Last Updated: September 28 2022

Ferula foetida (the active oleoresin being called Ferula asafoetida) is a supplement catered towards lung and gastrointestinal health, and is used as a carminative agent. It may also have benefits to cognition and usage as an aphrodisiac.

Asafoetida is most often used for

What else is Asafoetida known as?
Note that Asafoetida is also known as:
  • Asant
  • Food Of The Gods
  • Jowani Badian
  • Stinking Gum
  • Giant Fennel
  • Hing
  • Mvuje
  • Anghuzeh
  • Stinkasant
  • Ferula Asafoetida
  • Devil's Dung
Dosage information

Supplementation in rats tend to use 200-400mg/kg of the gum or oleoresin, which leads to an estimated human dosage of:

  • 2,200-4,400mg for a 150lb person
  • 2,900-5,800mg for a 200lb person
  • 3,600-7,300mg for a 250lb person

These are estimated human dosages based on the animal research, and it is not known if they are the optimal human doses or not.

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1.^Mahendra P, Bisht SFerula asafoetida: Traditional uses and pharmacological activityPharmacogn Rev.(2012 Jul)
2.^Ahmed AA, Hegazy ME, Zellagui A, Rhouati S, Mohamed TA, Sayed AA, Abdella MA, Ohta S, Hirata TFerulsinaic acid, a sesquiterpene coumarin with a rare carbon skeleton from Ferula speciesPhytochemistry.(2007 Mar)
4.^Vijayalakshmi, Adiga S, Bhat P, Chaturvedi A, Bairy KL, Kamath SEvaluation of the effect of Ferula asafoetida Linn. gum extract on learning and memory in Wistar ratsIndian J Pharmacol.(2012 Jan)
5.^Lee JH, Choi S, Lee Y, Lee HJ, Kim KH, Ahn KS, Bae H, Lee HJ, Lee EO, Ahn KS, Ryu SY, Lü J, Kim SHHerbal compound farnesiferol C exerts antiangiogenic and antitumor activity and targets multiple aspects of VEGFR1 (Flt1) or VEGFR2 (Flk1) signaling cascadesMol Cancer Ther.(2010 Feb)
6.^Abd El-Razek MHA new ester isolated from Ferula assa-foetida LBiosci Biotechnol Biochem.(2007 Sep)
9.^Shokoohinia Y, Chianese G, Appendino G, Di Marzo V, De Petrocellis L, Ghannadi A, Taghvayi R, Fattahian K, Soltani R, Taglialatela-Scafati OSome like it pungent and vile. TRPA1 as a molecular target for the malodorous vinyl disulfides from asafoetidaFitoterapia.(2013 Aug 13)
12.^Sayed AAFerulsinaic acid attenuation of diabetic nephropathyEur J Clin Invest.(2013 Jan)
14.^Pradeep KU, Geervani P, Eggum BOInfluence of spices on utilization of sorghum and chickpea proteinPlant Foods Hum Nutr.(1991 Jul)
17.^Fatehi M, Farifteh F, Fatehi-Hassanabad ZAntispasmodic and hypotensive effects of Ferula asafoetida gum extractJ Ethnopharmacol.(2004 Apr)