- 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.
People use bamboo for asthma, coughs, and gallbladder disorders.
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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.
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.
Some of these medications include methenamine mandelate (Methimazole), methimazole (Tapazole), potassium iodide (Thyro-Block), and others.
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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011