Nigella sativa is the scientific name for herb commonly known as black cumin. Seeds of this herb and oil extracted from them are widely used for treating a variety of ailments. Notably, cumin seeds are recognized as one of most effective Islamic medicine due to Holy Prophet (PBUH) saying that "There is healing in Black Seed for all diseases except death."
Importantly, Avicenna the most influential physician of the Islamic golden age considered cumin seed as “the Cannon of Medicine” meaning providing necessary energy for treatment of ailments . Black cumin seed is also recognized with several other names including:
Nigella is mainly grown in India and the Middle East, and its Arabic name is Habbat-al-barakah, meaning ‘the seed of blessing.' It has been traditionally used in ancient Middle Eastern countries for various ailments and even described it as a panacea.
Nigella sativa has been known for its medicinal qualities since time immemorial. The earliest record of Black cumin seed usage for treatment purposes dates to Hippocrates era 5th century B.C and has been appreciated almost in every system of medicine including Ayurveda .
Black Cumin Seed Pharmacological Actions
Black cumin seed and its oil extract are one of the most commonly used traditional medicine in Middle East and several other parts of the world. Presence of several beneficial constituents reported in several scientific studies further proves its health benefits.
Traditionally, black cumin seed oil has been used to strengthen the immune system, improve digestive health, treat ailments associated with the respiratory system, liver, kidney and the heart. There is a wealth of literature proving the disease-specific benefits of black cumin seed oil. A few worth mentioning are described as below:
ALL this prove why black cumin has been regarded as a ‘panacea,' which means ‘cure all' and even described as a ‘miracle herb.'
Black Cumin Seed Therapeutic Applications
Black cumin seed has a broad range of healing effects, supporting body organs functions, systems, and biological pathways. A disease is a condition that alters the functional capability of various physiological functions within the body, and black cumin seed oil restore these deformities to normal.
Modulation of Weaker Immune System
Our body immune system fights with disease-causing microorganisms as well as exert remedial steps for any functional abnormalities. The human immune system provides a natural defense for the human body. Evidence for the immune boosting properties of the black cumin seeds and its products can be ascertained from the historical note by the Avicenna, the famous philosopher describing cumin seeds as “Canon of Medicine” meaning that it provides the necessary energy to the body for curing diseases.
I’ve read the colitis and black cumin article in your site. I wanted to say that I completely cured my allergic runny nose by eating nigella sativa.
Nigella sativa is known to cure every disease among Muslim people. Because our Prophet (peace be upon him) said so nearly 1400 years ago. Here is the translation of the hadith:
“Use this black seed regularly, because it is a cure for every disease, except death.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)