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Medicinal Uses of Asafoetida

Updated on April 12, 2011

Medicinal Uses of Asafoetida

Asafoetida or assa fetida (Ferula assa-foetida L.), also known as manure or dung of the devil the devil, is a species of the family Apiaceae, native to Persia (Iran) and characterized by a sharp odor and unpleasant.It is a herbal plant.

Once cooked prepared to give an aroma similar to garlic.

Asafoetida powder, made from the resin of the plant's root, is widely used in Indian cooking.


 Using dell'assafetida had spread throughout the Mediterranean area since Roman times, after the Middle Ages the use dell'assafetida vanished from European cuisine.

Medicinal Use

Asafoetida is a good example of overlapping culinary and medicinal use of a plant. particularly in South India, the assafedida is regularly used for the preparation of legumes (beans, peas, lentils). These, being rich in indigestible oligosaccharides, requiring spices that have antiflatulent action. The odor of asafoetida is stronger and more tenacious than that of onion, the taste is bitter and sour, the smell of resin and rubber depends on volatile oil. It 'widely used in India and Persia as a condiment in spite of its repulsive odor, even for its stimulating effect on the brain. It is an exciting local mucous membrane, particularly of the digestive and respiratory tract and hence is a remedy of great value as a carminative in flatulence and colic is particularly used in addition to the remedies laxatives. There is evidence that the essential oil is eliminated through the lungs, and is excellent for asthmatic bronchitis, whooping cough, etc.. Because of its taste is produced in capsule form, but is often given to children rectally in the form of emulsion.Ombrellifera plant that grows up to 3-4 meters high, large fleshy root covered with fibers, for some time has been successfully grown in the botanical gardens of Edinburgh, yellow flowers, has a milky juice and a strong odor of fetid. Several species of asafoetida splint injury. The mass of the drug comes from the official plant, which is indigenous to Afghanistan, and is from 600 to 1200 meters above sea level. These high plains are arid in winter but in summer are often covered by the luxuriant growth of these plants. The large cabbage heads bent as they are eaten raw by the natives. June is the month of collection of plants to be about four years old. The roots of the plants that have flowers are small and exposed, so they are protected from the sun for five or six weeks for the gummy oleoresin to come out hard.

Main Activities

 They are assigned all'Assafetida antispasmodic and carminative very effective against colic and flatulence windy windy with constipation. The active emunctory eliminated via renal and bronchial mucosa, have a diuretic effect and change of bronchial secretion. Since the ferulic acid derivatives have unn'attività central nervous system, with sedative action of the brain for depression, asafoetida is widely used as an antispasmodic in asthma as cough and essential including seizures. Also exerts a significant anthelmintic action against roundworms and pinworms.


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      daffodil2010 6 years ago

      i think this is useful for our health