The Black Seed is scientifically known as Nigella Sativa, the herd grows about 16-
The ancient Egyptians knew and used the Black Seed and described it as a panacea (cure for problems/disease). The Romans also knew this seed and called it Greek Coriander. Documented by the Greek physician of the 1st century, Dioscoredes, as an ailment for general health problems such as toothaches, headaches and was mainly used as a dietary supplement.
A Prophetic Medicine as recommended 1400 years ago by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
The Prophet (saw) said: Use the Black Seed for indeed, it is a cure for all diseases except death. [Sahih Bukhari -
Black Seed is also found in the Bible in the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament: "For the Black Cumin is beaten out with a stick and the Cumin with a Rod. [Isaiah 28: 25, 27 NKJV]
Easton's Bible Dictionary clarifies that the Hebrew word for Black Cumin, "Ketsha" refers to "without doubt the Nigella Sativa", a small annual of the order Ranunculaceae which grows wild in the Mediterranean Countries. However, although many people and cultures knew of black seed it was not scientifically researched until about forty years ago. Since then, more than 200 studies have been conducted in universities all over the world. One such study conducted at the Munich Institute for Research on Newer Therapeutic Methods [Münchner Institut zur Erforschung neuer Therapieverfahren] has confirmed by means of the most modern analytic methods that Black Seed oil contains over 100 active health-
Among the many amazing discoveries researchers have found, is that the Black Seeds are superior to almost every other natural remedy when used for autoimmune disorders; conditions in which patients suffer greatly because their own systems attack their bodies. Black Seed, especially when combined with Garlic, is regarded as a harmonizer of the imbalance which allows immune cells to destroy healthy cells. The technical language to describe this property is "Immunomodulatory Action." The difference between Black Seed and interferon is that there are no known side effects with Black Seed when administered in normal dosages.
All in all, Black Seed has been known and used throughout many cultures for over two thousand years.
Narrations for Black Seed
Aisha (ra) said that she heard the Messenger (saw) say, This, black seed is a cure for every disease except death. [Sahih Bukhari -
Khalid bin Sa'd (ra) said, "We went out and with us was Ghalib bin Abjar (ra). He fell sick along the way and when we came to al-
Ibn Qaiyum (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, "It has immense benefits and his statement that it is a cure for every disease except death is like the statement of Allah."
What does the hadith "In it is a cure for everything except death" mean?
There are a number of hadith pertaining to Black Seed and Hijama etc that state: "In it is a cure for everything except death." So why do these remedies not cure cancer, diabetes and all the illnesses in the world?
This is a common question for most people, but what we should know is that if something does not seem right in the Quran and Sunnah, it's not the Quran or Sunnah but usually our understanding of it. I would remind our readers to be careful when things are translated from Arabic to another language, in this case English and always try to return to the original Arabic to resolve any issues. In regards to these hadith the Prophet (saw) did not say "Al Shifa" rather the Arabic word 'Shifa' (cure) came without the definite article which means that it is an indefinite word that covers most cures. This means that the Black Seed contains a benefit that contributes to the cure of every disease. However, some people may misunderstand the translation and end up confusing themselves as well as others. From a medical point of view, these remedies contribute to the total cure -
Research has found that there is not another herb known to work with such a wide range of healing capabilities. Nigella Sativa are known by many names, for example, Black Seed or Black Cumin. Habbat ul barakah in Arabic countries (the Blessed Seed) due to the saying of the Holy Prophet (saw) and habbat as-
Warning Regarding Black Seed Oil
Dear reader, please note the hadith makes no mention of the word oil. The Prophet (saw) never used black seed oil! This is an important distinction as many people today are selling the oil and quoting the hadith as if it refers to the oil, which is causing confusion amongst people. In the hadith, the Prophet (saw) specifies a dose of 7 seeds in each nostril for infection gives us an indication of the dose and the fact it is the seeds and not the oil. We are trying to emphasise the hadith and its meaning.
Isn't the oil being just the same as the seeds as it contains the same active ingredients?
On the face of it, this may sound like a good argument, but apart from going against the hadith it is also a scientifically flawed argument. No one would compare eating olives to consuming olive oil, or the derivative of a product to the whole product. The fact that the product is derived should be enough for a person to understand something is missing. To make it even simpler to understand how about comparing eating whole coconut to coconut oil or even a whole fish to fish oil.
So, is Black Seed oil useless?
We would advise that on balance, there have been medical studies done using the oil and some of those studies have indicated some benefits. So, if one wants to use the oil form then they should follow the guidance from those studies as they have knowledge regarding the correct dosage for the conditions treated with the oil and can provide the statistics for the level of success. However, the oil tends to be a very strong product and anyone who has tasted, it can attest that it has a sharp and bitter taste. For many people the oil causes stomach upsets etc, so we advise it should not be consumed on a long-
Black Seed Medical benefits
For thousands of years, people around the world have recognized the tremendous healing properties of this Legendary Herb: "Nigella Sativa or Black Seed."
Another profound discovery is that the ingredients (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids) of the oil lead to increased production of the messenger substance Prostaglandin E1, a hormone-
1. Brain function
2. Nerve function
3. Lowering blood pressure
4. Activation of the immune system.
Rich in Nutritional Values.
Monosaccharides (Single Molecule Sugars) in the form of Glucose, Rhamnose, Xylose, and Arabinose are found in the Black Seed.
The Black Seed contains a non-
Fifteen amino acids make up the protein content of the Black Seed, including eight of the nine essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized within our body in sufficient quantities and thus require from our diet.
Black Seed contains Arginine which is essential for infant growth.
Chemical analysis has further revealed that the Black Seed contains Carotene, which is converted by the liver into Vitamin A, the Vitamin known for its anticancer activity.
The Black Seed is also a source of Calcium, Iron, Sodium, and Potassium. Required only in small amounts by the body, these elements' main function is to act as essential co-
Immune System Strengthening
Studies begun just over a decade ago suggest that if used on an ongoing basis, Black Seed can play an important role to enhance human immunity, particularly in immunocompromise patients.
In 1986, Dr. El-
These results were confirmed by a study published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal in 1993 by Dr. Basil Ali and his colleagues from the College of Medicine at King Faisal University.
In the field of AIDS research specifically, tests carried out by Dr. Haq on human volunteers at the Department of Biological and Medical Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1997) showed that Black Seed enhanced the ratio between helper T-
Histamine is a substance released by bodily tissues, sometimes creating allergic reactions and is associated with conditions such as Bronchial Asthma.
In 1960, scientists Badr-
Following the results of this early study, Crystalline Nigellone was administered to children and adults in the treatment of Bronchial Asthma with effective results and no sign of toxicity. It was observed, however, that although effective, Crystalline Nigellone displayed a delayed reaction.
In 1993, Nirmal Chakravarty, M.D., conducted a study to see if this delay could be attributed to the possibility of Crystalline Nigellone being an inhibitory agent on Histamine. His hypothesis proved correct. Dr. The Chakravarty's study found that the actual mechanism behind the suppressive effect of Crystalline Nigellone on Histamine is that Crystalline Nigellone inhibits Protein Kinase C, a substance known to trigger the release of Histamine. In addition, his study showed that Crystalline Nigellone decreased the uptake of Calcium in mast cells, which also inhibits Histamine release.
The importance of these results is that people who suffer from Bronchial Asthma and other Allergic Diseases may benefit from taking Crystalline Nigellone.
A study of Black Seed's potential anti-
Using an active principle of fatty acids derived from Black Seed, studies with Swiss Albino Mice showed that this active principle could completely inhibit the development of a common type of cancer cells called Ehrlich ascites carcinoma (EAC). A second common type of cancer cells, Dalton's lymphoma ascites (DLA) cells were also used. Mice which had received the EAC cells and Black Seed remained normal without any tumour formation, illustrating that the active principle was 100% effective in preventing EAC tumour development.
Results in mice who received DLA cells and Black Seed showed that the active principle had inhibited tumour development by 50% less compared to mice not given the active principle.
The study concluded, "It is evident that the active principle isolated from Nigella Sativa Seeds is a potent anti-
In 1989, a report appeared in the Pakistan Journal of Pharmacy about Anti-
The Black Seed Oil proved to be more effective against many strains of bacteria, including those known to be highly resistant to drugs: V. Cholera, E. Coli (a common infectious agent found in undercooked meats), and all strains of Shigella spp., except Shigella Dysentriae. Most strains of Shigella have been shown to rapidly become resistant to commonly used antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents.
In light of the above research findings, it is of interest that homeopaths have long been known to make a tincture from the Black Seed for digestive and bowel complaints. Traditionally, the Black Seed is still used to help relieve vomiting and diarrhoea, as well as flatulent colic, and to help counteract the griping action of purgatives (e.g. certain laxatives, fruits such as apricots when over consumed).
As early as 1960, Professor El-
In 1995, a group of scientists at the Pharmacology Research Laboratories, Department of Pharmacy, Kings College, Lond, decided to test the effectiveness of the fixed Oil of Nigella Sativa and its derivative, thymoquinone, as an anti-
The inhibition of Eicosanoid generation, however, was higher than could be expected from Thymoquinone alone. Their study suggested that other compounds within the oil might also be responsible for the enhanced anti-
The scientists speculated that the unusual C20:2 unsaturated fatty acids contained in Black Seed were possibly responsible for boosting the oil's effectiveness.
In 1997, studies conducted at the Microbiological Unit of the Research Centre, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, found that externally in an ointment form, the anti-
A study by Agarwhal (1979) showed that Black Seed Oil increases the milk output of breastfeeding mothers. A literature search by the University of Potchefstroom (1989), including biological abstracts, revealed that Black Seed's capacity to increase the milk flow of nursing mothers could be attributed to a combination of lipid portion and hormonal structures found in the Black Seed.
Black Seed -
Analgesic: Relieves or dampens sensation of pain.
Anthelmintic: (Also known as vermicide or vermifuge) destroys and expels intestinal worms.
Antioxidant: Prevents or delays the damaging oxidisation of the body's cells -
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.
Galactagogue: 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.
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