SERVING SIZE: 1/16 tsp
SPECIES: Nigella sativa
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Used extensively in unani medicine for asthma, bronchitis, coughs, rheumatism and other inflammatory disesases. It reduces histamine induced spasms. It is an immunomodulator useful in allergies. Black cumin's anti-tumor effects are beneficial for abcesses and tumors of the eyes, abdomen, and liver. Black cumin is useful in pancreatic cancers because it enhances the process of programmed cell death (apoptosis). Black cumin is also used to fight parasitic infection.
A stronger diuretic than cumin. It reduces the size of kidney stones. The kidneys, sweat glands and breast tissue are related. Thus black cumin also increases milk production in lactating mothers.
Black cumin strengthens hair and fingernails. It is a useful analagesic for headaches and toothaches.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Nigella (black cumin) Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Nigella (black cumin):
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Cleanse and Detox:
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Heart & Circulation:
HYPOTENSIVEAn herb that lowers blood pressure.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
ANTICARCINOGENICHerbs that inhibit or prevent the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer.
IMMUNE-STIMULANTStimulates and strengthens the immune system. Helpful when fighting off a cold or flu.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
LITHAGOGUEAn herb used to expel stones such as kidney stones or gall stones.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
ANALGESICRelieves or reduces feelings of pain without eliminating sensation.
GALACTAGOGUEIncreases production of breast milk.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
Lowers Blood Sugar
LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGARAn herb that lowers blood sugar.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
BonesAches & Pains - General, Cold aggravates pain, Hip pain, Joint pain, Tight muscles
Blood and CirculationCancer, Candida / Yeast Infection / Thrush, Chronic Fungus infection, Chronic Infection, Diabetes (Adult Onset), Fever (current), Headache, High Blood Sugar, Insulin Resistance, Staph infection, Sticky saliva, Thick coating tongue, Tingling/Numbness, Water Retention, White tongue coating
Mind Stress SleepDifficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Migraines, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Tired in morning
Weight LossFat back of arms, Fat on back, Fat on buttocks, Fat on thighs
Reproductive HealthInsufficient Breast Milk, Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps
DigestionIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Receding gums
Respiratory HealthPneumonia, Runny nose, Thin mucus
PoopUndigested food in stool
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.