Botanical name – Corallium rubrum
Family name – Coralliidae
English name – Coral
Common name – Red Coral
Synonyms – Vidruma, Raktanga, Abdijanthum, Pakhala, Marka, Angarak, Mani.
Habit – Perennial fossil.
Useful Parts: Powder of the whole fossil.
Common Uses: heart tonic, brain tonic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, reduces hyperacidity and diarrhoea accompanied with bleeding and ulcerations. It is diuretic, aphrodisiac and restorative in cough, fevers and colds. It also reduces secretion and sweating.
Indications It is used externally as a collyrium in lacrimation and itching in eyes, defective vision. It is used internally in loss of taste, chronic rhinitis, hyperacidity, peptic ulcer, vomiting, thirst, burning sensation, loss of appetite, phthis, cough, tuberculosis, emaciation, bleeding disorders, bleeding haemorrhoids, injury to cardiac region, cardiac weakness, chronic fever, headache, calculus, diabetes, menorrhagia, metrrohagia, excessive sweating, eye disorders, poisoning and vata disorders.