Why is Heeng (Asafoetida) Great for Health?

Here’s why you should add heeng (asafoetida) to your daily cooking

  • It offers relief from IBS, intestinal worms, flatulence, indigestion, etc. due to the anti oxidant and the anti inflammatory properties of heeng.  Heeng is also a laxative so it is also good for constipation.
  • It increases insulin production and lowers blood sugar levels.
  • It thins the blood thus preventing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
  • It provides relief from headache and migraine.
  • It can regularise menstrual cycles and reduce menstrual cramps and pain.
  • It stimulates the nerves and is an effective treatment for syncope, paralysis, hysteria and convulsions.
  • It quickly relieves toothache: Add ½ tbsp heeng to 2 tbsp lime juice.  Heat the mixture and soak cotton in it and place over the aching tooth.

Ayurvedic references:

Ashtanga Hridaya,Sutrastana:

Hingu reduces vata and kapha dosha, relieves bloating, but it increases pitta. It is pungent after digestion, improves taste , digestion and metabolism an is light.

Properties:
Chedaneeya – scrapes channels
Deepaneeya – carminative
Anulomana – restores normal movement of Vata, useful in bloating
Pachana – digestive
Teekshna (piercing, enters deep tissues)
Hrudya – good for heart, cardiac tonic. It is a very good natural blood thinning agent. It is also seen to be useful in high blood pressure.
Pittavardhana – increases Pitta.
Chakshushya – good for eyes, improves vision power

Indications:
Shula – abdominal colic pain
Gulma – Abdominal tumor, bloating
Udara – ascites
Anaha – bloating
Krumi – worm infestation
Vibandha – constipation
Adhmana – bloating, gaseous distension of abdomen
Gulma – Abdominal tumor, bloating

Charaka samhita, sutra stana:
The gum resin of Hingu – Asafoetida( Ferula narthex Boiss)  balances vata and kapha, is hot in potency, increases digestion , light in nature and it relieves colic pain, constipation  and anorexia.

Contra indications:

  1. Those with pitta constitution, excessive body heat.
  2. To be avoided during pregnancy and  lactation
  3. Use to be reduced during menstruation as it may increase bleeding.
  4. In bleeding disorders of the throat/ nose/ bleeding piles it may aggravate the condition.
  5. It may worsen gastritis.

Home remedies with hing:

  1. In babies suffering from gas and bloating, heat a pinch of hing in sesamum oil and apply it around the naval region.
  2. If the baby is more than 8 months old, 1 pinch of hing can be added to Buttermilk and can be spoon fed
  3. In adults, when there is bloating, a pinch of hing in butter milk / warm water helps.
  4. Hing rubbed over a stone with a drop of water and applied over a sting cures the inflammation and pain.
  5. Rinsing mouth with cloves, sea salt and  hing in hot water will relieve toothache.

 

 

Additional Reading:

Asafoetida: 10 health benefits of the culinary wonder

Top 5 Medicinal Properties of Asafoetida (Hing)

Organic Hingvastaka Powder

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