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The healing power of devil's droppings or asafoetida

  1. Devil's droppings can reach a height of one to one and a half meters and likes to grow in mountainous areas in Afghanistan. Devil's drove is a medicinal herb that can be used to season dishes. Much is disputed about the taste of devil's dung; there are supporters and opponents of the proposition that devil's dung is a nice herb. The taste is reminiscent of onion and garlic. Assa-foetida, as this herb is also called, has healing power, especially for nervous disorders and cramps in the digestive system.


  1. Naming Use in the kitchen Assa foetida in history Folk medicine effect of the devil's dung Modern use in medicine Active substances ferula assa-foetida Asafoetida for stomach and intestinal problems Asafoetida calms you down Dose and Safety


  1. In Latin, the devil's dragon is called Ferula assa-foetida. Dutch knows the name devil's drek. Foetida means smelly. In German this plant is called Stinkwürzel but also Teufelsdreck. The Dutch word Duivelsdrek actually means: "Poo of the devil." The same name is also known in English; Devil´s dung. Stinking gum is another English name. In Dutch we often write asafoetida, while the Latin name is assa-foetida.

Use in the kitchen

  1. The resin of the rhizome has a strong garlic taste. Assa foetida is regularly used in Pakistani, Indian, Iranian and Afghan cuisine. It is an ingredient in England's Worcestershire sauce. It is often found in Indian dishes with lentils that are sold in the Netherlands as dal. In Europe the spice was already known, but in Roman times it was only used for medicinal reasons. For years, the general opinion in Europe has been that devil's dung would ruin any meal.

Assa-foetida in history

  1. Indian Brahmins see Ferula assa-foetida as a suitable substitute for garlic and onion because these vegetables are forbidden to them because they act as aphrodisiac. Alexander the Great encountered devil's dung during his conquests in Persia and India and introduced it to Europe. Dioscorides, who worked in ancient Rome but came from ancient Greece, said about this medicinal herb: 'The Cyrenaean variety, even if one tastes a little, immediately arouses a sensation through the body and has a very healthy aroma, while it does not or hardly breath odor, but the Iranian species has weaker power and a more foul odor. 'In European folk medicine, this herb gained fame as an anti-spasmodic agent on the genitals, vocal cords and respiratory tract. It was also a remedy for imminent abortion and no menstruation. These folk medicine applications are no longer used by naturopaths and phytotherapy therapists.

Folk medicine effect of the devil's dragon

  1. Devil's droppings counteract gas formation by beans. It is an ideal spice to mix with beans. Just like we use savory for this purpose in the Netherlands. The use of devil's dung as a medicinal plant has been known for centuries in western folk medicine. It is used to calm the nerves. It is used for nervousness, hypochondria and hysteria. In addition, it has a function in stomach, liver and bile cramps. Furthermore, it appears to be an aphrodisiac despite its use by Indian Brahmins.

Modern use in medicine

  1. In 1918 there was a major pandemic of the Spanish flu. This could be effectively controlled by taking assa-foetida. According to Chinese scientific research from 2009, the root of devil's mite contains antiviral substances that fight the H1N1 virus. Scientists therefore do not have to look for flu vaccinations at all, as long as there is enough devil's predatory root available. The Chinese research speculates that sesquiterpenes may lead to coumarins as an effective antiviral agent. The Chinese researched the herb with the aim of being able to sell active substances in pill form. Instead, it would be good to use the natural root. It is now known to medical researchers that viruses never become immune to natural antivirals, while if you try to brew an antiviral yourself, the virus can become immune to it. Besides the antiviral effect, the root of devil's drool is known for its antibacterial effect, it suppresses coughing and is a godsend for asthma and bronchitis.

Active ingredients ferula assa-foetida

  1. The resin of devil's dung is used in phytotherapy. This resin consists mainly of ferulic acid esters of asaresitannol. Furthermore, it contains free ferulic acid. It also contains basorin-like gum in the form of glucoronic acid, galactose and arabinose. It features the essential oils disulfide and vanillin. In addition, it contains coumarins including umbelliferone.

Asafoetida for stomach and intestinal problems

  1. In phytotherapy, devil's drag is a medicine. It is used by ingesting resin, mother tincture or tincture drops. It is therefore not used as a spice in food, but that is possible, if you can appreciate the taste. Asafoetida is mainly used to combat cramps in the digestive system. It also promotes digestion itself because more gastric juices are secreted. In addition, it disinfects the intestines and promotes passage in the intestines. The healing power on the digestive system is especially successful if asdafoetida is combined with yellow gentian. In phytotherapy, this medicinal plant is used for:

Asafoetida calms you

  1. Asafoetida has a calming effect, which was already known in ancient times in India and Persia. In herbal medicine, this herb is combined with real valerian for its soothing properties to generate a better medicinal effect. It is used by phototherapists for the following indications:

Dose and Safety

  1. 25 drops of mother tincture three times a day. Several times a day 20 drops of tincture. 0.4 To 1 gram of resin at a time. Using devil's dung is safe if you use the right dose. No toxic side effects are known.

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