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2018 Dec

Iran J Basic Med Sci



A glance at black cumin () and its active constituent, thymoquinone, in ischemia: a review.


Oskouei Z, Akaberi M, Hosseinzadeh H
Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2018 Dec; 21(12):1200-1209.
PMID: 30627362.


Black cumin () belonging to Ranunculaceae family has a long history of medicinal use in various folk and traditional systems of medicine, including Iranian traditional medicine (ITM). These valuable medicinal seeds have been used traditionally against a variety of diseases such as dyspepsia, diabetes, headache, influenza and asthma. In addition, several scientific investigations have reported the therapeutic properties of and thymoquinone (TQ), one of the most important constituent of black cumin, for treatment of a large number of diseases, including ischemia. As there is no comprehensive review study about the anti-ischemic activity of black cumin and its mechanism of action, in the current study, we aimed to review the anti-ischemic activities of and TQ in different organ-related disorders.