Historical Use of Coral
For hundreds of years, Coral has been known to bring relief to many illnesses and ailments. Heart palpitations, eczema, muscle cramps, headaches, insomnia, arthritis, diabetes, kidney stones…
The first use of coral in medicine is impossible to document but it clearly began thousands of years ago. The use of mariceuticals (medicine from marine organisms) is well documented in ancient Arabic and Chinese literature but the first specific mention of coral is found in Indian Ayurvetic Medicine, dating back some 5,000 years.
In the Roman pharmacopoeia it has been used ground into powder, as attested by several classic authors, as Pliny the Elder and Dioscorides. The 9th century Muslim scientist, Al-Kindi, included coral in his "aqrabadhin" or Medical Formulary and the 10th century Muslim physician Avicenna prescribed it to avoid sight sinking. Coral has been widely used during the Middle Age, not only in the artistic but also in the religious and alchemic pharmacologic context. Coral's curative properties were mainly associated with women (to increase fertility and to regulate menstruation), with children (to prevent epilepsy) and with the elderly (to cure arthritis). In general, it was used to facilitate blood circulation, to cure dysentery and for gingival problems. According to the 16th century Italian physician Vespasiano Angelico, coral was one of the ingredients to prevent Black Death. For centuries, scientists were doubtful as to put the coral in the vegetable or mineral kingdom. The 18th century French physician Jean André de Peyssonnel firstly recognized the coral's animal nature. At the present time studies are carrying out on the coral utilization in the therapy of the bones affections.
Proof of western coral usage can be seen in the world's oldest pharmacy (established 1685), that is still in existence and preserved as a museum in northern Spain. Among the rows of bottles on the ancient shelves is a container of coral powder with the inscription that "The blond coral is the only coral used for medicine".
History remains silent on coral from 1700 - 1900 but local legend reports that coral remained in use in Okinawa. Many say that the coral minerals are the reason for the indisputable longevity of the Okinawan people. Japanese population studies show that Okinawa has the highest incidence of people 100 years of age or over. These Okinawan Centurions are not a feeble group of invalids confined to a nursing home. These are active senior citizens with productive lives and enjoying their golden years, they just happen to be over 100 years of age.
American Use of Coral: Prior to 1980, coral, as a nutritional supplement, was unknown in the United States or virtually anywhere outside of Japan. A Swedish industrialist named Rolf Ericsson is credited with introducing coral to the western world. Rolf Ericsson's son Stephan was living in Japan and became familiar with the health giving qualities of Okinawa coral and convinced his father that it represented a sound business opportunity. Rolf Ericsson organized the distribution and successfully introduced nutritional coral into Europe and America. Rolf Ericsson selected the name "Coral Calcium" for the natural coral complex of 74 minerals. This original Ericsson coral product was in the form of tea bags. Small tea bags containing 1000 mg. of coral sand were recommended for placement in one liter of water. About 20% of the coral minerals would enter the water that was to be consumed throughout the day.
The president of Coral LLC. (Clint DeWitt) was among the first (February 1994) distributors of the Ericsson product in the USA. Clint DeWitt's coral distribution company grew rapidly until Ericsson restricted all sales to the Network Marketing (MLM) industry, thus leaving Clint DeWitt without a product to sell.
Clint DeWitt knew that consuming water treated with the coral sand provided significant health benefits and that eating the actual sand provided even greater results. The logical strategy was to develop a product consisting of fine coral powder capsules. Working with leading scientists, nutritionists and doctors, Clint DeWitt established a raw materials source for fine coral powder from Okinawa and after a complicated beginning developed the business that is now known as Coral LLC.
Ingesting the fine coral powder (as opposed to drinking water treated with coral sand) proved to be a far more effective way of putting minerals into the blood. This greatly increased method of coral mineral bioavailability attracted much attention and many companies quickly copied the successful concept. Encapsulated coral powder became the preferred coral product very rapidly and within a few months only a few distributors of the once popular coral tea bags remained.