Dear Dr. Fritz,

Good day to you and your followers. I am Lissie of Lasang. I have heard an interesting story about corn silks. My friend told me that they can treat kidney stones. How true is this? I am quite interested because my physician told me that I am developing some kidney stones. I am also apprehensive because he told me that this might damage my kidneys later on.

Thanks for your attention and hoping to hear from you soon.

Lissie of Lasang

Dear Lissie of Lasang,

What you have heard about corn silk treating kidney stones is true. It is also so true that kidney stones if untreated will damage your kidneys later on. And that’s the scary part of the story.

The truth is corn silk is diuretic in nature and thus, it stimulates the production of urine to remove the waste and water from the kidneys. So, you can use it to treat bladder infections, kidney stones and urinary infections.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Get about 2 teaspoons of dried corn silk.

2. Put them in a cup.

3. Pour boiling water over it, cover and steep for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, strain it.

4. Drink this tea for 2 or 3 times a day.

5. Make sure to drink plenty of other fluids or water when you use corn silk tea to cleanse your kidneys.

But, as this herb may potentially interact with certain medications, you have to consult your doctor before using it.

Oopps. There are still more to say for its potential interactions. But, we are running out of space for now. So, we’ll continue this in my next issue. Until then!

Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” She is the program host of Secrets with Dr. Fritz over . For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)