The most central grain native to the western hemisphere, corn is an ideal grain for Kapha. When cultures in Africa and elsewhere first began using corn as a staple in the late 19th century, there resulted an epidemic of pellagra – a wasting disease involving skin lesions, diarrhea and nerve deterioration (Pitta-Vata conditions).
Corn’s immense use in the modern industrial food complex has several harmful effects on the grain itself and on the environment. Today, most corn fields are grown as a mono-crop, depleting soils and requiring heavy use of pesticides. The inability of cultivated plants to survive without pesticide and fertilizer use is a testimony to their lack of vitality.
Corn is also a victim on GMO. As of 2009 GMO corn comprised up to 85% of corn sown in the United States, despite ongoing controversy over potential health and environmental hazards. Holistic medicine recommends you avoid all genetically modified life forms.


  • Cornbread: cooking or baking corn flour with liquids make it only mildly imbalancing for Pitta or Vata
  • Toasted / dry roasted corn cob: moderately imbalancing for Pitta or Vata
  • Sweet corn, cooked cob: has more moisture and so it can be handled more easily by Vata or Pitta.
  • Popcorn / Corn chips: dry and light, aggravate Vata.


Taste: Sweet, astringent

Natural Attributes: Light, Dry

Tissue impact (Vipak): Reducing

Thermal impact (Virya): Neutral

Dosha impact: Decreases Kapha, increases Vata & Pitta,

Digestive impact (Agni): corn flour is light and easy to digest, corn on the cob is difficult

Channels (Srotas): opens the channels

Feces: moves the feces downwards

Urine: mild diuretic

Strength (Bala): improves strength and immunity

Mind (Manas): alleviates Tamas


Chinese five element impact: Fire Element

Chinese medicine syndromes: Phlegm conditions


  • Nourishment (rasa): nourishing the heart,
  • Blood-circulation-liver: reduces blood pressure
  • Bones-joints-tendon-ligaments: osteoarthritis, promotes healthy teeth and gums,
  • Reproductive and hormonal systems: helps overcome sexual weakness,
  • Kidney-Bladder: water retention, tonifies kidneys, irritable bladder, kidney stones
  • Digestive system: regulates digestion, improves appetite,  stimulates digestion and oxidation

Harmful for: emaciation


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