Bile beans were commonly used by women during world war 2. They were said to cure womens health problems. There are no medical foundation for these claims and bile beans are no longer considered good for womenly ailements. Lydia E. Pinkham was said to be one of the main promoters of bile beans as a cure all. Pinkham made a fortune in the herbal medicine trade. She invented a number of concoctions which were shipped and sold worldwide and made her very wealthy.She used the slogan “Only a woman can understand a woman’s ills.” to describe her niche medicine.