Throughout history, Cornsilk has been used as a remedy for such things as urinary conditions and rheumatism.
This extract was also recorded during the 18th century as having been used for its diuretic attributes. Some common ailments that people would turn to Cornsilk herb extract to help with were kidney, urinary tract, and bladder infections, bed wetting problems, cystitis, liver and gall bladder complaints.
Some other benefits of this extract include it being used to help with the symptoms of arthritis and gout (a painful inflammation caused by defects in uric acid metabolism resulting in deposits of the acid and its salts in the blood and joints). Today there are clinical studies being conducted involving Cornsilk herb tablets for their help with urinary and prostate problems.
Cornsilk tea is also commonly used today as a diuretic and it has also been known to be effective in helping with weight loss. The extract is also still used to help children or older individuals with bed-wetting problems.
Cornsilk might also help with renal colic, which is a sharp pain in the lower back that radiates into the groin, usually associated with the passage of a renal calculus through the ureter. The urinary tract is thought to work well with cornsilk extract in dealing with disorders involving the formation of stones.
Further studies are needed to confirm this hypothesis. Other uses for Cornsilk extract by herbalists are cystitis and rheumatism. Cornsilk is also said to be an excellent source of the vitamin which has been known to slow bleeding. For external use, cornsilk has been made into hand lotion and also Cornsilk cosmetics. It is believed to be soothing to the skin.