Asafoetida Resin, also known as Ferula or Devil’s Dung, is a herb commonly used to promote digestion. It possesses acrid and bitter tastes and has a warm property. It enters the Spleen and Stomach meridians and is typically consumed in a dosage of 0.5-1.5g. It can be taken as a powder or pills (1-1.5g) or as a tincture (0.25-1ml).

The herb has several actions and indications. It regulates Qi and invigorates the Blood, making it effective in dispersing abdominal distention caused by constipation and eliminating meat stagnation due to overeating. It can also address abdominal swelling and blood stasis syndrome, as well as relieve cold pain in the Heart and abdomen, chest and abdominal distention, and pain.

Asafoetida Resin exhibits heat-clearing properties, making it useful in treating conditions such as fever, dysentery, enteritis, and malaria. Additionally, it is known for its anthelmintic properties, effectively killing intestinal parasites and roundworms.

The herb is beneficial in resolving and expelling Cold Phlegm, making it suitable for treating chronic bronchitis, croup, and pertussis. It also regulates the uterus and can be used to address amenorrhea and spasmodic dysmenorrhea.

However, there are contraindications to consider. Asafoetida Resin should be avoided by individuals with Spleen and Stomach Deficiency. It is also contraindicated during pregnancy.


Asafoetida Resin, also known as Ferula or Devil’s Dung, is a herb that promotes digestion. It has various actions and indications, including regulating Qi and invigorating the Blood, clearing Heat, killing parasites, resolving Cold Phlegm, and regulating the uterus. However, it should not be used by those with Spleen and Stomach Deficiency or during pregnancy.