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Ferula foetida Regel.
  • Family : Apiaceae
  • Synonyms : Ferula assafoetida
  • English : Asafoetida
  • Hindi : Hing
  • Gujarati : Hing
  • Sanskrit : Hingu

  • Part used : Resinous exudates

Botanical Description:  The plant is perrenial with fleshy massive root. The stem is 1.8-3m high, solid, membranous leaf sheaths, leaves radical, 45cm long, shiny and coriaceous, flowers 120-20 in the main and 5-6 in the partial umbels; fruits flat, thin, reddish brown. Flowering and fruiting from September to March.

It is wildy cultivated

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Katu
  • Guna : Tiksna
  • Virya : Usna
  • Vipaka : Katu
  • Karma : Anulomana, Dipana, Hrdya, Krmighna, Pacana, Rucya,Vatakaphaprasamana

Modern Pharmacological Action: Asafetida is a potent antioxidant, and ferulic acid, a component of the resin, has shown promise as a chemopreventive agent. Antispasmodic and hypotensive activity of the gum extract has been demonstrated in animal experiments. Antiviral activity by sesquiterpene compounds of F. assa-foetida has been demonstrated in vitro against the influenza A virus (H1N1). Molluscicidal activity of plant extracts has been demonstrated against snails, which act as intermediate hosts for the fasciola cattle fluke.

Our Products containing this ingredient
Hingu Herb

  • Caspa Drops
  • Mahamash Oil
  • Shulgaj Kesri Gutti
  • Ural Syrup
  • Va U Tablet