This is the fourth chapter of 10 herbs from Graeco-Arabic Medicine series.
Guess what is the medicine found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun？
B. Black Seed
What is black seed and black seed oil?
Black seed is a plant which has been used as medicine for over 2000 years and was discovered in the tomb of King Tut. Black seed oil is made from the seeds of the black cumin plant which belongs to the ranunculus family.
What is black seed used for?
Black seed is used to treat many conditions, including asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and weight loss.
It is also used to boost the immune system, fight cancer, prevent pregnancy, reduce swelling. However, there is not enough evidence for the effectiveness.
Does black seed work?
Research has shown that black seed is effective for asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and improving sperm function. The effectiveness for other conditions is not conclusive enough, but based on the research articles on black seeds, there are few issues that it cannot help at all.
How do you take black seed?
Black seed is usually taken orally as a flavoring for foods or medicine.
What are the side effects?
If you have pregnancy, breast-feeding, bleeding disorders, diabetes, low blood pressure and surgery, stop using black seed or consult your doctor before continuing using it.