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Most Common Name: Asafoetida, Asafetida
Botanical Name:Ferula Assafoetida
Also Known As (other names):Gum Asafoetida, Devil's Dung, Hing

Asafetida description and origin:

Asafoetida is native to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

Asafetida is regarded as one of the most pungent of all spices. Although it is used as a culinary spice in India and an ingredient of Worcestershire sauce, not many enjoy the smell or taste of this bitter herb.

In Ayurvedic medicine practice Asafoetida is regarded as a very important remedy for nervous disorders and gastric spasms. It is also used for coughing, colic and against intestinal parasites.

The oleogum-resin is used. The gum is extracted from the roots of mature plants. In India it is also possible to obtain an extract from the young shoots of the roots known as Kandaharre Hing, which is regarded as superior but is not exported.

Asafetida Use for/In treatment of:

Flatulence High CholesterolAsthma
BronchitisNervous disorders Irritable bowel syndrome

Asafetida Properties:

Laxative CarminativeAntispasmodic
Expectorant  

 

 

Asafetida Constituents:

Below we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents.

Asaresinatannols: An ingredient of the oleogum-resin of Asafoetida.

Ferulic Acid: A Phenylpropanoid

Phenylpropanoids: A phenol.

Phenylpropanoids are therapeutically beneficial and generally not toxic.

Most Phenylpropanoids are analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hypotensive

Phenol: Phenol is extracted from coal tar.
Phenol has an anesthetic and disinfectant effect on the skin but is very toxic and must not be ingested. even in very small quantities phenol may cause nausea, vomiting, paralysis, convulsions and respiratory failure.

Fatalities from skin absorption has been reported as well as circulatory collapse. This product should not be used under any circumstances.

Farnesiferols: A sesquiterpenoid coumarin.

Coumarins: Coumarins are lactones of hydroxycinnamic acids. Coumarins are lactones. There are many variations of coumarins: Furanocoumarins found in Angelica have a spasmolitic effect but must be used with caution as they have a strong phototoxic effect as has many of the Furanocoumarins (Warfarin a blood thinning drug but also virulent rat poison, is a coumarin derivative). In general coumarins have antifungal, hypotensive, anticoagulant and antimicrobial properties.
Many of the Coumarins are phototoxic and skin sensitising.

Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.

Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and febrifuges.

Glucose: A simple sugar found in many foods (particularly fruit), also produced by digestive hydrolysis from starches and double sugars.

Normal glucose levels in the blood is within 20% of 90 mg/dl. Blood glucose levels is an important diagnostic aid in determining diabetes and other diseases.

Glucose is stored as glycogen (polymerized in the liver) in muscles where it can be hydrolyzed as needed to provide energy.

Glucose is absorbed into the blood from the intestines with the use of carrier proteins.

Galactose: A simple sugar found in lactose, nerve cell membranes sugar beets and gums (dextrorotatory) and in Flaxseed mucilage (levorotatory form)

Sulfur compounds: Linear molecules, very reactive, containing  sulfur substituents. Most sulfur compounds are antimicrobal and antifungal. Some sulfur compounds assist in breaking down platelet congestion in the blood to prevent clotting, inhibits inflammation (specifically of the prostate gland) and there are also claims that it inhibits tumours.

Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have diuretic properties by many.

 

 

Contraindications, do not use if:

Not suitable for infantsAvoid during pregnancy 
   
We cannot warrant that this list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.

 

Asafetida is Administered as/Available in:

Powder Tincture 
   

 

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture

 

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