Bed wetting, Bladder infections, Inflammation of the prostate, Inflammation of the urinary system, Kidney stones, Congestive, heart failure, Diabetes, Fatigue, High cholesterol levels, High blood pressure
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The long shiny fibers at the top of an ear of corn are called corn silk. Corn silk is used as a medicine.Corn silk is used for bladder infections, prostate issues, kidney stones, and bedwetting. It is also used to treat congestive heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, high pressure in the eye, fatigue, obesity, and high cholesterol levels.
How does it work?
Corn silk contains proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also contains chemicals which might work like water pills (diuretics), and it might alter blood sugar levels, and help reduce inflammation.Corn Silk, or maize tassel, is the glossy, thread-like material that serves as a cushion between an ear of corn and its outer husk. Corn Silk is simply one of the female parts of the corn plant. The male part of corn is the tassel, which sprouts from the top of the plant. The pollen comes from the tassel. Corn Silk is actually a tiny tube where grains of pollen will land. The pollen will travel down the Silk tube to the unfertilized ear inside the husk.
While most people discard corn silk when preparing corn-on-the-cob, the silky string was considered a valuable raw material to Native Americans, as well as to the indigenous peoples of Central and South America. Zea mays, the botanical name for corn comes from Greek, meaning “to live”. Mays comes from Spanish, the same word as a term in a native Mexican language meaning “mother” or “mother of life”, reflecting the central importance of corn in the lives of early Americans.
It has been used as traditional medicine in many parts of the world such as China, Turkey, United States and France. Corn Silk, when prepared as a tea, can be used topically to address minor skin irritations. Aside from a refreshing, mild flavour, Corn Silk offers a healthy dose of potassium and vitamins C and K. The herb is also a good source of dietary polyphenols, plant-based compounds with antioxidant activity.
Corn Silk tea has a long history of use in traditional folk medicine as a diuretic used to treat chronic inflammation in the urinary tract or kidneys. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia (BHP) describes the actions of Corn Silk as “diuretic & antilithic” (stone-preventing) and it is also indicated for cystitis, urethritis, nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) and as a prostatitis – specifically indicated for acute or chronic inflammation of the urinary system. Thomas Bartram recommended Corn Silk for bedwetting when combined with Agrimony in equal parts.
Possible side effects include:
- Corn silk can decrease potassium levels in the blood and can cause skin rashes, itching, and allergies.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Corn silk is safe for pregnant women when used in the amounts normally found in food. But larger amounts are unsafe, because corn silk might stimulate the uterus and cause a miscarriage. Not enough is known about the safety of taking corn silk if you are breast-feeding. It's best to stick to food amounts of corn silk if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Diabetes: There is some concern that large amount of corn silk might lower blood sugar. This could interfere with blood sugar control in people who have diabetes.
- High blood pressure or low blood pressure: Large amounts of corn silk might interfere with control of these conditions.
- Blood levels of potassium that are too low: Large amounts of corn silk might make these conditions worse.
- Corn allergy: Applying lotions that contain corn silk might cause a rash, red skin, and itchiness if you are allergic to corn silk, corn pollen, or cornstarch.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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