No, I’m not talking about a balm to soothe a broken heart, although jewelry has been used throughout the ages to profess love. In Ayurvedic medicine, rubies have definite healing power and curiously enough, that extends to heart trouble.
The medicinal aspect of rubies extends also to conditions of impotence, loss of blood, tuberculosis, indigestion, prolonged fevers, and diabetes to name a few. Rubies are supposed to empower the Thalamus (basically, the nerve center involved in sensory and motor relay and regulation of consciousness and sleep) and aid in the general health of the body. Powdered ruby is said to banish plague, pestilence and cure the wearer of vain, foolish fancies.
In Indian lore the ruby is associated with opening the Sacral Chakra. Located in the area of your navel it affects creativity, sexuality, money, relationships, empathy, nurturing, pleasure as well as emotions and represents the ability to go with the flow. The ruby also affects the Heart Chakra, the location is, as you might have guessed, the region of the heart and represents love, joy, warmth, compassion and the deep bonds you have with others.
While the Chakra points deal with your emotional well-being, rubies are also associated with the physical maladies of the body and are believed by contemporary Ayurvedic practitioners to heal heart ailments, ailments of the spleen, skin, hypertension, brain, bones and eyesight, which goes along with the idea that powdered ruby sweetens the sharpness of humors (blood and bodily fluids) and vital organs.
While some practitioners believe that rubbing a ruby on the skin maintains a youthful appearance there are others that believe this would disturb circulation of the blood and arouse anger in the wearer. Still others believe it cures a hot temper and impatience.
It is believed that rubies emit strong, hot rays and are effective in treating maladies of cold and dampness, such as low blood pressure, low libido, constipation and anemia by raising the body temperature and increasing the metabolic rate, circulation and muscle tension. This is confirmed by monitoring the patient’s pulse or using a thermometer or blood pressure meter before and after the treatment with the prescribed gem medicine.
The wealthy often wear large medicine rings that are open on the back so that the sun’s rays can penetrate them and reach the skin. The rings are changed periodically by the Ayurvedic physician who works in tandem with an astrologer because it is believed that the gems have a direct correlation to the planets. It is believed that each planet reflects a different colored light from the sun and has influence on biological organisms. The ruby reflects the color red and its energy properties are hot, heating, drying, energizing and expanding (which I take to mean rejuvenating organs that may have been shriveled by disease, but that is just my interpretation).
Powdered gems can be mixed into a paste or burned to ash and mixed with herbs and oils but this must be done by an experienced practitioner because they are exceptionally strong and as with any medicine, I imagine, quite harmful if ingested in the wrong proportions or self-prescribed.
On a lighter note, it is said that rubies induce sensual love. A diamond engagement ring might symbolize eternal love but a ruby signals fiery passion. I'll have one of each. Just kidding.
Can a ruby heal your heart? I believe whatever method you decide to use has the ability to heal because it’s only assisting your belief that you will heal. I’m a big believer in alternative healing methods but I don’t think I’ll be turning in my turquoise jewelry for rubies, anytime soon.
Until next month,