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Medicinal value of Elaeocarpus sphaericus: A review
Pratikshya Aryal

Plants are natural therapeutics. Different parts of plants have medicinal property. Among them, Elaeocarpus sphaericus is one of the plants which hold traditional as well as scientific value of medicine within it. The aim of this review is to assemble the botany and medicinal value of Elaeocarpus sphaericus. The paper is fully based on secondary data. 36 published articles were extracted from different online portals and all the information was gathered, analyzed and presented well here in descriptive firm. Elaeocarpus ganitrus is natively known as Rudraksha. Rudraksha is a large deciduous tree specially distributed in the foothills of the Himalayas. They are composed of different phytochemicals like saponins, cardiac glycosides, steroids, flavonoids, alkaloids, carbohydrates, fixed oils and many others and show antidepressant, antidiabetic, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antiulcerogenic property. Thus, more attention should be given for its production.

Keywords: Elaeocarpus ganitrus, Phytochemistry, Rudraksha, Beads, Traditional medicines