvent toluene, which is a potent inducer of free radicals and important industrial health risk. Biochemical Archives, 1994; 10:25-31; Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine 1995, 18: 687-697; Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior 1994, 48(2): 505-510. 

Cancer and Protection against Toxic Effects of Cancer Chemotherapy

Protection against cancer (animal research). In studies on laboratory animals, herbal compounds used in Maharishi Ayurveda reduced the development, growth, spread, and mortality of cancer. In one series of experiments, an herbal supplement used in Maharishi Ayurveda provided up to 88 percent protection against carcinogen-induced breast cancer, with effects during both promotion and initiation phases of carcinogenesis. Also, 60 percent of the control animals that had developed fully formed tumors showed tumor regression when their diet was subsequently supplemented with the herbal compound. In 50 percent of these animals, the tumors regressed completely. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior 1990, 35: 767-773; European Journal of Pharmacology 1990, 183: 193; Nutritional Research 1992, 12: 51-61; Journal of Research and Education in Indian Medicine 1991, 10(3): 1-8.

Reduction in cancer metastases (animal research). This study showed significant reduction in number and size of metastatic nodules in mice with a rapidly metastasizing form of lung cancer using a Maharishi Vedic herbal supplement. Nutritional Research 1992, 12: 667-676. 

Reversal of malignant process (in vitro). Studies showed that a Maharishi Vedic herbal supplement reversed morphological and biochemical changes associated with malignancy in neuroblastoma cells in culture. Neuropharmacology 1992, 31: 599-607. 

Inhibition of malignant transformation (in vitro). Laboratory studies reported by the chemopreventive branch of the National Cancer Institute indicated that a Maharishi Vedic herbal supplement inhibits processes of malignant transformation in animal epithelial cells and human lung tumor cells. Proceedings of the American Association of Cancer Research 1991, 32: 128. 

Reduced toxic effects of cancer chemotherapy (human study). This controlled prospective study of a Maharishi Vedic herbal supplement was conducted on people receiving combination chemotherapy for various types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, oral cancer, and osteogenic sarcoma. Chemotherapeutic agents included cyclophosphamide, vincristine, methotrexate, doxorubicin, prednisone, cisplatinum, adriamycin, and 5-fluorouracil. The study found significant reductions in toxic effects of chemotherapy, including reduced vomiting and diarrhea, and improvements in sleep, weight, and overall well-being compared to control patients. In addition, patients taking the herbal preparation showed reduced free radical activity and decreased hematological toxicity, as measured by maintenance of higher leukocyte and platelet counts, compared to the control group. Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Cancer Congress 1994, Vol. 1., pp 3099-3102. Bologna, Italy: Monduzzi Editore. 

Protection against toxic effect of chemotherapy.

A Maharishi Vedic herbal supplement was found to enhance the in vitro activity of the glutathione anti-oxidant system, which provides a vital natural defense against toxins. Further investigation showed that the herbal compound also prevented toxic effects of the chemotherapeutic agent cisplatin on this system, enhancing liver and kidney glutathione (gsh) and glutathione-s-transferase (gst) activity.

Proceedings of the XVI International Cancer Congress, 1994, Vol.1, pp 589-592. Bologna, Italy: Monduzzi Editore. Reduced toxic effects of chemotherapy (animal research). Maharishi Vedic herbal supplements significantly reduced cardiotoxicity and mortality caused by the chemotherapeutic drug adriamycin. Biochemical Archives 1992; 8: 267-272.

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Venkee Sharma

I’m a long-time Raj visitor, and knew I needed to spend time at The Raj after having the most challenging year of my life. I was confident The Raj would help me feel better, and I needed that. After an extended stay, I am so happy to discover that I not only feel better, I actually feel GOOD! I had forgotten how good I could feel. Thank you!

Jennifer M. from Denver

The PK experience at The Raj is literally a life-changer. It is so comprehensive in detoxing and in rejuvenating, while being soothingly powerful. I feel that I have released stress and toxins to the point that I have actually gained an extended life-span.

Ilene M. Leasure

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