Medicinal Uses Of Hing Aka Asafetida

August 19, 2009

How I love to enter the house with the spicy aroma of Hing coming out of home cooked Indian curries. It just triples my hunger. Few days back while flipping through an Ayurvedic journal I found a significant mention of hing, on deeper research I realized that hing not just adds flavor to food but it also has tons of medicinal properties. So read on to know more about this wondrous herb.

Hing also known as Asafetida in English, Ingu in Kannada and Badhika in Sanskrit is a native of Iran. It is natural rosin like gum from the desiccated sap from the roots. The gum resin is exceptionally hard and cannot be grated hence it is crushed into tiny pieces or even powder. The hing that we use in our day today cooking is diluted with wheat flour as raw hing is extremely pungent in smell as well as flavor. Hing simply makes veg as well as non veg dishes more inviting and is a must have for cooking curries. .

Ayurvedic significance of Asafetida/hing in holistic health:

According to ayurveda, asafetida/hing improves stamina and imparts proper functioning of the earth element. It helps in balancing the vata dosha. This herb also supports agni in a healthy way. Hing can be referred to as a herb that increases earth and fire as well as pacifies air.

Asafetida is a vermicide and it stimulates the bowels and gastric acids. It is an appetizer and lessens the gastric formation in the abdomen. It has a calming effect on the human nerves and energizes the uterus. Taken in the proper quantity and mixed in right proportion with other herbs and supplements, it is a really beneficial digestive ingredient.

Medicinal uses of Asafetida/Hing

  1. Hing discharges vayu or wind from the stomach and subverts any convulsive disorders.
  2. Hing is valuable in improving the digestion.
  3. It is an efficacious medicine for treating hysteria. Inhaling the raw gum prevents hysteric attacks. A concoction made of about two grams of the raw hing with 120 ml of water is an effective enema in curing hysterical attack when oral medicine cannot be administered.
  4. Hing is used in curing breathing ailments like asthma, cough, congestion and bronchitis. A home remedy that comprises of three to six centigram of raw hing, two teaspoons of honey, a one fourth teaspoon of raw onion juice freshly squeezed and one teaspoon of freshly squeezed betel leaf juice, when mixed together and taken two to three times in a day provide significant relief in respiratory disorders for long terms.
  5. In older times a small piece of raw hing was hung around a child’s neck to safeguard him from several diseases and to keep away the germs with its pungent smell.
  6. A tiny piece of hing when placed in dental cavity relieves toothache.
  7. Hing is also useful in treating several problems associated with childbirth such as unwanted abortion, pre mature labor as well as menstrual cramps and leucorrhoea. Hing stimulates the secretion of progesterone hormone.

These remedies can be prepared in the comfort of your home. However at times you may face difficulty in obtaining raw form of asafetida/hing or may not have sufficient time to prepare these medicines, in such a case you can take herbal supplements easily available in powder form or in the form of pills.

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