Evidence from Islam
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R. A.) States: “I have heard from the Prophet Muhammad (upon be salah and salam) that there is cure for every disease in black seeds except death and black seeds are shooneez.”
Hazrat Salim Bin Abdullah (R.A.) narrates with reference to his father Hazrat Abdullah Bin Omar (R.A.) that the Prophet Muhammad (upon be salah and salam) said: “Let fall these black seeds upon you, these contain cure for all diseases except death.”
The same narration is found in Sanad-e-Ahmed from Hazrat Aisha (R.A.) and in Ibn-al-Jozi and Tirmizi from Abu Huraira (R.A.). Hazrat Buraida (R.A.) narrates that the Prophet Muhammad (upon be salah and salam) stated: “Shooneez is cure for all ailments except death.”
It is stated in the books of seerat that the Prophet Muhammad (upon be salah and salam) himself used to take these seeds for therapeutic purpose but with the syrup of Honey.
Khalid Bin Saad states that he was travelling with Ghalib Bin Jabr, when he fell ill during the journey. Ibn Abi Ateeq (nephew of Hazrat Aisha (R.A.) came to meet us. On seeing the patient, he took 5 or 7 seeds of Kalonji and ground it, mixed it in olive oil and dropped in both nostrils, Hazrat Aisha (R.A.) told us that the Prophet Muhammad (upon be salah and salam) stated that there was cure in black seeds for all ailments except sam. I asked him, what was sam? He said “Death”. Ghalib Bin Jabr became healthy with that treatment.
Native to the Mediterranean and grown throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia, Black seeds or Kalonji or Black Cumin (Nigella sativa) is cultivated for its seeds, which are known as the “seeds of blessing.” For the Arabs, black seed is not only a food but also a valued traditional medicine that has long been used to treat such ailments as asthma, flatulence, polio, kidney stones, abdominal pain and so on. It has served as an important health and beauty aid for thousands of years.
The great physician Ibn Sina (980–1037), known in the West as Avicenna, stated that black seed works as an expectorant, stimulates the body’s energy and helps overcome fatigue and dispiritedness.
Observations of the Scholars of Hadith reveal that Shooneez is equally effective for the diseases due to heat and cold.
Zahbi states that Black Seed/kalonji removes the obstruction of any part of the body, expels the gases and strengthens the stomach. It is Emmenagogue, Lactogogue and Diuretic.
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-starch Polysaccharide component which is a useful source of dietary fiber.
It is rich in fatty acids, particularly the unsaturated and essential fatty acids (Linoleic and Linoleic Acid). Essential fatty acids cannot be manufactured by the body alone, and therefore we acquire these from food.
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 are thus required 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 Anti-Cancer 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-factors in various enzyme functions.
How to use
1. Eat Black Seeds plain;
2. Eat Black Seeds oil mixed with honey;
3. Boil Black Seeds with water, Strain and drink;
4. Heat Black Seeds in warm milk until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat. Cool, then drink;
5. Grind Black Seeds and swallow it with water or milk;
6. Sprinkle on bread and pastries;
7. Burn Black Seeds with bukhoor (incense) for a pleasant scent.
In the kitchen
Black seed is aromatic with a slight peppery flavor. It is one of the distinct flavors of Arab pastries. It is often sprinkled on breads and cheese. It is heated with milk for flavor. It is eaten ground with honey or with cakes and pastries.
In Arabia, black seed remains a traditional remedy for asthma, coughs, stomach aches, abdominal pain, colic, general fatigue, rheumatism, mouth and larynx diseases, skin diseases and cancer. It is also believed to strengthen a mother after childbirth; stimulate menstruation, urination and liver functions; aid digestion; dissolve kidney stones; and increase intelligence. Black seed is used to beautify skin, nourish hair and stimulate hair growth.
Nigella is used in Subcontinent and the Middle East as a spice and condiment and occasionally in Europe as both a pepper substitute and a spice. It is widely used in Subcontinental cuisines, particularly in mildly braised lamb dishes such as korma. It is also added to vegetable and Dal dishes as well as in Chutneys. The seeds are sprinkled on to naan bread before baking. Nigella is an ingredient of some garam masalas and is one of the five spices in panch phoran. In the Middle East Nigella is added to bread dough.
Nigella is used in Eastern medicine as a carminative and stimulant and is used against indigestion and bowel complaints. In Subcontinent it is used to induce post-natal uterine contraction and promote lactation. The seed yields a volatile oil containing melanthin, nigilline, damascene and tannin. Melanthin is toxic in large dosages and Niugelline is paralytic, so this spice must be used in moderation.
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.
The Black Seed could play an important role in the treatment of Cancer, AIDS, and other disease conditions associated with Immune Deficiency states.
Histamine is a substance released by bodily tissues, sometimes creating allergic reactions and is associated with conditions such as Bronchial Asthma.
A study of Black Seed's potential anti-tumor principles have suggested for the possible use of Black Seed in the treatment of Cancer.
The study concluded, "It is evident that the active principle isolated from Nigella Sativa Seeds is a potent anti-tumor agent, and the constituent long chain fatty acid may be the main active component."
In 1989, a report appeared in the Pakistan Journal of Pharmacy about Anti-Fungal Properties of the volatile oil of Black Seed. 1992 saw researchers at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, conducting a study in which the antibacterial activity of the volatile oil of Black Seed was compared with five antibiotics: Ampicillin, Tetracycline, Cotrimoxazole, Gentamicin, and Nalidixic Acid.
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 chemotheraputic agents.
The matter is of real interest that Homoeopaths 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 diarrhea, 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).
Black Seed Oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and that it could be useful for relieving the effects of Arthritis.
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, thymoquinine, as an anti-inflammatory agent. Their study found that the oil inhibited eicosanoid generation and demonstrated anti-oxidant activity in cells.
The scientists speculated that the unusual C20:2 unsaturated fatty acids contained in Black Seed were possibly responsible for boosting the oil's effectiveness.The tests also demonstrated that the Black Seed is non-allergenic.
Black Seed Oil increases the milk output of breastfeeding mothers. 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.
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If it is taken with Qust Sheereen after breakfast and dinner, it is effective in Chronic Dysentery and Asthma. Qust Sheereen is a good medicine for sexual debility, however, if taken with Black Seed/Kalonji Seeds and Habburaashad, it becomes more fortified. Up to date trials have proven that Black Seed/Kalonji Seeds alone or in combination with other drugs are highly effective in Diabetes Mellitus, Vitiligo and other Skin Ailments.
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