Nigella Sativa was discovered in Tutenkhamen’s tomb, implying it played an important role in Egyptian practices. Though its exact role in Egyptian culture is unknown, we do know that items entombed with a king were carefully selected to assist him in the after life. The most primitive written reference to black cumin is found in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. Isaiah contrasts the reaping of black cumin with wheat (Isaiah 28: 25, 27 nkjv).
Easton’s bible dictionary clarifies that the Hebrew word for black cumin, ketsah, refers to without doubt the Nigella sativa. In the Unani Tibb system of medicine, black cumin been regarded as a valuable remedy in a number of diseases. Ibn Sina (980-1037 A.D.), most famous for his volumes called ‘The Canon of medicine’ regarded by many as the most famous book in the history of medicine, refers to black cumin as the seed that stimulates the body’s energy and helps recovery from fatigue and dispiritedness and several therapeutic effects on digestive disorders, gynecological diseases and respiratory system have been ascribed to the seeds of Nigella sativa (Ave-sina).
It is also included in the list of natural drugs of ‘Tibb-e-Nabwi’, or prophetic medicine, according to the tradition “hold onto the use of the black seeds for in it is healing for all diseases except death” (Sahih Bukhari vol. 7 book 71 # 592).
The seeds have been traditionally used in the middle east and South east Asian countries to treat ailments including Asthma, Bronchitis, Rheumatism and related inflammatory diseases, to increase milk production in nursing mothers, to promote digestion and to fight parasitic infections. Its oil has been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and boils and to treat cold symptoms. The many uses of black cumin as earned for this ancient herb the Arabic approbation ‘Habbat-ul-barakah’ meaning the seed of blessing. Dr. M. Tariq Salman 18:27, 26 January 2006 (UTC)
Scientific Analysis of Nigella Sativa
Nigella Sativa contains several ingredients with potential value. The following values reflect the composition of Nagilla Sativa in terms of its active, nutrient components, and any other significant ingredients.
|Fundamental Oil Composition (1.4%)||Nigella Sativa|
|Fatty Acids||Nigella Sativa|
|Myristic Acid (C14:0)||0.5%|
|Palmitic Acid (C16:0)||13.7%|
|Palmitoleic Acid (C16:1)||0.1%|
|Stearic Acid (C18:0)||2.6%|
|Oleic Acid (C18:1)||23.7%|
|Linoleic Acid (C18:2)(Omega-6)||57.9%|
|Linolenic Acid (18:3n-3) (Omega-3)||0.2%|
|Arachidic Acid (C20:0)||1.3%|
|Saturated & Unsaturated Fatty Acids||Nigella Sativa|
|Nutritional Value||Nigella Sativa|
|Nutritional Composition||Nigella Sativa|
Black cumin seed oil is taking the health world by storm because after a long time people have started realizing that it works.
Nigella Sativa has been extensively researched and FDA has given black seed 5 patents for the treatment of
- Immune system support
- Viral Infections (hepatitis)
Europe has also given a patent to black cumin seed for the treatment of asthma.
As far as black seed being termed as an alternative therapy it should be remembered that it has been used for thousands of years by Medical masters such as Dioskeredes, Hippocrates, Pliny the elder, Ibn Sina and Galen for a variety of illnesses. It was recommended by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SWS) as a remedy for every disease except death. So how is it that we are only recently hearing of this healing herb.
Black cumin was included and indeed commonly used as a medical herb in Europe in the 17th Century. However with a confusion with a toxic farm weed which Drs. were mistakenly administering in its place it was forgotten.
It was the dramatic cure of a famous show horse of asthma which reopened the rediscovery of this power herb. The horse happened to belong to the daughter of top immunologist Dr Schleicher. He was so impressed with the startling cure of the horse that he administered black cumin to a leading politician in Germany, Dr. Carpenter, the former Minister of the Interior. When he was also cured the Dr. put black seed to serious study.
Since then there have been over 600 studies researching the benefits of this healing remedy. The expectations have well exceeded as not only the traditional remedies were confirmed but also modern diseases such as cancer and AIDS were proven to benefit.