Corn Silk (Maize Fronds)
Other names: Maize, zea mays
Scientific name: Zea Mays
Common names: Corn, Indian Corn, Maize Jagnog, Turkish Corn
Ayurvedic names: kandaja, mahakaya
Chinese names: Yu shu shu, yu mi xu
Bangladesh names: Bhutta
Arabic names: الذرة (al dhurah)
Rain Forest names:
Approximate number of species known:
Common parts used: Silk, also known as fronds from the flowers
Annual/Perennial: Annual and perennial
Actions: Alterative, Anodyne, Anti-lithic, Demulcent, diuretic, tonic
Known Constituents: Allantoin, alkaloid, aponin, sterol, tannin
Corn silk is the brown, ‘silky’ long string like strands wrapped around the corn cob. Corn silk is used as a light kidney diuretic and antiseptic. It is commonly employed in urinary problems in children, particularly bed wetting.
It’s also used for enlarged prostate.