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This review outlines the pharmacological properties of Nigella Sativa (N.Sativa), an annual flowering plant that has been used as a traditional remedy for many centuries. The seed possesses a large variety of compounds with thymoquinone (TQ) considered its major but not sole bioactive constituent. TQ has potentially wide applications for a large variety of human diseases.

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The paper focuses on recent studies of the anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that make N. Sativa and TQ promising therapeutic agents targeting contemporary inflammatory and infectious diseases including Covid 19.


Plants appeared on earth before humans and their evolution determines the fate of our planet. Considering their accommodation with environmental changes determines their importance for human survival. My attempt at authoring this article is to exploit special chemicals such as Thymoquinone as a therapeutic agent.

Kaneez Fatima Shad
University of Technology Sydney

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This page is a summary of: The role of thymoquinone, a major constituent of Nigella sativa , in the treatment of inflammatory and infectious diseases, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, August 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/1440-1681.13553.
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