Cornsilk is drawn from the stigmas of female corn plants. It has been used by native Americans for centuries as a natural remedy for many ailments and is still used today in several different applications. Corn silk is high in several nutrients, including vitamin K, and can be combined with other herbs for different types of treatment, particularly those involving problems of the the urinary tract.
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Urinary Tract Treatment
The cornsilk herb is a soothing diuretic that can benefit the urinary tract in numerous ways. It can be given to children as a method of treating enuresis--more commonly known as bed wetting. It is also a common alternative to antibiotics when treating a urinary infection resulting from bacteria. Excessive use of antibacterial medications can lead to bacterial resistance to these medications, and complications can arise in children who take pharmaceutical medications. Cornsilk consumption also helps treat inflammation in the bladder or urethra. Cornsilk is usually taken by steeping 2 tsp. of the herb in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. You can drink this tea up to three times daily. Cornsilk tinctures are an alternative--3 to 6 ml of tincture should be taken three times daily.
Kidney and Circulation
Cornsilk is sometimes used to treat and prevent the development of kidney stones in adults. Infections of the kidney can also be treated by taking cornsilk daily. Because of its affect on the kidneys, research indicates that the herb can help lower high blood pressure in the circulatory system.
According to the PhytoMed Health Group, there are additional miscellaneous benefits that can result from taking cornsilk. These include the treatment of obesity, disorders of the prostate, carpal tunnel syndrome and PMS. Cornsilk can also help eliminate boils from the skin.