Bamboo Shavings

Latin name: Caulis bamfusae in taeniam
Chinese name: zhu ru
Other names: Chinese bamboo shavings, bamboo stem, henon bamboo stem

What are Bamboo Shavings?
Bamboo shavings are the long, thin slices of the middle layer of a bamboo rod. Known to grow faster than any other plant in the world, bamboo is a type of grass that serves many functions: bamboo is used in furniture and flooring, as decorative plants, and bamboo shoots are used in various forms of Chinese cuisine.  Medicinally, bamboo shavings are included in herbal formulas for tranquil sleep.

What are the health benefits of Bamboo Shavings?
Traditionally, bamboo shavings are included in Chinese herbal therapy’s remedy for peaceful sleep and relaxation, as well as resolving issues of nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting from stomach issues and pregnancy. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is thought that the cooling nature of the plant helps to resolve heat in the lungs and the stomach, which in turn, acts as a tranquilizer. Various formulas in traditional Chinese medicine include bamboo shavings to address irritability, relieve insomnia, and settle fevers.

What are the guidelines for taking Bamboo Shavings?
Bamboo shavings can be consumed raw or can be fried with ginger juice. Otherwise, they can be found in combination with other herbs in medicinal formulas.

Where can I find Bamboo Shavings?
Bamboo shavings can be found online, in herbal shops, and in Asian markets.

You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
Calmfort/Sleeping, which calms the spirit, alleviates insomnia, and increases the body’s ability to cope with stress.

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