Ayurvedic Hypertension Program

The Raj Hypertension Program, based on the science of Maharishi Ayurveda, provides the most comprehensive and natural approach to high blood pressure available today, both in terms of identifying causes and in providing treatment.

Because many factors play a role in the development of hypertension, the multifaceted, natural approach of Ayurveda is ideal for achieving long-term relief. When toxins and impurities accumulate in the vascular system, they can create lesions and stiffness, and block circulation. Diet, lack of exercise, poor flexibility and stress can compound the condition. Today’s fast pace and erratic lifestyle can easily disrupt natural biological rhythms, disturbing many physiological processes and depressing the body’s natural ability to heal and maintain balance.

The Raj Hypertension Program is designed to remove blockages and deep-seated toxins, restart the body’s natural healing mechanisms, and improve digestion and metabolism. This last step is key to continued good health. By creating a healthier metabolic system — one that can more efficiently eliminate toxins from the body — you are better able to prevent a future build-up of impurities, and thus maintain a flexible vascular system.

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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 – Hypertension

    Our Ayurveda Experts will design an individualized High Blood Pressure Treatment program for you. You will leave with specialized recommendations to allow you to continue your progress at home.

  • Boutique Experience – Hypertension

    The Raj maintains the highest quality of customized service and treatment. Because stress and diet can influence hypertension, our restful in-residence experience supports your recovery.

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“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."

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Frequently Asked Questions

According to Ayurveda, the following are the general types of imbalances responsible for most chronic conditions, including hypertension:

  1. Toxins accumulating in tissues and blocking circulation.
  2. Poor nutrition.
  3. Poor digestion.
  4. Imbalance of the nervous system.
  5. Accumulation of physical and mental stress.
  6. Lowering of natural resistance and immunity.
  7. Disruption of natural biological rhythms.

Toxins can block the channels of circulation to the vascular system, thus hindering the natural cleansing processes of the body. This creates a vicious cycle that allows more and more impurities to accumulate in the tissues.

The Ayurvedic detoxification treatments received during your hypertension program address the need to cleanse the body and open the channels of circulation by providing the most thorough internal cleansing programs available today. In fact, research has shown that these treatments remove a class of toxins (fat-soluble toxins) that no other detox procedures can remove.

These powerful treatments for removing toxins and opening circulation are known as Panchakarma. Each day at The Raj you will luxuriate in a 2 to 3 hours of a series of therapies, consisting of massage, heat treatments, and optional mild herbal enemas. This is the cornerstone of your in-residence stay at The Raj. These treatments, received in combination for 5 to 21 days, create an ideal internal physical environment for healing.

The Raj Ayurvedic detoxification treatments address the problem of toxin accumulation by systematically:

  1. Loosening impurities that have become embedded in tissues and helping liquefy them for easy absorption into the circulation and eventual elimination.
  2. Softening and opening the channels of circulation and elimination so proper nourishment can reach the tissues and impurities can be more easily eliminated from them.
  3. Activating the elimination process for the most thorough cleansing of the entire physiology.

The goal of this Ayurveda approach is to enliven the body’s natural healing and self-repair ability, not only to help cure hypertension, but also to prevent disorder and create the highest state of health and well-being.

Ayurveda agrees with modern science that cholesterol is only “bad” when it is out of balance. It is “good” when it is balanced, supporting and lubricating the body’s numerous circulatory channels

The health of the circulatory channels is essential to a well-functioning physiology. There are micro-channels, which carry nutrients to the cells and waste from the cells. There are larger channels, such as the arteries and veins, which carry blood to and from the heart. And there are delicate channels that lead to our brain. All of these channels must be flexible and elastic if we are to remain healthy. Cholesterol, when it is balanced, plays a critical role in lubricating and maintaining all these channels of circulation. With this perspective, one can see why high amounts of good cholesterol would be associated with longer lifespan.

“Good” cholesterol becomes “bad” cholesterol when we have large amounts of toxins or ama in our system. Ama is the sticky waste product of poor digestion, absorption and metabolism. It accumulates as a toxin in the fat tissues. Over time, ama spreads into other parts of the body, including the important channels of circulation, nourishment and detoxification.

According to Ayurveda, the production of cholesterol does not necessarily need to be lessened, but instead needs to be balanced. This requires maintaining a healthy and well-functioning digestive process. When our digestion is balanced and healthy, the body will produce the right amount of cholesterol, in the right proportion to nourish the body.

According to Ayurveda, the causes and symptoms of high blood pressure can vary from individual to individual. People with Pitta and Vata predominant constitutions (and Pitta and Vata imbalances) are more prone to hypertension than Kapha types.

Vata – Anxiety and mental stress and strain can aggravate Vata and put pressure on the nervous system. Other contributors include not getting enough sleep, having an irregular lifestyle, and watching TV or working on computers at night and constantly rushing from activity to activity

Pitta – Because one of the main seats of Pitta is in the heart, emotional stress can create imbalances in Pitta dosha. When Pitta is out of balance, our emotions can also get out of balance. The resulting anger or hostility can lead to high blood pressure.

Kapha – A sluggish digestion and ability to metabolize fat can lead to being overweight, feeling depressed, and having high blood pressure.

The Ayurvedic approach to pacifying these imbalances also includes dietary and lifestyle recommendations, yoga exercises, meditation, specialized Ayurvedic detoxification treatments (Panchakarma) and herbal supplements.

Case Study 1: Secondary Hypertension

A 47-year-old female patient underwent a 24-day treatment program at The Center for Chronic Disorders for treatment of hypertension due to kidney damage. The patient’s problem began at age 17 when she was admitted to the hospital for obstruction of the right kidney. She underwent surgery to relieve the obstruction; however, the kidney had been damaged. She was told this damage would be permanent and, as a result, she could expect to have elevated blood pressures for the rest of her life. For the following thirty years the patient had widely varying blood pressures, with most pressures being significantly elevated.

Blood pressure readings were obtained during the two months preceding treatment at The Center and averaged 146/97. (Blood pressure is considered high when the upper number, the systolic pressure, is 140 or higher, or when the lower number, the diastolic pressure, is 90 or higher.) During the 24-day Chronic Disorders Program, the patient received a multimodality in-residence program, including the use of the newly introduced Vedic Sound Therapy which the patient felt played a central role in her subsequent improvement.

Following in-residence treatment, the patient was placed on a home program including dietary recommendations and specific herbal preparations. Within a few days of leaving The Center, the patient’s blood pressure dropped significantly and became normal. 

Two months later, they continued within the normal range, averaging 129/85. The patient reported that she had not had blood pressures this low since adolescence. In addition, an initial 24-hour creatinine clearance test (a sensitive measure of overall kidney function) was obtained at the beginning of the treatment program and repeated several weeks after its completion. The initial creatinine clearance was moderately diminished (67 ml/minute, with normal being between 80-120 ml/minute), indicating diminished overall kidney functioning. The follow-up was in the normal range at 85 ml/minute.

Case Study 2: Diabetes Type II, Hypertension, and Depression

A 55-year-old gentleman entered The Center for Chronic Disorders on November 5, 1997 for a 21-day course of treatment for hypertension, Type II diabetes (non-insulin dependent) and depression. On admission to 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 Chronic Disorders Program (CDP), 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. On entering the CDP his blood pressure on medication was normal; however, he was experiencing side-effects from the medication, including depression and fatigue. After beginning the CDP his blood pressure medicine was stopped, but his blood pressure remained normal. On completing the 21-day program he was placed on a home regimen, which included some of the treatments used during the CDP. Five months following the CDP, his blood pressure continued to be normal (average 121/79) without medication.
  2. Diabetes Type II:On admission 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 CDP, 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 admission. His weight decreased from 147 on admission to 144 at discharge. Five months following the CDP, his hemoglobin A1C (a test of long-range blood sugar control) was 7.4 (excellent control), compared to 8.4 just prior to admission. His medication dose remained half the pre-admission dose.
  3. Depression:His mood brightened considerably during the first week of treatment; he stopped the antidepressant medicine of his own volition mid-way through the program. Five months later, he continued off antidepressant medication without any depression or anxiety symptoms.

Case Study 3: Hypertension

A 45-year-old executive had uncontrolled hypertension, despite medications. He was obese and fatigued and was therefore unable to exercise; he also had an uncontrollable appetite. The patient attended an in-residence chronic disorder program. His weight dropped, and he was able to begin exercise; he also stopped both alcohol and tobacco. Six months following this program, he continued to have normal blood pressure on herbal preparations but no medications and was able to eat as much salt as he liked.

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I feel wonderful! My blood pressure is down (130/60) and I have lost 10 pounds.

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