Hot off the press, a Middle Eastern botanical, Nigella sativa, sometimes called black cumin oil, has been shown to inhibit the development of pancreatic cancer cells. The active ingredient, thymoquinone, offered anti-inflammatory benefits that stopped pancreatic cancer cells from releasing inflammatory mediators.
In a recent study conducted by Dr. Hwyda Arafat, an associate professor of Surgery at the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, 67 percent of pancreatic cancer tumors were shrunken and proinflammatory cytokines in the tumors were significantly reduced with the use of thymoquinone from Nigella sativa.
Pretty cool, especially when it turns out that this same herbal extract (the oil from the Nigella sativa seed) has shown anti-cancer properties against prostate and colon cancers.
The flowers from this botanical are quite attractive, and the herb has been used both as a spice in foods and liquors as well as in folk medicine to treat a variety of conditions, including those of the respiratory, stomach, intestines, kidneys, liver, ciculatory, and immune systems. Clearly, there are a lot of traditional botanicals that have yet to find their way into "mainstream" integrative medicine!