A few words of caution are good to keep in mind when it comes to bamboo shoots. If you are consuming fresh shoots, take care to boil them thoroughly for about half an hour in salt water. This helps to remove the raw taste and also kill germs, bacteria, and toxins. Certain varieties of bamboo shoots are not good for pregnant women as they are said to have abortive properties. Please consult your doctor for further advice. In addition, some people can be allergic to bamboo, especially as a facial cream. In this case as well, it is wise to consult the physician if you break out into any kind of rash. ?