Scientific Name: Elaeocarpus ganitrus

Family Name: Elaeocarpaceae


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.
Chemical Constituents:
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.

  1. Spiritual and Medicinal Beads: Rudraksha beads are commonly used as prayer beads in Hinduism, Buddhism, and other spiritual practices. They are believed to have spiritual significance and are used for meditation and prayer.
  2. Stress Reduction: Rudraksha beads are worn as necklaces or bracelets and are believed to help reduce stress and anxiety, promoting a sense of calm and well-being.
  3. Healing: Some traditional medicinal practices use Rudraksha seeds for their potential healing properties, such as improving concentration and mental clarity.
  4. Jewelry: Rudraksha beads are also used in making jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, for their aesthetic appeal and spiritual significance. 5. Collectibles: Rudraksha seeds with a high number of facets (mukhis) are considered rare and are often collected as valuable and unique items.