Friday, June 6, 2014

Bamboo salts and its benefits

Bamboo salts, also known as Jukyeom, 죽염, refer to a type of sea salts processed using bamboo stubs and clay. Bamboo salt is made by processing sea salt in bamboo shoot mixed with pine tree resin and specially selected yellow clay, using Korean traditional way of salt refining process.

From scientific researches, bamboo salts is known to contain more than 70 kinds of minerals. The refining process of the bamboo salts causes the sea salts to absorb minerals from the bamboo tree trunks, pine tree resin, and the yellow clay. It contains high amount of magnesium compared to compared to chemically refined salts which high in sodium. Other minerals that are contain in bamboo salts is
calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, copper, potassium, and zinc.

Bamboo salt is the traditional Korean type of salt, where a sea salt is inserted into a thick bamboo stub and baked with pine tree firewood over 9 times repeatedly. This process allow the purification of the salt and allows it to gains medicinal value.This method is not only unique but also ancient where the Korean have been using it for over 1,000 years for medicinal purposes such as skin-care and inner organ health. The salt has been commonly used as essential home-made medicine in Korea for generations.

The specific method on how the Bamboo Salt is created, is by packing a natural sun baked sea salt into a bamboo shoots that have matured for at least 3 years. Then, the bamboo is sealed with a special mineral mud from a specific Korean countryside region, a pure-yellow soil from deep valley. After the bamboo is sealed, it will be repeatedly baked at the temperatures of 1,300 to 1,500 degree Celsius for 9 times or more. The salt will be replaced into a new bamboo casing after each baking.

The benefits of bamboo salt is that it could help purify the blood, improve the healing process in human body, and helps the discharge process of human-body waste. Bamboo salt can also be used to flavor everyday meals as supplement in a healthy lifestyle. A clear advantage of bamboo salt it that it does not have or contain the harmful elements of ordinary sun dried sea salt, and it has no excess sodium from chemically refined salt.

How did bamboo salt came into being? Historically, no one knows who the first one made it, other than its already been used in Korean daily life for generations. The first person who called it 'JukYeom' was by Korean Divine Herbalist named Il-hoon Insan Kim. There were no systematic methodology of the bamboo salts manufacturer, analysis of its ingredients, or even proper application for any purposes until Il-hoon Insan Kim publish a book entitled 'The Universe and God's Medicine' in 1981.

According to the book, the bamboo salt can be used to treat;

Esophagus, Stomach, Spleen, Duodenum, Small & Large Intestines, Rectum, etc.

Stomach, Duodenum, Small & Large Intestines, Rectum, etc.

Chronic Dyspepsia, Dyspeptic Ailment Attributed to the Eating of meat, Acute Gastroenteritis (Vomiting & Diarrhea), Food Poisoning, Indigestion, Esophagus Tumour, Gastroptosis, Mouth Tumour, Tongue Tumour, Skin(Cutaneous) Disease, Eczema, Athlete's Foot, External Wound, Dysentery (Bloody Flux), Dysentery with Diarrhea (that becomes white with mucus), Diarrhea, Various Eye Diseases, Various Symptoms from Pollution.

The bamboo salts can also be use for other application such as:

Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Nephritis, Bladder, Liver, Meningitis, etc.

Lung, Bronchus, Bladder, Liver, Ozena(Empyema), Tympanitis, Gallbadder, etc.

Heart Disease, Tuberculosis, Liver Cirrhosis, etc.

Source: ProBacto, PubMed


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