VANSHLOCHAN (BAMBOO MANNA)


DEFINITION

Vanshlochan is also known as Bamboo silica, Banslochan, Tabashir and Bamboo Manna. Vanshlochan is used in many Ayurvedic medicines as a stimulant, cooling, sweet, tonic, aphrodisiac, hemostatic, expectorant, anti-cough, and diuretic. The discharge of the eyes of bamboo is known as Vanshlochan.

Vanshlochan is a siliceous concretion that discharged from the joints of the Bambousa arundinacae or bamboo (female) plant and generally it is present inside the hollow stems of bamboo tree. This is bluish-white, opaque, hard, and found as irregular fragments. It does not get easily dissolved in water but it absorbs a great deal of water.

Vanshlochan is very effective in impotence, debility, male sexual disorders, asthma, cough, bronchitis, burning sensations, blood disorders, fever, tuberculosis, and leprosy. This is used in many types of respiratory disorders.

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION VANSHLOCHAN

  1. Botanical name:- Bambusa arundinacea
  2. Kingdom:- Plantae – Plants
  3. Subkingdom:- Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
  4. Family: Gramineae / Poaceae – Grass family
  5. Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
  6. Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
  7. Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
  8. Subclass: Commelinidae
  9. Order: Cyperales
  10. Genus: Bambusa Schreb. – bamboo P
  11. Species: Bambusa arundinacea, Willd. – bamboo P

SYNONYM OF VANSHLOCHAN

  1. Bambusa bambos L
  2. Arundo bambos L
  3. Hindi names – Tabasheer, Bans, Kattang
  4. English names:- Eye of Bamboo, Bamboo manna, Bamboo, Katanga Bamboo, Spiny bamboo
  5. Assamese name – Bnah
  6. Bengali name – Behar, Bans
  7. Gujarati name – Vanskapur, Wans
  8. Kannada name – Andebidiru, Biduru
  9. Malayalam name – Illi, Mulla, Mungil
  10. Oriya name – Bengu
  11. Telugu name – Mullavendru, Mullabongu
  12. Tamil name – Mukku Mungil, Mungil
  13. Marathi name – Bambu
  14. Punjabi name – Magar Bans
  15. Uttar Pradesh name – Kanwas
  16. Jammu name – Lamberi
  17. Unani name –Tabaashir, Tabasheer, Tabaschir
  18. Siddha name – Moongiluppu
  19. Tehran –Tabashhir-i-qalami
  20. Arabic –Tabashira
  21. Ayurvedic names –Tugakshiri, Vanshlochan, Tvakshiri, Tuga, Vanshalochana, Banslochan, Vansharochana, Vanshrochan, Vanshkarpura

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS

  1. Vansharocana – Which removes bad smell and improves the taste
  2. Tuga – This destroys the laghutva
  3. Shubha – It has good qualities
  4. Yavaphala – Its fruit resembles barley
  5. Tvakkshiri, Tavaksheeri, Tabasheer, Tavasheer – Its latex looks like milk
  6. Vanshakarpura – This looks like Karpura
  7. Truna Dhwaja, Trunadvaja – This is superior among all the grasses
  8. Shataparva – It has the presence of 100 or more than 100 leaves
  9. Yavaphala – Its fruits are yava shaped
  10. Other names of Vanshlochan –
  11. Shataparva, Tvacisara, Shabdamala, Karmara, Keecake, Maskara, Suparva, venu, Trinaketu, Tvaksara,Tejana, Baddha Dalaya, Karmuka, Tvachisaraka, Keechaka

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF VANSHLOCHAN

Rasa (Taste) Madhura (Sweet), Kashaya (Astringent)
Guna (Property) Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry), Trrkshna (Pungent)
Virya (Potency) Sheeta (Cold)
Vipaka (Post Digestion Effects) Madhura (Sweet Taste After Digestion)
Karma (Action) Kapha-Pitta Shamaka (It Reduces Vitiated Pitta and Kapha Dosha)

Parts Used – Dried resin, Root, Tender shoot

Dosage of Vanshlochan – 50 to 100 ml

 CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF VANSHLOCHAN

  1. Silica 90.56%
  2. Potash 1.10%
  3. Peroxide of Iron 0.90%
  4. Alumina 0.40%
  5. Moisture 4.87%

MEDICINAL USES OF VANSHLOCHAN

  1. Vanshlochan has Vata-Pitta shamakproperties which helps to pacifies vata and pitta dosha from the body
  2. It acts as Chedan which discharges adherent phlegm or other humours from the body
  3. It has Vasti Shodhan actions which cleanses the urinary system
  4. It has Kushthaharproperties that cures all types of skin disorders
  5. Vanshlochan acts as Vrishyawhich improves the overall health of the body
  6. It has Vajikarakaction that increases sexual power
  7. It acts as Balyathat increase strength of the body
  8. It has Svashharfunction which treats all types of respiratory disorders and also cures asthma
  9. It has Mutralaaction that promotes the secretion of urine
  10. It is Dahtu-Vardhakthat nourishes Dhatus
  11. It has Viryavardhakaction that increases the sperm count in males
  12. It acts as Shitalwhich gave cooling effects on the body
  13. This is used in Pittasaraand Raktapitta, and it treats bleeding disorders such as heavy menstrual periods and nasal bleeding
  14. Used in Kushta,which treats the skin diseases
  15. Used in Shopha, which removes inflammation from the body
  16. It used in Vrana that heals the wounds and ulcers
  17. Used inMutrakrichra, which treats dysuria and urinary retention
  18. Used in Prameha, It treats diabetes and Urinary tract disorders
  19. This heals the Arsha– Haemorrhoids
  20. Uses in Daha– Burning sensation of the stomach, burning sensation of the eyes, gastritis, neuropathy
  21. Uses in Asra – Blood disorders such as skin disorders, skin abscess, and bleeding disorders like nasal bleeding and menorrhagia
  22. Vanshlochan provides the strength to the bones and make the bones healthy
  23. It provides flexibility to the skin
  24. This is good for bones, nails, hairs
  25. It provides strength to the arteries of the heart
  26. This also provides strength to the connective tissues of the body
  27. This herb is also known as Beauty Mineral

HEALTH BENEFITS OF VANSHLOCHAN 

  1. Vanshlochan contains Micronutrients which are very essential for the body
  2. It acts as atonic and improves overall body health
  3. This helps to removeobstruction heart, lungs, and mind 
  4. It acts as an immuno-booster that improves the body immunity
  5. This acts as a Diuretic which cleanses urinary tract
  6. It cures skin disorders, brittle nails, and hairs
  7. It treats respiratory disorders and or chest infections
  8. This has expectorant actionand it helps to increases the bronchial secretion and enhance the expulsion of mucus by air passages through the lungs
  9. This herb helps to gain the bodyweight
  10. This acts as a good Aphrodisiac that stimulates the sexual desire
  11. This helps to strengthens muscles, tendons andnerves 
  12. It helps to increases potencyand fertility
  13. It has carminativeaction which relieves flatulence
  14. It is used to treat impotency, urinary infections, and weakness
  15. This is used in the treatment of Chest disorders, cough, and  asthma
  16. Its also used in the treatment of Alzheimer disease
  17. This helps in faster healing of fractured bones
  18. It has a very effectiveremineralizing agent
  19. It shows very beneficial effects in the conditions of chronic inflammation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, painful joints, and low bone density
  20. It treats abnormal discharge from the vagina
  21. This is a natural herb that used to treat male sexual disorders such as low libido, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, and impotence
  22. Vanshlochan contains Anti-arthritic properties
  23. It is good Antacid
  24. It has Anti-bacterial and Anti-viral properties
  25. It has also anti-cancerous property
  26. The Anti-arthritic property of this drug helps to treat gout and arthritis-like problems from the bones
  27. It has Anti-hypertensive action lower the blood pressure
  28. It has Anti-pyretic action which treats the fever
  29. It has Anti-ulcer action that may heal ulcers of the stomach
  30. It has Anti-oxidant properties
  31. It acts as Bronchodilator.