Asafoetida, popularly known as Hing in India, is a flavouring spice used in culinary and traditional medicines for centuries to treat or prevent multiple diseases. It has several promising activities such as improved digestion, memory enhancement, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, antiobesity, anticancer and many others.
1. Treats Respiratory Disorders
The anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral activities of asafoetida can be effective to treat respiratory problems such as asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis and dry cough. It acts as a respiratory stimulant and relieves chest congestion.
2. Aids Stomach Problems
Asafoetida has a vital role in enhancing the bile acid secretion and functions of digestive enzymes produced by the small intestine and pancreas. It helps treat problems such as indigestion, stomach pressure, intestinal gas, loose stool, worms in the tract and irritable bowel syndrome.
3. Relieves Headache
The anti-inflammatory property of this flavouring spice reduces the inflammation in the blood vessels present in the brain, thus helping to reduce headache. Asafoetida is also an anti-depressant that helps relieve stress and anxiety which may contribute to migraine pain.
4. Alleviates Toothache
Asafoetida gives instant relief to the pain caused due to tooth problems. The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties of asafoetida alleviate tooth pain and fight cavity and oral infections. It also helps treat bleeding gums.
5. Eases Earache
The antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties of asafoetida can help relieve ear pain caused due to ear infections or disturbance in otitis media. Asafoetida also has an antinociceptive effect that blocks the detection of pain stimulus and provides relief.
6. Prevents Cancer Risk
A study has shown that asafoetida is effective against decreasing tumour weight and volume. The antioxidant property of asafoetida combats against the cancer-causing cells and protects the body from free radicals. It also helps prevent the metastasis in lungs, liver and kidneys and prevent the spread of cancer in the body.
7. Manages Blood Pressure
Hing has potent hypotensive effects. The antihypertensive property of this dried gum resin helps reduce arterial blood pressure by thinning the blood. Asafoetida also has relaxant compounds that interfere with many muscarinic receptors and with mobilisation of calcium ions. This helps smooth contraction of muscles and manage blood pressure.
8. Good For Nervous System
Hing has neuroprotective and nerve stimulating effects. It facilitates the healing of peripheral nerves and acts as a nerve stimulant in the management of peripheral neuropathy. As it can stimulate the nervous system, it is widely used as a home remedy for convulsions and hysteria. Asafoetida is also beneficiary for children health and helps treat nervous disorders in children.
9. Good For Men
Asafoetida is valued in Persia as “food of the gods”. Male health issues like premature ejaculation and impotency can be cured with the help of hing. It helps enhance the blood circulation and thus, helps men with erection, increased libido and other fertility problems.
10. Cures Menstrual Issues
Hing treats several women problems such as Irregular periods, sterility, pain, premature labour, excessive menstruation, unwanted abortion and leucorrhoea. It is also used to treat vaginal infections and digestive issues post-delivery. Asafoetida is also known to stimulate the secretion of progesterone.