Pearl powder—an emerging material for biomedical applications: A review

Xian Jun Loh, David James Young, Hongchen Guo, Liang Tang, Yun Long Wu, Guorui Zhang, Changming Tang, Huajun Ruan

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Abstract

Pearl powder is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine for a variety of indications from beauty care to healthcare. While used for over a thousand years, there has yet to be an in-depth understanding and review in this area. The use of pearl powder is particularly growing in the biomedical area with various benefits reported due to the active ingredients within the pearl matrix itself. In this review, we focus on the emerging biomedical applications of pearl powder, touching on applications of pearl powder in wound healing, bone repairing, treatment of skin conditions, and other health indications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2797
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalMaterials
Volume14
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2021

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