Shilajit also know as ‘asphaltum punjabinum’ is widely used in curing many health ailments.
Parts Used: Mineral Pitch
Tissues: Works on all Tissues
Systems: Urinary, Reproductive, Nervous, Circulatory
Properties: Diuretic, Rejuvenative tonic, Nervine, Sedative, alternative, anthelmintic, anti-microbial, lithotriptic, aphrodisiac.
Shilajit is a Sanskrit word meaning “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness.”
It is a black tar-like mineral pitch that exudes from certain rocks in the Himalayan regions, in the summer season, and forms as a result of the decomposing vegetation.
There are several types of shilajit, such as black, red, gold, white and blue, but in general it is the black variety that is used for medicinal purposes.
It is an indispensable medicine in Ayurveda, revered as being able to treat a wide array of diseases.
It is a rich source of minerals in ionic form, such as magnesium, zinc, iron and silica, as well as humic acid and fulvic acid.
It helps to build rakta dhatu (blood) and asthi dhatu (bone).
Because of its heating, drying and scraping action, it helps to balance kapha, but in excess it may be too heating to pitta and reducing to vata.
For this reason, it needs to be used care and is often taken along with other tonic herbs.
Furthermore, even though it is nourishing to the bodily tissues, it should be used with caution in wasting types of conditions due to excess vata in the muscle and fat tissues.
Shilajit is a rejuvenative to the kidneys, urinary tract, reproductive and immune systems, as well as the lungs.
It helps to regulate apana vayu and is used for reproductive disorders such as infertility ad sterility, dysmenorrhea associated with high vata, urinary diseases, and diabetes.
Its powerful kapha managing properties make it useful for breaking down and flushing out kidney and gallstones, and reducing high cholesterol and obesity.
In the case of adult on-set diabetes, it combines well with neem and turmeric to control blood sugar levels and to prevent weight gain.
For under active thyroid function, it can be formulated with guduchi or kaishore guggulu.
Shilajit is a far better choice than any dangerous allopathy medicine , due to its ability to increase virility and sexual stamina while maintaining the normal tone of the genital organs.
For this, it is best combined with ashwagandha in a ratio of 1 to 3.
Do you know any other benefits of Shilajit or can it be used in some other innovative manner? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.
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