Shilajit is a thick, blackish-brown, sticky substance made from plants and organic matter. These plants and organic matter have been trapped by many layers of rocks over millions of years. It has been found in the areas surrounding India, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Central Asia, Altai and Caucasus Mountains, and Scandinavia. But it is most commonly found in the mountains of Himalayas. Shilajit is the mineral-rich matter flowed out of the rocks due to the extreme variations of hot and cold weather. These extreme variations of weather combined with the massive pressure from the weight of the mountains. Shilajit is a worldwide famous ayurvedic medicine. Its description is present in old Ayurvedic Granths in details.
“Rasoparas-Sutender Ratan Loheashu Yeh Gunah
Vasanti Te Shiladhatu Jara- Mrityu Jigishaya”
It means Abrkadi Maharas, Gandhak Adhi Upras, Sutender (Parad), Manikay Adhi Ratan and Loh- Swarn etc. has the properties to win the death. And Shilajit has all these properties. Salajeet can be defined as the Destroyer of Weakness and Conqueror of Mountains.
Shilajit has anti-inflammatory , adaptogenic, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and anti-dyslipidemic properties. Therefore silajit is used as a natural remedy for the following health problems such as anemia, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, digestive disorders, eczema, high cholesterol, arthritis, and ulcer. Salajeet also protects from osteoporosis by strengthening bones, protects against stress. Black Asphaltum is very useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. To know better about natural cures and remedies of Shilajit. Let us discuss some details about Shilaj.
- Types of Shilajit
- Properties of Shilajit
- Effects of Shilajit on Three Doshas
- Natural Cures and Remedies of Shilajit
Types of Shilajit
Shilajit is related to four metals and it is of four types.
- Copper (Tamra Garbh) – Blue in color.
- Silver (Rajat Garbh) – White in color.
- Gold (Suvarna Garbh) – Red in color.
- Iron (Lauha Garbh) – Blackish Brown in color – It is used for healing.
According to Sushruta, shilaj is of six types including four types discussed above. Ranga and Seesa are the other two types of silajit. Maharishi Charak has mentioned Loh Shilajit as the best type of salajeet. The energetic qualities of shilaj are Rasa, Virya, and Vipaka.
Shilajit is known by different names – Silajit, Salajeet, Shilaj, Shilamay, Shilaswed, and Shilaniryas. In Yunnani language it is called as Momiyai. Black Asphaltum and Asphaltum Punjabianum are its Latin name. Mineral Pitch or Mineral Wax is its English name.
Properties of Shilajit
According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, qualities of silajit are the best than the other medicines. Because the qualities of shilajit are familiar to qualities present in the gemstones like a diamond.
Saint Attriya said
“Na Soasit Rogo Bhuvi Sadhya Roop
Shilayam Yatr Jayat Prasam”
It means there is no disorder in this atmosphere that can not be cured with salajeet. Its potency is hot. According to the Vaid Dhanwantri, the taste of shilajit is astringent, pungent and bitter.
Effects of Shilajit on Three Doshas
Black Asphaltum is effective for three doshas  like Vata, Pitta, and kapha for weight loss. Rasa is the taste you feel. And your first reaction to the substance. In Ayurveda, there are six tastes – sweet, sour, salty, pungent, astringent, and bitter. These six tastes can cure the doshas which have positive or negative effects on the body. When a person develops the taste. The body leads to the production of healthy tissues and normal physiology. When too much or too little of a specific taste is consumed, the body leads with faulty function. And it Results in a disease.
Virya is potency. It has a heating or cooling effect of the substance on the body. If the substance has a warm virya. It will relieve vata and kapha doshas while accelerating Agni. If the substance has a cool virya, it will relieve pitta dosha while reducing Agni. Our digestion process organizes by a force in our body that is Agni. The substance tastes which have a warm virya are pungent, sour and salty. Cooling virya substance taste consists of sweet, bitter and astringent.
Vipaka is the eternal effect. The post-digestive effect of the substance on your body after it is digested. These three types of vipakas are sweet, sour and pungent. But should not be mixed with rasa qualities. Because rasa has different effects on our body. Substances which have sweet vipaka nourish our body. They are mostly alkaline substances that alleviate saliva in our mouth. They also help in elimination.
Substances which have a sweet vipaka taste. They increase kapha dosha and relieve from vata and pitta doshas. Substances with a sour vipaka taste increase the acidity of our stomach. And improve the function of the digestive enzymes which generally helps in digestion. Substances which have a sour vipaka increase the pitta and kapha doshas and pacify the vata dosha. Substances with a pungent vipaka are purifying and decrease the dhatus in our body. They tend to tighten the tissues of the body and dry them out.
Rasa of shilajit is astringent, pungent, and bitter. The astringent taste has a pungent vipaka and a cool virya. And its qualities are dry and cool. The astringent taste of shilajit will relieve from pitta and kapha dosha while the increase in vata dosha. The pungent taste of shilaj has warm virya and a pungent vipaka. Its major qualities are hot, dry, motile, subtle and light. This taste will relief kapha dosha while increase pitta and vata dosha.
The bitter taste of silajit has a cool virya and a pungent vipaka. Its qualities are light, dry, cool, and motile. The virya taste of salajeet is warm and its vipaka taste is pungent. The warming effect increases pitta dosha. But it is a wonderful substance for the use in vata and kapha doshas.
According to the Ayurvedic textbooks, Charaka Samhita describes the Loh type of shilajit as its best type. It has an iron that has cool, bitter and saline; and pungent properties in vipaka. It also said that silajit has the smell of cow’s urine.
Natural Cures and Remedies of Shilajit
Black Asphaltum drink is also taken for rejuvenation. It has unimaginable and awesome beneficial effects on your body. Silajeet improves life and maintains a positive effect on our health. It treats insomnia, paralysis, physical as well as mental fatigue, laziness, and weakness. Silajit maintains the proper balance between three doshas vata, kapha, and pitta. It increases the stability and smoothness of the muscles. Silaj also stimulates the enzymes of the stomach which are responsible for digestion and metabolism. Black Asphaltum nourishes your body and provides excellent glow and complexion as well as energize of our full body. The person who takes shilajit regularly, their muscles became compact, stable, even and well proportioned. They enrich with the excellence of strength, complexion, and senses.
Following are the natural cures and remedies of Silajit.
1. Shilajit as a Rejuvenator
Shilajit is a natural substance that acts as a rejuvenator. You can take 150 mg of shilaj and Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry) rasayan with cow’s milk twice a day. Amalaki Rasyan is available in the market easily.
2. For Weight Loss
Take 200 mg of salajeet with the honey mix in the water. Take this for 3 months you will see the results. It is effective in weight loss because of the presence of anti-oxidants in it.
3. Physical Weakness
Take 125 mg of shilajit with milk containing honey. Take this for 2 months regularly you will see body becomes healthy. And the capability of your physical work increases.
4. Shilajit for Fever
Silajit has laxative, antiperiodic, antipyretic properties. It is a bitter stomach tonic. It is used with neem-bark and black-pepper (Kali Mirch) as an antiperiodic by people suffering from fever in the form of an infusion. An antiperiodic is “a drug that prevents the regular recurrence of symptoms. Shilaj is also used as a febrifuge. It is a medicine used to decrease fever.
5. Mental Weakness
Take 400 mg of Shilajit + Brahm Ghrit + Sarswatarisht to recover from mental weakness. It will also help to increase your memory power and treat your brain disorders. Brahm Ghrit and Sarswatarisht are available in the market of various pharmacies like Baidyanath, Dabur and Patanjali etc.
Shilajit + Loh Bhasm +Mandoor Bhasm + Abarak Bhasm + Swarn Makshik Bhasm + Saunth + Kali Mirch + Peepal + Kutki +Harad + Baheda + Amla + Nagar Mautha + Biobading + Mulethi
Take these all medicines in equal quantity. And make a powder of all these medicines. Now take empty 500 mg of capsules and fill it with the powder. You can buy these capsules and other medicines from the market. Take 1 capsule thrice a day (Morning + Afternoon and Evening) with fresh sugarcane juice. This is the best treatment for anemia. It is also effective in Jaundice.
7. Urinary Problems
Take Black Asphaltum with Gohkahru powder for urinary problems. You can also take Shilajit and Sat Biroja with the Kachi Lassi of milk for wounds in the urinary tract.
Take silajit with Gudmar (Gymnema Sylvestre) + Karela Powder to cure diabetes. Gudmar reduces the blood sugar level. You can also take shilajit + Haldi Powder with amla juice (Indian Gooseberry) to cure diabetes.
Shilaj + Banslochan + Rumi Mastagi + Kundru + Raal + Sheetal Mirch + Chotti Elaichi (cardamom). Take all these medicines in equal quantity. Mix them with the sandal oil and make small tablets. Take 2-2 tablets thrice a day with water and kachi lassi of milk. It will cure diabetes, urinary problems effectively.
9. Stomach Disorders
For stomach related problems you can take 200 mg of salajeet with cow’s urine. It will immediately cure stomach disorders.
To cure leprosy or rakt pit. Take shilajit with Madhu yashti powder or churna.
Take shilaj + Rudanti Powder with goat’s milk to cure tuberculosis.
12. Testosterone Level
Loh Bhasm + Bhang Bhasm + Nag Bhasm + safed musli + Konch Beej Mjja + Salam Panja + Shatavari + Ashwagandha
Take all these medicines in equal quantity ( 10 gm each ). And mix it with 20 gm of shilajit. Make capsules of 500 mg from these medicines. Take these capsules thrice a day.
13. For Stones
You can take 125 mg shilajit with an equal amount of Talmakhana Asteracntha Longifolia (Talimkhana Hydrophilia Spinosa seed) to remove the stone from kidney and gall bladder. Take pangavya of talmakhana i.e. root, stem, seed, leaves, and fruit of talmakhana.
Use shilajit with stone licking (Patthar Chat) to cure the kidney and gall bladder stones.
14. Shilajit as a Revitalizer
Silajit acts as a revitalizer increasing physical performance. It provides relief from mental and physical fatigue with the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the source of energy in our body. The key constituents in shilajit i.e. fulvic acid and dibenzo pyrenes are responsible for these effects.
The presence of polyphenols compounds such as fulvic acids, triterpenoids and benzoic acid in shilajit samples have antioxidant activity, cellular repairing, and regeneration. It plays a very important role in decreasing acid-pepsin secretion, cell shedding, gastric ulcer index. Salajeet has a tendency to increase mucin secretion and carbohydrate/ protein ratio which has a very important role as an anti-oxidant effect and anti-inflammatory. It is also listed in the section of anti-anxiety and anti-stress effects of shilajit. Silajit assists in the healing of gastric ulcer as well as the anti-inflammatory action in wound healing more rapidly. The conclusion of this study states that shilajit has antiulcer, antioxidant, hypolipidemic, regenerative and repairing effects.
In conclusion there are various natural cures and remedies of salajeet. To buy shilajit you should know about its reality. Because today shilajit is sold in an artificial form. Actually, merchants make the shilajit melted with the heat of the fire. And mix it with the gum of sita supari and sell it. Due to this, it smells like a shilajit melted by the heat of the sun. You can say that it smells like a real shilajit. Shilajit is also prepared from the mixture of ash of the paddy husk and Jaggery. You can also buy shilajit of various pharmacies. The melted form of shilajit by the heat of the sun finds very less. So use it carefully.
 Health Line
 California College of Ayurveda