Indians of Central and South America, where the food crop is native,
praised corn as a gift from the gods.
The use of the Cornsilk that surrounds an ear of corn,
as a healing herb was first used by the Inca’s; reports
Garilasco de la Vega (1539-1610).
Historically, Cornsilk, has been mainly used for
urogenital infections. The active ingredient maizenic
acid, is believed to act as a cardiac solution, which
stimulates diuretic action in the body. Maizenic acid
is known to effect the bladder and kidneys and helps the
liver and intestines be treated as well. Cornsilk also
contains Vitamins B, PABA, K, Silicon, and freed oils,
resin, and mucilage.
Cornsilk has been used for over a century for kidney
problems, for acute and chronically inflamed bladder and
prostate glands. Cornsilk has the ability to remove
gravel from the kidneys, urethra, bladder, and prostate
gland. Cornsilk, has a cleansing effect on urea and will
neutralize scalding urine. Cornsilk is an herb to turn
to for urine retention, catarrh of the bladder,
gonorrhea, is useful in controlling inflammation and
relieving pain. Cornsilk will help when the urinary
tract needs opening up or when there is mucus in the
Physicians have used Cornsilk as a diuretic and for
conditions of cystitis. Cornsilk is valuable in the
treatment of renal and cystic inflammation.
Cornsilk is excellent at helping the young and very old
solve urinary control troubles and bed-wetting.
Arteriosclerosis, albuminuria, Bedwetting, Bladder
Problems, Blood Pressure (high), Cholesterol, Cystic
Irritation, Cystitis, Dropsy, Edema, Gonorrhea, Heart
Trouble, Jaundice, Kidney Problems, Kidney Stones,
Malaria, Obesity, Prostate Problems, Renal Cystitis,
Urinary Tract (inflammation), Urination (painful)
Do not use corn silk if you also take Lasix (furosemide).
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Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania 1987
The Ultimate Healing System, Course Manual, Copyright 1985, Don Lepore
Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, by James A. Duke, Pub. CRP Second Edition 2007