Synonyms: Corn Silk, Corn Stigma, Indian Corn, Maidis Stigmata, Maize Silk, Stigmata Maydis, Yu Mi Hsu, Yu Mi Xu, Zea
Family: Poaceae or Gramineae
Genus species: Zea mays
Type: Monoecious annual plant
Part Used: Fresh or dried stigmas and styles from unripe corn during the flowering period
Location: Brazil, China, former Yugoslavia, France, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, U.S.
Actions: Alexeteric, alterative, anodyne, antihyperglycemic, antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory, antilithic, antiseptic, astringent, cholagogue, hematogenic, hemostatic, kidney alterative, lithotriptic, mild diuretic, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, urinary demulcent, weight loss aid
Indications: Amenorrhea, arthritis, bedsore, bed-wetting, Bright's disease, cholangitis, cholecystitis, cystitis, diabetes mellitus, dropsy, dysentery, dysuria, edema, excessive menstruation, gallstones, gonorrhea, gout, hepatitis, hyperglycemia, hypertension, inflammation, jaundice, kidney disorders, kidney stone, nephritis, obesity, oliguria, painful menstruation, prostatitis, pyelitis, rheumatism, stomachache, strangury, tumor, urethritis, uterine inflammation, warts
Chemicals & Nutrients: Aluminum, beta-Sitosterol, Calcium, Carbohydrates (80%), Fats (4%), Fiber (8%), Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein (10%), Silicon, Vitamin C, Vitamin K
Preparation & Dosages:
Decoction: 9-12 g, in 2-3 doses
Dried Styles and Stigmas: 4-8 g or by infusion, 3x/day
Tincture: 1:5 in 25% alcohol, dose 5-15 ml, 3x/day
Contraindications: Lactation, pregnancy.
Drug Interactions: Hypoglycemic drugs or cardiac medications. May potentiate antidiabetic (hypoglycemic) drugs. May antagonize antihypertensives. There is a potential risk of increased hypertension when used with beta-adrenoceptor blocking drugs. Possible potentiation of sympathomimetics and an increased risk of hypertension. Due to the diuretic action of this herb the following drug interactions are possible: increased risk of toxicity with anti-inflammatory analgesics; if hypokalemia occurs possible antagonism with antiarrhythmics and potentiation of muscle relaxants; antagonizes antidiabetic (hypoglycemic) drugs; may potentiate and/or interfere with antihypertensives; may potentiate lithium therapy; when taken with corticosteroids there is a risk for hypokalemia; may potentiate other diuretics and increase the risk of hypokalemia. Due to the antihypertensive (hypotensive) action of this herb the following interactions are possible: when taken with anesthetics an increased hypotensive effect; potentiation of antihypertensives; when taken with diuretics difficulty with diuresis and hypertension may result; antagonism of sympathomimetics.
Side Effects: (Possible adverse effects and/or overdose effects) Can cause contact dermatitis and allergic reactions in hypersensitive individuals.
Warning: Prolonged use may result in hypokalemia.