Has anyone investigated the truly ancient black cumin seed? Nigella sativa. I've become aware of it and am going to try it, but it is one of those things that "cures" so many things that I would not know if it is helping or not. Of course, if it does not help my major problems, it then becomes a dust collector.
Remedies (see what I mean about large list of cures):For a little while there’s been some buzz around the complementary therapy world about a product, that admittedly is an old timer, but stardom has been slow to come its way. The rising celebrity is Black Seed Oil. It first made its debut around the time of Tutankhamen, had a mention in the Bible, and the Prophet Mohammed declared that “Black cumin heals every disease except for death”. Certainly praise indeed. Is it the very complex chemical structure of the seeds of Black cumin, Nigella sativa, having some one hundred different constituents that is the key to its success, just like St John’s wort and Ginkgo that also have incredibly complicated structures? Now, may I just say, at this point, I could delve into the intricacies of the constituents of the oil and bore every one, except you budding bio chemists out there. So you guys can “Google it”. For the rest of us let’s skip that and get to the bottom line – what does it do, and is it safe? The oil doesn’t lack clinical trials, in fact in the past forty years some two hundred studies have been conducted. The result? A panacea; which is perhaps why stardom has been slow in coming. Society is sceptical of “natural remedies for all ailments”, sadly myself included. However, what is of particular interest are the claims that it is an “immunomodulator” – regulating immune function. The results are encouraging in relation to asthma, bronchial asthma, and bronchitis, and in allergies such as atopic eczema, as well as for digestive upsets, circulatory system disorders and yes- even in the urinary system. The lymphatic system doesn’t escape either, because the oil has a purifying effect as it passes through.
The most abundant substance within Black seed oil, is Thymoquinone or TQ for short, and research has shown it to inhibit new or abnormal growths and uncontrolled cell division found in certain cancers, such as colon cancer. Even the investigation into the protective role of Black seed oil in breast cancer appears to be encouraging. The evidence suggested that most illnesses have a direct link to an imbalanced immune system that when compromised cannot function adequately in defending the body. Also if there is an increased production of immune cells, bone-marrow cells, and B-cells the prime function of the immune system is restored. Black seed oil stimulates and modulates components within the immune system, so if we consider auto-immune diseases such as psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis, can we hope that order may be restored by this potentially remarkable oil? It appears so.
Black seed can be used for:
Weak Immune System (chronic reoccurring illness, AIDS).
Over reactive Immune System (allergies, rheumatism, M.S., leukaemia, hayfever and asthma)
Hormone System (P.M.S.)
Allergic Skin Diseases (inflammations, edemas, nettle rash, acne & eczema)
Cough, Colds & Flu
Intestinal Parasites (worms; amoeba)
Liver and Gall bladder complaints
Kidney and Bladder problems
Rheumatic and Arthritic pain
Bruises and injuries
Weak concentration, mental exhaustion, lethargy, confusion
High Blood Pressure
Colic in babies
has confirmed the traditional uses of black seed for the following:
This is an extensive list and explains the popularity of this product in the Orient. Not only used by the populace but also by the Ayurvedic system of medicine and the Unani Tibb. Research has also confirmed why this herb has been held with so much respect.
- Analgesic: Relieves or dampens sensation of pain.
- Anthelmintic: (Also know as vermicide or vermifuge.) Destroys and expels intestinal worms.
- Anti-bacterial: Destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation.
- Anti-Microbial: Destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive microorganisms.
- Antioxidant: Prevents or delays the damaging oxidisation of the body’s cells - particularly useful against free radicals.
- Anti-Pyretic: (Also known as ferbrifuge.) Exhibits a ‘cooling action’, useful in fever reduction.
- Anti-spasmodic: Prevents or eases muscle spasms and cramps.
- Anti-tumour: Counteracts or prevents the formation of malignant tumours.
- Carminative: Stimulates digestion and induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach and the intestines.
- Diaphoretic: Induces perspiration during fever to cool and stimulate the release of toxins.
- Diuretic: Stimulates urination to relieve bloating and rid the body of any excess water.
- Digestive: Stimulates bile and aids in the digestive process.
- Emmenagogue: Stimulates menstrual flow and activity.
- Galactogogue: Stimulates the action of milk in new mothers.
- Hypotensive: Reduces excess blood pressure.
- Immunomodulator: Suppresses or strengthens immune system activity as needed for optimum balance.
- Laxative: Causes looseness or relaxation of the bowels.
Nigella sativa is one the most revered medicinal seeds in history. The best seeds come from Egypt where they grow under almost perfect conditions in oases where they are watered until the seed pods form. Black cumin seeds were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Though black cumin seeds are mentioned in the Bible as well as in the words of the Prophet Mohammed, they were not carefully researched until about forty years ago. Since this time, more than 200 studies have been conducted in universities.
The famous Greek physician Dioscorides used black cumin seeds to treat headaches and toothaches. Mohammed said that black cumin cures every disease but death itself. The reason might be found in the complex chemical structure of the seeds. These little seeds have over one hundred different chemical constituents, including abundant sources of all the essential fatty acids. Though it is the oil that is most often used medicinally, the seeds are a bit spicy and are often used whole in cooking—curries, pastries, and Mediterranean cheeses.