Corn silk / Medicinal Herb / Maize fronds
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Corn silk itself is not food, but is very much valued in traditional herbal medicine as a treatment for urinary disorders.
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Corn silk Tea Benefits have been known in the olden days as particularly beneficial for disorders in the urinary system. Native Americans and civilizations in Central and South America used corn silk to take advantage of its diuretic, demulcent and anti-inflammatory properties.
The following are the health benefits attributed to corn silk tea:
Corn silk tea may help in the treatment of urinary tract infections, cystitis, prostatitis, as well as bladder infections. It may also help in reducing irritants in the kidney.
Corn silk tea may help reduce the retention of fluids in the body. In the process, it helps detoxify and flush out accumulated toxins in the body.
Corn silk tea may help in the treatment of prostate disorders; when applied topically, may help in healing wounds and skin ulcers; may help in the treatment of jaundice; may help lower blood pressure; may aid in relieving arthritis. The beneficial constituents of corn silk include the flavonoid maysin, allantoin, mucilage, saponins, vitamins C and K, and potassium.
To make corn silk tea, place a handful of corn silk into a pot of boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. The dosage for treatment of urinary tract infection is a 200 mL cup of corn silk tea taken three times a day until the patient is well.
* Please Note: This information is based on Traditional and Folklore Medicine which uses natural materials to support health. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
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