Definition - What does Rudraksha Therapy mean?
Rudraksha therapy is a manner of healing using the seed of the fruit of the Elaeocarpus ganitrus, a broad-leafed evergreen. The seed, known as a rudraksha, is often used as a prayer bead by Hindus and Buddhists and worn as jewelry. It may also be consumed by either boiling the seeds in milk or creating a powder mixed with water.
Both the external use of the beads and the consumption of the seed derivatives are believed to have physical health and spiritual benefits.
Yogapedia explains Rudraksha Therapy
Rudraksha is typically translated as “tears of Shiva,” one of the main Hindu gods. Rudra was actually a minor, but fierce, Vedic deity from which Shiva is believed to have evolved. Aksha means “teardrops.”
Rudraksha therapy is a companion to ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system.
Rudraksha beads and seeds are believed to have properties that affect the body's chakras (energy centers). By balancing the chakras, the yogi is able to achieve physical, spiritual, emotional and mental health. The beads are thought to have electromagnetic properties that store energy that activates particular chakras. Clearing and balancing the chakras through rudraksha therapy has benefits is similar to yogic techniques of pranayama, asana practice and meditation.
In addition to physical health benefits, rudraksha therapy can improve self-confidence, empowerment and mental focus, and can serve as a tool on the journey to Self-realization.