Black Seed Oil vs Paracetamol For Pain Relief in Osteoarthritis
Recently, over-the-counter "pain killing" drugs like ibuprofen and paracetamol have been found to have many serious adverse side effects, some even life-threatening. Even aspirin, thought to be a life-saving cardioprotective agent, has come under scrutiny as doing far more harm than good. Even more astounding is the recent discovery that some of these medicines not only affect the body but also dull the emotional responses of users as well, similar to psychotropic medications.
As a result of the growing concern about the physical and psychological harms of medicines containing ibuprofen and paracetamol, interest in natural, evidence-based alternatives has been heavily increasing.
Why is Everyone Using NSAIDs and Paracetamol?
The reality is that because many people suffer from pain and inflammation on a daily basis, the idea of "popping a pill" to relieve pain and discomfort is a very common reality. While in Australia we are fortunate enough that pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to advertise medications directly to consumers, in other countries like the USA, many pharmaceutical medications are allowed to be advertised directly to the consumer through television and other mainstream media channels. This, unfortunately, does have a flow-on effect.
Black Seed Oil Applied Topically Is More Powerful Than Pharmaceutical Medicine
A recent clinical trial, “Effect of Topical Application of Nigella Sativa Oil and Oral Paracetamol on Pain in Elderly with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Crossover Clinical Trial,” compared topical Black Seed oil with oral paracetamol on pain in elderly osteoarthritis patients.The results reported:
“Study results showed that topical application of Nigella sativa oil and oral paracetamol reduced pain in elderly with knee osteoarthritis; after using Nigella sativa oil, the reduction of pain was higher (p=0.01).”
The researchers concluded:
"This study showed that topical use of Nigella sativa oil can be more effective in reducing knee pain in elderly patients than paracetamol, which is typically used as a safe supplement for the elderly.”
What makes Black Seed Oil So Powerful?
Unlike pharmaceutical medicines which are made up of either singular chemicals or simple combinations of them, Black Seeds are a complex food which contains a wide range of nutritional and phytochemical components such as thymoquinone. These all work together to produce complex physiological responses in the human body. The study described some of the known constituents of black seed as follows:
"Nigella sativa oil is composed of 30% by weight of p-cymene, which is the most original composition, and 61.48% of the weight is composed of the volatile oil. Nigella sativa seeds contain fat, vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential amino acids, and carbohydrates. Nigella sativa seed is a rich source of essential fatty and unsaturated acids. The main unsaturated fatty acids are linoleic acid and oleic acid. There are also other compounds in seeds, such as phospholipids, carotene, calcium, iron, and potassium.
One of the many reasons why the pharmaceutical industry will not invest in food-based solutions for preventing and treating disease is because these common foods and spices are not patentable. In 2013, multinational food company Nestle tried to controversially patent thymoquinone, one of the main compounds found only in Black Seeds and responsible for most of the medical benefit in Black Seed oil. However, this patent was not granted, and as a result, Nestle ceased all research and development.
Without the ability to patent and commercialise food, we will never see general practitioners (GP's) prescribe food, such a Black Seed oil as medicines.
This study illustrates the power of natural, food-based alternatives for reducing symptoms in a way that does not produce the risks associated with medicine-based interventions. In fact, given that pain relief medications such as paracetamol actually increase the risk of serious diseases such as asthma, and Black Seed oil has been shown to reduce asthma, the superiority of Black Seed oil over conventional medication like paracetamol may be greater than discussed in this study.
For more information, and other articles on some of the many benefits of Black Seed oil, check out our blog Everything Black Seed - Health Articles, News, Tips and More.
Here is the specific method mentioned in the study that may have helped in producing the observed positive outcome:
“In the first stage, for the first group about 1 ml Nigella sativa oil was applied on the knee joint three times a day every 8 hours for 1 week. The massaging method was done with the entire palm in a way that continued for 5 minutes, massaged in a clockwise direction at the front and sides of the knee joint.
Black seed oil has for thousands of years been used for its ancient healing properties which have now received much scientific validation. interest is growing in evidence-based natural alternatives like Black Seed oil which has many science-backed natural compounds that are being used daily to alleviate human suffering.