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Sawbones: Asafoetida

An illustration of two blue snakes twisting around a radius and ulna bone topped with a handsaw coming off either side to form a caduceus staff. The snake on the left is wearing a red dunce cap and the snake on the right is wearing a red graduation cap. The background is a pop art style red to blue fade. At the bottom of the image it says “Sawbones” with “A marital tour of misguided medicine” written below that.

If you’re like Dr. Sydnee and your TikTok algorithm keeps advertising medical substances at you, perhaps you’ve heard of asafoetida. It’s a pungent resin derived from a plant, and has culinary appeal as well as reportedly some medical benefits. But what, if any, research and evidence do we have about these medicinal claims? And most importantly, what does it really smell like? We need to know, for science.

Music: “Medicines” by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

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