The herbal plant called the asafoetida is native to Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan in Asia – this herb is a perennial plant. It is also know as hing, Devil’s Dung, Food of the Gods, Narthex.
The herbal remedies made from the asafoetida are excellent for a variety of nervous conditions according to the ancient Indian ayurvedic medicine system, it is also used in the treatment of spasms in the bowel,
For the treatment of spasmodic coughing arising as a result of whooping cough, complications due to pneumonia, and problems related to disorders such as bronchitis and related respiratory distress.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 know to cure 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.
Also releases flatulence and stomach disorders.
In women, it helps to cure problems like leucorrhoea, difficult and painful menstruation, premature labor, sterility.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 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.