Properties and Uses:Antispasmodic, carminative, nervine, expectorant, laxative, sedative. Asafetida acts as a local stimulant to mucous Membrane, particularly that of the alimentary canal. It has been found useful for whooping cough, asthma, and bronchitis, as well as for croup arid flatulent colic in infants. It was formerly used as a sedative for Hysteria, infantile convulsions, and -spasmodic nervous conditions. The rootstock's musky odor makes it a good substitute for musk oil.