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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2019, Volume : 12, Issue : 7
First page : ( 3111) Last page : ( 3116)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2019.00526.2

Nigella sativa: Phytochemistry, Pharmacology and its Therapeutic Potential

Tiwari Prashant*, Jena Susmita, Satpathy Swaroop, Sahu Pratap Kumar

Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Siksha O Anusandhan (Deemed to be University), Bhubaneswar-751029, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: prashanttiwari@soa.ac.in

Online published on 24 December, 2019.


Nigella sativa belonging to family ranunculaceae. This plant is an extensively used as medicinal plant in India as well as all over the world. Nigella sativa (N. sativa) is well known plant of traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani. It is also known as nutmeg flower, black seed, black cumin, black caraway, fennel flower, roman coriander, and kalonji. Alkaloids, phenols, flavonoids, glycosides, terpenoids and steroids are the important phyto constituents of N. sativa. The active constituents of N. sativa are thymohydroquinone, pcymene, dithymoquinone, thymoquinone, carvacrol, sesquiterpene longifolene. N. sativa seed also contains pentacyclic triterpene, alpha-hederin, protein, carbohydrates, crude fibre, fat and saponin. N. sativa oil contains oleic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid. Aromatics contain α-thujene, thymol, α-pinene, thymoquinone, dihydrothymoquinone. N. sativa has been used as stimulant, emmenagogue, appetizer, pungent, anthelmintic, pungent, deodorant, carminative, purgative, expectorant, febrifuge, deodorant etc. N. sativa possess numerous pharmacological action such as antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, hepatoprotective, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, analgesic, immunomodulatory, antidiabetic, dyslipidemia, antiepileptic, gastroprotective, antioxytocic, anti-fertility, respiratory, dermatological, nephroprotective, antiviral, testicular-protective, antidepressant and anticonvulsant activity. So considering the medicinal value and its therapeutic potential this review article would spotlight on phytochemistry, chemical composition and pharmacological activity of N. sativa.



Nigella sativa, phytochemistry, black seed, nutmeg flower, pharmacological activity.


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