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Corn Silk

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Botanical Name: Zea mays220px-Zea_mays_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-283

Common Name: Corn Silk

Plant Family: Poaceae (Graminaceae)

Parts Used: Stigma and Styles

Active Constituents:

  • Alkaloid
  • Resin
  • Flavonoids
  • Maizeric acid
  • Allantoin
  • Tannin
  • Fixed oil / essential oil
  • Saponins
  • Minerals – K
  • Sugar

Qualities: Cool, moistening and drying. Slightly sweet and astringent (Holmes)

Actions:

  • Urinary Inflammation Modulator
  • Diuretic
  • Urinary Demulcent
  • Antilithic
  • Urinary Tonic

Indications:

  • Acute or chronic UT inflammation :
    • Cystitis
    • Urethritis
    • Nephritis
    • Pyelitis
    • Prostatitis
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Edema
  • Calculi
  • Acute and chronic inflammation of the urinary system

Dosage:

  • Liquid Extract
    • 2-6ml 1:2 LE / day
    • 15-40ml 1:2 LE / week
  • Dried Herb Equivalent
    • 12 – 24g/day of stigma / style (infusion)

Combinations:

  • Buchu and uva ursi – cystitis
  • Agrimony and equisetum – enuresis

Cautions and Interactions: None Known

Contraindications: None Known

 

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