Hing ( Asafoetida) is a spice with a unique flavour. This is dried resin native to India, Iran and Afghanistan. It is the dried gum exuded from the rhizome or root of Ferula. You may not like its odour but it is very good for your digestion and appetite. Just a pinch of this amazing spice sauteed in ghee and added to your curry can do wonders in enhancing the flavour and the taste. From ancient times hing has been widely used in Indian cooking and ayurvedic medicines for digestion issues due to its therapeutic benefits.
Know About Hing
It has Sharp, light, oily, dry and penetrating qualities.
Effect on doshas: best suited for balancing Kapha and Vata Dosha but may aggravate pitta dosha
Hing is rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene and niacin
Action on the body: aphrodisiac, analgesic, anthelmintic, anti-spasmodic, anti-tumour, anti-parasitic, bronchodilator, cardiac tonic, carminative, cardiac tonic, digestive, expectorant, induces ovulation, improves vision, vermifuge and stimulant.
Benefits Of Adding Hing
- Aids digestion
- Cures colic
- Reduces bloating and flatulence
- Stimulates Agni (digestive fire)
- Digest ama (undigested toxins)
- Balances Vata aggravation in the digestive tract
- Eases regular bowel movement
- It improves nutrient absorption from food
For menstrual issues and fertility:
- The stimulating and qualities of it clear Kapha blockages in circulation (vyana vayu) and has a warming effect on the uterus to stimulate menstruation
- It also eases menstrual spasms (dysmenorrhea) and is boon for painful menses
- Hing also treats impotence, low libido, and support ovulation and fertility by balancing Kapha
Hing in parasites/ viruses /intestinal worms
Due to hot potency and stimulating qualities
it balances the gut flora affected by candida overgrowth.
It reduces intestinal worms and parasites.
Hing has anti-viral properties.
Hing and respiration
Hing is used to removing congestion heal respiratory tissues hence cure dry coughs, bronchitis, asthma, and whooping cough.
Hing and Nervous system
Vata dosha aggravation is treated using hing helping positively in conditions like epilepsy, paralysis, sciatica, hysteria, mood swings and depression. It also strengthens the nervous system.
- Hing is pitta aggravating so should not be taken in gastritis.
- It should only be used in kapha and Vata dosha aggravation.
- Hing should not be used during pregnancy as it is abortifacient.
- One should stop taking Hing after conceiving during lactation.
- Should be avoided during the menstrual cycle as it may increase the flow.
- Should not be taken in in bleeding disorder as it is a blood thinner.
- Avoid if someone has high blood pressure.
Foods In Which It Should Be Added
- Urad Dal
- Apple Chutney