The black cumin seed has been in existence more than 3,000 years. It was first used in ancient Egypt and Assyria but is now cultivated throughout Asia, North Africa and southeastern Europe. It has been used to treat everything from toothaches to autoimmune disorders. Herbalists tout the oil of the black seed for its ability to rid the body of intestinal worms.
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According to Alt MD Smart Alternatives, black seed oil may contain more than 100 chemical components. Nigella and melatin are two prominent ingredients that provide benefits to the digestive system, including cleansing and elimination.
The black cumin seed has been used for eliminating worms since the Assyrians and ancient Egyptians. Islam Awareness reports over 200 University studies since 1959 verifying the effectiveness of the seed in this capacity and in other uses for humans, dogs, cats and horses.
Physicians of Egyptian prophets used black seeds as a digestive aid after large feasts as it was helpful in relieving intestinal gases. Excessive gas in the gastrointestinal tract could be a sign of worms. Other signs include abdominal pain, constipation and loss of appetite.
You can purchase black seed oil online and in health food stores. Look for whole black cumin seeds in Indian markets.
Consumption of black cumin seed oil is not recommended during pregnancy or by patients with liver or kidney diseases. Consult your physician before using black cumin seed for medicinal purposes.