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Nigella to cure cancer: myth or reality?

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Nigella to cure cancer: myth or reality


Nigella, its scientific name Nigella Sativa, also called Habba Sawda or black cumin, is a spice with multiple health benefits, and it is widely talked about for its effects on cancer.

This is a serious and serious subject, which is why I will only cover what Western science says and very little about alternative medicine (which I don’t disapprove of, but I don’t want to offend anyone).

This article does not, of course, replace the consultation and advice of a doctor which is essential if you are suffering from cancer.

The remedies in this article are indicative, do not replace any advice from a doctor, and can in no way engage the responsibility of the author.



I admit that I do not hold in my heart the pharmaceutical industries, the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the ARC Foundation for research against cancer, and all the actors revolving around this damn disease.

Conflicts of interest are far too important to be clear: a business supposed to heal people makes more money when people are sick, am I the only one seeing the problem?

The medical scandals about these actors are numerous, easily searchable (do your research), but are not the subject of this page.

However, it seemed fair to me to give you my general opinion so that you could judge my article objectively, but also see the considerable efforts I made to be as impartial as possible, despite my distaste for this Western medical machine.

Nigella as a remedy?

One certain thing is that Nigella Sativa has been used since the dawn of time for the health benefits of its black seeds.

It is one of those centuries-old forgotten remedies which are regaining in popularity, in particular following several scientific types of research, but also thanks to Muslims.


Indeed, its miraculous remedy aspect also comes to it a lot from the famous sentence of Mohammed, the prophet of Islam, in the collection of hadith of Al-Bukhari: remedy for all evils except death ”. In Muslim prophetic medicine, the black seed is found on all levels, for example, to treat infertility.

The black seed is also found in traditional medicines from India, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and many other countries. Nigella is also present there to treat many diseases, including cancer.

There are many testimonials from people who have treated their cancer with the black seed as an alternative treatment.

Even Western research is moving in this direction because many studies (see next paragraph) have shown the effectiveness of black cumin against many cancers such as cancers: of the pancreas, colon, prostate, breast, lung, pancreas, and even brain cancer.

Chemotherapy, which consists of destroying all cells, healthy or unhealthy, has many serious side effects, the main one being the possibility of having second cancer, often recurrences are very aggressive and can occur from reseeding of the tumor.

Black seed only attacks unhealthy cells, cancer cells, without affecting healthy cells, on the contrary: the black seed helps to rebuild and strengthen the immune system as well as the good cells.


Of course, there is no cure for cancer without the accompanying healthy lifestyle, a diet free of sugar, processed foods, white flours, refined products, pesticides, etc. We must banish all these foods that feed tumors. But again, that is not the topic of the article.

How does black cumin work?

Because yes, it is not only alternative medicine that is interested in the black seed of the species Nigella sativa. In 2016, there were 462 studies published on the effectiveness of black seed, in particular against cancerous tumors.

We now know that black seed inhibits the activity of cancer cells and, in some cases, can go as far as killing cancer cells.

The action of the spice at the molecular level at the origin of its anti-cancer role is not yet well understood.

However, one of the active ingredients of the black seed could be at the origin of the antitumor effects of the spice: thymoquinone.

It has beneficial effects on many inflammatory diseases, including cardiovascular, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, and many others including the one that interests us here, cancers: liver, skin, cancer. pancreas, cervix, breast, bones, stomach, blood, prostate, colon, lung, brain, and lymphoma.


Indeed, studies have shown that thymoquinone is an antioxidant and helps boost the body’s defense system.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and cytotoxic properties that are selective for human cells, that is, it kills human cancer cells without being harmful to normal cells.

Incidentally, thymoquinone is an antioxidant that helps boost the body’s defense system, which has anti-inflammatory properties, acting as a bronchodilator, antihistamine, and bronchial relaxant, which is why we use black seed against allergies and asthma.

Also, Nigella sativa would trigger apoptosis, a process by which cells trigger their self-destruction.

It would therefore help the body to eliminate too old, useless cells, but also unhealthy cells, which largely include cancer cells, while regulating the process that manages cell survival for normal cells.

All the other benefits of black seed participate in the cure and the resumption of a good general state of health.


Whether in seed or oil form, nigella sativa is known to be effective in the prevention and treatment of many forms of cancer and most importantly, without side effects.

Surprisingly, all the studies carried out over the years have always yielded positive effects, however, almost no human clinical trials have been conducted despite the relationship between the dramatic effects of nigella sativa and the non-existence of adverse effects. We can ask questions all the same.

Western scientific research on black seed and cancer:

Liver Cancer Study:

In a 2013 study from India, researchers investigated the use of thymoquinone, one of the main compounds in black seed, on a cancerous tumor of the liver.

One group of rats was given water that contained 0.01% thymoquinone, and the other group was given plain water. After 16 weeks, liver cancer nodules, markers of liver injury, and tumor markers were measured in both groups.

The result: an increase in the size of the tumors in the rats which had not received thymoquinone, while the rats which received it saw a significant reduction in markers of liver damage and a consequent decrease in tumor markers.

In addition, the latter group did not develop nodules from liver cancer, and the increase in new tumors was much less than in the group of untreated rats.


Thymoquinone, therefore, had an important effect in the treatment of liver cancer, by preventing cancer cells from proliferating significantly.

Lung Cancer Study:

In a 2014 study in Saudi Arabia, researchers investigated the anti-cancer activity of black seed oil and black seed extract on human lung cancer cells in the laboratory. They exposed the cells to black seed oil on one side, and to black seed extract on the other, over 24 hours.

The result: black seed oil, as well as black seed extract, both significantly reduced the number of living cancer cells and altered cell morphology.

They also noticed that the concentration of black seed played an important role: the more concentrated the oil and the extract, the more effective the effect on cancer cells.

It should be noted that being a Muslim country, the seeds of black seed are used in traditional medicine to treat many diseases.

Brain Cancer Studies:

In a study conducted at Ohio State University in 2013, researchers investigated the effect of thymoquinone on glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of a malignant brain tumor in humans.


The aim is to understand how thymoquinone selectively inhibits the activity of glioblastoma cancer cells of the brain and spinal cord, without inhibiting the activity of normal cells.

Without finding a definitive result, the researchers concluded that thymoquinone helps to inhibit autophagy genes in cancer cells. Autophagy triggers the production of cellular energy which allows the tumor to live and proliferate.

Breast Cancer Studies:

In a study conducted in Malaysia in 2013, researchers tested the effectiveness of thymoquinone for the long-term treatment of human breast cancer cell lines in the laboratory.

Result: they observed the anticancer efficacy of thymoquinone, as well as its inhibiting effect on the proliferation of breast cancer cells. They also found that the dosages influenced the inhibiting capacity of thymoquinone.

In another 2003 study conducted at Jackson State University in the United States, researchers showed a significant reduction in breast cancer cells in the presence of Nigella sativa.

Leukemia study:

In a 2013 Malaysian study, researchers investigated apoptosis in leukemia cells in contact with thymoquinone. Apoptosis, as I mentioned earlier, is a process by which cells trigger their self-destruction.


Result: The researchers found that treating leukemia cells with thymoquinone induces apoptosis, and therefore cancer cell death.

Colon Cancer Study:

In a study conducted at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, researchers studied and compared the effect of a mixture of black seed thymoquinone and green tea catechin, with the chemotherapy drug 5-FU on cancer cells. of the human colon in laboratory cultures.

The result: thymoquinone and catechin caused extensive destruction of cancer cells and stopped the growth of these cells in a manner comparable to cells exposed to the chemotherapy drug 5-FU but without the side effects of the latter.

The researchers conclude: “Thymoquinone is a promising dietary agent for cancer prevention. We have studied the effects of thymoquinone on human colon cancer cells. We report that it inhibits the growth of colon cancer cells. Our results confirm the possibility of using this substance for the treatment of colon cancer. ”

Another 2010 study on rats carried out by a research project in Tanta, Egypt, showed that the use of black seed significantly reduced the size of tumors in the colon, but also of tumors that had infected the lungs. and the esophagus.

General study:


A study from the Cancer Research Center at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina showed the ability of black seed of the species Nigella sativa to cause tumor cell death.


Pancreatic Cancer Study:

It is one of the most dangerous cancers. In a 2008 study at the Kimmel Cancer Center in Jefferson, black seed killed 80% of pancreatic cancer cells.

Nigella to withstand radiation treatments:

This is not new, it is known that cancer patients treated with radiotherapy suffer from serious side effects during and after their treatment.

A 2014 study was conducted on rats by Turkish researchers on the effect of black seed oil on radiation therapy for cancer, specifically on the liver. The researchers added black seed oil to irradiated liver tissue.

Result: black seed oil reduced markers of oxidative stress and increased antioxidant capacity in rat liver tissue. The use of black seed is therefore recommended before, during, and after radiotherapy to best protect against the harmful effects of radiation.

In another study conducted on mice in India from 2012, researchers investigated the effect of black seed on gamma radiation treatment by best recreating a human clinical environment where healthy patient tissue is exposed to adverse effects. radiotherapy.


One group of mice was given 100 mg of black seed per kilogram and nothing to a second group.

Result: in the group of mice who took black seed, it was found that the black seed protected the liver, spleen, brain, and intestines from radiation damage. Black seed has therefore shown protective effects against radio-induced damage and biochemical alterations, certainly thanks to its effect on free radicals and its antioxidant properties.

These results are impressive and once again without side effects, it is difficult to understand once again why clinical trials have not been carried out on human cancer patients when we see the non-existent risk of these tests and how important it is. could improve the quality of life of patients undergoing radiation treatment.

A study on chemotherapy carried out in Germany in 2011, explains that doxorubicin, a central element of chemotherapy, has rather limited effectiveness in the treatment of multidrug-resistant cancers and above all, has high cardiotoxicity.

Thymoquinone has a protective effect against cardiotoxicity.

The combination of black cumin and honey has given impressive results


Some conclusions and thoughts:

Is black seed a miracle treatment?

We can only answer no. It would be inhuman to hold out a miraculous cure for people with this terrible disease.

The answer no is induced by the term miracle, black seed is food. The effects are there, but analysis of the reports of published and previously cited studies show that further studies are needed.

These missing in-depth studies would simply be clinical trials on humans, with the development of specific protocols for the use of black seed to treat cancer patients or to improve tolerance to chemotherapy.

However, almost no clinical trials have been conducted on humans, and one wonders when this will happen. Twisted spirits, of which I am a part, even wonder if it is not intended.

Why are there no human trials?

The words which follow are binding on me and are only personal reflections.

This healthy, natural, and effective remedy if we are to believe the numerous studies carried out on the subject, has always remained confined to laboratories for no justified reason.


For millennia, black seed has been consumed as a spice above all and without any concern for man, on the contrary, all civilizations have recognized it as a remedy. It is therefore quite astonishing to continue many studies in the laboratory and on animals for a product that is not harmful.

With the validation of the beneficial effect of black seed and its thymoquinone, research should focus on the development of protocols for the use of black seed to treat cancer patients or to improve tolerance. to chemotherapy. However, nothing happens.

Why? My opinion is that the main culprits are the pharmaceutical companies and their hegemony in the healthcare world. It doesn’t take long to see that the listing of these companies is more important to them than people’s health.

We now know that chemotherapy drugs are becoming less effective, and studies just mentioned show that black seed thymoquinone could be as effective as some drugs, and in combination with chemo treatment, the combination was more effective than chemo alone.

The seed could therefore potentially become a great replacement for drug treatments, except that black seed does not cost much! Whereas the price of chemotherapy is exorbitant.

A blow to the portfolio of the pharmaceutical industry for which a new cancer patient is like a jackpot.


It is therefore not in the financial interest of pharmaceutical companies to encourage human trials of a natural substance such as black seed oil which would lead to losses of the order of billions of Euros.

For those who are interested, I recommend the books of Michel Donna, former chemical engineer, and today’s nature therapist, particularly his book “Take charge of your health”, in which he deals with some black issues of the pharmaceutical industry.

Is it a scandal?

Clearly, yes. When we see the results of the research cited, added to the absence of harmful effects, without forgetting all the other virtues for the health of black seed, that there is no progress on this subject is scandalous. For my part, it is even a crime in the true sense of the word.

I am not claiming that black seed is the absolute universal cure, but all the same, the results are there, and in the meantime, people are dying every day from cancer and also from treatments.

What if I got cancer?

When I talk about black seed around me, people often ask me “but you, you have cancer, what do you do?” Do you eat seeds? “. Legitimate.

Difficult to project, but without a doubt, I would add the nigella to my daily life (well, it is already the case you will tell me).


It is likely that I will follow the recommendations of the doctors, even if it means following chemotherapy or radiation treatments, but associated with a cure of black seed, that’s for sure.

Why? Because it costs nothing! Safe, inexpensive, and certainly effective, the real question is why without it?

How should you take black seed for cancer?

This is not a dosage, but indicative information that does not replace consultation with a doctor who must be consulted.

With the little information on this subject, and because we do not have research to confirm whether these protocols are valid for all forms of cancer, we can only make assumptions about the dosage, based on medicines. alternatives. Either way, the black seed is just a spice and not a medicine.

General dosage:

It is advisable to take black seeds daily, in the form of ground seeds or oil. Check out our article on how to make homemade black seed oil.

The seeds or oil can be mixed with fruit juices, herbal teas, tea, water, other oil, in short, anything without any problem.


For an adult: 1 to 3 teaspoons of black seed per day to be distributed morning, noon, and evening, or else 1 tablespoon, at bedtime.

For a child: under 12, 1/2 teaspoon per day, over 12, 1 teaspoon per day.

For an adult, the preventive dose would be around a teaspoon of the black seed, and the curative dose rather than 3 teaspoons, from what I could read during my research.

It is rather common to take it internally, but it can also be applied externally, in the form of oil suddenly.

In treatment, it should not exceed 9 g per day, for treatment of a maximum duration of 3 months.

Method # 1:

This natural remedy is the simplest and most effective for good general health. I have recommended it to those around me for many ailments: allergic rhinitis, fatigue, pain, insomnia, osteoarthritis, migraines, nausea, urinary tract infection, respiratory and circulatory problems, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc.


Grind 1 dose of black seed in a blender, mix the powder with 2 doses of honey. For example 1 teaspoon of the black seed for 2 teaspoons of honey.

Take a teaspoon in the morning, 1/2 hour before breakfast, a second in the afternoon, and a third before sleeping.

It is also a remedy, as part of a healthy diet, to lose weight. Check out our article on black seeds and diets to learn more.

For the anecdote :

It is an ancient remedy, but one that has been tested in the laboratory in a study on rats in Egypt. Four groups of rats, previously exposed to a strong carcinogen, received for one group black seed only, second only honey, third honey and black seed, the fourth receiving nothing (control group).

Result: After 6 months, the rats that ate black seed had 80% protection against oxidative stress and cancer formation. Rats that ate black seed and honey were 100% protected against oxidative stress, inflammatory responses, and cancer formation.


Method # 2:

Take black seed on its own. There are many strengths available, but it seems that a teaspoon in the morning and evening is perfect. You can take it directly by chewing the seeds, or by drinking the oil.

It is perfect to integrate into your kitchen, it is also found in the kitchens of the North, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and Iran, from starter to dessert, so add it to your everyday cooking!

Likewise, it goes very well with all drinks without exception, so add it to your teas, infusions, juices, smoothies, etc.

Method # 3:

It is rather a complementary method of the internal catch of black seed, it is a question of massaging the site of the tumor three times a day.

There are so many ways to enjoy the benefits of the black seed, discover all the ways to consume black seed for health.

Precautions for use of black seed

Consumed in too large a quantity, that is to say from 9 g per day, black seed can be slightly toxic, but not serious (nausea, stomach aches,…).


There are no contraindications, no interactions with other medicinal plants, no drug interactions, and no other known side effects


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