Porcupine Date is a rare bezoar, or “stone” that found in the stomach of a porcupine. When a porcupine is wounded or sick, it will look for herbs to eat in order heal itself. As the healing progress, bezoar, or “stone” may form in the stomach. This is the Porcupine Date.
The Porcupine Date grows in size in the stomach. The larger ones have better medical value. Only the Porcupine in the deep mountains and forests produced Porcupine Date.
In tradition, Porcupine Date had been used as medicine by hill tribes in Southern China and South-East Asia. Ancient Chinese medical text had recorded the used of Porcupine Date. It has function such as anti-inflammation, antioxidant, natural anti-body, immunization booster and body-detox.
It is now widely used by the South East Asia Chinese as an alternative medicine in the treatment for cancer, dengue fever, meningitis, herpes, throat infection, pneumonia, and others.
The biologist Dr Yuan claimed that Porcupine Date is natural super antioxidant. It has great help in normalizing the body and improves immunity function. This effect is conincided with the Chinese medical principle: “Strengthen the primordial Qi to support good Qi and dispel evil Qi” .