The resin like substance known as Shilajit has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine as an all important component in the preparation of many different remedies. Also called asphaltum, mineral pitch and girijj, Shilajit is actually decomposed plant matter that has been undergone centuries of intense pressure in the mountains before it slowly oozes out during the summer heat. The resin is soft and slimy and pale to blackish brown in color. It has a heavy consistency and in soluble in water. It can be found in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, where it is harvested, purified and then used for a wide range of health concerns.
Purified Shilajit contains many different biochemical substances including fulvic acid, humic acid, uronic acids, hippuric acid along with benzopyrones, phenolic glycosides and amino acids. Indian Ayurvedic healers have used it for large number medical problems from arthritic pain to sexual dysfunction. It has proven to have strong anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal treatment for arthritis, rheumatism, gout, back pain and any other joint related problems. It has also been found useful in elevating mental fatigue and strengthening the nervous system, helping out with disorders like depression, stress, and even epilepsy.
Here are some other things that Shilajit has been used for:
It is believed to help with concentration, enhancing overall intelligence and learning skills.
It has been used to treat abdominal disorders including stomach pain, indigestion and constipation. It has also been helpful with piles.
It is said to help the liver function better, allowing for better a metabolism and waste elimination.
Immune System Function
It is noted as having strong anti microbial properties, helping to purify the blood and strengthen the immune system
It is also believed to be useful in helping to control blood pressure.
It has even been used to help treat cases of asthma.
It has helped relieve symptoms such as Dysurea and burning micturation
Shilajit can help metabolize glucose in the blood stream
It is believed to help the kidneys function better
In the Ayurvedic System of Medicine, Shilajit is a very important substance used for all manner of treatments including the ones mentioned above. It is also believed to help with the overall strength and endurance of men and has even been called the “Indian Viagra” for its power to help regulate the sex hormones and allow for proper functioning and higher sperm count. It is also given to patients that are recovering from a prolonged illness or surgery and can help with the absorption of vitamins and minerals in people who are suffering from a deficiency.