Hing (Ferula asafoetida)
Asafoetida (Ferula asafoetida) is the dried sap obtained from the roots of Ferula plants. While it’s native to Afghanistan and Iraq, asafoetida is commonly used in Indian cuisine where it’s dried, ground into a spice, and referred to as hing.
In addition to adding a distinct flavor to dishes, asafoetida has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. In Ayurvedic medicine, hing is used to aid digestion and gas, as well as treat bronchitis and kidney stones.
Studies have shown this herb to have the following actions:-
Digestive: Asafoetida helps to boost digestion by increasing the activity of digestive enzymes. Specifically, it increase the release of bile from the liver, which is needed for the digestion of fat.