Before you hurry to the local market, there are certain warnings to keep in mind. As with all things, too much can hurt.
Overdosing on bezoars can poison as well as increase gastrointestinal motility. You can also experience convulsions, suffer from diarrhea, and have an increase in skeletal muscle activity.
The effects of bezoar might also inhibit certain pathways that promote blood flow and generation. So, blood pressure can drop, red blood cells can decrease along with hemoglobin.
This can lead to cardiac arrhythmia, semicoma or even a coma, and eventually death due to respiratory and circulatory failure. As with anything medicinal, use caution if you intend to try it.
Do your research and perhaps even speak with your doctor or a natural medicine expert to ensure that it is safe for you to attempt such a treatment.
So, what could the bezoar actually be doing to be able to see this effects?
Bile that has high concentrations of hydrophobic bile acids act as powerful detergents.
These can kill pathogenic organisms through the cell membrane. They act as softening, soothing, cleansing and antiseptic treatments.
Since ox bile has high levels of vitamins A, D, E and K, those who had deficiencies of any or all of these vitamins could receive them through the pill.
Deficiencies in these vitamins have been known to lead to night blindness, infertility, childhood rickets, hemorraghic diathesis, and osteopenia.
So, by receiving the vitamins through the gallstone, they were able to remove those deficiencies, and thus lose the symptoms of the disease.
Bezoars have also been proven to inhibit, or stop, bacteria and microbial growth. This has given them anti-inflammatory, sedative, hypnotic, anticonvulsant, antispasmodic, analgesic, and antiallergic benefits.
Since gallstones contain rare metals such as magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium, calcium, and iron, they can also promote metabolic stimulation. Essentially, they can kickstart your metabolism into working effectively.
Also, melatonin is one of the hormones secreted by the liver within the bezoar. Melatonin not only works well as a sedative, but it also aids in protecting lipids, nuclear DNA and other molecules from damage caused by oxidation.
This keeps organs protected from dysfunction.
Recently, it was discovered that bile also affects the activation of certain nuclear receptors and signaling pathways in liver cells as well as within the gastrointestinal tract.
This means that they could potentially lend a hand in kick-starting certain gene expression, which could lead to a stimulus of the immune system or other pathways that could fight off disease.
Because of bile’s relationship with NADPH oxidase, it can even help in defending against a pathogenic attack by stimulating reactive oxygen molecules.
Ox gallstones contain something known as calcium bilirubinate. This molecule, when unconjugated and pure, can have antipyretic, anticonvulsive, bacterial growth inhibition, and antihypertensive effects on the heart. Thus, it has been used for over 2,500 years in China. Even today!
More recently, ox bile components have been used to treat steatorrhea in patients with Crohn’s disease after ileectomy.
So, a practice with a history spanning several thousands of years has found to be beneficial, at least in part, still today even with our high-tech medicine at the forefront.
Of course, you should always exercise caution when using herbal medicine.