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A Tincture of the Fresh Corn Silk.
COMMON NAME.--Corn Silk.
PREPARATION.--One part of fresh corn silk is macerated in two parts by
weight of alcohol.
(A great deal has been published lately concerning this
remedy. The following by Dr. Dufan, London Medical
Record, seems to give the best outline of its uses:)
1. The stigmata of maize have a very marked, though not always a
favorable, action in all affections of the bladder, whether acute or
2. In acute traumatic cystitis, and also in gonorrhoeal cystitis, they
have a very marked diuretic action, but, at the same time, increase the
pain; hence they should not be employed in these cases.
3. The best results have been obtained in cases of uric or phosphatic
gravel, of chronic cystitis, whether simple or consecutive to gravel,
and of mucous or muco-purulent catarrh. All the symptoms of the disease,
the vesical pains, the dysuria, the excretion of sand, the ammoniacal
odor, etc., rapidly disappear under the influence of the medicine.
4. The retention of urine dependent on these various affections often
disappears as improvement progresses, but the use of the sound must
sometimes be continued, in order to empty the bladder completely.
5. The stigmata maize have very often produced a cure after all the
usual internal remedies had been tried in vain, or with only partial
success. In other cases, the ordinary methods of treatment, which had at
first proved more or less entirely useless, became efficacious after
stigmata had been administered for a time, and had, as it were, broken
the ground for them. Most frequently the stigmata alone sufficed for the
cure, but still in some cases the effect was incomplete, and it was
found that the treatment could be varied with benefit. Injections and
irrigations of the bladder also proved useful adjuncts to the maize.
6. As the stigmata of maize are a very powerful, though at the same time
entirely inoffensive diuretic, they have also been employed with the
best results in cases of heart disease, albuminuria, and other
affections requiring diuretics. Cases have been reported in which the
urinary secretion was tripled and even quintupled in the first
twenty-four hours, and others where the exhibition of the drug was
continued for two or three months without the slightest untoward effect.
(Though Dr. Dufan condemns the use of the remedy in
gonorrhoea, other practitioners have commended it for
that very purpose. Dr. Leo Bennett, Therapeutic
Gazette, 1893, having had "unusual success" in the
treatment of that disease with the Stigmata maidis.)
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