- Greetings Folks: While Bamboo (Phyllostachys bambusoides) is not a native species, T and I, encounter it many times on our woodland jaunts.
The leaf of Bamboo is antipyretic and diuretic. It is used for chest and head colds, pharyngitis and stomatitis. The leaf encourages the flow of urine and suppression of fever. The leaves are also useful in counteracting spasmodic disorders and in stopping infection and bleeding. The leaves are also said to be beneficial in the treatment of stomach disorders, in promoting digestion, and is commonly used in many parts of India, as a decoction to treat diarrhea. A decoction of the leaves is also used to stimulate menstruation, regulate menstrual periods, kill intestinal worms (especially thread worms), and is an effective treatment for ulcers. For centuries the leaves were chewed for their aphrodisiacal effects.
Bamboo has the highest concentration of silica of any plant in the world. Silica can be extracted from the bamboo leaves in several ways including making a tea from the leaves. Silica promotes hair and nail growth and strength. It works with calcium to increase bone density and adds strength and flexibility to the cells of one's body.
The stem, (new shoots) are used for hematuria. The powdered hardened secretion from bamboo is used internally to treat asthma, coughs and can be used as an aphrodisiac. The roots and leaves have also been used to treat venereal disease and cancer.
The Sap is said to reduce fever and bamboo ash will cure prickly heat. The juice of the stem is antipyretic, antitussive, expectorant and sedative. It is used for bronchial, catarrhal and cerebral infections.
A poultice of the shoots is quite effective for cleaning wounds and healing infected sores.
The properties of bamboo are antipyretic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, febrifuge, expectorant, antitussive and sedative. Controls vomiting stems bleeding and is useful for bacterial infections.
Bamboo contains Silicone and potassium hydroxide. It also contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin C. The juice of pressed bamboo shoots possesses protease activity which helps in digestion of proteins.
The roots were used for centuries as a curative for rabies.
As to the magical uses of Bamboo; you can make an elemental wand using Bamboo.
Crush the wood to a powder and burn for protection or grow by the house for good fortune. To make a wish come true, carve the desired wish on a piece of bamboo and bury it.
Carve a symbol of protection, such as a pentagram, and plant it near your home. Growing bamboo near your home will also bring good fortune.
Since its wood never changes color it is considered lucky so hang it over your door.
To break hexes, carry bamboo in a sachet or grind the wood into a powder (bamba wood) and burn it.
The Chinese use the wood as a charm to ward off evil spirits or to call a spirit. They did this by carving the name and improvising a melody.
To make a tonic from bamboo; combine 1 part cinnamon, 2 parts cardamom, 4 parts black pepper, 8 parts bamboo tabisheer (powdered), 16 parts raw sugar. All are ground together into a powder. The dose is 3 to 12 grams. (It is used for treatment and prevention of colds, coughs, bronchitis and asthma.)
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. Some varieties (timber bamboo) can grow 80 feet tall in 4 weeks. It requires moist soil in a sunny, sheltered spot.
Did you know that Thomas Edison successfully used a carbonized bamboo filament in his first experiment with the light bulb?
Remember: Always follow the rule of harvesting a few and leaving the many