The Raj opened its doors in April 1993, and soon gained a reputation as America's premier Ayurveda Health Center. It is the only such facility outside of India specifically built to offer traditional Ayurveda rejuvenation modalities. The French-country-style facility encompasses 36,000 square feet and is situated on 100 acres of rolling meadows and woodlands in Iowa's heartland.

At the heart of The Raj programs are the profound rejuvenation programs that help restore balance and reawaken the body’s natural healing mechanisms. But the in-house programs are only a part of a comprehensive approach to creating health. Guests at The Raj also gain an understanding of how all the various aspects of their lives are interrelated and contribute either positively or negatively to overall well-being.

Ayurveda teaches that there are triggers for weight-gain that have nothing to do with a lack of discipline. Environmental toxis have recently been recognized as major contributors to treatment-resistant obesity and childhood obesity. Many of the most dangerous toxins are fat-soluble chemicals. This means they adhere to fatty tissue and disrupt the normal functioning of our fat cells where they can stay for up to 30 years. These toxins have been associated with hormone disruption, infertility, immune system suppression, several types of cancer, including breast cancer, and other chronic diseases, to name a few.

Panchakarma, the traditional Maharishi Ayurveda Rejuvenation and Purification Program offered at The Raj ( has been scientifically shown to remove up to 50% of these dangerous toxins, in as few as five days. No other method has been shown to remove this class of fat-soluble toxins from the body.

The luxurious rejuvenation and purification program at The Raj is the ideal way to begin any weight-loss program. In addtion, The Raj Ayurvedic approaches to weight revitalize and balance digestion. Most weight-loss programs try to suppress the appetite. As a result, food does not get properly digested or metabolized. When the body is not nourished properly, it begins to get cravings. Poor digestion also leads to the creation of ama – a toxic sticky residue that gradually clogs our cells, disrupting normal functioning. This can cause lethargy, fatigue, dullness, erratic eating habits and compulsive eating.

The weight-loss program at The Raj is a multifaceted approach that helps achieve permanent weight reduction by removing existing toxins, restoring balance of the doshas, reestablishing proper digestion and metabolism, and by providing an individualized diet and lifestyle program that maintains optimal health.

The herbal formulations listed below are focused on supporting overall balance and wellness in digestion, emotions and the doshas, or mind-body characteristics.