What is Porcupine Bezoar?
Porcupine Bezoar is a type of stone-like substance found in a porcupine’s body. It is a mass of food trapped in its digestive system, which is largely composed of grass and herbs.It has been traditionally used as a medicine in treating all kinds of ailments,
including cancer. Its magnificent medical effect has been tried and tested by the locals for a very long period of time in treating many kinds of illnesses and diseases, especially the chronic and terminal diseases, e.g. tumours and cancers. Porcupine Bezoar is believed by the hill tribes in southern China and South East Asia traditional chinese medicine practitioners to be anthelmintic, antifungal, antidiabetic, antibacterial, and antiviral.
Interesting Facts About Porcupines
Porcupines are mammals living in the jungle with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, which serve to defend themselves against predators. They are herbivores; they eat leaves, herbs, twigs and plants. They have a bitter taste bud, often after roots and stems, which is most often than not found in medicinal plants. This resulted them to be strongly vital, and can recover speedily from illnesses or injuries.
The formation of the porcupine bezoar is affected by the internal (porcupine’s constitution, strength and genetic make-up) and external (the habitat of the porcupine) factors. These resulted in the different appearance of the porcupine bezoar, judged by
its smooth texture, brightness, size and colour. The smoother, brighter, bigger and sharper colour of the porcupine bezoar will indicate that it has remained in the porcupine’s body for a longer period and amassed more medicinal substances, thus of a higher medical value. However, bezoar stone is not found in every porcupine, and if there is, at most only 1 in a porcupine. Thus, this has resulted in the rarity and prestigious value of the Porcupine Bezoar.
Porcupine bezoar can be generally categorized into 3 main types:
It has the roughest surface amongst the three types of porcupine bezoar. It is usually greenish-brown in colour. It has some grassy substances around it and it is softer and lighter than Powder Bezoar. It tastes like grass. It is the entry level grade of the
bezoars, and particularly prescribed for skin diseases and heatiness.
Powder Bezoars are usually brown, yellowish or greenish-brown in colour. Its surface is rougher and has some grass and roots surrounding it. Externally, it is harder than Grass Bezoar, but softer than Blood Bezoar. It tastes bittersweet, and its medicinal value and effect are higher than Grass Bezoar.
It is produced by the stronger porcupines. These substances have stayed in the porcupine’s body for a longer period of time. It is usually reddish-brown or brown in colour. Its surface is smooth and bright. It is also hardest in texture as compared to other types of bezoars. Some of these appeared to have thin layers of stripes around them. It has a pungent smell of Chinese herbs. It tastes bittersweet. It is the most potent and has the highest medicinal value.
The Porcupine Bezoar is traditionally believed to be of anthelmintic, antifungal, antidiabetic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It is commonly used to help to:
- improve liver function, detoxify the blood, and balance blood sugar levels
- speed up wound healing process (internal/external)
- boost immune system
- remove toxins in the body
- treat hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD)
- treat chicken pox
- treat skin diseases (acne, eczema, rashes, hives)
- reduce surgery aftermath (e.g. pain, infection, drowsiness, fever) and speed up the surgical wound healing process
- reduce cancer treatment aftermath (e.g. pain, infection, nausea, drowsiness, vomiting after chemotherapy and radiotherapy)
- treat dengue fever, whereby it helps to boost up / restore the blood platelet count speedily and control/reduce fever
- treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease)- reducing the hardening of the coronary vessels
- relieve gas and flatulence (excess wind/bloating), heartburn, gastric and other diseases
- relieve late nights and work-related stress (alcohol, smoking)
- promote general well-being
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