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Asa Foetida - Appendix symptoms - T.F. Allen

Gum Of The Stinkasand, Asafoetida, Asafoetida, Asaf.

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HPUS indication of Asa Foetida: Flatulence

Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Asa Foetida in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.

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At night, when lying on back, has palpitation and suffocative feeling, and as if the heart would burst; he must sit up, which relieves him. Fits of low spirits. Heart sometimes beats very feebly.

Faintness on beginning to eat, especially at dinner, with full and frequent beating of heart, with the faintness, anxiety as if he would die, alternate heat and chill, sweat on small of back, and trembling.

After meals, flatulent distension of abdomen, making heart beat very feebly with faintness.

Dull pain and fulness in left side of head, with bleeding from left nostril, and heart beating slowly.

Fulness and throbbing in head, heart beats feebly, and apprehension.

When faint, if he breathes deeper, the heart beats fuller and the faintness decreases; if he holds the breath, the heart becomes very feeble.


1, Franz, Collection Archiv., 1, 3, 195 (provings by Stapf, Gross, and Hahnemann); 2, Voigtel, ibid. (from Syst. d. Arzm.); 3, Provings by Jöerg and his class (Jöerg Materialien), symptoms obtained from the crude drug; 4, Lemke, N. Z. f. h. Kl., 13, 129, proving with crude drug; 5, Dr. Boas, Casp. Wach., 1841 (external application in a plaster); 6, Jahr, A. H. Z., 15, 63.


Ferula Asafoetida, Linn. Nat. order, Umbelliferae. Common name (German), Stinkasand. Preparation, Tincture of the gum.



Authority.7, E. W. Berridge, The Organon, vol. ii, p. 258, Mr. ---, aet twenty years, took some ethereal tincture of Asafoetida.

Rush of blood to head, and increased action of heart on the slightest excitement.

Palpitation, with faintness, rush of blood to head, flushing of face, anxiety, and slow breathing, from excitement.

Attacks of faintness, followed by fluttering of heart, with the faintness sweat on small of back, hot and cold alternately and trembling. Feeling of suffocation in throat on taking a full inspiration.

Shooting from just below left nipple through to back, on walking.

Faintness, with quick pulse; the faintness is worse the day after a seminal emission (to which he was subject before he took the drug).

Woke in night with distension of stomach, pain across chest, and feeble heart.

Fulness of head when riding in a carriage, with feeling as if nose were stopped up high up, so that he cannot breathe through it.

Heart's action is quickened by a deep inspiration.

If he sleeps on left side, he wakes up feeling faint, and with slow action of heart.

Fears paralysis or softening of brain.

Continual pain about region of heart, with slight oppression of breathing the pain temporarily relieved by eructations.

At times slight inclination to faint, accompanied by great apprehension.

If he thinks of having taken the drug, it brings on the faintness.

Faintness and feeble of heart. Inability to walk fast or uphill. Apprehension. Depression. Occasional tingling in legs after much walking. Faintness is worse after seminal emissions. Cold sensation in head,

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