Ox gallstones are used for the pharmacopeia.They have a medicinal use, thanks to their sedative, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties. In particular, they are used for hepatic treatment and this is a very scarce product.
After extracting the gallstones from the cattle,they are washed thoroughly with cold water to remove blood clots, impurities etc. After washing they are dried for two to three weeks in a dark and well-ventilated environment at a temperature of approximately 20 degrees Celsius. After full drying the stones are packed in hermetically sealed bags.
Quality and classification
Highest demand is for stones with the following features:
yellow golden orange colour;
stones with low specific weight;
bili rubin content not less than 35%;
There is a demand for dark stones as well, but prices are considerably lower however.The stones have a natural smell of healthy, BSE free cattle. Liver stones, kidney stones, piping, moldy stones, blood stones, cholesterol stones and stones descending from other animals respectively are separated.