Chemical composition and medicinal properties of Nigella sativa Linn.

Abstract

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.

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Khan, M.A. Chemical composition and medicinal properties of Nigella sativa Linn.. Inflammopharmacol 7, 15–35 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10787-999-0023-y

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Key words:

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