Ayurvedic Program for Depression

The Raj Program for Depression and Anxiety, based on the science of Maharishi Ayurveda, provides the most comprehensive natural approach available today, both in terms of identifying causes and providing relief.

Ayurveda recognizes that many physiological and environmental factors can contribute to depression and anxiety, including poor diet, weak digestion and metabolism, a hectic lifestyle, and numerous environmental factors. Symptoms of depression and anxiety can also be triggered by excessive mental and physical stress. All of these contributors can result in an accumulation of impurities and imbalances that interfere with the body’s natural biological rhythms. 

When toxins accumulate in tissues, they disrupt the body’s delicate biochemistry. At the heart of The Raj programs are the traditional Ayurvedic rejuvenation and purification treatments, called Panchakarma. These time-tested therapies effectively remove deeply imbedded toxins and impurities, with no unpleasant side-effects.

Ayurveda acknowledges that people can have the same symptoms for many different reasons. The multi-modality approach of The Raj Program for Depression helps balance many physiological functions simultaneously, creating a foundation for progress and healing.

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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 – Depression

    Our Ayurveda Experts will design an individualized program for your specific needs. You will leave with specialized recommendations to allow you to continue your progress at home.

  • Boutique Experience – Depression

    For 25 years The Raj has lead the field in Ayurveda treatments. By accepting only 15 guests at a time, The Raj maintains 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

Ayurveda research shows that many physiological imbalances contribute to depression, anxiety and related conditions. 

Symptoms of depression and anxiety are often triggered by excessive mental and physical stress, or disruptions of natural biological rhythms. According to Ayurveda, psychological problems start when fundamental imbalances develop in the biological intelligence that controls all bodily processes. 

  • Vata imbalance contributes to anxiety, fear, mental instability and insomnia
  • Pitta imbalance may give rise to anger and irritability
  • Kapha imbalance may lead to lethargy and depression

Ayurveda acknowledges that people can have the same symptoms for different reasons. Just as a headache can have many possible causes, not everyone has depression or anxiety for the same reasons. 

Depression and anxiety can be influenced by many factors, including diet, digestion, toxin accumulation, stress, exercise levels and daily routine. The multi-modality approach of Ayurveda helps to balance many physiological functions simultaneously, making it an ideal treatment option.

Most illness, including depression, begins when toxins accumulate in tissues and disrupt the body’s delicate biochemistry. The Raj Ayurveda depression treatment programs effectively remove toxins and impurities, with no significant side-effects. 

Daily Panchakarma treatments form the cornerstone of your in-residence treatment program. These traditional Ayurveda purification therapies are powerfully effective in removing deep-seated imbalances and nurturing the entire nervous system

The Raj has offered spa-goers the benefits of the world’s oldest system of natural healthcare for 20 years. The results are profound and have been well documented both in research and case studies. One very remarkable study, led by Robert Herron, Ph.D., in 2002, found a significant reduction of dangerous chemicals in the blood after only 5 days of treatment.

Dangerous chemicals in blood reduced by 50%

A study published in the Sept./Oct. 2002 issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that Panchakarma, the centuries-old Ayurveda purification program, reduced fat-soluble toxicants such as DDE (a by-product of DDT) and PCBs by about 50 percent. Such toxins tend to remain in the body for a very long time (up to 40 years). To date there is no other proven means of eliminating this class of disruptive chemicals from the physiology.

Lipophilic (fat-soluble) toxicants are generally considered to be among the most problematic of environmental contaminants. They accumulate in plants and animals and thus accumulate in higher quantity up the food chain. For this reason levels of lipophilic toxicants increase in humans with age and can be passed from mother to child. These toxicants have been associated with hormone disruption, immune system suppression, reproductive disorders, several types of cancer, including breast cancer, and other diseases, including childhood obesity. DDE (the by-product of the pesticide DDT after it enters the body) has recently been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

The results of the two-month longitudinal study showed that levels of PCBs and levels of several pesticides including DDE were reduced by 46 percent and 58 percent respectively after a 5-day treatment program. Without this intervention, the expected drop over two months would be only a fraction of one percent. No other method had been scientifically verified to reduce levels of these lipid-soluble toxicants in the human body without causing negative side effects.

Robert Herron, Ph.D., lead author of this study, noticed that PCB and DDE levels appeared to be unexpectedly high in the general population. “These toxicants were banned decades ago and were assumed to be declining to negligible levels in the U.S. population. Our findings, however, suggest that they are still entering the food chain and appear to be increasing. One possible explanation is that produce imported to the U.S. from other countries may contain banned toxicants since these hazardous chemicals are still widely used for agriculture and malaria control in other countries,” said Herron.

In 1997 a 55-year- old gentleman suffering from hypertension, Type II diabetes (non-insulin dependent) and depression, embarked on a 21 day Ayurveda Treatment Program. When he started the program, he was taking medication for control of all three disorders. 
Following is a brief synopsis with respect to each disorder:

  1. Hypertension: Prior to starting medication in 1995, his blood pressure had been elevated (170/106). A few months prior to starting the Ayurveda Treatment Program he had attempted to come off the medication on his own, but his blood pressure became elevated within one week (160/90) and the medication had to be resumed. When he began his Ayurvedic Program his blood pressure on medication was normal; however, he was experiencing side-effects from the medication, including depression and fatigue. After beginning the Ayurveda program, he stopped his blood pressure medicine and his blood pressure remained normal. On completing the 21-day program he was placed on a specialized home routine. After five weeks of continuing the prescribed Ayurvedic routine at home, his blood pressure continued to be normal (average 121/79) without medication.
  2. Diabetes Type II: On starting the program, his blood sugars were poorly controlled, with daily fasting blood sugars averaging 212 during the month prior to his entry into the program (the ideal value for a diabetic is less than 120). During the 21-day Ayurveda Treatment Program, his diabetes medicine was tapered to about one-half the admission dose. Despite this decrease in medicine, his fasting blood sugars dropped to an average of 118.7 over the final 12 days of treatment, a drop of 93 points from the beginning of stay. His weight decreased from 147 to 144. After five months of following a specialized Ayurvedic routine at home, his hemoglobin A1C (a test of long-range blood sugar control) was 7.4 (excellent control), compared to a previous 8.4. His medication dose remained half the pre-treatment dose.
  3. Depression: During the first week of treatment his emotional state improved considerably: he stopped the antidepressant medicine of his own volition mid-way through the program. Five months later, he was still opting not to take antidepressant medication, without any symptoms of depression or anxiety.

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Every time I visit The Raj, I experience a positive “reset” on my body, my mind, and my spirit. Such an amazing gift! No other rejuvenation program comes close! The individualized evaluation and treatments are incredible.

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