SERVING SIZE: 1/16 tsp
SPECIES: Ferula assafoetida
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Hing & DigestionIn Ayurveda, hing is used to aid digestion, cure colic, and stagnation in the GI tract. Hing burns ama. It is a primary herb for Vata. It is a key ingredient in the formula hingvastak churna, a major digestive formula in Ayurveda.
In western herbalism, hing reduces the growth of flora in the gut, especially candida, directly reducing gas. It destroys worms and has anti-viral properties. It was used to fight the flu during WWI.
Hing & Nervous SystemHing is a powerful antispasmodic useful in cough, asthma, intestinal colic, and uterine spasms. It nourishes the nervous tissue in case of stagnation with high Vata, sciatica, paralysis, and epilepsy.
Hing, Gynecology, and ReproductionThe hot and stimulating qualities of hing clear stagnation in circulation (vyana vayu) due to obstruction by high Kapha thus warming the uterus and stimulating menstruation. Hing prevents spasms and is used with ashoka and turmeric for painful menses (dysmenorrhea).
Hing treats low libido, impotence, and encourages ovulation and fertility where the uterus is congested from Kapha. Curiously, it has also been used as a contraceptive, perhaps by employing the anthelminthic qualities topically to destroy semen. Hing is abortifascient and should not be used in pregnancy.
ABOUT HING (ASAFOETIDA)
BUYING & PREPARATION
COOKING HING (ASAFOETIDA)Browse Recipes
Cooks commonly employ hing in daals, kitcharis, and other lentil dishes to make them more digestible.
One user of our website quotes, "Hing fried in ghee mellows to the point where it becomes less like wolf-bait and more like warm garlicky goodness." Use mellow, fried hing for digestive, nervous, and gynacological disorders. Raw hing may be used for chest conditions requiring stimulation.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Hing (Asafoetida) Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Hing (Asafoetida):
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Cleanse and Detox:
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Lung and Sinus:
ANTITUSSIVECough suppressant, particularly for dry coughs or a tickle in your throat.
BRONCHODILATORAn herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. Helpful in cough and asthma.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
ANALGESICRelieves or reduces feelings of pain without eliminating sensation.
ABORTIFACIENTAn abortifacient is a substance that induces abortion. These herbs are contraindicated in pregnancy.
CONTRACEPTIVEHerbs that reduce fertility or prevent conception. There are no reliable herbal contraceptives!
EMMENOGOGUEHerbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. They are used to increase scanty menstruation, relieve menstrual pain, and other functions.
INDUCES-OVULATIONHerbs that encourage ovulation.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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In rural Georgia, hing was tinctured in corn whiskey and given for colds and flu. I learned this from the late Inez Culver who grew up there, at a time when the white doctors wouldn't treat the rural blacks and they had to rely upon their own medicines.
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Respiratory HealthAsthma, Chronic cough, Dry cough, Ear pain/infection, Pneumonia, Whooping Cough
DigestionBloating / distension, Frequent Burping, Gas, irregular digestion, Intestinal colic / spasm / cramping, Malabsorption, Pain lower back, Pancreatic Insufficiency, Worm / Parasite
Blood and CirculationCandida / Yeast Infection / Thrush, Cramping back of leg
Reproductive HealthClots in menstrual blood, Dry / light period, Endometriosis, Infertility, No period, Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps, Yellow vaginal discharge
Mind Stress SleepDifficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Tired in morning
BonesFibromyalgia, Foot cramps, Hip pain
PoopUndigested food in stool
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.