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    Medicinal use of Asafoetida

    Asafoetida

    Asafoetida is a very common culinary herb. It contains resin, gum, volatile oil and ash. The resin consists chiefly of asaresinotennol, free or combined with ferulic acid. Umbelliferone seems to be present in the combined state.

    Asafoetida is dirty yellow in color with a pungent smell. It consist of carbohydrates 67.8 percent per 100 gram, moisture 16.0 percent protein 4.0 percent, fat 1.1 percent, minerals 7.0 percent and fiber 4.1 percent. Its mineral and vitamin contents include substantial calcium besides iron, phosphorus, carotene, riboflavin and niacin.

    Botanical Name - Ferula foetida, ferula northex

    Indian Name - Hing


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    Health Benefits of Asafoetida

    here are some of the medicinal properties of asafoetida:

    Asafoetida is reputed as a remedy which expels wind from the stomach and counteracts any spasmodic disorders.

    It is an effective remedy for hysteria. Inhaling this gum prevents hysterical attacks. An emulsion made by 2 grams of the gum with 120 ml of water is a valuable enema per rectum in treating hysteria, when oral dosages not advisable.

    It is useful in the treatment of respiratory disorders like whooping cough, asthma and bronchitis. About 3 to 6 centigrams of this gum, mixed with 2 teaspoons of honey, a quarter teaspoon of white onion juice and 1 teaspoon of betel leaf juice, taken thrice daily would keep the patient away from such disorders.

    It is extensively used in the treatment of nervous disorders of children. There is an old European belief that a small piece of this gum, hung around a child’s neck, would protect it from many diseases, especially germs which are sensitive to its particular odor.

    Asafoetida is considered useful in the treatment of several problems concerning women such as sterility, unwanted abortion, pre-mature labor, unusually painful, difficult and excessive menstruation and leucorrhoea. About 12 centigrams of gum fried in ghee mixed with 120 grams of goat's fresh milk and a table spoon of honey, should be given thrice daily for a month. It excites the secretion of progesterone hormone.

    It is also beneficial in the treatment of impotency. About 6 centigrams of asafoetida should be fried in ghee and mixed with honey and a teaspoon of fresh latex of banyan tree. This mixture should be taken once daily for 40 days before sunrise.


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    Asafoetida is a valuable remedy for several diseases of the stomach. It is one of the best remedies available for flatulence and is an essential ingredient for most of the digestive powders. In case of flatulence and distension of the stomach, it should be dissolved in hot water and pad a cloth steeped in it may be used for fomenting the abdomen.


    It is useful for women after childbirth. Owing to its anti-flatulent and digestive properties, the herbs can be taken with beneficial result during the post-delivery period.


    It is also useful in alleviating toothache. After being pestled in lemon juice, it is slightly heated. A cotton piece, soaked in the lotion and placed in the cavity of the tooth, relieves pain quickly.


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    Re: Medicinal use of Asafoetida

    Uses of Asofoetida:

    Asafoetida has been also referred to as the "Food of the Gods." The main part of this plant that is used is the resin which makes up a volatile oil. The history of this herb is amazing as it was used frequently back in time by Alexander the Great for flavoring. That was back in 4 B.C. still in early times, Asafoetida was used to treat gas and the bloating associated with it. Carrying through time the resin gum is used often for vegetarian dishes that are prepared in India. Today, it is one of the main flavorings in Worcestershire sauce.

    Asafoetida is an herbal plant that has many diverse uses such as an aid for digestion, a remedy for headaches, an antidote, and an expectorant. Asafoetida has been known to be used on some mental impairment but not very often has it been shown to make any significant difference except for mild anxiety. Therefore it focuses primarily on bodily functions where it can do greater good.

    As mentioned earlier, it works on gas and the bloating associated with it but further it also eases indigestion, rids stomach cramps, and helps with constipation, which is Asafoetida's contribution in the digestion department. When it comes to headaches, when Asafoetida is mixed with water it is showing great promise for the treatment of migraines and tension headaches. As an antidote, it works great for snake bites and an insect repellant when it is mixed with garlic.

    As an expectorant the Asafoetida oil helps to rid the body of excess mucus and eases the respiratory system. Many use it for whooping cough, asthma, and bronchitis. Where expectoration is a problem asafetida helps in expelling accumulated cough. Some mixtures that seem to blend together well for coughs and as expectorants are roasted fresh resinous gum powder with real ghee or a mixture of asafetida powder with honey, white onion juice, betel nut juice and dry ginger.

    Asafoetida has a very unpleasant odor to it, so bad that many call it the "Devil's Dung." The foul odor comes from the resin that is removed from the plant's stem and root. Asafoetida is a species of the fennel plant but a relative to the carrot. The wicked odor is formed from the organic sulfur compound found as part of the essential oils. When it comes to the value of the Asafoetida tree, the older, the better and trees less than four years of age are virtually worthless.

    When buying Asafoetida in the marketplace it will likely be available in three different forms, one is called tears which are commonly sold in Chinese pharmacies and characteristically may have fragments of root and earth. It is also sold in a paste which is very commonly used as a condiment for flavoring such dishes as curry, to flavor beans, sauces, pickles, and many use it as a substitute for garlic.

    A few other unique things that Asafoetida is used for is that if used in recipes regularly it has been suggested that it may increase the chances of male fertility. Often it is used for toothaches as well.


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    Re: Medicinal use of Asafoetida

    Thanks for the useful information sakthi...

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    Re: Medicinal use of Asafoetida

    welcome latha


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