Asafoetida (Hing)


Asafoetida Scientific Name

Ferula assa-foetida

Asafoetida Other Names

English: Asafoetida, Stinking gum, Devil’s dung
French: Asa-fœtida, Asa-fétida, Férule persique, Merde du diable, Ase fètide
German: Asant, Stinkasant, Teufelsdreck, Asafötida
Hindi: Hing
Sanskrit: Hingu

What is Asafoetida?

This gum-resin extracted from roots of the Ferula plant is widely used in cuisines in India and Iran. Due to presence of Sulpher compounds it has strong and pungent odor.
Its properties are antispasmodic, expectorant (promotes drainage of mucus from lungs), stimulant (increases activity of central nervous system), emmenagogue (increases menstrual flow) and vermifuge (destroys parasitic worms). It improves digestion by increasing the activity of digestive enzymes in the stomach and small intestine.

Common forms of Asafoetida

Powder, Capsule, Tablet, OIl

Asafoetida is commonly used for:

  • Promoting digestion
  • Curing Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Treating Allergies And Corns
  • Treating dehydration
  • Curing piles
  • Earache
  • Flatulence
  • Treating Hysteria

Asafoetida Dosage

Powder: 1-2 pinch twice a day.
Capsule: 1-2 capsules twice a day.
Tablet: 1-2 tablets twice a day.
Oil: ¼-½ teaspoon a day or as per your requirement.

Asafoetida Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: It might cause swelling of the lips, burping, intestinal gas, diarrhea, headache or Allergic reaction.
Not so common side-effects: It might cause convulsions, blood disorders.
Pregnant women: Avoid oral consumption during pregnancy as high doses can cause miscarriage. Stick to normal food amounts.
Children: Oral consumption in infants have found to be linked with certain blood disorders.

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