History & Info
Ancient Ayurvedic works such as the Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita describe the medicinal properties of shilajit. The Charaka Samhita describes Shilajit as a solution for a plethora of diseases and illnesses as well as a Rasayana (rejuvenator) that increases longevity. This book, specifically dating back thousands of years explains how to prepare it, what herbs to mix it with and what it’s used for. Some of these texts even have spiritual references in regard to shilajit stating that it is a gift from the Hindu god, Shiva.
Shilajit has been revered in many Russian, Greek, Turkish, Sumerian, Egyptian, Persian and Arabic texts as well. Shilajit was a trade commodity between the Greeks and Russians, which explains why the famous philosopher and scientist Aristotle knew about it while living in the Mediterranean. Aristotle had written about mumiyo (the Russian term for shilajit) explaining how to concoct it with grape juice, honey and milk and how to identify its quality. Greek physicians used it as an antidote for poisons and inflammation as well as a remedy for rejuvenation. It is believed that Aristotle’s pupil, the infamous Alexander The Great of Macedonia even fed it to his army in the 4th century BC.
In the Western World, not much was known about this mineral compound until the 1900's when Russian scientists brought it over after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Because folk medicine was outshined by corporate pharmaceutical companies by the early 20th century, this mineral remedy remained an esoteric commodity that not many knew about. However, it is now starting to slowly gain its recognition in the west.
Ayurveda, is an ancient and natural medicine system that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda breaks down into two words, ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge) translating into “Knowledge of Life”. Ayurveda is based on the belief that disease is due to an imbalance or stress within a person’s body and mind. The means to restore this balance within the body, mind and spirit are natural remedies, therapies and lifestyles.
The unique mind-body type (doshas) and the concept of the force beyond all things (prakriti) are the primary cornerstones of ayurvedic medicine. Using herbs, specific diets,foods, natural therapies, meditation and yoga one is then able to eliminate impurities, reduce stress, strengthen resistance to disease, remove symptoms and increase harmony in life.
What is An Adaptogen?
Adaptogens are remarkable botanical treasures that help the body restore balance and adapt to stress. They work by increasing the body's resistance to multiple stressors, including physical, emotional, chemical and environmental. They also shield against acute and chronic stress.
Shilajit is a strong and traditional adaptogen.