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Updated on January 19, 2010

It is a grass. It has short growth cycle of 5 years, a fastest growing canopy of re-greening degraded areas. It can generate more oxygen. It lowers light intensity and protects us against ultraviolet rays and is an atmospheric and soil purifier. There are many species of bamboo, more than a thousand, adaptable to different kind of environment. It can be harvested 3-5 years. It tolerates extreme precipitation of rainfall.

Bamboo shoots contains 18 amino acid and less carbohydrates, crude fat, crude fiber used for people to lose weight. Sap can reduce fever. Its ash can cure prickly heat. It contains mineral, iron, manganese and potassium.

Bamboo vinegar in diluted form is good for the skin, hair and body. Used to detox foot pads to draw out toxin in the body. It soften skin, repel insect, relieve itching, reduces foot odor, aid in sanitation, relieves athlete foot, improves circulation. It eliminates inflammation. It can expel unnecessary waste.

Used as vegetables. It was packed into canned goods. The bamboo shoots were made into dried and grated food. One variety can be eaten raw.

What are other uses?

Used by designers in making shoes, jewelry and handbags. Used as ski poles and markings. Large culms was used by makers of fishing rod. Used in furniture and building supplies, reinforcement and heavy construction. Used as bamboo flooring due to strength and durability and stability. Make it into different kind of papers.  Viable replacement of wood, a strongest building materials.

What are health benefits:

Reduce indoor pollution by absorbing harmful chemicals in the air like formaldehyde, ammonia due to painting. It reduces smogs as it absorb carbonic oxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, benzopyrene, nicotine and tar.

It purifies drinking water, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal.. It absorb 2,4-dichloro-hydroxybenzene, pollutant in drinking water. It eliminates harmful substances like chlorine and chloroform. Water quality is good  by using bamboo charcoal in cooking and boiling.

Bamboo charcoal has lots of pores and no moisture. It can reduce humidity in the air.

Promotes metabolism and blood circulation. Bamboos inserted in mattresses cushions, comforters can warm up faster. It can absorbs odors in trash cans, carbon dioxide and other harmful gases. It protects our environment by minimizing air and water pollution. It absorbs chlorine in water and let minerals out, making the skin smooth.

Warm up the body with infrared ray that has an effect in stiff shoulder, lumbago, poor circulation. Absorb bad odor and toxic substances and emit negative ion.

It releases natural minerals into water keeping your flowers and fish healthy. It purifies water. An ancient medicine using powdered hardened secretion to treat asthma and cough and also aphrodisiacs. Roots used to treat kidney disease. Roots and leaves believed to treat venereal disease.


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      Allie Mendoza 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow! Everything I've read about bamboo has been amazing. What an incredibly useful plant. Great hub!