Asafoetida (Heeng)

Asafoetida is used as a digestive aid, in food as a condiment, and in pickles. It typically works as a flavor enhancer and is a standard component of Indian cuisine, particularly in lentil curries. Hing is a drug of choice in gas trouble, distention of the abdomen and colic. As arespiratory stimulant and expectorant it is given in chronically dry cough and is used in a number of ailments like hysteria, paralysis, convulsions and syncope.