- What other names is Bamboo known by?
- What is Bamboo?
- How does Bamboo work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Bamboo.
Arrow Bamboo, Arundinaria japonica, Bambou, Bambou Flèche, Bambou du Japon, Bambou Métaké, Bambú, Pseudosasa japonica, Sasa japonica, Yadake.
Bamboo is a plant. Juice from young bamboo shoots is used to make medicine.
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There isn't enough information to know how bamboo works.
There isn't enough reliable information available about bamboo to know if it is safe.
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.
Medications for an overactive thyroid (Antithyroid drugs)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
Eating bamboo shoot long-term might decrease the thyroid. Medications for an overactive thyroid decrease the thyroid. Taking bamboo shoot along with medications for an overactive thyroid might decrease the thyroid too much. Do not take bamboo shoot long-term if you are taking medications for an overactive thyroid.
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.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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