What is Tabasheer? What is the Nutritional Value of Tabasheer? What are the benefits and uses of Bamboo? Side Effects of Vanshlochan

What is Tabasheer?

The Tabasheer botanical name is Bambusa Arundinaceae, some other common names are bamboo, bambusa, venu, qusab, tabashir, spiny bamboo, vanshlochan and thorny bamboo. Tabasheer is believed to have originated in Asia, the tree grows wild throughout most parts of India.

Especially in the hilly forests of western and southern India, it is cultivated in the lower Himalayas and the valleys of the Ganga and Indus.

The Bamboo is a perennial tree growing up to a height of 12 meters with its trunk 8 to 15 cm in diameter. Between July and October, every year new shoots sprout at the base of the tree, the tree is always found in clusters.

Tabasheer is a white substance, liquid in nature, which is deposited in the internodes of Bamboo. After some time, it becomes solid and obtained after splitting the bamboo, its shape is round like Dirham.


The superior quality of Tabasheer is light in weight and white in color called Tabasheer e kabood or Tabasheer e Sadaf.

It is a versatile herb and is described to be cold in nature. Tabasheer is insoluble in water and partially soluble in alcohol.

The stem of the tabasheer is round, smooth, and hollow, the leaves are simple, shiny, thin, stiff, smooth, and dark green. Flowers are found in bunch and seeds resemble the corn of wheat in shape.

Bamboo leaves are a rich source of hydrocyanic and benzoic acids, and tender bamboo shoots contain various enzymes such as nuclease, deamidase, a proteolytic enzyme, amylase, amygdalin splitting, and silicon splitting enzymes.

Besides, the juice of the pressed bamboo shoots possesses protease activity which helps digestion of protein. The chemical constituents of bamboo leaves, shoots, and seeds are as follows.

Bamboo Leaves 

It contains lysine and methionine, betaine, choline, proteolytic enzymes, diastatic and emulsifying enzyme, nuclease, and urease.

bamboo leaves

Bamboo Shoots 

Tender shoots gave protein, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, copper, magnesium, chlorine, thiamine, and vitamin C.

bamboo shoots

Bamboo Seeds

Seeds contain arginine, cysteine, histidine, isoleucine, lysine, methionine, phenylamine, threonine, valine, tyrosine, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine.

bamboo seeds

What is the Nutritional Value of Tabasheer?

Tabasheer contains moisture 88.8 percent, protein 3.9 percent, fat 0.5 percent, minerals 11 percent, and carbohydrates 5.7 percent, per 100 grams of edible portion. Calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin C are among its vitamin and minerals. Its calorific value is 43.

What are the benefits and uses of Bamboo?

Since ancient times tabasheer is common among the common man, because of its numerous health benefits. The leaves of the bamboo tree are stimulant, aromatic, and tonic without any prominent taste. They are useful in counteracting spasmodic disorders and arresting secretion or bleeding. They are also effective aphrodisiacs.

Tabasheer contains anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-diabetic, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, astringent, desiccant, demulcent, expectorant, liver and cardiotonic, refrigerant, diuretic, and rejuvenating properties.

Intestinal Worms

Benefits – The leaves of the tabasheer or bamboo tree are beneficial and effective to kill intestinal worms, especially threadworms.

Uses – Take tender leaves of the bamboo tree and make a decoction of that, take this twice a day after meal.

Menstrual Disorders

Benefits – The leaves of the tabasheer act as an emmenagogue, stimulate mensuration, and promote and regulates the menstrual periods.

Uses - Take tender leaves or nodes of the stem of the bamboo tree and make a decoction of that, take this twice a day for one month.

Respiratory Disorders

Benefits – The tender shoots are useful and beneficial in treating respiratory disorders, it helps to expel phlegm and clear the tract.

Uses – Make a decoction of the tender shoots should be taken with a tbsp of honey once or twice daily for 5 days.

Stomach Disorders

Benefits – The leaves of the bamboo tree are beneficial in treating stomach troubles, they strengthen the stomach and promote its action.

Uses – The young shoots of the tree serve as an appetizer, in many parts of India, the leaves of the tree are used in the form of decoction to treat diarrhea.

Wounds and Ulcers

Benefits – A poultice of the tender shoots is used for cleaning wounds and maggot-infested sores. Decoction or juice of the fresh bamboo leaves is applied as medicine in such ulcers.

Uses – Juice of 35 grams of fresh leaves taken twice daily either alone or mixed with any other juice. The decoction extracted from 70 grams of leaves by itself serves the same purpose.

Take 120ml of the juice extracted from very tender shoots, take twice daily.

Other Benefits

Women Health – The decoction of tender bamboo shoots, mixed with palm jaggery is given once or twice a day for a week to cause abortion during the first month of pregnancy.

The same preparation can be used in the last month of pregnancy to induce labor. Its use after childbirth eases the process of expulsion of the placenta and prevents excessive loss of blood.

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Side Effects of Bamboo

Here are some side effects of Bamboo

  • Consult the doctor if you are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take Bamboo without a doctor’s prescription if you are pregnant.
  • Do not take Bamboo if you are suffering from any kind of critical disease.
  • If you are on diabetes or hypertension medication. Consult first the doctor before consuming Bamboo
  • If you are above 65 years old and want to start Bamboo, consult the doctor, and talk about the health conditions.
  • If you are on any supplements, vitamins, or herbal medication, consult the doctor before taking Bamboo.
  • Stop taking Bamboo at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
  • Bamboo may interact with other medicines like blood sugar or blood pressure allopathy medicines.

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Frequently Asked Question

Q - What is tabasheer used for?

Vanshlochan or Tabasheer is a translucent white substance, which is used for many health benefits, it prevents and controls dehydration, and kidney stone and gives relief from dry skin, arthritis, arthritic, cough and cold, and asthma.

Q - What is Bambusa arundinacea used for?

Bambusa arundinacea is useful in treatment of intestinal disorders, menstrual disorder, respiratory and stomach disorders. Bamboo shoots are used variously as food, to prepare candy, bamboo chutney and candy. 

Q - What is the English name of tabasheer?

Tabasheer English name is Bamboo, its botanical name is Bambusa arundinacea, some common names are Kattang, Tabasheer, and Bamboo Silica

Q - Is Tabasheer good for health?

Tabasheer is used in Ayurveda form many years in medicinal preperations, it is also used in culinary. It helps to regulates the menstrual cycle, leaves are useful to kill intestinal worms and it is best for respiratory problems. 

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