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Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2016 Jun 21;18(11):e23771. doi: 10.5812/ircmj.23771. eCollection 2016 Nov.

Combination of Nigella sativa and Honey in Eradication of Gastric Helicobacter pylori Infection.

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1
Research Institute for Islamic and Complementary Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran.
2
Department of Gastroenterology, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran.
3
Research Institute for Islamic and Complementary Medicine, School of Iranian Traditional Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Gastric Helicobacter pylori is extremely common worldwide.

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of combination of Nigella sativa and honey (Dosin) in eradication of gastric H. pylori infection.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Nineteen patients who had positive result for H. pylori infection by urea breath test (UBT) without a past history of peptic ulcer, gastric cancer or gastrointestinal bleeding, were suggested to receive one teaspoon of the mixture of Dosin (6 g/day of N. sativa as ground seeds and 12 g/day of honey) three times a day after meals for two weeks. The second UBT was used to detect the presence of H. pylori four weeks after completion of the test. In addition, symptoms of dyspepsia were scored before and after the study and analyzed with Wilcoxon signed-rank test.

RESULTS:

Fourteen patients completed the study. Negative UBT was observed in 57.1% (8/14) of participants after intervention. The median and interquartile range (IQR) of total dyspepsia symptoms was significantly reduced from 5.5 (5 - 12) to 1 (0 - 4) (P = 0.005). All the patients tolerated Dosin except for one who was excluded due to mild diarrhea. No serious adverse events were reported.

CONCLUSIONS:

Dosin was concluded to be an anti H. pylori and an anti-dyspeptic agent. Further studies are recommended to investigate the effect of Dosin plus antibiotics (concurrently or following another) on gastric H. pylori infection.

KEYWORDS:

Helicobacter pylori; Honey; Medicine; Nigella sativa; Phytotherapy; Traditional

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