Generally, School children are taught a verse, which means that it is always better to keep a stick close to you. Because it has many qualities.
The verse is
Lathi Mein Gun Bahut Hai, Sada Rakhiye Apne Sang,
Jahan Naddi Nala Behta Hai, Tahan Bachave Ang.
The stick, we talk about, is nothing else but it is Bamboo. We know that Bamboo has several benefits. But we are unaware of its ayurvedic medicinal benefits.
Description of Bamboo
Bamboo is easily available in all parts of India. Mainly it is found in southern India and the states of Orissa, Assam, lower Himalayas, the plains of Ganges and Indus. Tabasheer grows naturally or it grows itself in the forests area. But it is cultivated in the cities. There are 550 different varieties of Bans. But here two or three types of bans are being discussed.
Different Names of Bamboo
Common Name : Gramineae
Latin Name : Bambusa arundinacea Wild
English Name. : Bamboo
Sanskrit Name : Bansh, Venu, Tavaksar
Hindi Name. : Bans
Gujarati Name. : Bans
Marathi Name. : Bamboo
Bengali Name. : Bansh, Ketua
Telugu. Name. : Bongu Vedran
Arabi. Name. : Kasav
Persian. Name. : Tabasheer
Varieties of Bamboo
a) Dendro Calamus Atrictmus
This species of Bamboo is straight, thin and solid. It corresponds to the male species.
b) Dendrocalamus Giganteous
This also corresponds to the male species. This bamboo variety is 20 to 120 feet long. When it becomes old, this bamboo change it’s color to green or yellow. This variety of bamboo is very strong.
c) Bamboo Manna
Bamboo Manna is of the female variety. It is very popular in the hilly areas as fat, hollow and catarrh bans. When the white or translucent fluid inside the bamboos dries up. It changes into a solid substance. So that dry substance is known as Banslochan (manna obtained from bamboo, manna is a sugary substance). The real banslochan (manna) is white in color, has bluish stripes, opaque, irregular in shape and small to large big pieces found between each node. Banslochan is very hard and does not break easily. It is insoluble in water. When water is poured on this manna it becomes translucent. The real manna bamboo is very expensive.
External Structure of Bamboo
Bamboos are straight in groups having fixed prickles. This type of bans generally has a height of 20 to 50 feet in shrubs. The stem is circular with a thickness of 6 to 7 feet, having several hollow and solid barks at a distance of 20 inches with different shapes of clear nodes. The tree has no branches but three-fourths of the tree has more prickles between each node. The leaves grow in bunches and are around 7 inches long with a sharp front edge and rounded towards the end.
The prolonged branches of bans have whitish red colored flowers bearing fruits which are 1/3 inch in size and barley shaped. They are also called vanshyava, because of their shape. Rice like grain grows in these fruits which is called bamboo rice.
Chemical composition of Bamboo
Banslochan (Manna) consists of silica, mandoor, Potash, lime, alumina and some vegetable substances like colin, carbohydrates and several other substances.
Qualities of Bamboo
Bamboo is dry in nature, has slightly hot potency, sweet essence, astringent taste, ripe, oily, buddy leaves, belongs to the barley species and hot in strength.
Banslochan has a sweet astringent taste, sweet when ripe and cold in strength. Manna is healthy for the different senses of humour of the body and increases the sperm rate. It is very beneficial in various health conditions like thirst, cough, fever, respiratory disorders, bile due to tuberculosis, blood impurities, leprosy with jaundice, wounds, ulcers, jaundice. Manna also helps to balance the vata dosha and painful discharge of urine. Banslochan has other uses in pregnancy and post delivery.
Shoots of Bamboo
Shoots of bamboo have Spicy, sour, pungent, bitter taste and are slightly cold. Tabasheer beneficial in bleeding piles, for burning sensations and gonorrhea.
Rice of Bamboo
The bamboo rice is pungent, sweet in taste, strong, and nutritious. It balances three doshas vata, kapha, pitta dosha and removes toxic substances from the body. Bans cure the disease in which the vital humus of the body is excreted through urine.
Function of Bamboo
Bamboo with a hole is beneficial in curing painful discharge of urine, excretion of vital humus from the body, and burning sensation of piles. The bans contain a hole which increases the burning power of the stomach, cures indigestion. It helps in digestion of food, relieves pain and enlargement of the heart and improves appetite.
Useful parts of Bamboo
Roots, leaves, Shoots, fruits, manna.
Ayurvedic Medicines of Bamboo
You can treat the baldness of your hair by burning the skin and roots of bamboo. Now mix it in vinegar. Make a thick paste and apply this paste on the head. This will help you to grow new hair on your bald area.
Take the roots of bamboo and make fine ash of it. Mix this ash in Chameli (Jasmine flower) oil. Apply that oil on your head which is very useful to cure baldness.
You can also burn the roots and skin of bamboo. Now add or mix equal quantity of turmeric powder to the bhasma (ash) and make a fine powder of it. Apply this on the scalp. It will make your hair strong and prevents hair loss.
Wrinkles and Pimples
Take the roots of bamboo and crush it into a fine powder. Apply that powder on your face. This will help to cure the wrinkles, pimples and also cures the small-pox marks. By applying this your face skin becomes beautiful.
Bamboo for Itching
For the problem of itching, burn the bans leaves. Apply the ash on that particular area, where itching occurs. This is a very effective ayurvedic medicine to stop itching.
Burn the bamboo wood coals and make an ash of that bans coal. Sprinkle this ash on the wounds to stop bleeding and for fast healing. It also reduces swelling.
To protect your wounds from the worms or from bacteria. You should use the juice of tender shoots of bamboo to kill bacteria. Pour that juice on your infected area that will protect the wound from bacterial infection. You can also tie tender shoots of bamboo to heal the wounds quickly.
To cure eye problems you can take Banslochan (manna) -1.250 mg, 1 small cardamom seed (powdered) – 10 gm, amla or Indian gooseberry powder (mylobaran) – 750 mg, black pepper (Kali Mirch) —500 mg, small pippali (Chotti Magha) – 250 mg.
Now mix all the ingredients and add pure surma (collyrium, black substance applied as eye-liner) equal to half of the sum total of all the ingredients. Sieve with a thin muslin cloth and apply in the eyes. This protects your eyes from all types of eye problems.
You can also apply the oily substance accumulated on the stem and leaves of bamboo in the eyes. This is an effective medicine to cure cataract.
To cure any type of teeth problems like pain in teeth, bleeding in gums, etc. You can take the roots of bamboo and by burning make an ash of it. Now massage the teeth with this ash. The teeth become clean and shining.
Take equal amount of banslochan (manna), small cardamom seeds and samamstangi. Mix all and grind the ingredients together into a fine powder and store in a safe place. Massage the teeth with this powder daily. It cleans plaque, yellowness on the teeth and makes your teeth sparkling white.
Bamboo for Hip Pain
To treat the pain of hip you can rub the fresh shoots of bamboo leaves in vinegar. Apply on the back and hips. This reduces the pain immediately.
You can also use this method – Burn the roots of bans and mix the bhasma (ash) in water. Apply that paste on your hip bones to get relief from the pain.
Expulsion of the Placenta
It is necessary to clean the uterus properly after post delivery. Boil 10 bans leave in 200 gm of water and make a thick decoction until it reduces to 50 gm. Sieve it and add 10 gm of jaggery and drink this hot decoction.
This will helps to ease the process of childbirth and expulsion of the placenta. It reduces the pain in the uterus and prevents excessive loss of blood.
If the female does not get proper menses or if the cycle is irregular, a decoction of fresh Bambusa arundinacea leaves is highly beneficial. The same ayurvedic medicine is good for cleaning the uterus.
Painful and Mild Menstruation
Make a coarse powder of the Bambusa knot. Take 20 gm of this powder and 40 gm of soybean seeds. Boil both the ingredients in one litre of water and reduce it until one-eighth of the quantity remained. Now add some amount of 25 gm of jaggery and give it to the patient. It is very effective in curing painful and mild menstruation.
Make a decoction of fresh Bambusa leaves. It will control or reducing the burning sensation and pain in the bladder. Boil 25 gm of bans leaves in 200 ml of water. Reduce it until 40 ml remained. Give this natural remedy to the patient with 5 gm of honey. This will help to cure urinary problems.
Bamboo for Gonorrhea
Bambusa leaves are extremely effective to cure Gonorrhea. Dry the bamboo leaves under the dark area, take 6 gm of the dried leaves. Now mix it with 6 gm of Anantmool powder.
Boil both the ingredients in 400 ml of water until it remained 100 ml. Add 3 to 4 grams of sugar in this decoction and give to the patient regularly for one or two weeks. You will see the results.
Jathar Agni in the Stomach
Bans shoots are used as food in various ways. You can use bamboo in any form like boiling the fresh leaves or shoots and prepare pickle, vegetable or soup and include it in your diet. This is very beneficial to cure indigestion and the digestive system will function properly.
Extract the juice of bamboo leaves and add jaggery powder to the juice of bamboo. Now give this ayurvedic medicine to reduce the effect and pain of poison.
Bamboo for Dog Bite
When a dog bites someone, its poison or harmful bacteria from the saliva of the dog enters the body. Crush the roots of bamboo and add that powder in milk. Give that milk to the patient.
This will help to remove the poison or harmful bacteria from the body. Crush bamboo shoots and roots in cow’s milk. Give this milk to the person every morning for 15 days. This will remove the effect of poison from your body.
To cure the dry cough soak the bans knots in the water and boil it to make a decoction. Give this decoction to the children suffering from dry cough.
You can also take 250 to 2.500 mg of banslochan with honey to cure dry cough.
And the other ayurvedic medicine for cough related problems. Take one gm banslochan powder, 395 mg of Pippali (Magha) powder. Add both these ingredients in honey and give this paste two to three times daily to cure breathing and cough problems.
Crush the knots of Bambusa, then heat that crushed powder a little bit and ties a poultice on the painful area.
For any type of injury, crush the bamboo skin and make a fine powder. Give this powder one tablespoon with jaggery. If an injury causes acute pain and burning sensation in the blood and on the skin. In this case, make a decoction of bamboo skin by boiling it into the water.
Let the decoction cool down, now add honey and take this medicine twice or thrice times regularly. This is very effective to reduce dehydration due to the consumption of excess liquor and burning sensation due to the effect of toxic substances.
Fever in Indigestion
Take these ingredients – 500 gm banslochan, 500 gm of Giloy satva (extract), 250 gm of pippali powder. Mix all these ingredients with honey and give three times a day. This medicine cures fever due to indigestion.
Any Type of Wounds
Take 500 gm of banslochan with ghee (Clarified Butter) or honey thrice times regularly. This will heal all types of wounds.
Secretion of Vital Toxic Substances
Banslochan rasa (essence), pure nagkesar and seeds of cardamom. Take an equal amount of these ingredients. Crush all of the ingredients and sieve them with a thin muslin cloth. Mix this fine powder with sandal oil and make small tablets.
Give one tablet in the morning and evening time with water mixed with 6 gm of grounded jaggery. This will reduce the burning sensation in case of Gonorrhea and completely cures the disease within seven days. This tablet removes all the toxic substances from your body through the urine.
Burning Sensation in Urine
As the above said to take the ingredients and make a fine powder but don’t mix the powder with sandal oil. Now take this half gm of powder with water and milk.
You can also take the powder of banslochan with Gokharu drops. Take the swarasa (essence) of Gokharu which reduces the burning sensation of the urine. To make curd from milk, add banslochan powder, Gokharu, and sugar in that milk. Now curdle the powder by adding milk in it. This effective ayurvedic medicine cures the burning sensation in the stomach also.
To cure the bleeding piles. Take 2 gm of banslochan powder and 10 gm of Bambusa rasa or extraction of bans juice and mix it with sugar. Consume this decoction regularly to get rid of bleeding piles.
Take all these ingredients banslochan, small cardamom, white catechu (Katha) and geru in equal amount and mix all these. Make a powder of these items. Put a small quantity of this powder in the mouth for small intervals. Take 40 gm of rose petals and make Gulkand. Add 2 to 3 gm of banslochan and give it twice or thrice a day.
You can also take and mix banslochan with honey and apply this paste on the mouth ulcers.
Increasing Sperm Count
To increase the sperm count you can consume one gm of banslochan every day or take it with other ayurvedic medicines like praval pishti, abhrak bhasma (ash of mica), Shilajit.
If there is a miscarriage. Then take one gm of banslochan, add 125 mg of Kabul Haj in it. Crush both these ingredients separately and then mix them. To prevent the miscarriage, take this medicine twice or thrice a week.
Other Uses of Bamboo
Take out the green portion of the lotus stem, which lies in the middle of the stem, and adds an equal quantity of banslochan. Make a fine powder of both the ingredients. Now add some sugar in double quantity to that powder. Take this medicine twice or thrice a day with cow’s milk to be blessed with a baby.
As usual, we see that the small children from age of 5-10. Children have the habit of eating sand and due to which worms in the stomach occurs. Give the powder of banslochan to get rid of this habit.
Dalchini 10 gm, Small cardamom seeds 20 gm, Small Pipal (Chotti Magha) 40 gm, Banslochan 80 gm, Sugar160 gm.
Crush all these ingredients separately, sieve them with a fine muslin cloth and store it safely. Give two to four gm of this powder with honey to cure phlegm or cough related diseases.
In case of gas of stomach and bile related problems, consume banslochan by mixing with ghee and add half the amount of honey to it.
This powder cures dry cough, respiratory disorders, asthma, bleeding from the mouth. It will also treat the burning sensation in the hands and legs, pain in the ribs, fever in indigestion. This powder also helps in the removal of toxins from your body, weakness in children, and burning sensation in the eyes, throat, etc.
For Pregnant Ladies
A pregnant lady should take this powder for 4 to 6 months regularly to give birth to a healthy baby. It can be used in the last month of pregnancy to induce labor pain during delivery. Take 10 gm of sitopaladi churna and mix it with 10 gm of pure ghee made from buffalo milk. Now take this mixture for best results.
Put this mixture or both the things in a glass bottle or mud pot. Now pour the freshly extracted buffalo milk into the pot and consume it twice a day for two months.
Side Effects of Bamboo
Excess consumption of banslochan is harmful to the lungs. Honey, Mustang (a kind of gum), saffron, Unnav (jujube fruit used in medicine) and eluva (wormwood) have the capacity to remove the harmful effects of banslochan.