Black cumin (nigella sativa), also known as black seed, has been used for over 3 000 thousand years for a variety of medicinal purposes, especially in areas like ancient Egypt. As a therapeutic aid, black cumin has shown to have the ability to support the body in its own healing process.
Black cumin has been used as a component of preparations for treating abdominal distention with gas, diarrhoea, and other stomach ailments.
Today, black seed is used for treating digestive tract conditions including gas, colic, diarrhoea, dysentery, constipation, and haemorrhoids. It is also used for respiratory conditions including asthma, allergies, cough, bronchitis, emphysema, flu, swine flu, and congestion.
Other uses include lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, treating cancer, and boosting the immune system.
Black cumin has a safe side effect profile and can be taken in conjunction with other medications, except if you have diabetes.