Corn Silk called Yu Mi Xu in Chinese translates as Jade Rice Whiskers. It is used in both Chinese medicine and Western herbal medicine alike for ailments relating to bladder heat and infection. It has even been used in combination with Japanese Fern (Jin Sha Teng, also called Hai Jin Sha) to reduce and help dissolve kidney stones. It can sometimes be difficult to find Yu Mi Xu so I usually make my own by collecting and drying the corn silk from corn when in season. When it is fully dried, it can be stored in a glass jar and used when needed.
Corn Silk Tea i. Boil corn silk and water to make tea which can be consumed several times a day. It is naturally sweet so does not need sweetening. It is better if you can find organic corn silk but sometimes there is no choice and something is better than nothing.
Good for urinary bladder infections or edema.
Stewed Clams with Corn Silk
15 g cornsilk (Yu Mi Xu)
300 g fresh clams (shelled or unshelled. If unshelled, soak in three rinses of water.) 1 green onion 1 tsp. Ginger Sesame Oil
Rinse clams and corn silk and thinly slice green onions. Peel ginger and shred into fine strips.
Add corn silk and clams to soup pot and then add water some salt. A
Now bring water to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. After ■■ f this add ginger and simmer for not more than five minutes.
Serve into bowls and sprinkle green onion on top and add a few drops of sesame oil to each bowl of soup.
Vegetarian Version i. Instead of clams, you can use firm tofu and reduce cooking time.
Good for liver and gallbladder and will help relieve heat and lower blood pressure. Also good for urinary infections as clam is cooling and the corn silk promotes urination and is good for the bladder, gallbladder and liver.
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