Rudra is another name for Shiva and Aksha means Eye. Together Rudraksha symbolizes the "Tears of Lord Shiva".
These are the tears from Shiva as he cries for the suffering of the world and offers his tears as a tool for the destruction of ego, attachment, and illusion.
The rudraksha is made of anywhere from 1 "face" to 21 "faces". The five faced Rudraksha is THE ONLY ONE to be used in making malas. Its healing properties and protective qualities are an increased blood flow and balanced flow to the heart.
The wearer of Rudraksha is not meant to drink alcohol, do drugs, swear, lie, eat meat, or involve themselves in sexual intercourse. If one wishes to act it these ways it is advised to remove the rudraksha from the neck. Adverse affects will arise if people wish to wear their rudraksha in the act of the above mentioned.
Each face has different healing properties and different results to the person that possesses them.