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  Latin Name Bambusa arundinacea
English Name Bamboo Mana
Hindi Name Vanslochan
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The hollow internodes of female bamboos (Bambusa arundinacea) accumulate a white earthy siliceous concretion called Vanshlochan (Bamboo mana).It is the residue of the watery liquid, in the form of amorphous silica in microscopically fine state. It occurs as chalky, translucent or transparent tasteless and 2.5cm thick fragments of masses, usually of the colour of pumice. Bamboo is a plant of Gramine, poaceae (family of grasses) having woody, hollow, round, straight, jointed stem growing in tropical countries to the height of forty feet and upward.. The plant grows wild all over India, mainly in forests of western and southern parts of the country. It grows up to 1500 2000 meters altitude. It contains silica 90.5% or silicon as hydrate of silicic acid, peroxide of iron0.9%, potash1.1, alumina 0.4, and vegetable matter. It is largely used as a cooling anabolic tonic to help in chronic and general debility and as an aphrodisiac. Vanslochan is a rejuvenative for lungs and is salutary in cough, asthma, tuberculosis and urinary infections. It is also used in various disorders like indigestion, hyperdipsia, paralytic complaints, diarrhea, vomiting, Rakta pitta, heart diseases, poisoning cases, fever and a general tonic in convalescents.

 


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