Ayurveda recommends Shilajit for men and women. It is used in ayurvedic treatments for PCOS, weight loss, erectile dysfunction and diabetes. It boosts immunity.
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The sun rays of Greeshma Ritu or summer season warms up the boulders of Himalaya Mountains. A thick, sticky, tar like substance comes out of these boulders. This is known as Shilajit or Shilajitu. This is mainly found in Himalaya and Tibet mountains, Caucasus Mountains, Altai Mountains, and mountains of Gilgit .
Shilajit is a herbo-mineral compound. According to Ayurveda when mountains get warmed due to strong rays of sun during summer, they ooze a thick semisolid black resin type substance. This is known as Shilajit. Since it has its origin in shila or stones, it is “shila – jit”
Various Sanskrit names have been coined based on its origin from mountains.
- Shilajatu – The one which originates from rock.
- Girija – the substance which is available in mountains
- Shailaniryasa – an exudate from rock
- Ashmaja – the one which has taken birth from rock.
Colours of Shilajit –
Shilajit attains various colours based on its mineral content.
Souvarna : This has gold molecules in it and looks reddish in colour
Raajata : This has silver content and looks pale
Taamra : has copper content and usually has blue tinge.
Aayasa : It is mixed with minerals of iron and looks dark.
Usually the Aayasa type of shilajit has highest medicinal properties and is considered as the best.
Purification of Shilajit:
Shilajit is purified by two methods .
- Suryataapi – by heating in scorching sunlight and this method is considered as the best.
- Agnitaapi -Another method is to purify by heating on fire.
This herbomineral substance has to be used only after purification. Pure shilajit always dissolves in warm water without leaving any residue.
Various researches (1) have shown that shilajit contains active ingredients like fulvic acids, dibenzo alpha pyrones, humins, humic acids, trace minerals, vitamins A, B complex, C and P (citrines), phospholipids and polyphenol complexes, terpenoids. Also present are microelements like cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, manganese, chrome, iron, magnesium and others.
Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of shilajit
Texts of ayurveda explain medicinal properties of shilajit as follows
Shilajit is light to digest (laghu) and reduces the moistness of body tissues (rooksha). It has pungent tastes (katu rasa), bitter (tikta rasa) and astringent (Kashaya rasa). Shilajit has hot potency (ushna veerya) and increases body heat. Shilajit balances kapha dosha.
Ayurvedic Benefits and Uses Of Shilajit :
Shilajit for Weight Loss
Since it balances kapha, Shilajit is a powerful fat burner and directs acts on medha dhatu or body fat. It helps to scrap your body fat and boost fat metabolism. It acts as a potent weight loss agent.
Shilajit for Diabetes
Ayurveda acharyas advise to use this in diabetes along with other anti-diabetic herbs. Due to its properties like anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, adaptogen etc it helps in treatment of diabetes. Since this acts as aphrodisiac it is also helpful in ayurvedic treatment for erectile dysfunction due to diabetes.
In PCOS or PCOD
PCOS or PCOD is the main cause for female infertility. Women who suffer from polycystic Ovarian Syndrome suffer from weight gain and increased blood glucose level. Since shilajit aids in Weight loss and blood sugar level control, it effectively controls formation of cysts in ovaries. Hence this drug is used in ayurvedic treatment for PCOS or PCOD. Ayurveda vaidyas recommend to use this herb along with turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom , bitter gourd (karela), ashoka, Lodhra etc.
Shilajit for Erectile Dysfunction and Male infertility
This compound helps to correct infertility in men . It improves sperm count and boosts motility. This can be a best ayurvedic remedy for erectile dysfunction. Since it controls blood sugar level and also aids weight loss, it can be used in men who suffer from erectile dysfunction due to diabetes and erectile dysfunction due to obesity. This can be administered in men who suffer from oligospermia or low sperm count. The ayurvedic herbal preparations which are used in ayurveda Vajikarana Therapy to boost men’s sexual health, usually includes shilajit as ingredient.
It boosts Memory, Immunity and Body strength.
This drug is eulogised for its immunity boosting properties and got the name rasayana. It is used as an ingredient in many chyavanprash preparations which help to boost immunity. It slows down ageing process.
It is helpful for men who want to strengthen their muscles through bodybuilding. It is recommended along with ashwagandha and tribulus or gokshura.
Texts of ayurveda stress on the fact that it increases medha (intellect) and smriti (memory). It can be used as ayurvedic memory booster or brain tonic.
Helps in Cystitis, UTI and Kidney Stones
In Joint Pain:
This can be applied externally on painful swollen joints to get rid of pain and swelling. When administered internally it helps to reduce joints pain due to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout.
Disorders of Circulatory System:
various studies have shown that shilajit helps to reduce levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides. Hence Ayurveda acharyas call it as hridya or heart friendly. Shilajit also helps to lose weight. Hence shilajit is used in Ayurvedic Weight Loss Capsules to aid weight loss and prevent other problems of obesity.
Effect on respiratory system:
Shilajit helps in chronic cough, bronchitis and whooping cough. It strengthens the lungs and boosts their immunity.
Consumption of shilajit detoxifies skin and improves skin glow. It is helpful for persons who have acne and pimple. Ayurvedic preparations which are administered to treat psoriasis, dry skin, eczema etc., contain shilajit as main ingredient.
What you should not eat when you are consuming shilajit ?
Never ever use horse gram
Avoid too much hot and spicy foods.
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