Zea mays L.

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 143

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.102.24380

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scientific name

Zea mays L.
status

 

Zea mays L. 

Names.

Myanmar: pyaung-bu. English: corn, maize.

Range.

New World, probably Mexico. Cultivated in Myanmar.

Use.

Flower: A fermented preparation from the style of the plant is said to have a strong hypoglycemic effect.

Notes.

In India the grain is used in the diet of consumptive patients, for treating relaxed bowels, as an astringent, and as a resolvent ( Jain and DeFilipps 1991). In China a decoction of the leaf and roots is used for dysuria. Corn silks are used as a diuretic in dropsy, to treat diabetes mellitus, and decocted with banana and watermelon peel for hypertension. A cob decoction is used for epistaxis and meorrhagia. The seed is widely used for cancers, tumors, and warts. A decoction of the root is used for blenorrhea and dyusuria ( Duke and Ayensu 1985).

In Haiti an infusion of the styles is used as a diuretic and for kidney problems; a decoction or maceration of the styles is used for inflammations and edema; the ground grains are used in a warm compress on traumatized areas and swellings; a cataplasm of the ground grains is applied to fractures; and, split ears of corn are made into an infusion as an antihypertensive ( Neptune-Rouzier 1997). Among Afro-Cuban religions, in the Ocha Rule (also called Santeria), this species is a sacred plant belonging to all the orishas ( “saints”); "It is considered a sign of good luck when maize grains spontaneously sprout around a house" ( Fuentes 1992). The medicinal uses of this plant in the Caribbean region, as well as its chemistry, biological activity, toxicity and dosages, are discussed by Germosén-Robineau (1997). Details of the active chemical compounds, effects, herbal usage and pharmacological literature of this plant are given in Fleming (2000).

Reference.

Mya Bwin and Sein Gwan (1967).

Kingdom

Plantae

Phylum

Tracheophyta

Class

Liliopsida

Order

ORDO

Family

FAMILIA

Genus

Zea