Scientists at the Kaohsiung Medial University in Taiwan have discovered that the roots of a plant used in 1918 to fight the Spanish influenza pandemic produces natural antiviral compounds that kill the swine flu virus, H1N1. Ferula asafetida is commonly known as Dung of the Devil because its foul-smelling and grows in Iran, Afghanistan and China. It is more potent in killing flu virus. The plant has a long history in Chinese folk medicine and is in a genus of plants that contain more than 230 natural healing compounds. They were aware that the root of the plant was used as an important remedy for the 1918 flu, so they wanted to see if the root contained an organic compound that was an anti-viral. Surprisingly they found it antiviral !!