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Chemical composition and medicinal properties of Nigella sativa Linn.

  • M. Akram Khan


The black cumin or Nigella sativa L. seeds have many acclaimed medicinal properties such as bronchodilatory, hypotensive, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and immunopotentiating and are universally accepted as a panacea. This review article has surveyed the relevant literature on Nigella sativa from 1960-1998 and examines the scientific evidence for these medicinal claims and highlights areas in need of research.

Key words:

Nigella sativa L. alkaloids anti-inflammatory antioxidant antimicrobial immunopotentiating antidiabetic hepatoprotective 


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  • M. Akram Khan
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  1. 1.Division of Chemistry, School of ScienceSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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