Porcupne Bezoar is a type of stone-like substance found in a porcupine’s body. Since a long time ago, it was recognized and used by the people for having the effect of “resurrecting” patients with terminal illness. It is known for saving lives of those patients at the brink of death. Contain high medicinal values.
Before we draw your attention to the value of the porcupine bezoar, we must first get to know the porcupine that is rare.
Porcupines are animals covered with spikes. These mammals’ habitat is the jungle. A porcupine has strong survival instincts and heals quickly whenever it is sick. This is related to its diet. Herbivores by nature, its favourite food are bitter-tasting plants’ roots and branch. Since most bitter-tasting plants are sources of medicinal herbs, procupine has an immune system that is strong against toxins and poisons. When it is injured or sick, it will go seeking for a type of herb. This herb, when digested, produces a type of chemical that fights and kills toxins in the porcupine’s body, enabling it to heal quickly. But the left over chemicals in its body would slowly gather and form a type of stone-like substance, also known as Porcupine Bezoar.
Since each porcupine varies in its internal structure, immunity, gene structure and habitat, their body structure also varies. There are differences in its external body, body tone, size, quality and colour.
The longer a porcupine bozoar is left in a porcupine’s body, the bigger it will be in its size, medicinal value and quality. However, porcupine bezoar does not exist inside every procupine, even if it does exist, there will only be one piece. As such, it is very valuable.
Each porcupine bezoar looks different. It is very challenging to determine a porcupine bezoar’s quality & authenticity, and the expertise & knowledge in it is essential.
Overall, porcupine bezoar can be divided into 3 different categories:
1. PERFECT COMPOSITED BEZOAR – Produced from stronger porcupines. These substances have stayed in a porcupine’s body for longer periods. It is highest in quality and price. It is usually reddish-brown, pink or brown in colour. Its surface is smooth and bright. It also feels harder compared to the other categories. Some of these appear to have thin layers of stripes surrounding them. It has pungent smell of Chinese herbs. It tastes bittersweet, with the dominating taste being bitter. It has the best medicinal values.
2. SEMI PERFECT COMPOSITED BEZOAR – Every porcupine’s internal structure varies, the habitat in which it seeks herbs to be consumed is also different, which is how different types of porcupine bezoar is formed. From the outside, semi perfect composited bezoars are usually brown, pink or greenish-brown in colour. Its surface is rougher and has some grass & roots around it. It is hard but feels a little soft. Tastes bittersweet, and its medicinal value is somewhat like perfect composited bezoar but its price is cheaper.
3. GRASS BEZOAR – Its surface is the roughest compared to the above two categories. It usually is greenish-brown in colour. It has some grassy substances around it and feels softer than the semi perfect composited bezoar. It tastes bitter. Can be grind into powdered form. Although cheapest of all, it also has high medicinal values.
PORCUPINE BEZOAR MEDICINAL VALUES
According to Chinese medicine records