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Distemper in a Dog. Assa foetida half drachma, Alloes one scruple, Sope ten grains, Beat into a small ball with tragle (treacle), This ball may be repeated every third day for three times, if the disease is not intirely recovered, repeat it again in 3 weaks or a month.

Asafoetida

Also known as devil’s dungstinking gum, or giant fennel, it is the dried latex (gum oleoresin) exuded from the living underground rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula, which is a perennial herb (1 to 1.5 m high).

The species is native to the mountains of Afghanistan, and is mainly cultivated in nearby India.

This spice is used as a digestive aid, in food as a condiment, and in pickles.

Medical applications

  • In India, it is used as antibiotic and it keeps children healthy by protecting them from diseases.
  • Asafoetida was used in 1918 to fight the Spanish influenza pandemic. In 2009, scientists reported that the roots of Asafoetida produce natural antiviral drug compounds that kill the swine flu virus.
  • It is also said to be helpful in cases of asthma and bronchitis. A folk tradition remedy for children’s colds: it is mixed into a pungent-smelling paste and hung in a bag around the afflicted child’s neck.
  • Asafoetida has a broad range of uses in traditional medicine as an antimicrobial, with well documented uses for treating chronic bronchitis and whooping cough, as well as reducing flatulence.
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