Bamboos, a group of large woody grasses belonging to the family Poaceae and subfamily Bambusoideae, are much talked about for their contribution to the environment. Bamboo shoot is not only eaten for its flavor and taste by the tribal communities but is also appreciated as an important plant by the nature for its medicinal role. Use of shoots by the tribal people in various forms to eradicate a disease is well known in Ayurveda since ancient times. This paper reviews the utilization of medicinal properties acquired by bamboo shoot. Further investigation is required by the researchers to make novel nutraceutical products and benefit the society.
Dr. Poonam Singhal is an Assistant Professor in the domain of nutrition and food science at St. Ann’s College for Women, Hyderabad and a visiting faculty at University of Hyderabad. She has done M.Sc (Food and Nutrition, Gold medalist), B.Ed (Home science) from Delhi University and Ph.D (Food science and nutrition, IIT Delhi). With over 12 years of experience in research, teaching and documentation at institutions like IIT Delhi, IIM Calcutta, ISB Hyderabad and NIRDPR Hyderabad, UNICEF etc she aspires to learn, innovate and evolve. She has published several papers in the journals of national and international repute and presented papers at the international conferences.