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Appreciate information on proving of Bambusa arundinacea

Thanks in anticipation




Information from Merlijn Publishers:

English Translation of bamboo proving is available.
237 pages, 6 pictures, full proving text, all additions to Kent's Repertory, the idea of the new remedy, 14 cases.

Search for support is the essential mind keynote. The feeling of being caught in a life situation, without having the possibility to cope with, due to lack of support is the most important emotion of the new remedy. Bamboo has strong influence on spinal complains and hormonal disorders. We expect bamboo to be one of the major "women's remedies". The bamboo shoot is itself a "plant embryo" and this is a powerful signature that suggests the use of bamboo in childbirth and the time after.

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Bambusa arundinacea

The honorable Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD, in his paper on anti-social personality has included bambusa [bamboo] in a number of rubrics, but one must always differentiate with many others with similar symptoms.

It will be wonderful if Dr Rajneesh can comment on these symptoms. We must remember the environment of the bamboo and the many uses to which this tree is used for civilization. The fact that it is the fastest growing grass, springing up in thickets, with many beautiful aspects to its form and function in art and design [haiku/Japanese paintings, clothing, linens, furnishings], staple for building homes and every type of structure, light-weight, straight, stiff and rigid, hollow-centered, chopped down with hatchets and knifes, carved, banded and tied together, used as shelter against the storms of nature, provides shade, carved into a musical instrument of lilting flute quality, used to whip animals and even humans and many other uses, including the nutritional bamboo shoots. 

Dr Rajneesh includes: evades responsibility, externalizes all responsibility, low planning of escape, missed a lot of work, insensitive, callous, emotionally detached, short-tempered, petulant, with “bottled-up” anger, can be easily bored, and much more. 

Gramineae:  the hollow jointed stem of this plant, used as a cane or to make furniture and implements : [asadj. ] a bamboo serving tray. ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from Dutch bamboes, based on Malay mambu. All of the graminaea family help with allergies and can be sought for constitutional use.



This plant is closely aligned to the mineral silica for want of support. As we have learned from Kaviraj in the Agrohomeopathy radio show, the principal effects of some of the grasses are the result of the large quantity of Silica they contain, most especially seen with bambusa.


Female troubles, often used to treat different types of infertility, see below their natural cycle. Irregularities of the menstrual cycle, hormones, depression. 



Due to the compact community in which they grow: invasive and ‘suffocate’ other plants (Sycotic). 


A Reading of Bamboo by Nick Churchlil 
[Transcript from a seminar given to the Czech Homeopathic Society in March 2000]


Speaking of Provings, Dana has mentioned Bamboo



Visualizing the appearance of the bamboo, we see the similarity in structure between our spinal cord, the back and the length and nodes of the bamboo. We think of our ability to bend that comes from the back, but also our ability to stand upright. The spine is connected to ligaments and muscles, which may be affected with the same stiffness or over-flexibility.  Pathological changes in the spinal cord; muscle ligament tightness; joint pain stiffness.


"The proving cites that this remedy is also useful in treating post-natal depression accompanied by irritability and impatience, for example when a mother makes statements like "I can't handle my child and I have no desire to get out of bed." In cases requiring physical support, it is indicated when there is a need for support in the back associated with pain, sciatica, stiffness and changes to the spine. Finally it is indicated with symptoms such as swelling of the breasts before menses accompanying depression"


Bamboo has both qualities depending upon the age of the plant, the water content, and the treatment of the material. Imagine all the bamboo floors that are walked upon, the bamboo that is wrapped, the subtle bamboo sheets and paper.


PROVING: Bambusa was proven in 1994 by Schuster in Germany. There were 20 provers, and as a result, 2000 new symptoms were added to The Complete Repertory.



Klein reports In later stages, they may have a breakdown and feel no sense of support, feel forsaken, abandoned, alone in the world, and be disinterested in their children.



They may display foolish exaggerated behavior such as uncontrollable laughter.



They may have delusions about poverty and war. Recall the use of bamboo for making cages and fences. 


Klein prescribed Bambusa successfully for a 79-year-old woman with balance and stiffness problems, fearing Parkinson's Disease.



Bamboo  listen (help·info) is a group of perennial evergreens in the true grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. There are many types of bamboo, such as 'Fargesia Qinlingensis' in the Qinling Mountains in China.In bamboo, the internodal regions of the stem are hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, even of palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering.[1]Bamboos are some of the fastest growing plants in the world.[2] They are capable of growing 100 cm (39 in.) or more per day due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. However, the growth rate is dependent on local soil and climatic conditions.Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in East Asia and South East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product.

Bamboo plants growing in the Philippines. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth; it has been measured surging skyward as fast as 100 cm (39 in) in a 24-hour period.[2] Primarily growing in regions of warmer climates during the Cretaceous period, vast fields existed in what is now Asia.Unlike trees, all bamboo have the potential to grow to full height and girth in a single growing season of 3–4 months.



During this first season, the clump of young shoots grow vertically, with no branching. In the next year, the pulpy wall of each culm or stem slowly dries and hardens. The culm begins to sprout branches and leaves from each node. During the third year, the culm further hardens. The shoot is now considered a fully mature culm. Over the next 2–5 years (depending on species), fungus and mould begin to form on the outside of the culm, which eventually penetrate and overcome the culm. Around 5 – 8 years later (species and climate dependent), the fungal and mold growth cause the culm to collapse and decay. This brief life means culms are ready for harvest and suitable for use in construction within about 3 – 7 years.


Mass flowering. Although some bamboos flower every year, most species flower infrequently. In fact, many bamboos only flower at intervals as long as 60 or 120 years. These taxa exhibit mass flowering (or gregarious flowering), with all plants in the population flowering simultaneously. The longest mass flowering interval known is 130 years, and is found for all the species Phyllostachys bambusoides (Sieb. & Zucc.).



In this species, all plants of the same stock flower at the same time, regardless of differences in geographic locations or climatic conditions, then the bamboo dies. The lack of environmental impact on the time of flowering indicates the presence of some sort of “alarm clock” in each cell of the plant which signals the diversion of all energy to flower production and the cessation of vegetative growth.[9] This mechanism, as well as the evolutionary cause behind it, is still largely a mystery. One theory to explain the evolution of this semelparous mass flowering is the predator satiation hypothesis. This theory argues that by fruiting at the same time, a population increases the survival rate of their seeds by flooding the area with fruit so that even if predators eat their fill, there will still be seeds left over.



By having a flowering cycle longer than the lifespan of the rodent predators, bamboos can regulate animal populations by causing starvation during the period between flowering events. Thus, according to this hypothesis, the death of the adult clone is due to resource exhaustion, as it would be more effective for parent plants to devote all resources to creating a large seed crop than to hold back energy for their own regeneration.[10]A second theory, the fire cycle hypothesis, argues that periodic flowering followed by death of the adult plants has evolved as a mechanism to create disturbance in the habitat, thus providing the seedlings with a gap in which to grow. This hypothesis argues that the dead culms create a large fuel load, and also a large target for lightning strikes, increasing the likelihood of wildfire.[11] Because bamboos are very aggressive as early successional plants, the seedlings would be able to outstrip other plants and take over the space left by their parents.However, both have been disputed for different reasons. The predator satiation theory does not explain why the flowering cycle is 10 times longer than the lifespan of the local rodents, something not predicted by the theory.



The bamboo fire cycle theory is considered by a few scientists to be unreasonable; they argue[12] that fires only result from humans and there is no natural fire in India. This notion is considered wrong based on distribution of lightning strike data during the dry season throughout India. However, another argument against this theory is the lack of precedent for any living organism to harness something as unpredictable as lightning strikes to increase its chance of survival as part of natural evolutionary progress.[13]


The mass fruiting also has direct economic and ecological consequences, however. The huge increase in available fruit in the forests often causes a boom in rodent populations, leading to increases in disease and famine in nearby human populations. For example, there are devastating consequences when the Melocanna bambusoides population flowers and fruits once every 30–35 years [1]  around the Bay of Bengal. The death of the bamboo plants following their fruiting means the local people lose their building material, and the large increase in bamboo fruit leads to a rapid increase in rodent populations. As the number of rodents increase, they consume all available food, including grain fields and stored food, sometimes leading to famine. These rats can also carry dangerous diseases such as typhus, typhoid, and bubonic plague, which can reach epidemic proportions as the rodents increase in number.[9][10][edit]Bamboo in animal diets


Bamboo is the main food of the Giant Panda; it makes up 99% of the Panda's diet.Soft bamboo shoots, stems, and leaves are the major food source of the Giant Panda of China and the Red Panda of Nepal. Rats will eat the fruits as described above. Mountain Gorillas of Africa also feed on bamboo and have been documented consuming bamboo sap which was fermented and alcoholic;[14] chimps and elephants of the region also eat the stalks.



Some information about an illness that appears to have a relationship to bamboo. 

One of the most common pain complaints by persons with PD is stiff shoulder pain. They often refer to it as "my frozen shoulder." Surveys suggest that almost half of PD patients report a history of frozen or stiff shoulder leading up to their PD symptoms. 

You undoubtedly experience stiff joints and all kinds of muscle cramps as part of your Parkinson's disease symptoms. Surveys show that most of these pains involve muscle cramps or tightness, typically in the neck, paraspinal or calf muscles. Interestingly, female PD patients tend to report neck pain as the third most common symptom (after the classical motor signs of PD) at the start of the disease. Persistent neck pain in females may therefore be an early warning sign of PD in some women.



Harvesting Bamboo used for construction purposes must be harvested when the culms reach their greatest strength and when sugar levels in the sap are at their lowest, as high sugar content increases the ease and rate of pest infestation.


Harvesting of bamboo is typically undertaken according to the following cycles.1) Life cycle of the clump: As each individual culm goes through a 5-7 year life cycle, culms are ideally allowed to reach this level of maturity prior to full capacity harvesting. The clearing out or thinning of culms, particularly older decaying culms, helps to ensure adequate light and resources for new growth. Well maintained clumps may have a productivity 3-4 times that of an unharvested wild clump.2) Life cycle of the culm: As per the life cycle described above, bamboo is harvested from 2–3 years through to 5–7 years, depending on the species.3)


Annual cycle: As all growth of new bamboo occurs during the wet season, disturbing the clump during this phase will potentially damage the upcoming crop. Also during this high rain fall period, sap levels are at their highest and then diminish towards the dry season. Picking immediately prior to the wet/growth season may also damage new shoots. Hence harvesting is best at the end of the dry season, a few months prior to the start of the wet.4) Daily cycle: During the height of the day,


Photosynthesis is at its peak producing the highest levels of sugar in sap, making this the least ideal time of day to harvest. Many traditional practitioners believe that the best time to harvest is at dawn or dusk on a full moon. This practice makes sense in terms of both moon cycles, visibility and daily cycles.

Excellent Information provided debby
Great remedy for ankylosing spondylosis. I have tried in three cases with great success. All the three were markedly releived and able to walk with more comfort. All were HLA B27 positive and one was having reccurent urethritis too. The urethritis disappeared after a month. I use Bamboo in 6 potency, which is self made.
Pl. see the attached file to see something about Bamboo in homoeopathic literature------

Thank you very much Dr. Rajneesh...much appreciate your help.


You are welcome...
Thanks for this excellent info!
Thanks Debby for the info

I have verified this aspect:

Klein reports In later stages, they may have a breakdown and feel no sense of support, feel forsaken, abandoned, alone in the world.


Although I would not necessarily confine these aspects to the later stages. The lack of support, forsaken etc may arise as a fundamental experience of the world

Has anybody seen the seeds of Bamboo plant? Here in Kerala we have many bamboo plants, but flowering occurs in 40 to 60 years interval! We had observed a flowering before 35 years, unfortunately i do not remember that. Recently while attending BAMBOO-FEST organised by the government of Kerala, I purchased some bamboo seeds from a team of Bamboo cultivators from Wyanad, Kerala. They were lucky to observe a flowering, a few years back. The seeds are brown in colour, and look like unpolished rice. It is used for preparing porridge, steam cake and several other dishes. I have kept the bamboo seeds in our showcase, because it is a precious item!
How interesting. One would call this a "sighting" just as today I received message of some "SILVER" in the sky reported over the east coast. It was a meteor that was visible by daytime crashing into the ocean.


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