11 Mukhi (Java, Indonesia): Beneficial for disorders of the nervous system. Photograph: Oliver Clasper
Rudraksha is a large evergreen broad-leafed tree found mainly in Indonesia and Nepal and in India between the Ganges and the foothills of the Himalayas. Rudraksha beads are the seeds of the fruit from Rudraksha trees. Authentic Rudraksha beads have been found to boost confidence and inner strength and to help with a wide range of mental and physical problems. Buddha wore them, Gandhi wore them, and the Dalai Lama wears them. So did Yehudi Menuhin and Osho Rajneesh.
Rudraksha beads have been worn by Asian yogis and monks for centuries because of their interaction with body and mind to foster the tranquility and concentration necessary during extended periods of meditation. Modern medical research has shown that Rudraksha beads have electro-magnetic properties that have a beneficial influence on the cardiovascular and central nervous systems.
From left to right: 11 Mukhi, Parad (Mercury), 4 Mukhi, 5 Mukhi
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The beneficial powers of Rudraksha beads have been known in Asia for ages and are well documented in traditional and contemporary literature. With the increasing popularity of Rudraksha malas in India, recent scientific studies have been carried out to determine just how Rudraksha healing works. One of the leading research papers was published by Dr. Suhas Roy of the Indian Institute of Technology in Banaras, India.
Dr. Roy’s research confirmed that the healing powers of Rudraksha beads flow from their electro-magnetic properties. When Rudraksha beads are placed over the heart, they stabilize the heart beat on the principle of dynamic polarity, much as magnets work. Blood circulation and heart beat induce a magnetic field around the body and particularly the heart region. Depending on the polarity and intensity of this induced magnetic field, Rudraksha beads transmit subtle electrical and inductive impulses with opposing polarity and intensity. A proportionate balancing force is exerted on the heart to regulate it whenever it starts beating above or below normal rates. This action helps to ensure ideal blood circulation in the body.
The human body is a complex bio-electronic circuit consisting of the central nervous system as well as the organs and functions that it regulates. Streamlined blood flow has a powerful rejuvenating impact on this circuit and serves to prevent stress-related disorders caused by the damaging effects of excess energy on neurons and neurotransmitters. In essence, Rudraksha beads help bring about the well-known “relaxation response” which is the ultimate goal of meditation, yoga, tai chi, biofeedback and countless other alternative medicine methodologies.