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Black Seed Oil & Cancer

In Islaam we have two main textual religious sources; the Qur'aan (Direct Words/Revelation of Allaah) & the Sunnah (The embodiment of that in the words, actions, and approvals of Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him), He was heard saying concerning black seed: "In it there is healing for every disease, except as-saam." Ibn Shihaab said: As-saam is death.

"‏ "إِنَّ فِي الْحَبَّةِ السَّوْدَاءِ شِفَاءً مِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ إِلاَّ السَّامَ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ وَالسَّامُ الْمَوْتُ

"In it there is healing for every disease, except as-saam." Ibn Shihaab said: As-saam is death. (Recordered by Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, At-Tirmidhee and others)

So it is not a shock to us that black seed is also a healing for even cancer, as well as other illnesses, and there are many instances of this in Islaamic history.

In modern medicine Karen McCarthy ( writes, "Back seeds, also called black cumin, are the seeds of the nigella sativa flowering plant, commonly known as fennel flower. Black seeds and the oil pressed from them have been used in traditional medical systems in different cultures for centuries. Black seed oil is very therapeutic; when taken internally it can help counteract many diseases. It has been found to have anticancer and anti-tumor effects in rats. Studies done on humans are lacking, but black seed oil has been used on cancer patients in traditional systems of medicine since antiquity"

Suppresses Growth of Multiple Types of Cancer: A study published in "Oncology Letters" in 2010 found that two daily doses of crude extra-virgin black seed oil inhibited the growth of cancer tumors in the colon, lungs, esophagus and fore-stomach in rats. This was the case both in rats given doses at 50 milligrams per kilogram of body weight and 200 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. The study concluded that black seed oil has carcinopreventive and chemopreventative potential, which means it could possibly be used to prevent cancer and lessen the need for chemotherapy in the early stage of cancer, due to its ability to suppress the proliferation of cancer cells."

Suppresses Tumor Growth: In another study, published in the "Brazil Journal of Medical and Biological Research" in 2007, scientists induced cancerous tumors in rats to find the extent to which black seed oil could suppress their growth. They injected the oil directly into tumors on rats every day for 30 days, and did not treat the control group. By the end of the study, the control group had tumors about 2.5 centimeters in size, whereas the tumors in treated rats were just two-tenths of a centimeter. This reveals more compelling evidence supporting the potential role of black seed oil in preventing the need for chemotherapy in cancer patients.

Thymoquinone is a Potential Cancer Therapy Drug: The most active medicinal compound in black seed oil is called thymoquinone. In a study published in "Molecular Cancer Therapeutics" in 2008, scientists injected a low dose of thymoquinone into cancerous human prostate tumor cells in a petri dish. The proliferation of the tumor cells stopped, with no toxic side effects. No new blood vessels formed within the tumors, and they stopped growing in size. The scientists concluded that thymoquinone stops tumor growth in humans and claim it has potential as a drug for cancer therapy."

Medical Uses: Blackseed has been for over 1400 years, and in recent centuries increasing numbers of research have been undertaken to investigate its properties. Since 1959 more than 200 studies were undertaken at various international universities and many articles published in support of the vast healing properties and superb affects of black seed on the immune system as well as its assistance in helping the bodys own healing process.

  • Research carried out by the The Cancer Immune- Biology Laboratory of South Carolina stated that ‘Black Cumin Oil (Black Seed) generally helps stimulate the production of bone marrow and cells of the immune system. It increases the production of interferon, protects normal cells from the damaging effects of viral disease, destroys tumour cells and increases the number of antibody producing B cells.’

  • Due to its constituent Nigellone which offers both anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties, black seed is strong against respiratory ailments.

  • Studies carried out on rats by the department of bio-chemistry at the Goziosmanpasa University medical facility in Tokat, Turkey concluded that ‘N sativa (nigella sativa) may protect brain and medulla spinalis tissues against oxidative stress induced by EAE (experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis).

  • Black seed is an anti-oxidant thus helps cleanse the body of toxins. It contains immense benefits for the body and is used as a remedy to treat wide range of ailments such as skin disorder, allergies, illnesses, infections, conditions related to respiratory health, digestive system, kidney and liver function, circulatory and immune system as well as support and assist the general well being. It has been effective in stimulating the body and its energy through treating sexual impotency, stimulating women’s menstrual cycle and flow of breast milk and calming the nervous system. Its properties have made it a successful remedy for treating common problems such as fatigue, asthma and bronchial problems, back pains, eczema, arthritis, diabetes, disorders, flu and nasal congestion, hair loss, headaches, muscular pains, dry coughs, colic pains, skin allergies, toothaches and ulcers.

  • The rich supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids found in the black seed plays a key role in daily health and wellbeing. It helps regulate the metabolism and the cholesterol, eliminates toxins from the body, improves the blood circulation, balances insulin level and increases healthier liver function.

  • Through vast research and recent studies it has been discovered that black seed acts as an anti-biotic, anti bacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-asthmatic, antitumor, anti-histaminic, anti hypertensive, hypoglycaemic, and anti-bacterial, anti bronchial and immune boosting agent.

These medical studies attest to the truthfulness of the statement of the messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon Him) that within the black seed is a cure for every disease.

Application: The black seed can be used in various medical formulas to cure numerous ailments. From its usage is a list below of simple remedies for common nuisances and illnesses, bear in mind that an alternative formula can be used to achieve similar results (as are found in various books on the black seed).

  1. Curing dandruff- crush black seed with vinegar and apply to the sculp this should relieve the ailment (for acne, mix the black seed with a little vinegar to form a paste and apply to the affected region)

  2. Improving memory- take a teaspoon of blacked oil with a glass of pure orange juice every morning for a period of 10 days

  3. Backache and muscular pains- mildly heat a little black seed oil and then massage into the affected area alternatively powder equal quantities of asparagus seeds, black cumin, fenugreek and caraway. Take ¼ teaspoon of powder every morning with a glass of water.

  4. Sleeping disorder- mix a teaspoon of black seed with some honey and water and drink before retiring to bed

  5. Asthma and bronchial and respiratory problems- mix a teaspoon of black seed oil in coffee, and take twice a day. Also rub the chest with black seed every night and inhale the vapour of black seed in hot water

  6. Hair loss- massage lemon juice into the hair and leave for 15-20 minutes, wash out thoroughly with shampoo, then aply black seed oil into the sculp and continue for a period of 20 days

  7. Eye infection, pain and weak sight- apply the oil around the eyes and on the eyelids before retiring to bed, and take ½ a teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with carrot juice, for weak sight continue this treatment until there is improvement

  8. Flu and nasal congestion- insert four drops of black seed into each nostrils to relieve from nasal congestion and head cold distress

  9. Toothache and gum- cook some black seeds in vinegar then add black seed oil. Rinse the mouth with this combination to ease toothache and help gums (or even simpler mix a half a teaspoon of black seed oil with warm water and gargle in the mouth, apply oil on the affected tooth for quick relief)

  10. Healthy complexion- mix black seed oil with an equal amount of olive oil, massage into the face and leave for an hour, then wash out with soap and water

  11. Diabetes- grind together equal amounts of black seed and watercress (or mustard seed as an alternative) with half its amount of pomegranate peal and fumitory. Take ½ a teaspoon of the mixture together with a teaspoon of black seed oil daily before breakfast, continue treatment for a period of one month.

  12. Increase in flow of breast milk- mix together 250 grams of black seed with 250grams of pure honey, stir and take one tablespoon with black seed oil twice a day

  13. Vomiting- take half a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice mixed with equal amount of black seed oil, twice a day. (Coutesy of

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