Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin)

Black Cumin

The countries where the Ayurvedic system of medicine is recognized and practiced the powdered dried seed of N. sativa, referred to as upakuncika in Sanskrit, is used as a component of preparations for treating abdominal distention with gas, diarrhea, and other stomach ailments.

The primary constituents in N. sativa seed are fatty oils (30-35%), mainly glycerol esters of linoleic, oleic, and palmitic acids, and aliphatic hydrocarbons, arachidonic acid (0.01-0.4%), γ-linolenic acid (0.1-1%), and tocopherols (about 170 mg/kg).

The seed also contains essential oil (0.4-2.5%), which is composed mainly of monoterpenes, including p-cymene, thymoquinone, a-pinene, and carvacrol.

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