Shilajit is a truly remarkable substance with a long history of human usage for healing. It is the very best mineral supplement that we have found. It has 84 organic plant based minerals, trace minerals, and ultra-trace minerals; it also has fulvic, humic, and ulmic acids at optimal and relative amounts. It is considered one of the most important substances in the Indian system of Ayurveda medicine. In India, it is believed that there is almost no curable disease that cannot be assisted with the consumption of Shilajit.

CHEMISTRY

The general appearance of shilajit is that of a compact mass of vegetable organic matter composed of a dark red gummy matrix interspersed with vegetable fibers, sand and earthy matter. The gummy substance dissolves in water and when washed away leaves an earthy matter, vegetable fibers and a few black round button-like masses (1/8 in. in diameter) resembling peas (Chopra 1958).

Chemical analysis shows that it contains besides gums, albuminoids, traces of resin and fatty acid, a large quantity of benzoic and hippuric acids and their salts. From the medicinal point of view, the chief active substances in it are benzoic acid and benzoates (Chopra 1958).

A study of vegetation of the areas of shilajit-exuding rocks indicated that Euphorbia royleana Boiss. (family Eurporbiaceae), a latex-bearing plant abundantly growing in the Western Himalayas, is the source of organic constituents of shilajit. The major amino acid composition in the latex of E. royleana was similar to that of shilajit (Ghosal 1976). E. royleana, a member of the cactus family, is commonly known as churee.

Trifolium repens L. (family Leguminosae) has also been found growing abundantly in the vicinity of shilajit-bearing rocks and are responsible, at least in part, for the formation of shilajit (Ghosal 1987). Trifolium repens is commonly known as white clover.

Shilajit has long been regarded as a bitumen (asphalt) or mineral resin, or as a plant fossil exposed by elevation of the Himalayas, has now been subjected to extensive chemical investigations and it has now been shown to contain significant quantities of organic compounds, including bioactive oxygenated dibeno-alpha-pyrones, tirucallane triterpenes, phenolic lipids and small tannoids.

Shilajit is essentially constituted of fresh and modified remnants of humus (10-70% of the water-soluble fraction of shilajit), admixed with plant and microbial metabolites occurring in the rock rhizosphere of its natural habitat. (Mukherjee 1992).

FOLKLORE

Himalayan tribal villagers, who were observing white monkeys migrating to the higher mountains in summer months, made the discovery of Shilajit. The monkeys were observed to lick the semi-solid substance exuding out of the rock crevices.

Since observing animal behaviors were an important part of healthcare research in ancient times, those villagers attributed the great strength and longevity of those monkeys to this substance. Curious by the thought, they themselves started taking the substance and reported a broad spectrum of improvement in their health and stamina. It gave them more energy, relieved digestive problems, increased sex drive, improved memory, etc. (Dabur 2003).

LONGEVITY

The Caraka states that Shilajit enables the user to witness a hundred summers on earth, free from disease and decay. It is said that 7.75 lbs. (3.5 kilos) of Shilajit taken successively, adds a century to the duration of the human life, while 77.5 lbs. (35 kilos) are said to extend lifetime in increments of a century up to one thousand years. (Bhishagratna 1998).

SYNOPISIS OF BENEFITS

This is a brief description of what Shilajit is said to help with. We encourage you to do further research for yourself (please note disclaimer at the end of this document).  Shilajit is known as a very potent antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and oxidation of the body’s cells. For this reason, it is thought to promote longevity.

It is said that Shilajit can be used to reduce pain and treat inflammation. Many people consume it to treat arthritis, joint, and muscle pain. Although some use Shilajit to obtain relief from kidney stones, use caution if the stones are made of uric acid or if uric acid crystals are in the urine as uric acid increases with the administration of Shilajit. For this same reason, Shilajit is not recommended for those suffering from metabolic acidosis, gouty arthritis or gout.

Shilajit is used to strengthen the nervous system and help with stress, mental fatigue, epilepsy, anxiety, and depression. It is also thought to promote better concentration, increased learning ability, and enhance memory.

It’s used to treat heart related ailments and maintain normal blood pressure. Shilajit can be beneficial to the digestive system, stomach, and intestines. It can relieve indigestion, gastritis, constipation, and pain in the abdomen.

It is thought to protect and enhance the workings of the kidneys, pancreas, and thyroid gland as well as increase blood circulation.  Shilajit is considered by some to be a protector of the liver, as it maintains proper secretion of enzymes and juices that are essential to healthy metabolism. Any antimicrobial activity protects the body.

It has been used as a strong immune system booster that protects the body from many types of illnesses, diseases, and infections, and has been used to treat many respiratory problems, like cough and asthma. Shilajit can have antihistamine effects and so can be used for allergy symptom relief.

Shilajit can has also been said to increase physical strength, energy and stamina, making it great for hard working people and athletes. It is said to increase sperm count in men and regulate sex hormones; thus, it is thought to be a sexual enhancer.

Many people with diabetes consume Shilajit, as it seems to help metabolize blood glucose and remove harmful toxins from the body as well as fight new toxin buildup.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

One suggested dosage is to take Shilajit powder with milk, 1 oz. or more a day for severe conditions; 0.25 – 1 tsp. three times per day otherwise (Tirtha 1998). (Note: in our opinion, our current condition is beyond severe, almost everyone on the planet has been completely demineralized of necessary organic plant based minerals).

Shilajit is used for edema, particularly in weak types, 1-2 grams twice a day with water or milk. For diabetes sufferers it has been recommended in much higher doses such as 1 g twice per day. Shilajit mixes well with Ashwagandha for seminal debility and with gokshura as a urinary tonic. For the treatment of both male and female infertility, it can be taken in higher doses of 1 tsp twice per day. For men combine with Ashwagandha and for women with Shatavari.

Consider Shilajit in all urinary disorders. Shilajit is considered by some to be among the best herbs for the long-term management of diabetes mellitus where it should be combined with royal jelly, bee pollen, honey, and propolis.

SHILAJIT MODERN USES INCLUDE

  • As a powerful immune system booster
  • Diabetes sufferers
  • Help with respiratory conditions and coughs
  • Sexual enhancer
  • Potent vitamin and mineral source
  • Longevity and anti-aging
  • As an energy booster
  • As an adaptogen
  • Arthritis and joint pain relief
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Aid memory and concentration
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce physical and mental fatigue
  • Help with anxiety and depression
  • Maintain heart health
  • Help with high blood pressure
  • Improve digestion
  • Gastritis, constipation and indigestion relief
  • Liver and pancreas protection
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Protect and maintain the thyroid gland
  • Increase metabolism
  • Aiding enzyme secretion
  • Anti-microbial properties
  • Increase physical strength and endurance
  • Help with premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction
  • Urinary problems and kidney stones relief
  • To detoxify and remove toxins from the body
  • Help with anemia and ulcers
  • Increase natural growth hormone production

This is a list of suggested usage from referenced sources.

DOCUMENTED INDICATIONS

Cardiovascular

Päìòutä (anemia) (Dash 1991).

Rakta (vitiation of blood) (Dash 1991).

Reduces blood sugar (Tierra 1988).

Dermatological

Parasitic diseases of the skin (Chopra 1958).

Skin diseases (Frawley 2001).

Leprosy (Chopra 1958).

Endocrinology, reproductive system, obstetrics/gynecology, prostate

Sexual debility (Frawley 1989) (Frawley 2001).

Sexual vitality (Puri 2003).

Infertility (Tierra 1988).

Menstrual disorders(Frawley 2001).

Post partum health (Puri 2003).

Thyroid disfunction (Lad 2002).

Gastrointestinal

Digestive troubles (Chopra 1958).

Chardi (vomiting) (Dash 1991).

Arças (piles or hemorrhoids ) (Dash 1991) (Frawley 2001).

Krimi (parasitic infestation) (Dash 1991) (Frawley 2001).

Hematology, lymphatic, cancer

Edema (dropsy) (Chopra 1958) (Frawley 1989) (Frawley 2001).

Spleen enlargement (Halpern 2003).

Cancer (Frawley 1989).

Immunology, AIDS, infectious diseases

Weakness (Frawley 2001).

Debility (Frawley 2001).

Kñaya (comsumption) (Dash 1991) (Tierra 1988).

Immunomodulater (Puri 2003).

AIDS (Frawley 1989).

Liver and Gallbladder

Jaundice (Frawley 2001).

Gall stones (Frawley 2001).

Udara (obstinate abdominal diseases including ascites) (Dash 1991).

Neurology, psychiatry

Nervous diseases (Chopra 1958).

Antistress (Frawley 1989)(Puri 2003).

Epilepsy (Frawley 2001).

Unmade (insanity) (Dash 1991) (Frawley 2001).

Respiratory (lower and upper respiratory tract including ears, nose, throat, sinuses)

Çväsa (dyspnoea) (Dash 1991).

Chronic bronchitis (Chopra 1958).

Asthma (Chopra 1958) (Frawley 2001).

Mouth diseases (Dash 1991).

Rheumatological, orthopedic, muscles, contusions

Obesity (Frawley 1989)(Frawley 2001).

Fractures (Chopra 1958) (Tierra 1988) (Puri 2003).

Arthritis (Halpern 2003-2)

Osteoarthritis (Tierra 1988).

Spondylosis (Tierra 1988).

Bodybuilding (Muscular hypertrophy) (Bucci 2000)

Urinary tract system (kidney, ureter, bladder)

Pameha (obstinate urinary disorders including diabetes) (Dash 1991) (Frawley 1989).

Seeta meha (renal glycosuria, a type of Kapha diabetes) (Qutab 1996)

Sikata meha (Lithuria, a type of Kapha diabetes) (Qutab 1996)

Shanai meha (Frequent urination caused by a stone in prostate area) (Qutab 1996)

Shukara meha (spermoruia) (Qutab 1996)

Diabetes (Frawley 1989)(Frawley 2001).

Kidney stones (renal calculi) (Chopra 1958) (Frawley 2001).

Cystitis (Frawley 2001).

Dysuria (Frawley 1989)(Frawley 2001).

Chronic urinary tract problems (Tierra 1988).

Urinary tract infections (Frawley 1989).

Urinary Tonic (Halpern 2003).

Kidney Tonic (Frawley 1989)(Frawley 2001).

Other Uses

Yogavähi, which means that it enhances the properties of other herbs (Dash 1991). It acts as a catalytic agent for promoting the action of the other tonic agents.

Geriatric tonic (Frawley 1989) (Puri 2003).

Tonic (Vata and Kapha) (Frawley 2001).

Rejuvenative (Frawley 2001).

Tissues and Systems

Shilajit affects the nerve and reproductive tissues and the urinary, nervous and reproductive systems (Frawley 2001). It also has specific action on the endocrine system and affects all tissue systems. It also strengthens agni (digestive fire) and reduces ama (toxins) (Halpern 2003).

Actions

Herbal actions are alterative, diuretic, lithotroptic, antiseptic, tonic, and rejuvenative. Other actions include anodyne, anthelmintic and blood sugar reducer. It also has a laxative effect and has absorbing and purifying properties.

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