In many traditional holistic systems, in particular, Ayurveda, as well as conventional Eastern European medicine, shilajit has a place of a supreme healing substance. Shilajit the most famous name for the substance known in English as a mineral pitch for human consumption or mineral pitch for short. Other cultures use different names for Shilajit. The most common ones are Mumie (or Mumjo), Salajeet, Shilajitu or Bragshun.
Multiple ancient texts mention Shilajit and Mumie as a highly effective health substance. The most famous text Charaka Samhita is a foundation Ayurvedic medicine. Charaka Samhita translated as “Compendium of Charaka” places Shilajit at the superior position in relationship to many other herbal formulations. It would be a mistake to think that Shilajit is purely an Indian or Himalayan substance.
Major figures in the history of Medicine used shilajit. Avicenna is the most famous antiquity physician to use, describe and theorize about genesis of Mineral Pitch (shilajit) in nature. Antiquity works in multiple languages: Arabic, old Persian, Chinese and Sanscrit, as well as later works in many European languages describe harvesting, processing and application of Shilajit. Traditionally Shilajit was used not only to heal multiple conditions and improve overall health, but also used in combination with other herbal formulations, to increase their efficacy.
Shilajit is in high demand; its potent healthful properties well established through thousands of years’ use by traditional practitioners. Today, most products sold on the US market as “shilajit” are imitations of genuine shilajit. One clue to authenticity is a product’s form. Imitation shilajit usually comes as a powder. Aside from powders, imitation shilajit is also sold in the form of pills, tinctures. For a greater understanding of the differences between authentic and imitation shilajit products, please see our “ Authenticity and Safety” page.
Shilajit’s many beneficial properties have been known to humanity for centuries. Traditionally, practitioners used shilajit to address and prevent many different ailments, as well as to tone and strengthen the body. Today, modern science has extensively researched shilajit, confirming and validating much of the knowledge of the properties holistic practitioners have known and used from antiquity.
Shilajit’s well-established health benefits extend over a wide range, from its potent antioxidant properties to its use as a powerful aid to tissue regeneration. We invite you to review our Health Benefits and Science sections to learn even more about the shilajit’s many remarkable benefits.