Scientific analysis of Rudraksha seed !

Rudraksha is considered as a very sacred object in the Hindu Religion whose botanical or scientific name is Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb.

Presently, 38 varieties of Rudraksha is recognized and cultivated in Nepal, Indonesia, Sri-Lanka, India and some other countries of south–east Asia.

According to the Hindu Mythology, ‘Rudra’ is other name of Lord Shiva and ‘Aksha’ means eyes or tears so rudraksha means tears of Lord Shiva. So, it considered to acquire very high cosmic force due to its link with eye of Lord Shiva in Hindu Mythology.  Roy (1993) found that Rudraksha beads possess inductive and electromagnetic properties and controls the human activities through direct action on central nervous system.

Botanically, Rudraksha seeds, or beads, are simply a plant product, containing wide range of elements like Aluminium, Chlorine, Copper, Cobalt, Nickel, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Silicon, Silver and Gold. Presence of these elements shows electromagnetic properties as well as high density value in Rudraksha seed.

Not only it contains ingredients of elements but also composed of some fraction of gaseous substances like Carbon, Nitrogen, Hydrogen and Oxygen. The percentage compositions of gaseous elements can be determined by C-H-N Analyzer and by Gas chromatography. The result obtained from above instruments was found as it consists of 50.031% carbon, 0.95% nitrogen, 17.897% hydrogen and 30.53% oxygen.

Human body can be assumed as a bio-electric circuit which contains billions of networks of nervous system and other organs which are sensitive to electrical impulses generated by continuous heart beats, blood circulation, sensory and motor impulses in nerves, contraction and relaxing of muscles. This electrical impulse generates bio-electricity inside the animal body which then produces some value of potential difference within body parts hence flow of this current is possible. But, sometimes, due to stress and other cause, this flow of bio-electric currents as well as normal body function stops working properly and we call this state as illness or abnormal psyche.


How Rudraksha helps in reduction of illness and regain bio-electricity flow inside the body?


1)  As I mention above, Rudraksha is a versatile material composed of wide range of valuable elements. Wearing Rudraksha obviously helps to control, normalize and more importantly, regulates the flow of bio-electric current inside the body.

If we talk about current then we should think of characteristic factors depending on it viz; resistance, capacitance, inductance, magnetic induction etc.

As we have the relation,

Ohm’s Law,

V= IR,   

Where, V= voltage, I= current, R= Resistance.

From above equation, resistance (R) generates some specific ampere of current flow depending on the factor of resistance.

If we correlate this concept in our case, resistance coordinated with our heartbeat and then specific impulses to the brain to generate certain bio-chemicals in the brain which brings positive mood, confidence and feel better and energetic.


2) We know capacitor is a device used to store an electric charge.


Let us impose this idea to our case again, Rudraksha can be considered as a capacitor in a sense that it can store bio-electric energy. As said above, bio-electricity flow depends on physical activity, stress, heart beats, hormonal activity, and nerve cell impulse, which gives larger value of potential difference as well.  Wearing Rudraksha seeds helps to regain normal body conditions by absorbing this excess bio-electricity.



3) Also, Rudraksha is inductor which sends out specific inductive vibrations because of its unique magnetic properties due to presence of magnetic materials.

   People wearing Rudraksha feels better even if beads do not touch them physically due to the vibrations.

4) Due to presence of variety  of elements, Rudraksha possess both paramagnetic and diamagnetic properties.

It can change its polarity called dynamic polarity due to diamagnetic property. As dia-magnetism is the ability of any substance to acquire temporary magnetic property in presence of an external magnetic field. The bio-electric flow in the body also develops bio-magnetism depending on the polarity of the induced magnetic field.

When Rudraksha comes in contact with our body it setup its polarity opposite to the inducing field. That is why it helps to proper functioning of the blood vessels better than magnets.

In one single line, Rudraksha can be considered as versatile material due to its composition as well as its use in numerous useful works.


Chetanath Neupane

He is a graduate researcher of Astrophysics and Biophysics in St. Xavier's College, Kathmandu, Nepal. His research domain includes VMD/NAMD interface to study Large Structure Biomolecules; see some of his research interest in 'Research works section of the website. More Importantly, he actively leading his project "Science for Society-SS" which aims to promote Science ethics/principles to the society of Nepal.

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