Cornsilk (Zea mays) is an herbal remedy made from stigmas, the yellowish thread-like strands found inside the husks of corn. The stigmas are found on the female flower of corn, Corn is native to North America and now grows around the world in warm climates.
The venerable plant’s stigmas have long been used in folk medicine to treat urinary conditions including inflammation of the bladder and painful urination. Cornsilk also served as a remedy for heart trouble, jaundice, malaria, and obesity. Corn is rich in vitamin K, making it useful in controlling bleeding during childbirth. It has also been used to treat gonorrhea. For more than a century, corn has been a remedy for urinary conditions such as acute and inflamed bladders and painful urination. It was also used to treat the prostate. Some of those uses have continued into modern times; cornsilk is a contemporary remedy for all conditions of the urinary passage. Drinking corn tea is a remedy to help children stop wetting their beds, a condition known as enuresis.
Since cornsilk is used as a kidney remedy and in the regulation of fluids, the herb is believed to be helpful in treating high blood pressure and water retention. Corn is also used as a remedy for edema . Corn is used to treat urinary conditions in countries including the United Sates, China, Haiti. Furthermore, in China, cornsilk as a component in an herbal formula is used to treat diabetes. The herb used for centuries to treat urinary conditions acquired another modern-day use.
Some herbalists say that cornsilk is best used when fresh, but it is also available in dried form. Cornsilk can be collected from the female flower or from corn cobs. In addition, cornsilk is available commercially in powdered and capsule form and as an extract. Cornsilk is usually brewed as a tea, a beverage that is said to be soothing. The tea should be consumed three times daily. In addition, a tincture of 1 tsp (3-6 ml) of cornsilk can be taken three times daily. Tincture can be purchased over the counter, or made at home by mixing the herb with water or alcohol at a ratio of 1:5 or 1:10. Cornsilk is also available in capsule form. The usual dosage for 400-mg capsules is two capsules. These are taken with meals three times daily.
A remedy for bedwetting Herbal remedies can be part of the treatment when children wet their beds. Methods of stopping this behavior include having the child exercise during the day, drink fewer beverages in the evening, and drink a cup of corn tea one hour before bedtime. Cornsilk could be the only ingredient in the tea.
Cornsilk is safe when taken in proper dosages, according to sources including PDR for Herbal Medicines,, the 1998 book based on the findings of Germany’s Commission E. Before beginning herbal treatment, people should consult a physician, practitioner, or herbalist.
There are no known side effects when cornsilk is taken in designated therapeutic dosages.