black seed oil better than acetaminophen for osteoarthritis

A simple herb applied topically: better than drugs with no side effects. Why wouldn’t you try it?

The last couple of years have seen an explosion in research on the herb black seed (Nigella sativa). Most recently, the research has recommended it for cholesterol and diabetes and for asthma. In Vol. 20, No.9 of The Natural Path, we did a comprehensive review of the research on this amazing little seed. In addition, to asthma, cholesterol and diabetes, we discussed its proven benefit for high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, H. pylori infection, dyspepsia, epilepsy and cognition.

Now a new study adds osteoarthritis to the list.

The study included 40 people who were all older than 65, who all had osteoarthritis in their knees and were all living in a nursing home. The average age was 75. Each of them took 325mg of acetaminophen 3 times a day or they massaged 1mL of black seed oil onto their knee for 5 minutes three times a day. In both groups the treatment was done every 8 hours.

At the end of the 3 week study, there was significant improvement in knee pain in both the drug group and the herb group. But the improvement in pain intensity was significantly better in the black seed group than in the acetaminophen group.

This study shows that safe topical treatment of black seed is more effective than side effect riddled treatment with acetaminophen.

Electron Physician 2016;8(11):3193-3197

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