In many traditional holistic systems, especially in Ayurveda, but also in conventional Eastern European medicine, shilajit has a place as the highest healing substance. Shilajit is the most famous name for the substance known in English as mineral pitch for human consumption or mineral pitch for short. Other cultures use other names for shilajit. The most common ones are Mummy (or Mumijo), Salajeet, Shilajitu or Bragshun. In this article we will use the names interchangeably, and they all refer to the same substance.
Several ancient texts mention shilajit and mummy as a highly effective health substance. The most famous text Charaka Samhita is a foundation of Ayurvedic medicine. Charaka Samhita, translated as “Compendium of Charaka”, places Salajeet in a superior position in relation to many other herbal formulas. It would be a mistake to believe that Salajeet is a purely Indian or Himalayan substance.
Important personalities in the history of medicine have used the substance Avicenna, which is the most famous physician of the ancient world who used, described and theorized the origin of mineral pitch in nature. The ancient world works in several languages: Arabic, ancient Persian, Chinese and Sanskrit, as well as later works in many European languages, describe the harvesting, processing and use of mummy. Traditionally, the substance has been used not only to cure various diseases and improve the general state of health, but also in combination with other herbal formulations to increase their effectiveness.
Shilajit is very much in demand; its strong health-promoting properties are well known due to the thousands of years of use by traditional practitioners. Today, most products sold on the US market as “shilajit” are imitations of the real mineral pitch. An indication of authenticity is the shape of a product. Imitated shilajit is usually supplied as powder. Besides in powder form, imitations are also sold as pills, tinctures. For a better understanding of the differences between authentic and imitation shilajit products, please read our Authenticity and Safety page.
The many positive properties of shilajit have been known to mankind for centuries. Traditionally, practitioners have used mummy to address and prevent many different ailments and to tighten and strengthen the body. Today, modern science has extensively researched shilajit, confirming and validating much of the knowledge of the properties that holistic practitioners have known and used since ancient times.
The known health benefits of shilajit cover a wide range, from its powerful antioxidant properties to its use as a powerful aid to tissue regeneration. We invite you to read our health benefits and science sections to learn more about the many remarkable benefits of shilajit.
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