GC Katiragoond or Tragacanth gum has varied uses, which are not limited to consumption and include uses in several other industries. It is also an important part of Ayurvedic treatment due to its medicinal properties. Tragacanth gum, commonly known as "gond katira" is a gum naturally obtained from the extract (sap) of the various species of the herb Astragalus. The gum is viscous (jelly-like), odorless (with no smell), and tasteless. Tragacanth gum is soluble in water and is obtained mainly from the root of the plant. GC Katiragoond gum is a medium-sized deciduous tree with horizontally spreading branches, growing to a maximum height of about 15 m (49 ft). This gum is odorless, tasteless, and a water-soluble mixture obtained from the sap of the plant and then dried.