Corn silk: medicinal properties and contraindications

Corn is a very useful product for humans. Boiled or canned corn grains are mainly used for food. Products made from cornmeal are also popular. But the biggest health benefits come from corn silk. They contribute to the cure of many diseases, help to get rid of excess weight, normalize blood sugar levels, improve metabolism in the body.

But before using this phytopreparation, you need to consult a doctor, since it has certain contraindications.

What are the benefits of corn silk

Thanks to the vitamins, minerals, acids, essential oils and other substances contained in the stigmas, the drug is used very widely and is used to treat many diseases. Preparations of corn stigmas have a diuretic, choleretic and hemostatic effect. It is advisable to use them as an antispasmodic. The content of selenium favorably affects the formation of immunity, as well as the prevention of cancer, since this trace element prevents the reproduction of cancer cells.

Corn silk in combination with other drugs contribute to rapid and effective weight loss. Their decoction helps to reduce appetite, remove excess fluid from the body, and stabilize metabolism. But it should be remembered that the effect will be noticeable only with regular use of the decoction.

Especially successfully corn stigmas are used in the treatment of the digestive organs, especially the liver. They dilute bile, due to which its discharge is quick and painless, reduce the amount of bilirubin, thereby improving a person’s well-being. When treated with corn silk, the symptoms of the disease disappear faster, and recovery occurs very soon.


Preparations of corn stigmas have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, normalize sleep, relieve fatigue and neurotic conditions.

Diseases for which the use of corn stigmas is recommended:

  • cholecystitis
  • hepatitis
  • biliary dyskinesia
  • cholangitis
  • nephritis
  • nephrolithiasis
  • overweight
  • diabetes
  • puffiness
  • tuberculosis
  • insomnia
  • neurosis
  • bleeding.


Like any drug, corn stigmas have contraindications. You should carefully study the instructions for use in order to avoid negative health effects.


It is strictly forbidden to use preparations of corn stigmas with:

  1. Cholelithiasis and kidney stones. Since stigmas have a pronounced choleretic and diuretic effect, their use can provoke the movement of stones that can block the bile ducts or ureter.
  2. Low body weight and poor appetite. A decoction of corn stigmas is used for weight loss, because it tends to reduce appetite. But its use in weakened people with low weight can have extremely negative consequences.
  3. Thrombophlebitis and increased blood clotting. Corn stigmas significantly increase the number of platelets. But with thrombophlebitis, they cannot be used, since there is a danger of the formation and separation of blood clots. And with increased clotting, there is no need to thicken the blood.
  4. Kidney diseases. With certain kidney diseases, the use of corn stigmas is not recommended. You should consult your doctor before starting treatment.
  5. Individual intolerance to the drug. In some individuals, corn stigmas cause an allergic reaction in the form of skin rashes, rhinitis.

During pregnancy and lactation, corn stigmas can be used only after consulting a doctor. Children infusion can be used from 3 years of age.

Ways to treat stigmas of corn

To get rid of excess weight a special tea is made using corn stigmas, which has a beneficial effect on reducing appetite and improving metabolism. To do this, mix 100 g of a currant leaf, 100 g of green tea (it is better to give preference to natural) and 200 g of corn stigmas. All components must be mixed and poured into a glass container. Two tablespoons of tea are brewed with boiling water and infused for about two hours. You need to consume one glass 30 minutes before eating. A positive effect is observed after a month of using the drug. It should be remembered that tea will not bring positive results without diet.

For diseases of the digestive system a classic infusion of corn stigmas is used. It is made in a very simple way: 20 – 25 raw materials are poured into 250 ml. hot boiled water and infused for 50 – 60 minutes. Then the infusion is filtered. You need to consume 20 ml after each meal. After a course of application, which is 14 days, you need to stop for a while, and then resume taking it.


To get rid of edema and treat acute hepatitis and cholecystitis a decoction of stigmas is used. It has an effective and strong effect. To prepare it, 50 g of raw materials are poured with one glass of boiling water and kept in a water bath for about 20 minutes, under a closed lid. After 45 minutes, the broth must be filtered, squeezing the cake. The volume of the prepared broth should be 200 ml., If there is little liquid, then you need to add boiled water. It is recommended to make a decoction only in enameled dishes. It is necessary to take 20 ml after a meal.

In case of diabetes mellitus as part of complex therapy, corn stigma extract is used, which is commercially available at any pharmacy kiosk. 30 drops of the extract must be diluted with water and taken three times a day after meals. The course of treatment is 30 days, then a break of 14 days is taken.

You can buy corn stigmas, as well as the preparations that they are part of, at a pharmacy. Their price is low and accessible to all segments of the population. The drugs purchased at the pharmacy will meet all the necessary quality requirements.

You can also prepare raw materials yourself, but stigmas should be taken only from home-grown corn. In the field, the crop is treated with pesticides from pests, so instead of benefiting the stigmas, they can only bring harm to health. The stigmas are harvested when the corn kernels are still soft. Dry the stigmas in the air, spreading a thin layer or in special drying chambers. The temperature in this case should not be more than 40 degrees, otherwise the raw materials will lose their useful qualities.

Corn stigmas should be stored in a dry, dark place, out of the reach of children, at a temperature not exceeding 25 – 30 degrees. Shelf life of raw materials – no more than three years.

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