Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3833

Review

A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa (kalonji) seeds

S. V. Tembhurne
  • S. V. Tembhurne
  • Sudhakarrao Naik Institute of Pharmacy Pusad, Dist: Yavatmal 445204. (M.S), India.
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S. Feroz
  • S. Feroz
  • Bombay College of pharmacy, Kalina Santacruz (East) Mumbai 400098, India.
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B. H. More
  • B. H. More
  • Tasgaonkar college of Pharmacy Bhivpuri Dist. Raigarh, India.
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D. M.Sakarkar
  • D. M.Sakarkar
  • Sudhakarrao Naik Institute of Pharmacy Pusad, Dist: Yavatmal 445204. (M.S), India.
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  •  Accepted: 14 April 2011
  •  Published: 17 January 2014

Abstract

Nigella sativa name as black seed or Kalonji seed belongs to family of rananculacea. It is widely grown in different part of world and is an annual herb cultivated in India and Pakistan, Phytochemically; it contains fixed oil, protein, alkaloids saponin and essential oil. N. sativa has been reported to possess potent antioxidant, hepatoprotective, antiparasitic, anticancer, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive, anti-ulcer, anti-histaminic etc. The present article reviews on morphology, cultivation, chemical constituent and therapeutic potential as well as clinical aspect and toxicity of N. sativa seed.

Key words: Nigella sativa, morphology, cultivation, chemical constituents, therapeutic potential, clinical aspects and toxicity.