Asafoetida is native to Iran, Central Asia and Afghanistan. It is also called ‘the food of the gods’. This food item is even used in Worcestershire sauce. The Ferula plant has sap in its tap root. The sap is a dried latex or resin known as asafoetida. The latter is widely cultivated in India where it is immensely popular and employed both in food and medicine. Other names of this food item are devil’s dung, hing, giant fennel, stinking gum among others. It is an important spice in day to day cooking and finds favour in several home remedies. The Ferula plant also grows in Turkey and Iraq. The former reaches a height of about six or seven feet and is harvested only after attaining four years in age.
We look at some of the health benefits of this food item.
- Works as an aphrodisiac
This food increases both male and female sex drive. It has been used since ages to cure impotency or erectile dysfunction among men. The spice also effectively treats spermatorrhoea as well as premature ejaculation.
- Cures pain associated with colic
This spice can alleviate the symptoms of colic pain in babies by soothing the mucous membranes which line the gastrointestinal tract. Check first if the infant’s stomach is tight and bloated. If yes, then it is probably gas.
- Treats epilepsy
The spice is used in Unani medicine as a potent anti-epileptic. Unani is ancient branch of disease treatment.
- Helps women whose periods have ceased temporarily
Women use this spice to restart their menstrual periods after menstruation has stopped for some cause. This spice also contains anti-inflammatory elements that provide rapid relief from menstrual cramps and irregular periods.
- Works against some of the modern era diseases
Surprisingly the spice is beneficial in fighting swine flu as well as the H1N1 virus.
If you have experienced any other benefits of including this food in your diet, please share them with us so that others may benefit.