Rudraksha is a large evergreen tree native to the Himalayan region, as well as parts of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The most distinctive feature of the Rudraksha tree is its fruit, which contains the renowned Rudraksha seeds. These seeds are typically brown and have multiple facets or “mukhis” on their surface, with each seed having a varying number of these facets.
Rudraksha seeds contain various chemical constituents, including alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, and fatty acids. However, the primary active compound of interest is the alkaloid called “eugeniin,” which has been found in the seeds.
Rudraksha seeds are known for their unique spiritual and medicinal properties. They are believed to have a calming effect on the mind, reduce stress, and promote mental clarity. Additionally, they are considered sacred in many cultures and are often used as prayer beads.