Arrow Bamboo, Arundinaria japonica, Bambou, Bambou Flèche, Bambou du Japon, Bamboo Leaf Extract, Bambou Métaké, Bambú, Pseudosasa japonica, Sasa japonica, Yadake.


Overview Information

Bamboo is a plant. Juice from young bamboo shoots is used to make medicine.

People use bamboo for asthma, coughs, and gallbladder disorders. Some people eat bamboo shoots as a vegetable.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how bamboo works.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of bamboo for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Bamboo shoots that have been processed appropriately are LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth as a food. There is not enough information to know if bamboo is safe when taken by mouth in the amounts found in medicine.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of bamboo during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Thyroid disorders, such as too little thyroid function (hypothyroidism), an enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), or a thyroid tumor: Prolonged use of bamboo shoot might make these conditions worse.


We currently have no information for BAMBOO Interactions.



The appropriate dose of bamboo depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for bamboo. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Ando H, Ohba H, Sakaki T, et al. Hot-compressed-water decomposed products from bamboo manifest a selective cytotoxicity against acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells. Toxicol In Vitro 2004;18(6):765-771. View abstract.
  • Chandra AK, Ghosh D, Mukhopadhyay S, et al. Effect of bamboo shoot, Bambusa arundinacea (Retz.) Willd. on thyroid status under conditions of varying iodine intake in rats. Indian J Exp Biol 2004;42(8):781-786. View abstract.
  • Iseki K, Ishikawa H, Suzuki T, et al. Melanosis coli associated with ingestion of bamboo leaf extract. Gastrointest Endosc 1998;47(3):305-307. View abstract.
  • Kim KK, Kawano Y, Yamazaki Y. A novel porphyrin photosensitizer from bamboo leaves that induces apoptosis in cancer cell lines. Anticancer Res 2003;23(3B):2355-2361. View abstract.
  • Kitajima T. Contact allergy caused by bamboo shoots. Contact Dermatitis 1986;15(2):100-102. View abstract.
  • Lu B, Wu X, Tie X, et al. Toxicology and safety of anti-oxidant of bamboo leaves. Part 1: Acute and subchronic toxicity studies on anti-oxidant of bamboo leaves. Food Chem Toxicol 2005;43(5):783-792. View abstract.
  • Sang-A-Gad P, Guharat S, Wananukul W. A mass cyanide poisoning from pickling bamboo shoots. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2011 Nov;49(9):834-9. View abstract.
  • Satya S, Bal LM, Singhal P, Naik SN. Bamboo shoot processing: food quality and safety aspect (a review). Trends in Food Sci. Technol. 2010;21(4):181-9.

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