The word Astragales is derived from the Greek word meaning “a stinging herb”.
It is an annual herb that grows in areas of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, with the flowers being used in folk medicine for centuries.
Its leaves are a mixture of two substances – the root of an herb, and the leaves of a plant.
There are various types of Astragals, some with edible parts, others with leaves that have no taste.
Astragalas have no bitter taste, and are commonly used as a tea, an ointment or as an herbal remedy.
It is the main ingredient in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine known as Mollis, which is derived through the process of mollification.
The roots are boiled in a pan of water for 10 minutes, then boiled for 30 minutes.
After cooling, they are ground into a powder.
This powder is used to make the medicinal herb astragon, which was introduced into India in the 16th century.
The name Astragale, a portmanteau of “astra” meaning “root”, and “grains” means “root”.