By Syed Akbar Many think that bamboo helps only in construction and paper industries. But what many donot know is that bamboo has a number of medicinal properties too. Apart from its famousmedicinal property to cure stomach problems, which incidentally even animals know, bamboohelps in regeneration of hair on the scalp. It is indeed a boon for those suffering frombaldness.
Bamboo has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is also used inAyurveda and Unani preparations too. Bamboo is used for a number of ailments ranging fromsimple tooth problem to venereal diseases like gonorrhea. It has been found to increasesperm count, reduce infertility and improve the overall reproductive system Research studies have shown that bamboo contains a number of minerals and vitamins,besides trace elements to improve the functioning of the body. It is thus believed toserve as a general health tonic. Ayurveda and Unani doctors often prescribe bamboo,especially Bambusa arundinacea, for tuberculosis, leprosy and internal bleeding. Bambooleaves, tender shoots and its roots are used in herbal formulations. A sugary substancecalled manna obtained from bamboo is also useful. Bamboo churna is readily available with herbal stores. =============== Home remedies ----------------------- Those suffering from hair loss and baldness try bamboo root ash and jasmine oil. Takebamboo root, clean it with water, dry it and obtain its bhasma by burning it. Filter thebhasma and keep it in a clean and dry bottle. Take a little quantity of bamboo root ashand mix it with a table spoon of jasmine flower oil. Gently rub it against the scalp. Itpromotes hair growth and prevents hair fall. Manna obtained from bamboo if taken in small quantity will help in increasing the spermcount. Bamboo manna is available with herbal stores. Bamboo root ash can be used as a natural tooth power for good gums and healthy teeth. Those suffering from indigestion may try bamboo shoot juice. Even fresh bamboo leaves aregood for fighting stomach ailments. Animals like tigers, cats, lions and even dogs ofteneat grass (bamboo belongs to the grass family) to get rid of hairballs from their stomach. Decoction obtained from bamboo leaves helps in controlling diarrhea. Bamboo decoction isalso helpful in fighting parasites in the digestive tract.