Rathinamala Rathinam, Murugesan Moonandi
2014 International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy  
The marine ecosystem is a rich source of drug discovery and development. Pharmacological investigations of marine products are providing convincing evidence that marine drug discovery has an exceedingly bright future in health care. The availability of ethno medicinal literature about marine products is very limited. Marine organisms have been used in Siddha system of Medicine since time immemorial. Pavalam (Red coral) is a valuable mineral drug which is commonly used in day to day practice by
more » ... to day practice by Siddha physicians for various ailments. This paper focuses on its origin, character, purification and processing techniques and different form of medicines prepared. The literature review revealed that Pavalam based medicines are widely used for the management of respiratory diseases, bleeding disorders and life style diseases like cancer and diabetes. The various research reports on Pavalam through scientific validation also highlighted for its future development. The scientific reports confirm the traditional claim of Pavalam's efficacy.
doi:10.7897/2277-4343.05376 fatcat:xab76hbswfdzjftomzjn62pfom