Elaeocarpus sphaericus is the botanical or scientific name of the tree from where the Rudrasksha comes from. The mature dried seeds from the fruits of these trees are used to make rosaries and necklaces for prayer and meditation mainly used by Hindus and Buddhists.
Elaeocarpus sphaericus is mainly native to India, Nepal and Indonesia (Java). However they are also found in Taiwan, Philippines, Australia, Papau New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Calcedona and Vanuatu.
The wood from the rudraksha tree are used for timber in building work, light construction, carpentry, joinery, wood ware, furniture, veneer, boats, light wood based artifacts, plywood and sometimes in plane propellers.
There are many claims and counter claims about the medical properties of rudraksha. The truth is that there have been very few proper scientific investigations to provide ample evidence for such claims. Nevertheless, before such claims are proven scientifically one has to be open-minded as rudraksha businesses are huge and dubious holy men in plenty to exploit the needy. It can be predicted that in the next decade rudraksha therapy will explode as many research based pharmaceutical companies will enter and exploit the situation. However, in the long run it could be seen as god sent as more medical benefits of rudraksha will discovered as long as they don’t copyright their investigations. However, many testimonials both mental and physical do show that there are some benefits from wearing the rudraksha. If the people of South Asia with an ancient civilization have worn and used rudrakshas for centuries, there has to be some truth behind such claims.
Claimed medicinal properties of Rudraksha
Nervousness, insanity, lack of concentration, epilepsy, melancholia, mania, other mental disorders, insomnia, headache, jaundice, hypertension, fever, cholesterol lowering capabilities, diabetes, stress, and impotence.
Proven medicinal properties of Rudraksha
Defensive accomplishment of E. sphaericus (Rudraksha) extracts in experimental bronchial asthma, protection of guinea-pigs against bronchospasm, microbial activity against several microorganisms including against Salmonella and anticonvulsant activity.
Curent use of Rudraksha in Ayurvedic treatment.
Elaeocarpus sphaericus fruits are used in Ayurveda for mental diseases, epilepsy, asthma, hypertension, arthritis and liver diseases.
These investigations and user testimonials through the centuries suggests beneficial properties of the rudraksha that requires more scientific investigations for the benefit of mankind.