Shilajeet (Shilajit) (Asphaltum)
Botanical Name :- Asphaltum
English Name :- Mineral Pitch
Shilajeet is produced in rocks in the Himalayan region. It is a type mineral that drips from the cracks of the rocks during hot season. The bio-transformed plant matter is extruded from the rocks by geothermal pressures. that is Shilajeet. It is collected in raw form and further purified.
Shilajeet is a very important Ayurvedic medicine . In the raw form it is a bituminous substance, which is a compact mass of vegetable organic matter composed of dark red gummy matrix. It is bitter in taste. in the Ayurvedic texts it is called as silajatu or shilajatu, but is commonly known as Shilajeet. Shilajeet means conqueror of mountains or destroyer of weakness in Ayurvedic texts.
Shilajeet is a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent and has antioxidant properties.Shilajit is generally useful as health tonic or traditional nutritional supplement but has many therapeutic uses as described below.
Therapeutic Indications of Shilajeet:
High cholesterol levels
Degenerative disease of spine
Infertility due to oligospermia
How to Use Shilajeet:
Shilajit should be taken with hot milk to avoid side effects.
Capsule form of Shilajit is also available and is easier to take. The liquid form of Shilajeet should be taken in dosage of 1 to 5 drops adding it in a cup of warm milk.
Recommended Dose & Duration of Shilajit
Shilajeet should be taken under medical supervision only. It can be used for long-term basis. Recommendations may vary according to the need and disease of the patient. Some common recommendations of Shilajit use are written below:
General Tonic 2 to 4 weeks
Diabetes or Frequent Urination 3 to 6 weeks
General Fatigue 4 to 8 weeks
Gout & Hyperuricemia 3 to 5Months
Hypercholesterolinaemia: 3 to 5 Months
Heart failure 3 to 6 Months
Chronic Kidney Failure Lifelong as Chandraprabha Vati (Shilajit’s formulation)
Precautions & Side Effects
No major side effects reported with prescribed dosage. The higher dosage exceeding 1 gram a day may cause following side effects.
Excessive Heat Sensation in the body
Burning sensation in feet & hands
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