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Rasha Saleh Basurra1,2, Seok Mui Wang3,4 and Mohammed Abdelfatah Alhoot5
1Post Graduate Centre (PGC), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
2Department of Paraclinic, Faculty of Medicine & Health Science, University of Aden, Aden, Yemen.
3Department of Medical Microbiology & Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia.
4Institute of Pathology, Laboratory and Forensic Medicine (I-PPerForM), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia.
5International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2021;15(1):29-41 | Article Number: 6754 | © The Author(s). 2021
Received: 05/11/2020 | Accepted: 20/01/2021 | Published: 19/02/2021

The currently available antiviral agents are associated with serious adverse effects, coupled with the increasing rate of viral resistance to the existing antiviral drugs. Hence, the search for alternative natural remedies is gaining momentum across the globe. Nigella sativa Linnen, also called Black seed, is a medicinal plant that is gaining worldwide recognition and has been extensively investigated. The present work is aimed to review the existing literature on the antiviral efficacy of Nigella sativa extracts (oil & bioactive compounds). The findings reveal that numerous articles have been published on Nigella sativa and its beneficial effects against different kinds of diseases. However, the antiviral efficacy of Nigella sativa is yet to be given the proper research attention it deserves.


Nigella sativa, Black seed, Antiviral activity, Viruses, Natural remedy

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