The Raju Family

The Raju Family are internationally renowned leading experts in authentic Ayurveda (the science of health and longevity).

Practicing for over 13 generations, their speciality is a most refined, accurate and comprehensive patient evaluation through Pulse Diagnosis. They also specialise in creating very effective and individualised treatments using precise knowledge and application of rare and powerful herbal formulas.

The Raju family clinic operates from Hyderabad, India, where they treat thousands of people who travel from all over the world for their expert treatment and advice for everything from prevention to the seemingly incurable. At their clinic they are renowned for transformative Panchakarma treatment.

Members of the Raju family also travel the world to offer their valuable expertise of pulse diagnosis and the unique and powerful Banana Treatment.

The Raju Family

Family Heritage of Healing for Generations

The Raju family comes from a long line of distinguished Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) going back for generations on both the mother's and father's sides. They are native to Andra Pradesh where they have been practicing natural healing through Ayurveda for decades.

Vaidya Dr. B.A. Raju, Institute Founder, "Father Raju"

Served as director of the family health service programs for decades, offering consultations with a specialization in infertility. He was a published author and translator of sanskrit texts and in recent years enjoyed retirement with his family in Hyderabad, who treasured his presence and his wisdom dearly.

He had a passion for education, particularly empowering disadvantaged women in villages to become educated.

He was an expert in pulse diagnosis and treated using the rare technique of pulse vibration therapy.

Vaidya Dr. Sunanda Raju, "Mother Raju"

A master herbalist and key contributor to many of the very special Raju Family herbal preparations.

Vaidya Dr. Lakshmi Narasimha Raju, Maternal Grandfather

A renowned and royal vaidya to many great leaders of state, and prime childhood teacher to our cherished family vaidyas.

Vaidya Dr. Lakshman Raju, Paternal Grandfather

A great vaidya and author, who wrote a famous book on alchemy.

Nadee Praveena Vaidyacharya Dr. J.R. Raju

Dr. J.R. Raju, the eldest brother, was the pulse diagnostician and foremost disciple of the world-famous Vaidya Balraj Maharishi, who had the knowledge of 5000 herbs. They would hold “free camps” for a week at a time where the master vaidya and his students would treat thousands of sick people, then collect plants and process them for three weeks in preparation for the next camp.

Dr. Raju served His Holiness, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to spread the knowledge and benefits of Ayurveda worldwide. Dr. Raju travelled the world over with Maharishi for thirty years, visiting over 100 countries and treating thousands upon thousands of people, including dignitaries and heads of state, all over the globe.

Along with spreading Ayurveda to the West in the 70’s & 80’s, he taught Ayurveda and pulse diagnosis to thousands of medical doctors including Deepak Chopra and Dr. John Douilliard. Dr. Raju currently travels the world and has treated hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide.

Dr Raju has developed strong international connections and has trained thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide in the fundamentals of Ayurveda and pulse diagnosis. He has developed courses for doctors, lay people, and students at all levels. He holds numerous positions including:

  • International Director, Maharishi Ayurveda University, Holland
  • International Program Director for Pulse Diagnosis, Maharishi Ayurveda University, Holland
  • Medical Technical Director, Maharishi Ayurveda Products, India & Holland
  • Visiting Professor, Maharishi Ayurveda Universities Europe, USA and Russia
  • Former Advisor to Health & Family Welfare, A.I.R., Government of India
  • Advisor, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center, Bad Ems, Germany
  • Medical Superintendent at Maharishi Ayurveda Arogyadham in New Delhi, India
  • Leading member of the Council of Vaidyas, Dr. Raju’s Institute of Ayurveda, Hyderabad, India

Institute Director Vaidya Dr. A.V. 'Krishna' Raju

Vaidya Krishna Raju is the director and head doctor at his family clinic in Hyderabad, India, where they treat thousands of people who travel from all over the world for their expert treatment and advice for everything from prevention to the seemingly incurable.

He is expert in pulse diagnosis, and is known in his family as the expert in knowledge of slohkas.

Dr. A. V. Raju holds:

  • Bachelor Degree in Ayurveda from Gulbarga University (1997), Karnataka, India;
  • Diploma in Yoga and Ayurveda (2003), Pune, Maharastra, India;
  • Certificate Course in Kshara Sutra Therapy;
  • M.D. Ayurveda in Panchakarma (2008) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India
  • MD Thesis: “A Comparative Study of Shukra Karaka Basti and Madhuka Yoga in Sukra Kshya (Olio Spermia).
  • Faculty head of the Panchakarma Department at PNNM Ayurveda College in Shoranur, Kerala, India since 2008
  • Advisor to Russian Indian Federation of Ayurveda (RIFA), Moscow, Russia
  • Advisor to Amaravati Ayurvedic Retreat, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Consulting Physician, Maharishi Institute of Medical Science (Kosla Hospitals), Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, India
  • Secretary for Kalyana Karnataka Educational Trust, Bidar, India
  • Technical Director, Ananda Vardhana Ayurveda Arogya Kendra, Sahara States, Hyderabad, India, since the year 2000
  • Board member and current secretary for the development of an Ayurvedic College and Research Center in Humnabad, India
  • Advisor, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center, Bad Ems, Germany

Dr. Padma Nayani Raju, Vaidya, Panchakarma Supervisor and Herbal Master

Dr. Padma is the 'Mother' of the Raju Health Center, supporting Dr. Krishna in day-to-day functions and making sure everyone is happy.

She is an expert in herbology, gynecology, pediatrics, nutrition and is a highly skilled and nourishing chef. She prepares all the menus and oversees meal preparation according to the traditional principles of ayurveda, to provide the best nutritional support for patients during Panchakarma (PK). She is also the lead organiser behind the Vedic Festivals regularly celebrated at the PK Center, and on top of all this is the mother of twins!

She prepares a lot of special medicines for patients and travels the world to offer pulse consultations and Banana Treatment.

Dr. Uma Rani Raju, Vaidya, Marma Therapist, Keeper of Knowledge

Dr. Uma was a skilled Vaidya who trained at home and university. She was renowned for her Suksma Marma Treatments on patients. She was an authoritative keeper of knowledge who would direct her family members in herbal preparations, treatment procedures and ritual procedures. In addition to her skills in Ayurveda, she studied philosophy and received a PhD in Telugu Literature.

She is survived by her daughter Ramya Raju and the rest of her family.

Vaidya Drs. Pavani Raju, Harsha Raju and Aditya Raju

All experts in Pulse Diagnosis and Suksma Marma Therapy, with advanced degrees specialising in both General Ayurvedic Practice and Panchakarma. The three children of Dr J.R. Raju and his wife Devaki lead the way for the younger generation of Raju Vaidyas, with extensive consultation and teaching experience in India, Europe and locations throughout the world. They run their own Panchakarma clinic in Hyderabad.

Raju Vaidyas in Training

Upcoming vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) in the Raju family ~ Even the youngest of the younger generation of Raju-vaidyas-to-be have begun their training in Ayurvedic healing.

Ramya P. Raju

The daughter of Dr. Uma Rani Raju and B.P. Raju has been studying this ancient system of natural health care since early childhood, supported by her entire family of experts in Ayurveda. She is currently working towards a Bachelors Degree in Ayurvedic Medical Science and says she can't wait to finish her studies and come home to help at the Institute's PK Center. She also currently travels the world to offer Banana Medicine.

Proper training in Ayurveda requires regular practice from early childhood, starting with the pulse knowledge. They also chant slohkas (vedic hymns) in order to orally acquire the knowledge and embed it in their physiology.

Because it is too late to gain full mastery when study begins later in life, the Raju family has started a foundation to select and educate gifted children in authentic ayurveda from this optimum early age.

Dr. A.V. Raju and Soujanya have two children who are learning. Dr. Padma and Harish Raju have two twins. Dr. Harsha Raju and Sri Lakshmi Raju have two children who are learning.


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Immunising your Baby Effectively and Naturally with Dr. A.V. Raju {Podcast #006}

Immunising baby or child. I’m not talking about vaccinations, but practical innate interventions to not only strengthen your baby, prevent disease and infection, but for them to be the most radiant, healthy baby of the lot!

Ayurvedic master, Dr. A.V. (Krishna) Raju will talk about the importance of Ayurvedic oil massage (Abhyanga) for a baby. Then Dylan Smith will share other ways to immunise your baby through balancing the mother's health, herbs for the baby, diet, and other specific regimen.


About Dr. Vaidya A.V. Krishna Raju

The Raju Family are internationally renowned leading experts in authentic Ayurveda (the science of health and longevity).

Practicing for over 13 generations, their speciality is a most refined, accurate and comprehensive patient evaluation through Pulse Diagnosis. They also specialise in creating very effective and individualised treatments using precise knowledge and application of rare and powerful herbal formulas.

Vaidya Krishna Raju is the director and head doctor at his family clinic in Hyderabad, India, where they treat thousands of people who travel from all over the world for their expert treatment and advice for everything from prevention to the seemingly incurable.


In this Episode we Discuss:

The two most important factors for baby are bath and abhyanga (oil massage), daily.

  • Preventing Disease - With Abhyanga we can satisfy vata very easily. There are many vata diseases, much more than the other doshas. So we pacify vata from the childhood, we can prevent so many diseases.
  • Detoxifies - That is why it is important to bathe the baby after, to wash off the toxins the massage “pulled out” via lipophilic action.
  • Improves muscle and bone growth.
  • Sramapaha” - reduces exertion.
  • Improves sleep - by pacifying the nervous system.
  • Abhyanga is like exercise to a baby.
  • Sesame Oil - Improves calcium levels, bone and hair growth.
  • Regimen - After delivery give massage every day except for next 11 days.
  • Head is the most important area to massage - Strengthens the skull, prevents headaches and enhances sensory health.
  • Oils to use for massage - Ideally medicated oils, otherwise cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. Beware with sesame oil as it may cause a skin reaction or allergy depending on the baby.

Other methods of Ayurvedic Immunisation: (12:55)

  1. Balance mum’s physiology - post-natal herbs, garlic, ghee, ojas increasing foods. Just giving baby-abhyanga will increase oxytocin in the mother. Ensure proper breastfeeding.
  2. Herbs for baby - swarna prasa, shiva drops, pusya drops, swasakastank yog. (15:02)
  3. 40 days of intimacy between mum and baby.
  4. Diet - timely food, proper food introduction.
  5. Sattvic (pure) environment in the home.
  6. Bath - give after abhyanga. Lukewarm baths daily.

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Honey – Nectar or Poison?

Honey, nature’s sweet nectar, was considered by the ancient Vedic sages as one of the most exceptional food items available to mankind. It constitutes unique medicinal properties par excellence. And all this certainly still prevails today, but only when used properly.

In stark contrast, honey when heated is considered fatal and is classified as poison. Not only did ancient vedic sages clearly warn civilisations about this, but now modern science is proving ancient wisdom by confirming the toxicity of heated honey.

I understand that these words condemning heated honey seem harsh, radical and perhaps rather shocking. But many sages (who are considered authentic authorities on the science of life that is Ayurveda) used these exact words for this topic. And by the way, this language was rarely used.

I personally consider heated honey as the #1 Biggest Flaw in The Post Modern Era Diet.

The Importance of Honey

Honey is a medicine, not so much a food.

Honey is only good in little quantities. This is “because of properties like difficult digestibility, dryness and astringency.”(1)

If undigested, honey is very hard to eliminate out of the body. If it doesn’t eliminate, it lodges in the body as ama (undigested food material), which is the root cause of most illnesses. Ama clogs the channels of the body, obstructing metabolic activity, preventing nutrients from being delivered to cells and hampering proper waste elimination.

“Nothing is as troublesome as the Ama caused by improper intake of honey.”
~ Charaka, Ancient Sage.

The best yogavahi (catalyst)

Which means it amplifies the properties of the herbs added to it.(2)

The chief Anupana (Vehicle of Administration)

All herbs need a vehicle to effectively deliver it to the part of body that it is intended for. There are many Anupana’s such as ghee, milk, decoctions, water, sugar, wine and more. Honey is the main Anuapana in Ayurvedic medicine.

Thus, the best way to get your regular dose of honey is to incorporate it into your regular herbal intake.
(see below for other ways to take honey).

Good for the Eyes

Improves the eyesight. Very useful for itchy eyes, trachoma, conjunctivitis, glaucoma and other similar diseases.(1)

Honey is an excellent ‘scraper’ - whether it be scraping undigested food material in the digestive tract, to then be eliminated, or the mature cataracts (when the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque) to stop the growth of the membrane.

It is to be used regularly internally but most effective when applied into the eyes via a specific Ayurvedic herbal preparation. (contact Vital Veda to order Netra Amrit Eye Drops).

Heart Health

Honey is wonderful for the heart. While it’s sweetness give pleasure to pacify the emotional heart, the scraping quality removes the ama that is blocking heart vowels and arteries.

Heart Tonic Remedy - Honey + amalaki juice + lemon juice + mango juice + arjuna kashayam (optional).

Honey Heals the Skin

Topically applying honey to wounds(1), burns, cuts, skin diseases(1) and ulcers(1) is an easy home remedy to clean the area and hasten healing.

Wound Healing Remedy - Mix some turmeric powder with honey to increase the antiseptic effect and stop bleeding(1). Topically apply on skin lesion.

Digestion

  • Honey is considered a boon for those with low digestion (Manda Agni). This is because it scrapes away the kapha coating on top of the pitta (kapha avarana).
  • It helps with diarrhoea and regulates acid levels.
  • It is a vital ingredient during Panchakarma when conducting purification treatments such as Basti (enema) and Vamana (emesis).

Respiratory Health

Honey is highly beneficial in the support of lung health and treatment of all imbalances of the lungs. Honey contains a mixture of "higher" alcohols and ethereal oil that emit soothing and beneficial vapours. Couple this with a combination of Ayurvedic respiratory herbs to breath at ease.

 

Cough

Honey soothes the inflamed mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract and relieves irritating cough and symptoms like difficulty in swallowing. Honey is also one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods for inflammation anywhere in the body.

Cough and Cold Home Remedy – Honey and spice paste.

Weight Loss, Obesity and Diabetes

Honey is Kapha Nisaraka.
“Sara” = Essence.
“Ni” = Take away.
Honey, with its astringent quality, in small amounts, takes away the essence of kapha. Kapha is the factor for fluids, excess fat and heaviness in the body.
Another quality of honey is Stambhana (Stopping). Honey stops the overproduction of the bodily tissues.

Weight Loss Remedy - Boil water at night. The next morning add 1tsp honey + 1tsp lemon juice to the room temperature water and drink first thing after brushing teeth and scraping tongue.

Aphrodisiac and Ojas Booster

Due to a sweet taste and sweet post-digestive effect, honey (when taken right) is one of the few foods that metabolises so well that it nourishes all the tissues and quickly and directly nourishes and builds Ojas (vital essence). Due to it’s yogavahi (catalyst) quality, combined with aphrodisiac herbs it is effective for low libido, premature ejaculation, low sperm count and reproduction.

Ojas Builder and Immunisation for Babies - Swarna Prasha (honey + ghee + gold bhasma) - (available at Vital Veda clinic).

Other benefits:

“Madhu (honey) breaks up solidified materials inside the body, relieves thirst, mitigates kapha, poison, hiccup, bleeding disease, skin diseases, diabetes, worms, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, cough, diarrhoea; cleanses the ulcers, unifies fractures, heals wound.”(1)

Ways to Take Honey:

  • Incorporate into herbal preparations.
  • By itself as a tonic - If you do not take herbs, you can take 1tsp of raw honey first thing in the morning. (Sweet should be the first taste of the day).
  • Fruit + Honey - Drizzle honey on seasonal fruit. Honey + grapefruit is a great breakfast for weight loss. (make sure to eat the white pith of the grapefruit!).
  • Yoghurt + Honey - Yoghurt is one of the heaviest foods available. Thus Ayurveda says “it should not be taken alone without, sugar, green gram soup, honey or amalaki”(3) to make it more easily digestible. Honey and yoghurt is a great snack.

Honey’s Poisonous Potential

On the other hand, honey can easily acquire a poisonous quality. All it takes is heat.

When honey is heated past body temperature (37 degrees celsius) it becomes poison.

 

“100 litres of honey can be spoiled with 1 drop of hot water. Poison.”
Vaidya J.R. Raju

 

 

When heated, the molecules in honey metamorphose into glue-like structures and that adhere to the gut membrane, clogging the channels and producing ama. This ama becomes a sly nuisance that is very difficult to remove from the body.

“It takes many Panchakarma’s to remove heated honey.”
~ Vaidya J.R. Raju.

Now modern science is proving ancient wisdom. A study showed that when honey is heated, it produces a chemical called hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde (HMF), a substance linked in certain forms to toxicity and possible links to carcinogenic effects.

The heat melts the microscopic globules of wax, which is where bees store this toxic chemical (and possibly more). This wax which encases the toxic substances is only eliminated straight out the body if it is not heated.

Beware of Heated Honey

  • Don’t add honey to any food or drink that is hot including tea, chai, porridge, honey soy chicken, honey cake etc. You are safer to leave this out all together rather then letting the food or drink “cool down.” - Remember, 37 degrees celsius.
  • Honey as an ingredient in packaged foods - Care should be taken to avoid cereals, breads, baked goods, sauces, bars and other “health food” products that include honey which has been cooked. Read the labels.
  • What is the source of your honey? - Speak to the bee keeper. Find out how they extract the honey. If the honey is cold-extracted or unheated, this is medicine. However most honey sold in mainstream supermarkets are toxic.

Ayurveda is so strict on this that it even prohibits honey during fever and hot summers.

Who is to say that heated honey is not a primary cause in diseases like colon cancer, infertility, children dying at birth or soon after birth? It will be a while till science conducts studies like these.

Other Notes About Honey

  • Honey gets better with age. I recommend only use honey that is at least 2 months old. This increases the activity levels. If it crystallises this is a good thing. Make sure to store well in a glass container. Start collecting!
  • Beware, “Honey mixed with equal quantities of ghee causes death.” ~ Every major ancient ayurvedic text.
honey collection
My honey collection from 2014. I still hold some of these that are getting good age to them! I save them for when strong medicines are required and for Ayurvedic baby immunisations.  

If you have eaten heated honey in the past like most westerners, fear not! you are strong. Even heated honey in very little quantity can be digested to some extent by with those of good physiology. But now you are aware, you can continue to detoxify and further imbue vitality.

 

“Even Brahman cannot cure the heated honey.”
Vaidya Dr. Raju
“Eat honey, my son, for it is good;”
~ Proverbs 24:13, The Bible

 

Honey Brand Recommendations:

  • Kel-Bee Apiaries (Sydney) - Louie comes to the Bondi Farmers Markets on Saturdays. 0414 972 065.
  • Lenny (Ocean Shores, Northern NSW) - Amazing passionate honey dealer who occasionally acquires rare and potent batches of honey.
  • Maharishi Honey - These guys use a Natural Law based approach to apiculture. They have the bees facing east, play them vedic chants and work closely with the environment. This honey is another level. If you are in Australia order through The Medicine Man.

Get collecting!

References
(1) Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, ch. 6,(86-93).
(2) Caraka Samhita, ch. 26, (249)
(3) Caraka Samhita, ch. 7, (61-62)

feature photo: Cereal Mag