Black Seed and COVID-19: Australian Researchers found Nigella Sativa may help in treatment for COVID-19 infection

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December 31, 2021
A team from the University of Technology in Sydney found an active ingredient of Nigella sativa or Kalonji can prevent the SARS-CoV-2, the virus leading to COVID-19, from causing a lung infection. Their study is published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology.

Australian researchers have found that seeds of the plant, Nigella sativa, better known as Kalonji, could be utilised in the treatment of COVID-19 infection. Black seed oil is extracted from Nigella sativa seeds and has been used in traditional medicine for over 2,000 years due to its many therapeutic benefits.
The flowering plant, native to north Africa and western Asia, has been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for multiple medical conditions, including inflammation and infections. A team from the University of Technology in Sydney found an active ingredient of Nigella sativa can prevent the SARS-CoV-2, the virus leading to COVID-19, from causing a lung infection.

“There is growing evidence from modelling studies that thymoquinone, an active ingredient of Nigella sativa, more commonly known as the fennel flower, can stick to the COVID-19 virus spike protein and stop the virus from causing a lung infection,” said lead author Kaneez Fatima Shad, Professor at the varsity.

“It may also block the ‘cytokine’ storm that affects seriously ill patients who are hospitalised with COVID-19,” Shad added.

The study is published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology.

Thymoquinone has been extensively studied in laboratories, including animal studies. These studies have shown that it can moderate the immune system in a good way, by preventing pro-inflammation chemicals such as interleukins from being released.

This gives thymoquinone a potential role as a treatment for allergic conditions such as asthma, eczema, arthritis conditions including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, and even possibly multiple sclerosis.

The study details the mechanisms of action of Nigella sativa and thymoquinone and how they are a promising future treatment of COVID-19 infection. There have been many barriers to the development of Nigella sativa as a therapeutic agent in large part due to its poor natural gastrointestinal absorption.

“Advances in pharmacological development such as nanotechnology have seen the chance to overcome this barrier to enable its use as an effective oral medication. Furthermore, the drug has recently been successfully given to patients as a nasal spray and topical paste,” said co-author Dr Wissam Soubra, from the varsity.

Nigella sativa has been shown to be helpful in treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes mellitus. As an anti-inflammatory treatment, it has also been found to help patients with allergic rhinitis and sinusitis, eczema, osteoarthritis and childhood epilepsy.

It has also been proven to be effective in a laboratory environment in killing bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus that can cause a range of mild to severe infections if they enter the skin, and viruses including influenza.
Another study from Saudi Arabia evaluated the effectiveness of black seed oil as a supplement in patients with mild COVID-19 who were between 18 and 65 years. The intervention group received 500 mg of soft gel capsules twice daily for 10 days in addition to their standard treatment.
Initial results were published on Clinical Trials. The primary outcome measurement was the percentage of participants who showed clinical recovery within 14 days after treatment began. The team reported 62.1% of those receiving the black seed oil demonstrated recovery from mild COVID-19 while 36% of the control group recovered within 14 days.

Black Seed Oil and COVID-19 studies

As of November 2021, there are 4 published clinical studies of nigella sativa for treatment and prevention of COVID-19 (c19ns.com). Nigella sativa is even higher than ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine in this COVID-19 drug league table for ‘all mortality (death) results’:

Consider Black Seed Oil for Short-Term Use to Reduce Health Risk

The Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) lists black seed oil as an alternative for prevention and treatment of COVID-19. They stress there is no “magic bullet” for COVID-19, yet:

“… a number of therapeutic agents have shown great promise for both the prevention and treatment of this disease including Ivermectin, Vitamin D, quercetin, melatonin, fluvoxamine, corticosteroids, curcumin (turmeric), Nigella sativa and antiandrogen therapy.”
The team recommends taking N. sativa with honey as they both have antimicrobial, antiviral, immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects with proven safety profiles. They list N. sativa and honey in the prevention protocol for children and adolescents, and as an alternative for first-line treatment in the early treatment protocol at home.

While short-term use of black seed oil may be efficacious in the treatment of COVID-19, long-term use for prevention may have other unwanted effects. One study of the chemical composition of black seed oil shows that the majority of fatty acids are from linoleic acid, an omega-6 polyunsaturated fat or (PUFA).

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Is there a specific number or way to have black seeds as a cure?

Question

I would like to learn if there is any reliable narration that talks about how many grains of black seed Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to take or the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) would suggest consuming?

Is there any guideline in Islam on how a person should take black seed for health concerns?

Answer

The Hadith regarding the black seed is general.

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that he heard Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say: “The black seed is a means of cure for every ailment except death”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5688 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2215)

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded a narration which states that Sayyiduna Galib ibn Abjar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) had become ill while travelling. Upon entering Madinah, Ibn Abi ‘Atiq (radiyallahu ‘anhu) visited him and advised saying: “[Treat him] with the black seed. Take five or seven seeds and crush them. Then put it into his nose from either side with a few droplets of oil for ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) informed me that she heard Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say, ‘This black seed is a cure from all illnesses except from As sam’. ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) says, ‘I asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) what is as sam?’ He replied, ‘Death.'”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5687)

Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has cited a narration wherein Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) advised someone to take twenty one black seeds, place it into a cloth and soak it overnight in water. The next day, he should put one seed into right nostril and two seeds into the left nostril. The following day, he should put two seeds into the right nostril and one seed into the left nostril and on the third day, one seed in the right nostril and two in the left.

After citing this Hadith, Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) states, “We understand from that, that the meaning of this seed being a healing for every disease is that it should not be used on its own to cure every disease. Rather, sometimes it could be used on its own, sometimes mixed with other ingredients. It may be used ground up or otherwise. Sometimes it could be eaten, drunk, used like snuff, applied as a balm/bandage as well as used in other ways.”

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5688, vol 10 pg. 144)

Imam Ibn Qayyim (rahimahullah) has also suggested various different usages of black seed for different ailments, like mixing it with honey and water, boiling it with vinegar and applying it as a paste.

(Zadul Ma’ad, vol. 4 pgs. 273-275)

From the above, it is evident that treatment using the black seed will vary from illness to illness and could also differ from person to person. A person should therefore consult a medical professional/herbalist and they would prescribe accordingly.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar