This essential study shows that not even Tylenol is able to compete with the powerful healing properties of black seed oil that’s topically applied.
It can help alleviate symptoms of one of the most common pain issues today, i.e., pain caused by osteoarthritis.
And, this is excellent news if we take into account that the most commonly consumed painkillers like Tylenol and Ibuprofen have been found full of severe side effects, even ones that are life-endangering.
What’s more, even aspirin which has life-saving and cardioprotective benefits has been criticized as it seems to cause more harm than good.
Because of the growing worries about the physical and psychological side effects of these drugs, there’s been a rise in researching and using natural alternatives.
Overuse of NSAIDs & Tylenol
Millions of people struggle with inflammation and pain on a daily basis. And, over-the-counter pain relievers are the most common choice to alleviate the discomfort and stop the pain.
And, the US happens to be one of the three countries which allows pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies to market these medications to consumers, via TV or other channels.
However, there’s one question we should all ask: is there any logic in expecting a powerful chemical to positively change symptoms that aren’t a consequence of a lack of that chemical?
What’s more, if lifestyle, unhealthy diet, exposure to chemicals, and an unbalanced mindset are the most common causes of chronic health problems, why don’t we focus on reversing these factors instead?
This means we’re focusing on the root cause of the problem rather than on palliative medicine or suppressing the symptoms.
Although the latter is the most common approach nowadays, this option isn’t sustainable and there’s plenty of damage done to overall health and wellbeing.
This Natural Ingredient’s Topical Application Is More Powerful than Pharma?
In the clinical trial named Effect of Topical Application of Nigella Sativa Oil and Oral Acetaminophen on Pain in Elderly with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Crossover Clinical Trial, topical black seed oil application was compared with oral Tylenol in how they treated osteoarthritis ache in elderly patients.
The 40 elderly patients involved in the study were with an average age of 77 and 45 percent were men and 55 percent were women.
The participants in the study were separated into two groups of ten. The first group received a topical application of black seed oil on their knee joint, three times per day, for a period of three weeks.
The second group consumed 325 mg acetaminophen pill, three times per day, for a period of three weeks.
To be included in the study, the participants had to be over 65 and with a diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis and they had to have knee aches on most days in the previous month, a struggle with crepitus or joint sound when active, a morning stiffness that lasts less than half an hour, and an inflammation in the knee bone upon examination.
The results point out that the topical application of black seed oil and acetaminophen consumption decreased the pain in the participants. However, the pain reduction was higher in the group that got a topical application of black seed oil.
According to the researchers, the study shows that the topical application of this seed may be more helpful in lowering the knee ache and discomfort in elderly patients than acetaminophen.
Why Is Black Seed so Powerful?
Unlike pharmaceutical drugs that contain one or several chemicals, the black seed is a complex food with a long list of phytochemical and nutritional elements.
Together, they work to create physiological responses in the body. The researchers explain that the oil from black seed consists of 30 percent weight of p-cymene or the most original composition and 61.48 percent of the weight consists of volatile oil.
The seeds are rich in fat, minerals, vitamins, proteins, essential amino acids, and carbohydrates, as well as essential fatty and unsaturated acids.
Despite the immense power of natural compounds to alleviate a long list of diseases, the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t invest in finding natural solutions for the prevention and treatment of illnesses due to these ingredients not being easily understandable and they’re not patentable.
Moreover, a physician will never prescribe food as medicine since the FDA defines anything which prevents, cures, and diagnoses diseases as a drug. The approval by the FDA may cost up to 11 billion dollars per single medication.
So, it’s not always easy for companies, especially the smaller ones, to invest so much money in order to prove what is already obvious, i.e. the product’s health advantages.
Conversely, chemicals are perfect for this kind of commercialization, even if they carry dangerous and even deadly effects.