Introduction of Devil's Dung:asafoetida or Gum asafetida.

Popular Herbs. ✵The article gives records of the herb Devil's Dung, its English name, Latin name, common names, property and flavor, its botanical source one plant species, ①.Ferula assafoetida L., with a detailed introduction to the botanical features of this plant species, the growth characteristics, and ecological environment of this plant species, the features of the herb Devil's Dung, its pharmacological actions, medicinal efficacy, and administration guide.

Devil's Dung(Gum asafetida).

flowering plants of Ferula assafoetida with small yellow flowers grow in mountain field English Name: Devil's Dung.
 Latin Name: Ferula assafoetida L. and certain other Ferula species, including Ferula rubricaulis Boiss. and Ferula foetida Regel.
 Common Names: Asafetida, asafoetida, asant, food of the Gods, Gum asafetida.
 Property and flavor: It has a strong odor.

 Brief introduction: Devil's dung is the gum resin of Ferula assafoetida, a colorful perennial found growing wild in Iran and Afghanistan.

 Botanical source: Common herbal classics defined the herb Devil's Dung as the gum resin of the species (1).Ferula assafoetida L. It is a plant species of the Ferula genus, the Apiaceae family (Umbelliferae, parsley family). The gum resin is used medicinally. This commonly used species is introduced:

(1).Ferula assafoetida L.

 a colorful drawing of Ferula assafoetida,stem and green leaves,flowers and seeds Botanical description: The plant is a herbaceous monoecious perennial, 1.5 to 2 meters high with a large, succulent rhizome, which is 14 cm thick at the crown. The leaves are large, bipinnate, and radical.

 The flowers appear after 5 years in yellow umbels on a 10 cm thick naked stem. They are numerous, pale greenish-yellow to white. The fruit is ovate, flat, thin, flaky, and reddish-brown with distinct oil marks.

 Ecological environment: The plant is native to Afghanistan and eastern Iran.

 Growth characteristics: The plant grows from early spring until mid-summer undercover into modules or small pots.

 Characters of herbs: Asa foetida is the gum resin of Ferula foetida.

 Pharmacological actions: ①.carminative action; ②.expectorant action; ③.anticancer and antitumor; etc.

 Studies found the herb devil's dung has carminative action, treat chronic bronchitis and asthma through expectorant action, it has anticancer and antitumor properties, etc.

 Medicinal efficacy: The herb devil's dung is used as a fragrance component in perfumes, special preparations have been used to repel cats, dogs, and wildlife. It is also used as an expectorant to clear congestion in chronic bronchitis and other conditions, for irritable colon, colic, epilepsy, hysteria and mood swings, low blood sugar and food sensitivities, effective stimulant, sedative, antifungal, abdominal tumor treatment. In folk medicine, the herb is used for chronic gastritis, dyspepsia, and irritable colon. In homeopathy, it is used for low acid levels in the stomach, stomach pressure, flatulence, and loose stools.

 Administration of Devil's Dung (Gum asafetida): 
Reference: Administration Guide of Devil's Dung (Gum asafetida)
Herbal classic books: The gum resin is taken in doses of 0.3 to 1 gram. 20 drops of tincture as a single dose. Gum-resin is obtained by incising the roots, which contain a fetid juice. The solidifies to a brown resin, sometimes with a pinkish tint, in sticky lumps. The final product has a pungent, acrid, persistent, alliaceous odor.
 Contraindications, Precautions and Adverse Reactions: The FDA considers devil's dung safe to use in small amounts as a spice. Topical formulations may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. Never give devil's dung to an infant, as it causes dangerous changes in hemoglobin, the component responsible for transporting oxygen through the body. Adult hemoglobin does not appear to be at risk. The herb should not be used during pregnancy.




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