Black Seed

Drug Levels and Effects:




Summary of Use during Lactation:


Black seed (Nigella sativa) contains an essentialoilcontaining a wide variety of terpenes, thymoquinone, beta-elemene and other many constituents. Black seed has been used orally as a galactogogue in India;[1][2] however, no scientifically valid clinical trials support this use. Galactogogues should never replace evaluation and counseling on modifiable factors that affect milk production.[3] Theoilhas also been used topically. No data exist on the excretion of any components of black seed into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of black seed in nursing mothers or infants. Limited information indicates that black seed is generally well tolerated. Black seedoilcan cause allergic contact dermatitis.

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Drug Levels:


Maternal Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Effects in Breastfed Infants:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Possible Effects on Lactation:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


References:


1. Sayed NZ, Deo R, Mukundan U. Herbal remedies used by Warlis of Dahanu to induce lactation in nursing mothers. Indian J Tradit Knowl. 2007;6:602-5.
2. Agrawala IP , Achar MV, Boradkar RV, Roy N. Galactagogue action of Cuminum cyminum and Nigella sativa. Indian J Med Res. 1968;56:841-4. PMID:5693882
3. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol Committee. ABM clinical protocol #9: use of galactogogues in initiating or augmenting the rate of maternal milk secretion (First revision January 2011). Breastfeed Med. 2011;6:41-9. PMID:21332371



Substance Identification:




Substance Name:

Black Seed

Scientific Name:

Nigella sativa

CAS Registry Number:

90064-32-7

Drug Class:


  • Complementary Therapies

  • Phytotherapy

  • Plants, Medicinal


  • Administrative Information:




    LactMed Record Number:


    958


    Last Revision Date:


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