The Bamboo plant contributes to many great things in life, given its resiliency, it is made into 1) stakes, as such; I have a few in my yard to help hold up my newly planted trees. Bamboo is also a popular material in building construction, 2) wall paneling, 3) flooring, and 4) reinforcing concrete beams. The great advantage over wood is its 5) flexibility and light weight.
For many centuries, Bamboo has been used for medical and healing purposes. Several familiar uses are 6) acupuncture, 7) asthma and 8) coughs. The powdered, hardened secretion is the basic ingredient for the oral remedies. Have you seen Black Bamboo? It’s quite rare. The ingredients from the root 9) help treat kidney disease, while the Bamboo roots and leaves are used to treat venereal disease and cancer. Sounds to me like us humans have figured out many of its secrets and have taken advantage of every part of the Bamboo plant. In addition, even the 10) sap is used to reduce fever. Before technology and the advanced chemical discoveries, people had to resorted to natural plants and vegetation to cure and reduce sickness, this mentality has been now replaced by the use of chemical in modern medicine.
Talking green, Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent amount of trees, and it purifies the air. Bamboo plant is the fastest growing woody plant on earth and is naturally pest-free. There are over 1600 species, with some known to grow over one meter a day. They can tolerate extreme precipitation from 30- 250 inches of rain to droughts.
Bamboo plants provide 11) excellent shade, an 12) acoustical barrier and a13) wind break. It makes wonderful musical instruments, such as wind chimes, and flutes and even produces music in the air itself. It is used in textiles for everything from towels and underwear to men sweaters.
Now, can you see why I am fascinated by this plant and feel it has been long underestimated and unrecognized even by me, who truly appreciates it?