karunjeeragam or black cumin seed
karunjeeragam is a herbal seed. People have used the seed to make medicine for over 2000 years. Discovery in the tomb of King Tut.
Historically, karunjeeragam has been useful for headache, toothache, nasal congestion, asthma, arthritis, and intestinal worms.
It has also been useful for “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), pockets of infection (abscesses), and parasites.
Today, black seed is most commonly useful for asthma, diabetes, hypertension, weight loss, and many other conditions.
How does karunjeeragam work?
karunjeeragam is some scientific evidence to suggest that black seed might help boost the immune system, fight cancer, prevent pregnancy, reduce swelling, and lessen allergic reactions by acting as an antihistamine, but there isn’t enough information in humans yet.
- Asthma. Research shows that taking black seed by mouth along with asthma medicines can improve coughing, wheezing, and lung function in some people with asthma.
- But it seems to work only in people with very low lung function before treatment.
- And it does not seem to work as well as the drugs theophylline or salbutamol.
- Diabetes. Early research shows that taking black seed powder can improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Black seed might also improve levels of cholesterol in people with diabetes. Doses of 2 grams daily seem to be needed for any benefit.
- High blood pressure. Research shows that taking black seed by mouth might reduce blood pressure by a small amount.
- To improve sperm function. Research shows that taking black seed oil increases the number of sperm and how quickly they move in men with infertility.
- Breast pain (mastalgia). Research shows that applying a gel containing black seed oil to the breasts during the menstrual cycle reduces pain in women with breast pain.
karunjeeragam Insufficient Evidence
- Hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Early research suggests that taking black seed oil by mouth daily might improve allergy symptoms in people with hay fever.
- Itchy and inflamed skin (eczema). Early research suggests that taking black seed oil by mouth might improve symptoms in people with itchy and inflamed skin. But applying black seed oil ointment to the skin does not seem to help.
- A disease that attacks the thyroid (autoimmune thyroiditis). Taking black seed might improve some but not all measures of thyroid function in people with a disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
- Damage to the immune system during cancer treatment. Early research shows that taking black seed ass part of the diet while undergoing cancer drug treatment might prevent fever episodes due to low white blood cell counts (neutropenia) in children.
- Mental performance. Early research shows that black seed helps with some but not all measures of memory and attention in boys and men. It’s unknown if black seed improves memory and thinking skills in girls and women.
Indigestion. Taking a product containing black seed oil, honey, and water seems to reduce symptoms of indigestion. It’s unclear if this improvement is due to black seed or other ingredients.
- Leukemia. Taking black seed while being treated for a type of leukemia called acute lymphoblastic
- leukemia might increase the chances of staying cancer-free once treatment ends. But it doesn’t improve overall survival.
- Metabolic syndrome. Early research suggests that taking a specific black seed oil product twice daily for 6 weeks might reduce total cholesterol, “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and blood sugar levels in people with metabolic syndrome.
- Reducing harmful effects of a medicine called methotrexate. Early research shows that taking black seed might reduce liver damage caused by a certain drug used to treat cancer in children with a type of leukemia.
- Obesity. Some research shows that taking black seed oil or powder might improve weight loss by a small amount in people who are obese or overweight. But other research shows no benefit. Studies are generally small and low-quality, so more research is needed.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For asthma: 2 grams of ground black seed has been used daily for 12 weeks. Also, 500 mg of black seed oil has been taken twice daily for 4 weeks. In addition, 15 mL/kg of black seed extract has been used daily for 3 months also A single dose of 50-100 mg/kg has also been used. moreover
- For diabetes: 1 gram of black seed powder has been used twice daily for up to 12 months.
- For high blood pressure: 0.5-2 grams of black seed powder has been taken daily for up to 12 weeks. Also, 100-200 mg or 2.5 mL of black seed oil has been used twice daily for 8 weeks.
- To improve sperm function: 2.5 mL of black seed oil has been used twice daily for 2 months also
ON THE SKIN:
- For breast pain: A gel containing 30% black seed oil has been put to breasts every day for two menstrual cycles.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Black seed seems to be safe in food amounts during pregnancy. But taking larger medicinal amounts is LIKELY UNSAFE. Black seed can slow down or stop the uterus from contracting. and also
Children: karunjeeragam oil is POSSIBLY SAFE for children when taken by mouth short-term and in recommended amounts.
Bleeding disorders: Black seed might slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding. In theory, black seed might make bleeding disorders worse.
Diabetes:Black seed might lower blood sugar levels in some people. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use black seed also
Low blood pressure: Black seed might lower blood pressure. In theory, taking black seed might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.
Surgery: karunjeeragam might slow blood clotting, reduce blood sugar, and increase sleepiness in some people.
- In theory, black seed might increase the risk for bleeding and interfere with blood sugar control and anesthesia during and after surgical procedures. moreover
- Stop using black seed at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
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