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Corn silk won’t cure bladder infection, high blood pressure, other serious conditions

Do you know that corn silk can help cure some illnesses that we suffer from?” asks a message posted on Facebook in Nigeria in September 2020.

Some of the “illnesses”, it says, are “bladder infection, kidney stone, diabetes, high blood, bedwetting, high cholesterol levels [and] bladder infection”. 

It then describes the “easy method” of curing these conditions: “Just collect corn silk put in a teacup and add hot water, allow for 10min and take as tea every morning before eating anything and in the evening.”

Corn silk is the long, thread-like strands of plant material that grow underneath the husk of an ear of corn, also known as maize. Does it cure a range of conditions?

‘Visit doctor for proper treatment’

Jacob Awobusuyi, a professor of medicine in the clinical sciences faculty of Lagos State University’s college of medicine, told Africa Check that there was “no substance to the claim”.

“Corn silk cannot be used to treat or cure diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. People should ignore the claim,” he said. “People with these health conditions shouldn’t treat them lightly.”

Olutayo Alebiosu, a professor of medicine at Osun State University’s faculty of clinical sciences, described the claim as “frivolous”.

“Such a claim makes no sense. Corn silk cannot be used to treat a bladder infection, kidney stone and bedwetting. My advice to people with the listed health conditions is that they shouldn’t look for a cheap way out. Visit a doctor for proper treatment.” – Motunrayo Joel


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