Vanshlochan (Tabasheer) – Bamboo Silica (Bamboo Manna)

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Vanshlochan (Tabasheer) – Bamboo Silica (Bamboo Manna)
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Vanshlochan (also known as Tabasheer, Bamboo Silica, & Bamboo Manna and spelled as Banslochan & Tabashir) is siliceous resin and bamboo exudate, which is a form of herbal silica obtained from female bamboo trees. Vanshlochan secretes from nodes of bamboo trees. It is collected from the female bamboo tree’s nodes for therapeutic uses, as used in Ayurvedic and Unani Medicine.

Vanshlochan vs. Tabasheer

Vanshlochan and Tabasheer were actual different things, but in Farsi language, Tabasheer is synonym of Vanshlochan. Vanshlochan is a bamboo exudate, which is now rarely available in the market. In market, Tabasheer (prepared from Curcuma Angustifolia, also called Tikhur & East Indian Arrowroot) is sold in name of Vanshlochan. (Reference: Acharya Priyavarata Sharma, Dravya Guna Vigyan, Part 2, Chapter 7, 258 Vansha – Bambusa Arundinacea Willd)

VanshlochanTabasheer
SourceBamboo Female TreeCurcuma Angustifolia
Main ContentSilica (SiO2) – 70 to 90%Cellulose & Starch
BenefitsMainly Lung DiseasesMainly Ulcer

In Astanga Sangraha, Banshlochan and Tabashir are described as different remedies and description of both remedy is in same place. Nowadays, Tabasheer is taken as alternative of Vanshlochan.

Adulteration

Tabasheer is also less available and now adulteration becomes another problem for getting the original Vanshlochan. Artificially prepared Vanshlochan is now sold in Indian Market, which results in a huge loss of ayurvedic physicians and lovers.

The Artificial Vanshlochan is prepared from Sodium Silicate and Ammonium Silicate. These both chemicals are mixed in water. Then the mixture is leaved for drying. After drying process, the material obtained is sold as Vanshlochan.

Phytochemistry (Chemical Composition)

Vanshlochan contains siliceous resin, which composed of following as follows:

Chemical Composition of Real Vanshlochan

Silica (SiO2) – Silicon dioxide70 to 90%
GlucosidesPercentage is Not Known
Lime – Calcium Oxide (CaO)Traces
Potash – Potassium chlorideTraces
Iron OxideTraces
AluminumTraces
Water
Others

Vanshlochan is a good source of natural Bamboo silica. Bamboo silica (FOLIUMBAMBUSEA) contains more Silicon dioxide as compared to other silica plant sources. It contains about 70 to 90% silica content.

Note: Nowadays, This Vanshlochan is not available. Vanshlochan available in the market with the name of original Vanshlochan is actually prepared by burning bamboo stems. It contains bamboo stem ash and a little amount of the real Vanshlochan. Nowadays, it is used in ayurvedic medicines. The amount of silica content in this type of Vanshlochan varies from 0.50% to 3%.

Chemical Composition of Tabasheer

Cellulose41 to 44%
Pentosans21 to 23%
Lignin26 to 28%
Ash1.7 to 1.9%
Silica (SiO2)0.6 to 0.7%
Others2.4% (approx.)

However, the chemical composition is different, but Vanshlochan and Tabasheer both are beneficial in same diseases except lung disorders. In lung diseases, Vanshlochan gives best and promising results.

Medicinal Properties

Vanshlochan has following healing properties.

  1. Adaptogenic
  2. Antacid
  3. Anti-arthritic
  4. Antibacterial
  5. Anticancer
  6. Anti-gout
  7. Anti-hypertensive
  8. Anti-inflammatory
  9. Anti-mutagenic
  10. Anti-ulcer
  11. Antioxidant
  12. Antipyretic
  13. Aphrodisiac
  14. Astringent
  15. Bronchodilator
  16. Demulcent
  17. Expectorant
  18. Mild Diuretic
  19. Mild Antipyretic

Ayurvedic Properties

Taste – RASAMADHURA (Sweet), KASAYA (Astringent)
After taste – ANU-RASAAstringent
Main Quality – GUNALAGHU (Light), RUKSHA (Dry)
Potency – VIRYASHEETA (Cold)
Resultant – VIPAKAMADHURA (Sweet)
Therapeutic Effect – PRABHAVARejuvenation & Supplement
DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors)Pacifies VATA & PITTA
Effects on OrgansLungs & Stomach

Therapeutic Indications

Vanshlochan is helpful in following health conditions.

  1. Breathing troubles & Asthma
  2. Cough
  3. Bleeding disorders
  4. Mouth Ulcers
  5. Gastritis
  6. Peptic & Duodenal Ulcers
  7. Ulcerative colitis
  8. Fever
  9. Geophagia (Eating earth, clay, chalk)
  10. Osteoporosis
  11. Hair fall

Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Vanshlochan is beneficial because of its strengthening action and adaptogenic properties. The main content of Vanshlochan is silica (Silicon dioxide), which is an important element for bones, ligaments, tendons and skin. Vanshlochan has restorative effect on body tissues. According to ayurveda, it increases immunity, so it is a main ingredient of Sitopaladi Churna used as immuno-modulator. It is a very effective medicine for cold and running nose.

Peptic Ulcers & Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Vanshlochan has ulcer healing properties. Along with Praval Pishti, Mukta Pishti, and Yashad Bhasma, it gives excellent results in peptic ulcers and inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The following Vanshlochan combination is useful for the treatment of ulcers and ulcerative colitis.

Yashtimadhu (Licorice)1000 mg
Vanshlochan500 mg
Praval Pishti500 mg
Mukta Pishti125 mg
Yashad Bhasma50 mg
The combination can be taken twice daily with water.

Hair Growth

Vanshlochan also stimulates hair growth and strengthen hair. This effect is due to natural silica content in it. The silica in it prevents hair thinning and hair loss.

Dosage & Administration

The recommended dosage of Vanshlochan is as follows.

Infants10 mg per Kg body weight *
Children125 to 500 mg *
Adults250 to 500 mg *
Pregnancy125 to 250 mg *
Geriatric (Old age)250 to 500 mg *

* Twice a day with appropriate adjuvant

Dose Adjustments

We have included the safest and most appropriate dosage in the above table, which has not shown any unwanted effects in people, we had given. The high dosage is possible whenever required according to health condition. For example, 500 mg Vanshlochan does not give promising results in ulcerative colitis, so the high dosage (about 1000 mg twice daily) is required.

Minimum Effective Dosage250 mg *
Moderate dosage (Adults)500 mg to 1000 mg *
Maximum Possible Dosage6000 mg **

* Twice or Thrice Daily (Applicable for Adults) ** Total Daily Dosage in Divided Doses (Applicable for Adults)

Safety Profile

The original Vanshlochan (bamboo exudate) is POSSIBLY SAFE & WELL TOLERATED. Tabasheer (starch from Curcuma Angustifolia) is also POSSIBLY SAFE & WELL TOLERATED.

Warning

There may be many unknown adverse effects of duplicate Vanshlochan (artificially prepared Banshlochan). If you have observed any, please report us and contribute to this useful publication.

Side Effects & Toxicity

According to ayurveda, high doses of Vanshlochan are not good for prostate gland and lungs.

Antidote of Vanshlochan

In case Vanshlochan is taken in higher dosage, the following things should be used as Antidote according to symptoms and effects.

  1. Mastic Gum (Mastagi Roomi)
  2. Aloe Vera Leaf Pulp or Juice
  3. Saffron (Kesar)
  4. Unaab Fruit (Red Dates) – Zizyphus Jujube
  5. Tragacanth gum (Gond katira)

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Questions & Answers (6)

  1. Akansha Tidke says

    I need to buy Vanshlochan for my research work. Can you please tell me where I should found that please do contact its urgent.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      We cannot help you for getting original Vanshlochan for your research work. If you need original Vanshlochan, then you should personally collect it from the Bamboo plants. Only then you can be sure for the original.

      You can do research work on the different types of Vanshlochan available in the market and their effects on the health.

      The original Vanshlochan is not available in the market. We use the residues obtained after burning bamboo stems. It contains Bamboo Stem Ash and a little amount of the real Vanshlochan.

      Please read Adulteration in the article above.

      1. Akansha Tidke says

        Thank you so much for your reply Sir its been really helpful for me to see after it.

        1. Akansha Tidke says

          Actually Sir I found some kind of solid material in near by market he was saying that its a part of bamboo and saying its Vanshlochan I m not sure that what ever he says its right or not.

  2. Akansha Tidke says

    Dr. Jagdev Singh Sir can I get your email Id I need to ask you some questions related topic.

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