Rattan, a material commonly used in crafts and the construction of furniture, could soon be used to replace metal and other artificial substitutes.
Researchers from the National Research Council of Italy noticed that human bone had a similar structure to rattan when observed at a molecular level.
The wood does not break easily and can be shaped to fit any person perfectly.
The team believes that with the number of ageing people facing articular problems increasing, the time for implementation is now.
Young people suffering from traumatic events or bone-affecting tumours are also mentioned as a group that would benefit.
Despite the advantages of using rattan, its production is not straight forward.
The team suggests that removing chemicals not compatible with implants for humans is timely and complicated but such issues are outweighed by the materials similarity to bone and ability to be shaped to fit perfectly.
The researchers findings are published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management.