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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Ramatha  
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English: Asafoetida  
Botanical: Ferula assafoetida  
Hindi: Hingu  
Telugu: Ingua  
Common names:  Asafetida, Assafetida, Assafoetida, Devil’s Dung, Devil’s Durt, Food of the Gods (Persian), Laser (Roman), Stinking Gum.

French: assa foetida, ferulr perisque
German: Asafotida, Stinkender Asant
Italian: assafetida
Spanish: asafetida
Afghan: kama-i-anguza
Indian: hing, hingu, heeng
Tamil: perunkaya
Family name: Umbelliferae  

2. Parts used:

  • Seeds

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Spicy and mild bitter
  • Veerya: Ushna veerya

4. Uses:


  • It gives good taste and smell to the dishes when it used in small quantity.
  • It is a main ingredient in vegetarian dishes.
  • It is widely used in pickles and soups.


  • It is an antidote for flatulence.
  • It also cures respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough.
  • It kills germs.
  • As a combination it acts as remedy for hysteria.
  • It also cures acute alcoholism.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Sakhya: Used in recipes.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Hrudya: Good for heart.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli.

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