Did you know that you can find some of the most effective home remedies right in your kitchen?
As the awareness about the side effects of conventional medicines is increasing, more and more people are turning to herbal or home remedies, which can provide gentle and safe relief from host of health related conditions.
Many people are unaware of the wide array of potential benefits that kitchen foods have to offer. One of the most popular and commonly used foods is bamboo, which is not just known for its unique flavor but also has many health benefits.
Bamboo is a wood perennial plant commonly found in Asia, and bamboo shoots are extensively used in Asian cooking. Chinese have perfected the art of cooking bamboo shoots and have been using this healthy home remedy for its infection curing property for the last hundreds of years.
Bamboo plant is native to Asia, but can be found throughout the world. Bamboo shoots are the edible bamboo culms of many bamboo species including Bambusa vulgaris and Phyllostachysedulis. There are two types of edible bamboo shoots; spring shoots and winter shoots (less tougher and larger than spring bamboo shoots).
Different parts of the bamboo plant are used to treat variety of diseases because of its various curative powers.
Versatile bamboo can be consumed in the form of bamboo leaf or bamboo shoots. Bamboo shoots are used in various forms in Asia- vegetable, pickled or fried. It has a slightly cold and sweet taste and is used on various Asian recipes, curries, salads, snacks, stir fries and broths.
They are available in both canned and fresh forms. Bamboo leaf is used in making tea and bamboo extract, which are loaded with many health promoting properties. Studies have been going on to make people aware of the medicinal properties this versatile plant possesses.
Bamboo shoots contain high amount of dietary fiber, which further maintains healthy digestive tract. They are low in fat and contain a good profile of minerals. It is loaded with 17 types of amino acids and 10 essential minerals such as potassium, copper, zinc, vitamin B6, protein, riboflavin and manganese. All these vitamins and minerals help in healthy functioning of all various organ systems of the body.
If you are using raw bamboo shoots, make sure to boil them in salt water for at least half an hour. This will kill the germs and bacteria present on the surface. Avoid giving it to pregnant women as it contains abortive properties.