Benefits of Shilajit / Uses of Shijit:
The following are some of the most important reasons for which Shilajit has gained its worldwide renown today:-
(i) Aphrodisiacal Properties
Shilajit is known best in India for its aphrodisiacal properties. Its mention has been made even in the great Indian treatise of sex, Kama Sutra, written by Vatsyayana. Shilajit can increase libido in both men and women. It is used worldwide in the treatment of impotence, erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, premature ejaculation, etc.
(ii) Chest Problems
Medical science has proved conclusively that Shilajit is useful in treating several problems of the chest. It is used in the treatment of allergies and in the treatment of respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, colds, cough, pneumonia, emphysema, etc.
(iii) Diabetes Mellitus
Due to its properties as a panacea, Shilajit is widely used in the treatment of diabetes. It carries the sugars in the blood to their final destination. Thus sugar is not allowed to accumulate within the bloodstream. This is a very important step in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Shilajit improves the function of the pancreas, which secretes insulin. Shilajit is useful in expelling the toxins from the body through urination. Overall, Shilajit improves the quality of blood.
(iv) Nervous Disorders
Shilajit is potent in the treatment of nervous disorders. It replenishes the wear and tear to the nervous system. Due to its adaptogen properties, it can resolve immune disorders of the body. Shilajit helps the body to recover damaged nerves comparatively fast.
Shilajit has the capacity to break down fat that has accumulated in the body. Since it can give fat metabolism the right direction, Shilajit is used in the treatment of obesity.
(vi) Vigor and Vitality
Shilajit is very popularly prescribed for its very beneficial effects in enhancing vigor and vitality. It can work deep within the nervous system and rebuild the lost energy levels. Due to this, the person feels rejuvenated. It must be noted that Shilajit does not just stimulate the body to 'feel' energy; it actually replenishes the energy that is lost from the system.
Traditionally Shilajit is considered a panacea for kidney
disorders, it increases the core energy responsible for your sexual and
spiritual power, the same force that is withered by stress and
It is used by the indigenous system of medicine in India, Hakims and Vaids and traditional healers, in a great variety of diseases: genitourinary diseases, diabetes, chronic bronchitis, asthma, gall stones, jaundice, painful and bleeding piles, enlarged liver and spleen, fermentative dyspepsia, digestive disorders, worms, renal and bladder calculi, nervous debility, sexual neurasthenia, hysteria, anaemia and in bone fracture. It is also used in Moorcha(fainting), Swasa(Dyspnoea),Female infertility,Obesity,Insanities, Joint pains,Wounds, and chronic ulcers,Sarvanga shotha(anasarca),Skin diseases, Elephantiasis,Facial paralysis,Anosmia(loss of smell perception),Nasal ulcers......
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REFERENCES OF SHILAJIT IN CLASSICAL TEXTS
- Charak Samhita - Chikitsa Sthan - Adhyaya 1, Pada 3, Shloka 48-65
- Sushrut Samhita - Chikitsa Sthan - Adhyaya 13, Shloka 4 - 16
- Ashtang Hrudaya - Uttar Sthan - Adhyaya 39, Shloka 131-143
- Sharangdhar Samhita - Dwitiya Khanda, Adhyaya 11/Shloka 26-33
- Rasa-Ratna Samuchaya - Adhyaya 2/Shloka 109-114
- Bhaishasjya Ratnavali - Ayurvedavataran Prakaran Adhyaya 1/Shloka 76- 81
- Vatavyadhi Chikitsa Prakaran Adhyaya 26/ Shloka 505
- Madanpal Nighantu - Suvarnadi Varga - Shloka 42-43
- Kaiyadev Nighantu - Dhatuvarga - Shloka 63-65
- Dhanvantari Nighantu -Chandanadi Varga Shloka146-147 Mishrakadi Varga -Updhatu -Shloka 83
- Saarth Yoga Ratnakar contains reference to preparation, purification and use in diseases.