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Pig farmers in Chonburi have claimed that “pig vomit” (uak moo) stones they found in their animals are worth 19 million baht to Chinese doctors.
The furry lumps were found in the gall bladders of pigs in Narerk sub-district of Phanat Nikhom – the claims caused a stir of humor on Thai social media.
The lumps are actually gallstones and could be very rare.
Bovine gallstones from cows are listed in 2,000 year old Chinese medicine manuals.
They can be worth more than their weight in gold as they cannot be manufactured and usually occur in cows aged 10 years plus.
But, said Dr Thammathat Chiawphromkhun of Hua Chiaw Chelerm Prakiat’s dept of Chinese medicine, no one seems to have heard of “pig vomit”.
Villagers are claiming that it could be the answer to all kinds of ailments from seizures to muscle spasms, swellings and hot flushes.
Dr Thammathat cautioned that studies would need to be done to determine if the lumps have any medicinal properties and are valued at 19 million baht, as has been claimed.