Tragacanth

Scientific Names:Astragalus Gossypinus Fisch. Var Filagineus Boiss., Astragalus Gummifer Labill, Astragalus Echidna Bge., Astragalus Verus Oliv. Astragalus Brachycalyx Fisch, Astragalus Parrowianus Boiss & Hausskn., Astragalus Creticus Lamk.
Synonyms: 
English Name: Tragacanth
Other Names in English:
Family: Leguminosae

Product Details

Health Benefits
Blood thickeners and dilute substances. Soothes the severity of warm medicines that are taken and strengthens the stomach. That’s why in Persian traditional medicine, it is mentioned that very hot and intense medicines should be taken with tragacanth. It is a bit laxative. It is useful for eye ulcers, eye pains and conjunctivitis when it is mixed with suitable medicine. Consumption of its powder is also beneficial in these cases. If tragacanth is eaten with fresh goat’s milk, it is beneficial to stop the bleeding from the breast and other internal organs, cough, chest and throat hoarseness, lung ulcers. If it is mixed with honey as a paste and keep it in the mouth it is useful for chest sicknesses. If tragacanth is mixed with appropriate medicine, it is useful for strengthening the intestines, relieving kidney, bladder, and urinary tract pain, and if it is mixed with sweet almond kernels, starch, and sugar, it is very fattening and tonic. If the glaze of Tragacanth is rubbed on the hair, hair leprosy will be prevented.

Temperament: Moderate and moist

About

The resin of some species of astragalus tree is known as Tragacanth. To extract this gum, you must first remove some soil from the lower part of the plant trunk. Then, make some notches on the lower part of the trunk near the root. The resin which extracts from the plant, after a short time, dries and hardens in the presence of air. There are two types of Tragacanths: white and yellow. White tragacanth comes in relatively thin, elongated, twisted, white, translucent, and brittle bands. Yellow tragacanth is small, irregular, yellowish, sometimes brownish, sometimes reddish, translucent, and brittle patches.
The best tragacanth should be white, smooth, relatively soft, thin, pure, odorless, and slightly sweet.

Chemical Constituents

Tragacanthin, Bassurine, Uronic Acid, Arabinose, Galacturonic Acid, Galactose, Xylose

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