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UNLABELLED Diabetes mellitus is a common chronic disease affecting millions of people world wide. Standard treatment is failing to achieve required correction of blood glucose in many patients. Therefore, there is a need for investigating potential hypoglycemic drugs or herbs to improve glycemic control in diabetic patients. Nigella sativa seeds were used(More)
The intrinsic cardiac responses to 2-months Nigella sativa (black seed) oral supplementation (800 mg/kg) in rats were investigated. The isolated hearts were perfused in a Langendorff preparation to demonstrate the effects of N. sativa on the baseline inotropic and chronotropic functions and the myocardial flow rate. N. sativa supplementation induced(More)
Nigella sativa (N. sativa) has a long history of use in folk medicine. In a current study performed in this laboratory, two-month dietary supplementation with N. sativa extract to normal rats has shown a homogenous cardiac hypertrophy and enhanced cardiac contractility at baseline conditions. In the present study, shorter (one-month) duration of oral N.(More)
Purpose: This phase I study was conducted to determine the general toxicities of thymo-quinone in humans, as well as any anti-cancer effects that the drug may have in patients with advanced cancer for which there were no standard curative or palliative measures. Patients and methods: Adult patients with solid tumors or hematological malignancies who had(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Oxidative stress plays an important role in pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus and its complications. Our previous study has shown glucose lowering effect produced by 3 months supplementation of Nigella sativa (NS) in combination with oral hypoglycemic drugs among type 2 diabetics. This study explored the long term glucose lowering(More)
We have studied the effect of thymoquinone on the blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL in albino rats. A total of 200 rats, 150 test group and 50 as controls, were included in the study. Six doses of thymoquinone (0.5, 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 mg/kg/day) were given through intraperitonial injections at 8 Am. The drug was administered for 5(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effects of two, months Nigella sativa (N. sativa) oral supplementation to normal rats on cardiac haemodynamics in vivo, the ionotropic and chronotropic properties of the isolated hearts in vitro, and the cardiac responsiveness to progressive adrenergic stimulation by isoproterenol. METHODS The cardiac workload, after 2 months of N.(More)
Non-ulcer dyspepsia is an unsatisfactory term, as it describes a spectrum of conditions. The term is used for patients who have a normal upper endoscopy, macroscopically, but who have persistent upper gastrointestinal symptoms. Patients with non-ulcer dyspepsia respond to a wide variety of treatments, and there is a strong placebo response. Fifty per cent(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The atherogenic pattern of dyslipidemia associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) has been increasingly discussed. We have recently reported a hypoglycemic effect of Nigella sativa (NS) seeds in patients with type 2 DM. In this study we sought to assess the impact of NS seeds on lipid profile in type 2 diabetic patients. PATIENTS(More)