The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce

Botanical Name: Ferula asa-foetida

Common Names and Synonyms: Devil's Dung

Background: Indigenous to Iran and western Afghanistan, herbalists regard asafoetida as a sedative, antispasmodic and circulatory agent, also known to calm intestinal and digestive upsets.  As a stimulating expectorant,  its use is limited because of the sharp onion-like smell and strong taste, which comes from gummy drops which form on the roots of this herb.

Asafoetida  in the Cayce Readings
  • In the Cayce readings, the intended action of asafoetida was to relieve pain and provide proper incentive to the system.
  • Asafoetida was recommended in 4 readings for three individuals between 1923-1939.
  • The dosage was 5 grains in all readings for asafoetida.
  • Asaphoetida was to be taken with aspirin in two readings.  Other combined substances included an Alophen pill and a jigger of whiskey as described below.
Cayce Quotes on Asafoetida

    For the congestion and the condition through the larynx, the head and throat and the effect as is being produced through the digestive organs, we would take at the present time those of a specific nature.  This we would take now for four days every evening:  Five grains of asafoetida with 10 grains of aspirin with a very strong solution as would be found either from lemon heated or from a very strong alkali, as from soda. It would be well if this would be varied one one day and the other the next day - that is the acid one day and the alkaline solution the next..

    Then, to remove or relieve these conditions in the body, remove that producing same.  Remove by manipulation and heat those lesions in the dorsal region.  Best that this be done osteopathically, provided chiropractic forces or adjustments are used to bring the proper distribution of the nerve center and trace these out osteopathically to their ends, and by taking at the time when this is being taken in the system (that is, when the manipulations are being effected) those properties that will give the proper incentive to the system to function normal.  These would be found in taking every third to fifth day, five grain tablets or portions of Asafoetida.

    We would take internally, again, -

    Five grains of Asafoetida,
    One Alophen Pill,
    Two Aspirins, and
    A jigger of Whiskey;

    with a thorough massage as the body is ready for rest after taking all of these.


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