What are the health benefits of heeng one should know?

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What is Heeng?

Heeng (asafoetida) is a herbaceous, monoecious plant, considered as one of the most important species among the other 130 species. 

It is a dried substance used as spices for flavorings food, it is found in powder and crystal forms and is commonly known as Hing/Heeng (asafoetida). 

It has a unique strong pungent smell in its raw form but smells garlicky while used for cooking and this spice is known as the “food of the gods”.

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This spice is known for its usefulness in the treatment for various ailments like:

  • Neurological, including paralysis, hysteria, depression, and epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal issues including intestinal parasites, flatulence, digestion, and stomach ache
  • Respiratory problems like influenza and asthma
  • Reproductive disorders which include premature birth, pain, difficulty and excessive menstruation, vaginal discharge, and infertility to a greater extent.

The other benefits of heeng are as follows:

Skin Blemishes:

Asafoetida is used as a bleaching agent which promotes fairness and reduces dark spots, acne marks as well as excess fat. The tyro-sine production, which promotes melanin production in the skin and can also lead to darkening of the skin, premature aging, and dullness of skin. It takes control of this content. By using Asafoetida face mask you can make your skin look younger and radiant free. Just make a paste of heeng mixed along with some hot water and apply it to the areas which are affected.

Menstrual Pain & Irregular Periods:

It is considered as a boon for women. It helps to get relief from menstrual pain as well as the cases of irregular periods. It contains the properties which cause the blood to become thin and therefore, helps the blood flow smoothly. It has a warming and hormone progesterone property which supports proper functioning of female reproductive organs and brings on regular periods. This remedy greatly reduces the discomfort. All you need to do is bake some Heeng powder in a vessel along with the buttermilk and a little bit of sugar. Consume this during menstrual pain as really helps.

It helps you to deal with male sexual problems:

Heeng is used to treat impotency in men, spermatorrhoea, and premature ejaculation to a great extent. Just add a pinch of heeng while you prepare the food to prevent and treat various sex related problems. Also, heeng mixed in a glass of warm water and consumed daily increases your libido as well as enhances the blood flow

It helps to control high blood pressure:

Hing contains coumarins, compounds which aid in improving your blood flow, thereby prevent blood clotting and also makes the blood thin. It lowers the blood cholesterol levels and the triglycerides in the body, which might also increase the risk of hypertension.

Protects against cancer:

heeng is considered as a powerful antioxidant, which when consumed on a regular basis protects your body cells from the free radicals. The compounds, in turn, might also increase the risk of cancer. The anti-carcinogenic properties of heeng play a significant role in stopping or at least slows down the growth of malignant cells which protects you against cancer.

Treat Gas:

Heeng is used for treating gas and is considered as the best option without any side effects. It also cures child’s colic pain. You can make use of this spice both internally and externally. All you need to do is prepare a paste of heeng and water and apply it over the navel area. For internal use take heeng of about the size of the mustard seed and crush it and mix it in a glass of warm water. Consume this mixture early in the morning to get quick relief.


Heeng is also called Asafoetida. It is mainly cultivated in Iran and Afghanistan. In India, it is grown in Kashmir and some parts of Punjab. It is a latex gum extracted from several species of a perennial herb called ferula. It consists of resins, gum, volatile oil and ash.

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Types of Asafoetida:

Asafoetida can be categorized into two types which are white asafoetida and black asafoetida. White asafoetida has a strong smell and is in a crystalline form. It is also known as diamond like asafetida, and has more medicinal value. The blackish one is used in cooking and has uncommon taste. Recently several different varieties of asafetida are available in the market. For eliminating the impurities of asafetida, it must be dissolved in water and boiled in an iron pan till all the water is vanished.

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Benefits of Asafoetida:

It is commonly used in Indian cuisine and its strong flavor sometimes does not favor many. Only minute quantity is enough to give required flavor in making different recipes such as different dals, baked kand, Dhokla, Gujrati kadhi, upmas, rasams, rava-dosa and many more food items.

The main health benefits of heeng are as given below:

  • It is useful in treating stomach problems and helps in digestion and treatment of abdominal injury.
  • It is helpful in curing respiratory disorder such as bronchitis, asthama, and common cold.
  • It is good for other stomach problems including stomach gas, intestinal gas, irritable bowel, colon problems.
  • It is helpful to resume stooped menstrual period.
  • It soothes ear ache and head ache.
  • Its application is good for removing ringworm infections.
  • It reduces the sugar level in blood and helps to control diabetes.
  • It controls high blood pressure.
  • It helps in cancer.
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