Remember the words “This black seed is a cure for every disease except death”? How to cure HIV? Well, with black seeds.
Today, when we are investing so much money in discovering a cure for HIV, to say that it can be cured by some seeds, sounds foolish. At least.
I mean, we heard of many cancers that were naturally cured, even spontaneously, but never about HIV disappearing from the body. On the other hand, we cannot hear them all. Yet, things happen, and due to Internet, we are beginning to find out more and more.
In August 2013, the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine published Nigella sativa concoction induced sustained seroreversion in HIV patient, by Onifade AA, Jewell AP, Adedeji WA, from the Immunology unit, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
The article describes an HIV patient who experienced a complete recovery after undergoing treatment with a black seed extract, for a six months period. No detectable HIV virus or antibodies against HIV in his blood serum, both during and long after the therapy ended. This never happens with the conventional therapy HAART (highly active anti-retroviral therapy).
The patient presented to the herbal therapist with history of chronic fever, diarrhea, weight loss and multiple papular pruritic lesions of 3 months duration. Examination revealed moderate weight loss, and the laboratory tests of ELISA (Genscreen) and western blot (new blot 1 & 2) confirmed sero-positivity to HIV infection with pre-treatment viral (HIV-RNA) load and CD4 count of 27,000 copies/ml and CD4 count of 250 cells/ mm(3) respectively.
The treatment applied was Nigella sativa concoction 10 mls twice daily for 6 months. He was contacted daily to monitor side-effects and drug efficacy. Fever, diarrhoea and multiple pruritic lesions disappeared on 5th, 7th and 20th day. The CD4 count decreased to 160 cells/ mm3 despite significant reduction in viral load (≤1000 copies/ml) on 30th day. Repeated EIA and Western blot tests on 187th day on Nigella sativa therapy was sero-negative. The post therapy CD4 count was 650 cells/ mm(3) with undetectable viral (HIV-RNA) load.
Two years later, all the other HIV tests remained sero-negative, aviraemia and normal CD4 count. Without the black seeds therapy. The guy was really inspired not to go to a conventional hospital.
Other studies ?
• A study made in 2009 suggesting that even after using such a powerful therapy like HAART, Nigella Sativa extract helps the body by restoring the insulin production, which is deteriorated by the HAART. Therapeutic effects of Nigella sativa on chronic HAART-induced hyperinsulinemia in rats, by Chandra S, Murthy SN, Mondal D, Agrawal KC, published in Apr 2009. Our findings demonstrated that chronic HAART may increase serum insulin levels by dysregulating both insulin production by beta cells and insulin action at the periphery. These deleterious effects may be prevented by dietary supplementation with BSO.
• HIV-1 protease inhibitor induced oxidative stress suppresses glucose stimulated insulin release: protection with thymoquinone (TQ). Long-term exposure to HAART is associated with a metabolic syndrome manifesting cardiovascular dysfunction, lipodystrophy, and insulin resistance syndrome (IRS). Both TQ and black seed oil exposure increased glucose stimulated insulin secretion and ameliorated the suppressive effect of nelfinavir. TQ may be used as a potential therapeutic agent to normalize the dysregulated insulin production observed in HAART treated patients.
• First, adverse side effects of the drug outstrip those associated with the HIV infection itself. Especially when the infection was treated ‘early,’ as the infection was discovered through routine blood tests, but the patient doesn’t present the specific symptoms and feels healthy.
• Drug therapy can produce selective pressure on the HIV virus to mutate and gain resistance. A stronger devastating virus will then be born, while all the already taken drugs have done severe and even irreversible damage to the patient’s immune system.
YET, the death of the patient is NEVER associated with the therapy, but with the disease.
While black seeds alone work for Nigerians, they may not work for others.
The sun is to blame.
Seriously, the level of Vitamin D3 in our system is regulating T cells and Natural Killer cells. Vitamin D regulates the expression of over 900 genes. And black seeds powder alone cannot do the job if Vitamin D levels are below 30 ng/ml.
Patients reporting great improvements took black seeds powder AND 5,000 to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day.
The study published by ScienceDaily, showed that for HIV-positive adults, CD4+T cells are critical because of their weakened immune systems. Ezeamama found that participants with sufficient levels of vitamin D recovered more of their immune function – on average 65 CD4+T cells more – than those with vitamin D deficiency. The benefit of vitamin D sufficiency seemed greater for younger and underweight HIV-positive adults.
The numerous cases reported thus far, have all revealed results different than the ones reported in the Nigerian cases. Keephopealive.org, a site that I highly recommend, revises lots of such cases and offers solutions based on experience. The owner of the site has also published a complete book – highly recommended, meant to answer all questions, a self-help guide on how to strengthen, balance and rebuild the immune system.
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black seeds are more efficient in powder form than in oil form. A better source of black seeds oil has been located in Saudi Arabia. It is reported to have a dark oil and a more bitter taste than the oil coming from other countries.
More info here: Do black seeds really cure HIV? Some case reports may help!
Are there any other natural treatments for HIV?
The good news is that we never give up and have a lot of faith in our nature. Lots of studies have been made on the good effects of other plants on HIV and cancer. Here are other plants with proven antiretroviral properties, as showed by the clinical studies. These are not simply folk claims.
NEEM leaves: An antimalarial extract from neem leaves is antiretroviral. The extract showed antiretroviral activity with a mechanism of action that may involve inhibition of cytoadhesion. The results may help in the development of novel antiretroviral and antimalarial drugs. (article published in May 2009).
BITTER MELON: Anti-HIV and anti-tumor activities of recombinant MAP30 from bitter melon. MAP30 is an anti-HIV plant protein that was identified and purified to homogeneity from bitter melon (Momordica charantia). It is capable of acting against multiple stages of the viral life cycle, on acute infection as well as replication in chronically infected cells. In addition to antiviral action, MAP30 also possesses anti-tumor activity, topological inactivation of viral DNA, inhibition of viral integrase and cell-free ribosome-inactivation activities.
LICORICE roots: Effect of glycyrrhizin, an active component of licorice roots, on HIV replication in cultures of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from HIV-seropositive patients. The results indicate that glycyrrhizin from the licorice roots has the potential to inhibit NSI-HIV (non-syncytium-inducing variant of HIV) replication in patient PBMC (peripheral blood mononuclear cells) cultures, by inducing the production of beta-chemokines.
FRUIT JUICES: Lymphocyte proliferation and apoptosis in HIV-seropositive and healthy subjects during long-term ingestion of fruit juices or a fruit-vegetable-concentrate rich in polyphenols and antioxidant vitamins. Even though apoptosis did not change in HIV(+) subjects, ingestion of polyphenol-rich fruit juices might be favorable to HIV(+) patients due to enhanced proliferation, which could restore disturbances in T-cell homeostasis. In healthy controls, increased lymphocyte proliferation during juice consumption was counterbalanced by increased apoptosis.
Monofloral Iranian honeys: Anti-HIV-1 activity of eight monofloral Iranian honey types. Monofloral Iranian honeys from eight floral sources were analyzed to determine their anti-HIV-1 activities as well as their effects on lymphocyte proliferation. The result demonstrated that methylglyoxal isolated from monofloral honey types is a good candidate for preclinical evaluation of anti-HIV-1 therapies.
The flowers? Petro selinum sativum, Nigella sativa, Citrus sinensis, Zataria multiflora, Citrus aurantium and Zizyphus mauritiana, Astragalus gummifer and Chamaemelum nobile.
The anti-HIV-1 agent in monofloral honeys from P. sativum, N. sativa, Z. multiflora and Z. mauritiana flowers was detected to be methylglyoxal, which seems to have a better effect on late stage of HIV-1 infection. With a very high content of methylglyoxal, Manuka honey is also a very good option.
LEMON juice and lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus): Treatment of oral thrush in HIV/AIDS patients with lemon juice and lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) and gentian violet. the use of lemon juice and lemon grass for the treatment of oral candidiasis in an HIV population was validated by the randomized controlled trial.
LACTOFERIN: Modulation of innate and adaptive immunity by lactoferrin in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected, antiretroviral therapy-naïve children. The results showed that lactoferrin supplementation results in immune modulation and could be useful in HIV infection.
GUDUCHI (Tinospora cordifolia): Immunomodulatory effect of Tinospora cordifolia extract in human immuno-deficiency virus positive patients. Tinospora cordifolia extract, a plant derived immunostimulant, significantly affected the symptoms of HIV. This was validated by clinical evaluation. However not all of the objective parameters studied by us, back this up. Tinospora cordifolia could be used as an adjunct to HIV/AIDS management.
CURCUMIN (the organic extract of turmeric with known anti-inflammatory properties). Treatment of HIV-associated diarrhea with curcumin. Curcumin therapy was associated with rapid and complete resolution of diarrhea, substantial weight gain, improvement in the reduction of bloating and abdominal pain.
WHEY PROTEIN: Evaluation of high-protein supplementation in weight-stable HIV-positive subjects with a history of weight loss: a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial. A whey protein supplement did not increase weight or lean body mass in HIV-positive subjects who were eating adequately, but it did increase CD4 cell counts. The control supplement with rapidly assimilable carbohydrate substituted for protein increased cardiovascular disease risk factors. Careful dietary and weight history should be obtained before starting nutritional supplements in subjects with stable weight loss and good viral control.
AFRICAN POTATO (Hypoxis): is a powerful African medicinal plant used in the treatment of HIV. Its well known as an immune enhancer containing sterols and sterolins which have been shown to be beneficial at enhancing an under-active immune system or decreasing an overactive system. Hypoxis stands out as the single most widely used natural treatment for HIV in Africa and its promoted by traditional healers across Southern Africa.
Some other healers promote different kind of combinations, but unfortunatelly their claims are not supported with any clinical study or trial. EG: A combination of natural products: Tualang Honey, Sky Fruit (Swietenia Macrophylla), Virgin Coconut Oil, Garlic, Black Seed Oil, Bitter Melon, Vitamin C.
Since when are the black seeds that famous?
Archaeologists have discovered black seed oil in the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb, and although its exact role in Egyptian culture is unknown, it is known that items entombed with a pharaoh were carefully selected to assist him in the afterlife. And so we know today that these seeds have been used therapeutically for over 3,300 years.
In the Bible it is identified as “curative black cumin. It was called “ketzah.” Ketzah was used for cooking and for a spice. Ketzah is a Hebrew word for Nigella sativa. Isaiah compares the reaping of black cumin with wheat. “For the black cumin is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a cart wheel rolled over the cumin, but the black cumin is beaten out with a stick, and the cumin with a rod.” (Isaiah 28:25, 27 NKJV).
Hippocrates in the 5th century B.C claimed that Nigella sativa was a valuable remedy in hepatic and digestive disorders.
Pliny the Elder, used the seeds in the first century extensively and wrote in his “Naturalis Historia” (Natural History) about Nigella sativa and referred to it as “Git”. Pliny used it as remedy for scorpion stings and snake bites, callosities, tumors, abscesses and skin rashes. Due to its anti-inflammatory qualities, the seeds were also used for head injuries.
Greek physician Dioscorides used N. Sativa for a variety of ailments like: intestinal worms, headaches, toothaches and nasal congestion. The seeds were also used as a diuretic, to increase milk production and to promote menstruation in women.
Ayurveda uses Nigella sativa for its many qualities and bitter, warming stimulant nature. In tradition and typology of the 3 doshas, black cumin reduces veta and kapha and increases pitta. Black cumin was used for: anorexia, certain disorders of the nervous system, discharge and venereal disease.
Nigella sativa was used in the orient for stomach problems, diarrhea, flatulence, constipations, jaundice, dandruff, hair loss, skin care, congestion, dementia, infections, worms, menstrual problems and bronchial disorders.
In the 16th to 18th century, the German Medical Encyclopedias, Hieronymus Boch, “New Kreutterbuch 1539 and Jacobus Theodorus Tabernaemontanus, and “The new Complete Herbal Book,” all gave great respect to Nigella sativa. The oil was used traditionally as others did, but now it was being used on dogs, cats and horses. Seems like the scientific research has started.
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