Black Seed – Heals Every Disease
There’s healing in black seed for all diseases except death,” said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a hadith.-Sahih Al-Bukhari 5688
What is Black Seed?
Black Seed (Nigella sativa), also called black cumin, kalojeera or kalonji, is an annual plant of the family Ranunculaceae. Nigella sativa plant is found in the eastern Mediterranean, northern Africa, Indian subcontinent, and West Asia. The seeds are traditionally used as a spice. It also holds great importance in traditional medicine due to its highly diversified powers. It has been known as a herbal treatment for thousands of years.
Black seed is rich in nutritional values. It contains significant proportions of protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamin A, B1, B2, C and niacin as well as calcium, potassium, and iron. It provides many of the same nutrients that the FDA recommends to help prevent disease and slow down the aging process. The active ingredients of black seed are nigellone, thymoquinone, and fixed oils.
Nigellone has both anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties; thus making it useful in treating asthma and other respiratory ailments. It also acts as an antihistamine which helps to reduce the negative symptoms of allergy sufferers.
Thymoquinone, on the other hand, offers anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is also a powerful antioxidant and a stimulant of bile production and this is what gives the seed its very effective detoxifying quality.
The fatty oil constitutes the major part of the seed. It is mainly formed of polyunsaturated fats which are essential to human health. They help to regulate the general body metabolism and hormonal production and are essential in the maintenance of a healthy cell membrane. Also, the oil contains two important active ingredients: a saponin (melathin) and a bitter principle (nigellin). Both constituents have digestant, appetite stimulant, and mild intestinal cleansing effects. They also promote the function of the liver, gall bladder and kidneys, and help reestablish the body’s pH balance.
Saponin has mucolytic and expectorant effects (they help to break up and remove mucus from the bronchial passages). The oil also contains a sterol phytochemical demonstrated to lower blood cholesterol levels.
Black seed has a potent antitumor activity for certain types of cancer, including breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease.
Black seed decreases blood pressure, improves respiration, and shows beneficial effects in thrombosis.
Caution should be taken when using this by pregnant or potentially pregnant women as high doses of this product could induce spontaneous abortion.
Role in Strengthening Immune System:
Many clinical studies and researches suggest that the black seed strengthens the immune system of the body by improving the ratio between helper T-cells and suppresser T-cells by a significant amount while also enhancing the natural killer cell activity.
W.G. Goreja in his famous book, Black Seed: Nature’s Miracle Remedy, wrote:
We now realize that a complex synergy of over 100 chemicals contained in black seed work together to enhance and strengthen the body’s immune system in a way no other singular, naturally occurring substance has ever been known to do.
It has been proven scientifically that the immune system is the only system that can combat diseases and produce cells that kill viruses. Therefore, black seed can be a cure for every disease because it strengthens the immune system which is responsible for curing diseases and combating viruses.
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A writer is the MBBS student at Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan.