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Black cumin AAH LG

The American Botanical Council (ABC) is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs and medicinal plants. As an independent, nonprofit education organization, ABC is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.

Please enjoy this information on black cumin made available through the generosity of Amazing Herbs’ adoption.



Nigella for AAH


Nigella sativa is an annual flowering plant in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) and is native to south and southwest Asia. The black seeds are used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Medicinally, black cumin seed is used for controlling blood sugar and lowering cholesterol, as well as for allergies, asthma, headache, hypertension, inflammation, stomachache, and diarrhea.

Additional ABC Black Cumin Resources 

HerbalGram articles

Nigella profile. 2017; 114:8-16.

Nigella Supplementation Improves Overall Control and Decreases Exacerbations in Patients with Partly Controlled Asthma. 2017; 115:31-32.

HerbClip reviews

Nigella Seeds Improve Lipid Profile and Body Mass Index in Sedentary, Overweight Women. HC# 041463-505, September 30, 2014.

Potential Role of Nigella in Prevention and Control of Hypertension. HC# 041351-471, April 30, 2013. 

Nigella Found Effective as Treatment for Allergies, Asthma, and Other Conditions. HC# 061134-433, September 30, 2011.

Nigella's Extract's Antiasthmatic Effects Compared to Theophylline. HC# 091066-422, April 15, 2011.

Nigella Seed Shows Comparable Effectiveness to Antibiotic and Proton Pump Inhibitor Treatment for Helicobacter pylori. HC# 121062-421, March 31, 2011.

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