Cornsilk - Zea Mays Cornsilk - Zea Mays

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Corn Silk
(Zea Mays)

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    • Family: Poaceae
      Genus: Zea
      Species: mays
      Common Names: Corn, Maize, Ix-im, Mais, Maiz, Thurah Safrah, Yu Kao Liang, Yu Shu Shu, Jagong
      Part Used:silk

    Documented Properties
    & Actions:
    Demulcent, Diuretic, Stimulant, Tonic
    Trimethyl-benzenes, Dimethoxy-benzenes, 1,8-cineole, 2-methyl-butan-1-al, 2-methyl-butan-1-ol, 2-methyl-naphthalene, 2-methyl-pent-2-en-1-al, 2-methyl- pentan-3-one, 2-methyl-propan-1-ol, 3'-o-methyl-maysin, 3-methyl-butan -1-ol, Alpha-terpineol, Aluminum, Apiforol, Apigenidin, Ascorbic-acid, Benzaldehyde, Beta-carotene, Beta-ionone, Beta-pinene, Beta-sitosterol, Betaine, Biphenyl, Butan-1-ol, Calcium, Carvacrol, Chromium, Cinnamic-acid-ethyl-ester, Cyanidin, Daucosterol, Dec-trans-2-cis-4-dien-1-al, Decan-1-al, Decan-1-ol, Dodecan-1-al, Eoergosterol, Ethanol, Ethyl-acetate, Ethyl-phenylacetate, Fluorene, Gamma-nonalactone, Geraniol, Glycolic-acid, Hept-cis-4-en-2-ol, Hepta-trans-2-cis-4-dien-1-al, Hepta-trans-2-en-1-al, Heptan-1-al, Heptan-1-ol, Heptan-2-ol, Hex-1-en-3-ol, Hexan-1-al, Hordenine, Limonene, Luteoforol, Luteolinidin, Manganese, Maysin, Menthol, Methyl-phenylacetate, Naphthalene, Non-trans-2-en-1-al, Nona-trans-2-trans-4-dien-1-al, Nonal-n-2-ol, Nonan-1-al, O-diethyl-phthalate, Octan-1-ol, Orientin, Pelargonidin, Pentan-1-ol, Phenethyl -alcohol, Phenylacetaldehyde, Phytohaemagglutinin, Potassium, Propan-1-ol, Saponin, Silicon, Thiamin, Thymol, Undec-trans-2-en-1-al, Vitexin

    Quoted References

    3. "Cornsilk, rich in vitamin K, has been used as a diuretic and believed to encourage elimination of the kidneys and bladder."

    4. "Medicinal Actions and Uses: Diuretic and mild stimulant."

    5. "A sweet herb that aids the kidneys, bladder, and small intestines. Take for hypertension, edema, urinary tract dysfunction and stones, bed-wetting, and painful urination caused by the prostrate gland. Acts as a diuretic."

    7. "As a soothing diuretic, Corn Silk is helpful in any irritation of the urinary system. It is useful for renal problems in children and as a urinary demulcent combined with other herbs in the treatment of cystitis, urethritis, prostatis and the like. Actions: Diuretic, demulcent, tonic."

    10. "In Piura, the silk decocotion is considered antiblennorrhagic, diuretic, sedative, and tonic. Tramil recommends the use of cornsilk for edema and kidney pains (TRA)"

    16. "Traditional Uses: An excellent remedy for urinary conditions such as retained urine, burning urine, kidney stones, bladder infections, gonorrhea, and as a lymphatic system cleanser -- boil cornsilk (the fine hairs) from 3 ears of corn in 3 cups of water for 5 minutes and drink in sips all day long."

    China Diabetes, Diuretic, Dropsy, Hypertension, Gravel, Urogenital, Stomachic, Strangury
    Elsewhere Analgesic, Antiseptic, Astringent, Diabetes, Diuretic, Liqueur, Lithontriptic, Litholytic, Panacea, Pneumonia, Shampoo, Stomachache, Tumor, Wart
    Haiti Alexiteric, Bright's Disease, Cardiac, Cystitis, Diuretic, Gout, Hepatitis, Inflammation, Intoxicant, Metritis, Nephritis, Renitis, Rheumatism, Soap, Stone, Urogenital
    Trinidad Amenorrhea, Analgesic, Antiseptic, Diuretic, Dysentery, Dysmenorrhea, Flu, Gum, Lithontriptic, Menorrhagia, Oliguria
    Turkey Antidote(Bromine), Alterative, Anodyne, Demulcent, Diuretic, Litholytic, Stimulant, Stomachic
    U.S. Cyanogenetic, Soap, Wart

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