- It is a sweet, cooling, diuretic, febrifuge, expectorant, controls vomiting, stems bleeding and has been used for bacterial infections.
- It is used to treat lung inflammations and phlegm that is difficult to expectorate.
- It’s primary use has been to treat coughs and mucous in children.
- Leaf is considered antipyretic and diuretic and has been used for chest and head colds, pharyngitis and stomatitis with action being to encourage the flow of urine and suppression of fever.
- The juice of the stem is considered antipyretic, antitussive, expectorant and sedative and has been used for bronchial, cartarrhal and cerebral infections.
- The roots check blood flow and restrict secretions of bodily fluids. They are astringent, antipyretic, diuretic and styptic. They are used in decoction form for anxiety, fever, sleeping problems and general restlessness. The roots have also been used for rabies.
Bambusa arundinacea is distributed throughout the moist parts of India, upto an altitude of 1250 m particularly near river banks, in Central and South India ascending upto 1100 m on the Nilgiri, also cultivated in many places in North-West India and Bengal. It also occurs in Sri Lanka, Malaya, Peru and Myanmar (Burma).