20 Healing Benefits of Bamboo
There may be few other plants with as many versatile properties as the humble yet majestic bamboo. Originating from Asia, bamboo is used in construction, cuisine, medicine, music, tools and cutlery—and these are but a few of its amazing uses. Less known are the powerful healing benefits of bamboo, which we shall discover below.
Alternative Health Benefits of Bamboo Shoots and Leaves
Conducts energy to "bright up" energy flow.
Nutritious bamboo shoots rich in antioxidants.
Helps correct irregular menstruation.
Expectorant to relieve nasal congestion.
Spiritual healing by clearing negative energy.
Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory.
Diuretic for urine and stool elimination.
- Powerful Energy Field Quantum physics has shown that every single being on earth, whether living or non-living, carries an energy field. Since ancient times, the bamboo has been known as having an energy field that is so potent that it can be picked up by people nearby. People in frequent contact with bamboo experience increased strength, stamina, and virility. When the plant flowers, even nearby rodents begin to reproduce 3 to 4 times more than they would in other seasons. The energy field conducts energy. The ancient Chinese recognized this and used bamboo to clear negative energy and to "brighten up" energy flow. Many others use bamboo to bolster creativity and improve artistic expression.
- Digestion All sorts of stomach problems can be treated by eating bamboo leaves. Studies have shown that they strengthen and reinforce the stomach muscles. The stimulative properties increase the bile and promote efficient digestion. This explains why bamboo is served as an appetizer to enable easy digestion of a meal and is even take as tea in some places.
- Spiritual Healing Bamboo has long been considered to have miraculous properties. Many attest to the spiritual healing properties of bamboo to date. With its negative energy clearing properties. Bamboo is used to purify the heart and let go of past burdens and regrets. It bolsters self-worth and self-esteem, as your energy channels are cleared and your mood is brightened.
- Mental Alertness Students often use bamboo to stay mentally focused and alert while studying. They are able to learn easier and absorb information better, as the leaves provide unadulterated energy for easier learning and clears dull thoughts and energy blocks. Soldiers in ancient times, under the stresses of travel and war, used bamboo to keep mentally alert and sharp. To date, many cashier desks have young bamboo shoots displayed, to increase the alertness of the cashiers.
- Highly Nutritious While eating bamboo may sound strange, people in many Asian countries parts of the plant, especially the shoots, as part of their daily diet. Ancient science says, the taller the tree, the more quality nutrition in the fruit, and this holds true for bamboo. Considered the tallest grass in the world, growing up to 25 - 30 feet tall, the bamboo shoot is highly nutritious. Bamboo is rich in phytochemicals, antioxidants, protein, potassium, fiber, essential fatty acids, and other valuable nutrients. It is valued in Japan as one of the healthiest foods.
- Corrects Irregular Menstrual Cycles In Asian medicine, the juice of bamboo leaves, when take regularly, can correct menstrual irregularities.
- Heals Depression Those suffering from depression benefit greatly from introducing bamboo into their homes, as it attracts love, joy, happiness, and other positive, peaceful emotions. The plant channels out negative energy, reduces chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and depression as it is believed to dispel negative energy and balance the mind and body.
- Aromatherapy Herbal extracts and essential oils prepared from bamboo are used in the aromatherapy world. Many are captivated by the fresh scent of bamboo oil, and it is used as a fragrance as well. Its aroma is sweet and woody and may remind you of a luscious, wet forest. It is also used in massage to relax the body and unknot the stresses of the mind. It is even used in cosmetic products.
- Aphrodisiac Early Chinese apothecaries revered bamboo for its aphrodisiac properties. The shoots, when eaten regularly, were said to strengthen libido and sexual stamina. Decoctions made of bamboo were taken to boost sexual virility and are even available now in powder form.
- Heals Respiratory Diseases Black bamboo is used as a mucous purger and natural expectorant. It controls bacterial infections and disease of the lungs and enables the expulsion of mucous containing dead bacteria and toxins out of the body.
- Induces Labor In some countries bamboo leaves are used in traditional preparations to induce abortions in early pregnancy. In the last stage of pregnancy, they serve as a natural inducer to encourage labour contractions. It is used to promote the easy delivery of both the baby as well as the placenta and to prevent excessive bleeding following birth.
- Antibiotic & Antimicrobial Bamboo sheets can keep your bed germ-free. With its antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, bamboo textiles are gaining popularity for not just babies, but for adults too. The plant is rarely attacked by pests or infectious bacterial disease. Poultices made from the shoots are used to dress and clean wounds to prevent infections, as well as to heal wounds that are infected. Bamboo fiber socks are used today to prevent foot odor.
- Anti-inflammatory Bamboo shoots possess anti-inflammatory characteristics, which can be used for topical application to reduce swelling, as well as for healing internal inflammations in all parts of the body, when taken internally. They contain analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, and is used to treat ulcers in the body, as well as swollen injuries.
- Natural Diuretic Bamboo is used to stimulate the smooth flow of urine for people with urinary troubles. The leaves can restore body fluid and are a natural diuretic, promoting bladder health.
- Healthy Weight Loss A cup of bamboo shoot can keep you full and satiated for hours, yet it only contains 13 calories and less than 0.5 g of fat. Compare this to 1/2 a cup of french fries that has a whooping 365 calories, yet has insignificant nutritional properties and is not filling. By eating nutrition-packed bamboo, unwanted cravings in the body are extinguished, further aiding with healthy weight loss. Bamboo is eaten steamed, cooked, in curries, as a side dish and more.
- Strengthens Immune System Containing a powerhouse of nutrients and minerals, bamboo can provide the body with a strong supply of nourishment to strengthen the immune system. It is said eating it regularly decreases susceptibility to common colds and infections and wards of disease. They also help recovery from chronic infections and help replenish immune strength after prolonged use of antibiotics.
- Faster Recovery from Wounds Poultices made from bamboo have the ability to treat infected wounds as well as to promote faster recovery from external wounds. The juice of the bamboo leaf contains methanol, which cleans and heals wounds.
- Purifying Indoor Air Bamboo is a beautiful plant to keep indoors and yet has immense benefits for indoor air too. Bamboo was rated a score of 8.6/10 by NASA in the list of plants that purify air. It fights pollutants in the air, purifying the air from fomeldehyde, xylene and carbonmonoxide. Bags filled with bamboo charcoal can be kept indoors to absorb unpleasant odors and keep the house smelling fresh, while absorbing excess humidity that promotes mold growth as well.
- Anti-Venomous Properties Ayurveda, the ancient science of health and wellbeing that stems from India, records bamboo extract as a potent neutralizer of poisons in the body. It is said to be effective against both scorpion and snake bites. The extract contains the highest amount of naturally-occuring silica, which is used in beauty to promote healthy nails, teeth and also to promote beautiful skin.
- Alleviates Constipation Bamboo fiber is now being added to cereals to combat nation-wide constipation. Gram for gram, bamboo contains more fiber than lettuce and is a great natural remedy for constipation.