• Corn useful properties

    Corn is sometimes called maize. This grass reaches a height of 3 m, is equipped with long, broad-leafed leaves. From the leaf wrapper, threadlike columns with stigma of female flowers hang like a bundle. In autumn, on the spot of the inflorescences appear fruits - round, large and bare granules, compressed from the sides, what we call corn cobs. The grains can be reddish, brown, white, yellow and even black.

    The homeland of corn is the American continent, where it has been cultivated for 7000 years.

    In Russia, corn is cultivated for grain throughout the southern band. It grows in Western Siberia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the Far East.

    Corn is widely used in folk medicine for liver diseases, jaundice, stagnant edema, female diseases and urogenital organs. For this purpose, use corn stigmas. Scientific medicine also uses corn stigmas. Extract and infusion of corn stigmas increase the separation of bile, reduce its viscosity, accelerate the process of blood clotting. Corn oil reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood, so it is recommended for the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis.

    In many countries, corn is an everyday bread food.

    Corn grains contain vitamins D, E, carotene, but proteins are not easily digested. Porridge from corn cereals( mamaliga) is included in the diet of the population of Moldova, Georgia, Romania, Italy, etc. In food, boiled and salted corn cobs of milk ripeness, popcorn and corn flakes are used. For long-term storage, corn grains of milk ripeness are preserved.

    Action and application. Mechanism of choleretic action stigma was previously associated with fatty oil, but its content in the raw material is small and the action, apparently, should be attributed to the flavonoids and other related substances. Under the influence of drugs, the period of initial expansion of the gallbladder is observed, followed by a prolonged and vigorous contraction, the rhythm of the sphincter of Oddi. The viscosity of bile decreases, its density decreases, and the content of bilirubin decreases.

    Due to the content of naphthoquinone derivatives, the raw material has a hemostatic effect. This increases the prothrombin content and the number of platelets in the blood, which accelerates the process of its clotting.

    Preparations from raw materials have a diuretic effect, they depress the activity of the saturation center and therefore reduce the appetite that is used in the prevention and treatment of obesity.

    Assign in the form of a liquid extract of 40-50 drops 2-3 times a day before meals, infused from 10 g of raw materials per 200 ml of water 1 tablespoon 3 times a day - with liver diseases, especially with hepatitis, cholecystitis and cholangitiswith a violation of bile secretion, as well as a diuretic for cystitis, kidney stone disease, with bladder stones and swelling. As a hemostatic agent is recommended for hypoprothrombinemia.

    The medicinal raw materials are corn stigmas, which are harvested during the ripening period of maize after fertilization of the flowers. The collected stigmas are dried quickly, preferably with slight heating. You can dry in the open air or in a ventilated room, spreading the bundles with a thin, loose layer.

    Corn stalks with stigmas contain a rich set of biologically active substances - vitamins, bitterness, saponins, sitosterol, vitamin K, ascorbic and pantothenic acids. Corn flour, in addition to vitamins B1, B2, PP, contains carotene( provitamin A).

    Substances contained in maize, effectively stimulate the digestion process, enhance the peristalsis of the stomach and intestines, and also enhance the secretion of digestive juices and pancreatic juice.

    Porridge and casseroles from corn reduce the processes of fermentation in the intestines. Corn oil, obtained from seeds, favorably affects lipid metabolism, reduces the amount of cholesterol in the blood and is recommended for atherosclerosis, vitamin E vitamin deficiency.

    In scientific medicine, corn stigmas are used as a diuretic and choleretic agent in cholecystitis, cholangitis, as a hemostatic.

    TABLE: 10 g of corn stigmas pour 200 ml of boiling water, insist 1 h, strain. Drink half a glass 2-3 times a day.

    Liquid extract of corn stigmas, a drug. Take 30-40 drops two to three times a day.

    Prolonged intake of infusion of corn stigmas of 0.3 cup three times a day promotes the dissolution of stones in the kidneys, ureters, bladder.

    With cholecystitis, cholangitis, cholelithiasis, an infusion of corn stigma is drunk 0.25 cup three times a day.

    For diseases of the genito-urinary organs and diabetes mellitus, the collection is prepared:

    Corn stigmas, bean leaves, bearberry leaf.

    Total is taken evenly.40 g of the mixture boil in 1 liter of water for 15 minutes over low heat. Strain. Drink dosazhno during the day in 6 receptions. During treatment, it is recommended to apply heaters to the area of ​​the gallbladder or kidneys.

    Glutamic acid, contained in corn waste, is used in official medicine for psychoses, depression, and reactive states.

    Corn oil reduces cholesterol in the blood( take 30-40 drops 2-3 times daily before meals) and can be used to treat skin diseases.

    In folk medicine recommend corn stigmas take in the form of decoction as a means of reducing appetite and leading to weight loss, which is important for diabetic patients suffering from obesity.

    As a hemostatic agent, a decoction of corn stigmas is drunk 0.3 times a glass 3-4 times a day.

    In Bulgaria, for the treatment of cholelithiasis, the following collection is used:

    Corn stigma - 15 g, anise fruit - 10 g, celandine grass - 10 g, dandelion root - 20 g, birdwort - 15 g, three-color violet grass - 10 g, grassSt. John's wort - 20 g.

    2 tbsp.l.mixture pour 200 ml of boiling water, heat in a water bath for 30 minutes, cool, drain, squeeze and bring the volume to the original. Take 0.3 cup 3 times a day for half an hour before meals.

    Indications: decoctions and tinctures of corn stigmas are used as cholagogue. They are used for cholecystitis, cholangitis and hepatitis also with kidney stones, pyelonephritis, cystitis, etc.

    Dosage forms: infusion of corn stigmas - 15 g stigmas are steamed like tea for 200 ml of boiling water, insist, filter and drink 1 tbsp.4-5 times a day. To prepare the broth 10 g of dry stigma preliminarily, for 1 hour, soaked in 300 ml of cold water, boiled in a sealed container for 30 minutes, filtered and drink 2-3 tbsp.l.4-5 times a day.

    Pharmacy form: "Corn filth liquid extract" - take 30-40 drops 2-3 times a day.

    In medical practice, corn stigmas are used as a tincture or liquid extract as a choleretic, diuretic and hemostatic. It is established that when ingestion of these drugs increases the secretion of bile, reduces its viscosity and specific gravity, reduces the bilirubin content, and in addition, the process of blood coagulation is accelerated, while the prothrombin content and the number of platelets in the blood increase.

    The main indications for the use of preparations of corn stigmas are gallbladder inflammation( cholecystitis), inflammation of the biliary tract( cholangitis), and liver disease accompanied by biliary delay. Preparations of corn, along with preparations of vitamin K, can be used for bleeding associated with a decrease in prothrombin. Assign them in the form of a decoction, infusion( 1:20) or liquid extract.

    Preparations corn stigmas promote the dissolution of stones( in the kidneys or in the bladder), and are a strengthening and cholagogue;take them with jaundice.

    In the traditional medicine stigma is used as a hemostatic agent, they are used along with preparations of vitamin K( mountain pepper, mountainous pochechuyny, cat's foot, dioecious, etc.), mainly with hypoprothrombinemia, as a diuretic - with cystitis, kidney stones, stones of the urinarybladder, edema;as a regulating, soothing pain remedy;

    stigmas collected during flowering and digested with honey are taken with pulmonary tuberculosis and cardiac edema. Medical and corn oil. It is useful for people with liver disease, and recently, due to the ability to lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood, it is recommended for the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis.


    Decoction 1: 1 st.a spoon of crushed corn stigmas( 10 g) is poured in cold water( 1.5 cups), boiled for 30 minutes in a sealed container, after cooling, filter. Take 2-3 tbsp.spoons every 3-4 hours for cholelithiasis and urolithiasis.

    Broth 2: 1 tbsp.spoon of raw material pour 1.5 cups of cold water, boil 70 minutes, take after filtering in a refrigerated form for 1-2 tbsp.spoon 4 times a day( choleretic).

    Extract 20%: for 30-40 drops 2-3 times daily before meals.

    Infusion is more effective than decoction: 30 g per 200 ml of water for 1 tbsp.spoon 6 times a day.

    Requires: 20 grams of corn stalk, 20 g of yarrow herb, 10 g of peppermint leaves, 10 g of crushed bark of crushed rock, 200 ml of beer.

    Method of preparation.20 g of collection pour 200 ml of beer, heat on a boiling water bath for 30 minutes, but do not boil, cool, strain.

    Method of use. Take 1/3 cup 3 times a day with the initial stages of hypertension.