Abundant flowering is not the only notable feature of the Bamboo Orchid. In Eastern culture, the plant is also considered to be good for your health, and is used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In TCM, which dates back more than 2000 years, dried, rolled-up parts of the plant are used to boost the immune system.
It’s believed that the plant parts have a positive effect on the digestion, so that you feel fitter. If you feel good, you are better able to deal with stress, which in turn helps to ward off ailments. According to this medicine, the orchid can help with stomach pains, joint pains and intolerance to gluten, it can lower the blood sugar and help with poor vision. The plant is even believed to inhibit tumours.
The orchid is also known as the ‘immortality herb’ because the sap from the plant, according to legend, has the power to raise people from the dead. At a cost of 0 for 500 grams, it is not a cheap ‘medicine’ which is why people prefer to harvest their own plant. As a result, many have risked their lives to pick the plant in hazardous spots.
To keep enjoying your Bamboo Orchid for a long time, taking proper care of it is a good start.