Stigmata Maidis,Corn Silk Preparation and Dosage.

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Stigmata Maidis,Corn Silk Preparation and Dosage.

Corn Silk Zea Mays Silk CAS 84696-06-0 Stigmata Maidis Zea mays Stigmas and styles Corn stalk  Regulatory status GSL
 Dried:2-8g or in infusion
 Liquid Extract:1:1 in 25% alcohol, 4-8ml
 Tincture:1:5 in 25% alcohol, 5-15ml
 Syrup BPC (1923) 8-15ml

 Additional Comments: Corn is a valuable cereal; the kernels have fibrous coats that help to relieve constipation, and contain starch, protein, and an oil rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which lower the risk of heart disease. In Chinese medicine cornsilk is used for oedema of various origin and for hepato-biliary disease.

 The stigmas should be collected just before pollination occurs, the timing depends upon climate. It is best used fresh as some of the activity is lost with time.

 Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.
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  • 1.Corn Silk and Its Fascinating Uses.

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