Natural order. Gramineae. Common name. Corn silk. Habitat. Temperate zones. Preparation. Tincture from the silk terminals of common field corn.
GENERAL ANALYSIS AND THERAPEUTICS.
Acts directly upon the urinary tract, producing irritation and catarrhal inflammation. Probably owing to the presence of maizenic acid the drug has the power of neutralizing excessive alkalinity of the urine. It also increases the flow of urine. It may thus act physiologically in lithaemia, phosphatic gravel, cystitis, etc., by diluting and neutralizing irritating agents in the urinary tract. Has been used successfully in catarrhal cystitis; suppression and retention of urine; dysuria; renal lithiasis; nephritic colic; gravel; gonorrhoea; enlarged prostate (Sabal ser.) with retention of urine, also in organic heart disease, with much oedema of the lower extremities and scanty urination.
Compare. Sabal ser., with which it is often used in combination by Eclectics.