1. For getting drunk or for hangovers
Bear bile is often mixed with rice wine. It's not entirely clear what possible health benefits this is believed to have, although animal-part infused liquors are quite common in traditional medicine as curative elixirs. Worse still, some establishments choose to steep a bear paw, and have even been known to steep an entire bear carcass, in a vat of rice liquor. This particularly rare practice has no basis in traditional or modern medicine and undoubtedly tastes absolutely rancid.
To further corner the market, bear bile has also been used as a hangover treatment. Thankfully, doctors in China have countered with their belief that taking bear bile for a hangover can actually have extremely dangerous side effects for a liver already compromised with over use of alcohol.
In recent years, bear bile has appeared in some Chinese brands of toothpaste. However, hundreds of other brands recommended by dentists successfully produce toothpaste without practicing horrific cruelty on bears.
In contrast, Animals Asia vets are operating month by month on the broken teeth of moon bears rescued from the bear bile industry. The bears have literally tried to chew through bars to escape.