Asafoetida (Heeng) Used in Preparation of Herbel Medicines
In the beginning of sumer, the upper part of the root of a 4-5 year old plant is exposed and the stem cut off. This part is covered over by earth again and after a few days, the milky juice exuding from the cut surface is collected. The same procedure is repeated until the resin is exhausted. The dried resin is what we call asafoetida.
Asafoetida is rich in iron, minerals and calcium and occupies very high place in cooked varieties, spices, medicines, for seasoning, but should be used in very small quantity. Foods, which have wind creating properties, are seasoned with asafoetida fried in ghee.
How it looks - It is a woody, perennial tree with huge, fleshy tapering roots.
What we use - Resinous exudate of the root
What it does - It is antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, expectorant, anthelmintic, emmenagogue and diuretic.
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