In Sanskrit, shilajit means, “Conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weaknesses.” Shilajit is an alchemical substance with life-giving power beyond our understanding. It is a rare tonic herbal substance collected from the Southwest Himalayas and as far north as the Northern Heavenly Mountains in China. It has been used for thousands of years as an anti-aging tonic. Many people feel it to be the chief tonic substance of Ayurvedic medicine. It is a chi tonic and a jing tonic in Chinese medicine. It is an extremely rich plant source of organic minerals. Depending on its source it contains as many between 70-85 complex minerals and trace elements. Shilajit comes from humus. Humus is the natural material that is formed when the soil’s microorganisms decompose organic material into elements used by plants. It is very high in antioxidants, nutrients, amino acids, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal phytochemicals.
The most important component in shilajit is fulvic acid. I am recommending Dragon Herbs Shilajit as the best I’ve seen in my 40 years of experience. This shilajit is 20% fulvic acid. Fulvic acid is one of nature’s most astounding and miraculous molecules. Fulvic acid has a huge molecular formula, and it is one of the largest classes of dissolved minerals and can be considered a colloid. One of the key qualities of a colloid is its extremely large surface area, which amplifies all its powers.
One of the unique qualities of shilajit is that it is a very powerful electron donor. Its ability to combine with other substances and other atoms is very, very high. This fulvic acid as the key molecule here, is one of the most powerful electron donors available. It improves the permeability of cell membranes and improves the permeability of the digestive tract, renal membranes, and capillaries. Because it is such a powerful electron donor for the repair of tissues, it greatly enhances the bioavailability of trace minerals and rebalances the electrical imbalance in damaged cells. The presence of fulvic acid ionizes minerals and makes them readily available for plant absorption and also human absorption. As already mentioned one of the advantages of a colloid is that colloids have the power of a large surface area. This large surface area is effective in detoxing the system as well as making all the minerals that are complexed with the fulvic acid very bioavailable.
In summary shilajit has a variety of functions that make it a superior tonic:
Shilajit is a strong jing tonic.
Shilajit is a powerful chi tonic.
Shilajit is a good shen tonic, as well.
Shilajit neutralizes toxins and free radicals throughout the body and is able to detox both simple and complex toxins.
Shilajit is traditionally considered to be a strong kidney tonic and also a supporter of sexual energy and enhancer of spiritual power.
One unique quality of shilajit is that its complexity allows it to be a message relay system affecting the epigenetic program because it passes information relating environmental conditions and immunity of the system into the DNA. This creates an adaptability of plants and humans to outer conditions.
Shilajit tonifies prostate function and leaking of jing, which, in simple terms, is premature ejaculation.
As a chi tonic shilajit enhances energy and eliminates fatigue.
As a shen tonic, as a result of its effects on jing and chi, shilajit improves spiritual and mental focus.
Shilajit also enhances bioavailability and action of other herbs. It is a carrier of herbs as well.
Shilajit is a strong detoxifier of free radical because it is a good electron donor.
Shilajit helps to cleanse the blood and tissues on all levels.
From a mineral perspective shilajit promotes and assists with mineral assimilation.
Shilajit also helps tonify and protect the urinary tract.
Shilajit acts as a mild basal dilator to the circulatory system.
Shilajit helps to regulate menstrual function.
Shilajit supports the immune system.
Shilajit helps to cleanse and tonify the lungs.
In general shilajit is one of the most essential Ayurvedic substances for treating general weakness and debility and recovery from any kind of weakness or surgery.
Shilajit is warming and is therefore counterindicated with people who are highly pitta. The usual dosage is one capsule twice daily and a capsule at bedtime. Shilajit is aptly named “mover of mountains”.