Asafoetida, God’s Food, a Natural Medicine

Mohamad Hesam Shahrajabian1, Wenli Sun1, Ali Soleymani2, Mehdi Khoshkaram2, Qi Cheng1,3,*
1Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, CHINA.
2Faculty of Agriculture, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Isfahan, IRAN.
3College of Life Sciences, Hebei Agricultural University, Global Alliance of HeBAU-CLS&HeQiS for BioAl-Manufacturing, Baoding, Hebei, CHINA.

Pharmacognosy Communications,2021,11,1,36-39.
Published: January 2021
Type: Review Article


Introduction: Asafoetida is dried latex which is extracted from the taproot of many species of Ferula, a perennial herb native to the East Mediterranean and Central Asian regions. It is also a common ingredient in some cuisines. Methods: A literature search was conducted in Science Direct, Google, Google Scholar, PubMed, Wiley Online Library, Springer and Medline. Results: The most important health benefits consist of reducing bloating, helping to relieve asthma, lower blood pressure and menstrual pain, as well as treating headaches, insect bites, indigestion and as a laxative. It is good for diabetic people, treats nerve disorders, helps fight free radicals, aids in reducing acne, treats corns and calluses and reduces hair loss. Conclusion: This review article allowed verifying asafoetida as sources of compounds with valuable nutritional and bioactive properties with great ability for incorporation into foods with functional properties.
Key words: Anti-cancer, Asthma, Headaches, Health Benefits, Medicinal Plant.
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