Dr. J. R. Raju is another extraordinary vaidya, and he is the one that I trust to keep me healthy, which he does magnificently. He’s also the one I go to when I’m sick, and he always manages to make me well again.
RajuJi, as he is known to most people, has a clinic in Delhi. The facility may leave you underwhelmed, but once you have met RajuJi, you won’t mind. He’s a total delight. And he is another of the world’s top experts in the Ayurvedic science of pulse diagnosis, though he can also usually tell what’s wrong just by looking at you. Before I knew him personally, I once walked up to him just to ask him some question (my health had been declining for some time, though I didn’t realize how serious it was), and as soon as he saw me he immediately told me that I should come for a consultation as he could see some terrible disease coming on. Consultation taken. Herbs taken. Disease averted. Felt fabulous afterwards.
Now, many people are skeptical about pulse diagnosis—until they have had their pulse taken by a master like RajuJi. I won’t claim that he is 100% accurate. No one is; but I feel he’s as close as anyone can be. The reason no one is 100% is mostly due to the karma of the patient, though it must also be due in part to his own. (I’m assuming that readers have some understanding of the philosophy of karma. If you don’t, click here to read more about it.) When the karma is up, the medicine works. Before that, nothing works and even a diagnosis may not be possible.
RajuJi comes from a long line of vaidyas. Like all the great families of vaidyas, his family has a few special remedies that are unavailable elsewhere, and they are really amazing.
Perhaps the most dramatic thing I’ve seen personally was when a man from England, formerly a world-class athlete, came in with multiple sclerosis. When he arrived, he could barely hobble a short distance with the aid of two canes. He’d had the disease for years and was seriously debilitated, though he’s made a little progress with some other natural therapies. After a week of herbs and panchakarma treatment (and the treatments there are really excellent), he was not only walking without his canes, but he was able to go for a run for the first time in five years.
Another patient I met was a young man who had been addicted to heroin for several years, and was also an alcoholic. His family brought him to RajuJi in desperation. The treatment consisted of a single dose of a special preparation once a day for a week. Rahul (name changed) told me that after the very first dose his craving for the drugs went away, and he could even hold the heroin in his hand and not want it. He took the whole course and was cured of his addiction. I last heard of him a few years after that and he was still drug-free.
RajuJi also has remedies for removing gallstones without surgery and all sorts of other things. I’ve been watching the progress of a couple of autistic children that he’s been treating for several years and it has been very impressive. One of the boys, who I remember was a total basket case when he arrived, now runs up to everyone who comes in and gives them a hug. I don’t think you can call him autistic anymore.
Side effects of Ayurvedic medicines are rare, and usually quite mild when they do occur, especially when taken according to the instructions of a competent vaidya. The worst thing I ever got was a little rash or a little queasiness. On the other hand, I’ve almost died twice and been hospitalized a couple of other times (once for 10 days) from allopathic medicines. That’s not counting some less severe side effects I’ve experienced. And considering that for almost my whole life I’ve only taken drugs when absolutely necessary, which hasn’t been so often, that’s a pretty bad track record, wouldn’t you say?
Now you understand why I am a big fan of Ayurveda, don’t you? Just be aware that there are a lot of Ayurvedic clinics that have little to offer other than a pleasant massage. Before choosing a vaidya or clinic, ask around for one that suits your needs.
If you want to see Dr. Raju, call (011) 2747 9501/2/3 to find out when he will be available. He’s out of town a lot. He often goes to Hyderabad, where his brother, also an excellent vaidya, has another clinic. Go early and allow plenty of time as he usually has a long line of patients waiting to see him. Bring something to do if you haven’t acquired the typical Indian’s ability to do nothing while waiting for hours on end.