Asphaltum / Shilajeet

Asphaltum (Shilajeet)


Shilajit is a Sanskrit word meaning “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness.” It is also spelt as Shilajeet, and is known by various other names like Shilajita Mumiyo; Mineral pitch, Mineral wax or Ozokerite in English. It is found in Himalayan ranges of Nepal. The particular biosphere of the Himalayas created them and bestowed medicinal qualities to them. Shilajit, found in the higher altitudes of the Himalayas, are collected during summer months when the ice melts, and Shilajit lumps are sometimes spotted and collected from the crannies of rocks, and similar places. Shilajit so collected are processed by several drug manufactures and presented in capsule form for human consumption.

-According to the reference literatures related to Mineralogy, Shilajit is oxygenated hydrocarbon of different types, Amorphous  in nature G=1-1.8, lustre. is that of Black Pitch, Melting point 90-1000C.It gives bright flame when burnt. It is soluble in turpentine.

Origin of Shilajit

     Many researchers claim that Shilajit exuding from the rocks of mountains is basically derived from vegetative source. Several shlokas of Susruta Samhita and Rasarangini also maintain this point of view. According to Sushruta, in the months of May-June the sap or juice of plants comes out as gummy exudation from the rocks of mountains braes due to strong heat of sun. Rasaragini, Dwarishtarang also claim that the Shilajit is an exudation of latex gum-resin etc. of plants which comes from the rocks of mountains in presence of scorching heat. But the exact source of the origin of Shilajit is still under controversy.

    There are several hypotheses regarding the origin of Shilajit:

  • Early work on Shilajit showed that it is mainly composed of humus-the characteristic constituent of soils-together with other organic components.
  • Some workers think that Euphorbia royleana Boiss  plants are responsible for origin of Shilajit, because this plant has very rich latex.
  • The chemical analysis of Shilajit by researchers at Bananas Hindu University in India revealed that humification of some resin .latex bearing plants is the most likely source of Shilajit.
  • The recent discoveries suggest that the humification of resin-bearing plants was responsible for the major organic mass of Shilajit. And chemical analysis showed that about 80% of the humus components are present in Shilajit.
  • Another recent research claims that the mosses like species of Barbula, Fissidens, Minium, Thuidium and species of Liverworts like Asterella, Dumortiera, Marchantia, Pellia(Monosolenium tenerum), Plagiochasma and Stephenrencella-Anthoceros were present in the Vicinity of Shilajit exuding rocks and these bryophytes are responsible for formation of Shilajit.  The bryophytes reveal occurrence of minerals and metals in their tissue such as copper, silver, zinc, iron, lead etc, which are similar to the elements present in Shilajit.
  • The composition of Shilajit is influence by factors such as the plant-species involved, the geological nature of the rock, local temperature profiles, humidity and altitude.


MEDICINAL  BENEFITS : Shilajit is most important drug for many diseases. It was used as a drug in prehistoric periods. There is evidence of Shilajit (Silajatu) in the Indus civilization. Traditionally it is used as power increasing tonic.

   The following health properties are found in Shilajit:

  • Shilajit helps accelerate processes of protein and nucleic acid metabolism and stimulates energy providing reactions.
  • Counteracts Diabetes and regulates the blood sugar level.
  • Purifies blood, improves functioning of pancreas and strengthens digestion.
  • Reduces fat, dissolves tumours, and counteracts thirst.
  • Stimulates the immune system and improves restoration (recovery) after exercise.
  • Increases levels of growth hormone in diabetic patients and is a potent anti-ulcer agent.
  • Helps regular blood sugar levels, providing relief for diabetics
  • Purifies the blood, strengthens digestion, and improves pancreatic function
  • Promotes protein and nuclei acid metabolism
  • Assists the body in using fat
  • Counteracts thirst
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Improves recovery after exercise
  • Promotes the movement of minerals, especially calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium into muscle tissue and bone.



Shilajit is primarily composed of fulvic acid. Fulvic acid rests at the end of the life cycle: it is the end product of nature’s humification process.  It contains all of the phytochemical protective substances, amino acid peptides, nucleic acids, etc. from the original plant matter.  Numerous ongoing studies on the medical applicationsof Shilajit have been going on in China since 1978 with astonishing clinical results.   



 ANCIENT  REPUTATION : Ancient Sanskrit holy texts, over 3,000 years old, make reference to a mysterious substance called shilajit, which they describe as the “destroyer of weakness.”  The texts list its powerful health and spiritual benefits and the positive changes that shilajit brought in the lives of those who used it.  The sacred substance was prescribed for thousands of years for many different health problems and became a powerful tool in Ayurvedic medicine.  There is some indication that shilajit may have been the priceless soma of the Eastern alchemists.

     The ancient Vedic text Rig Veda states that soma” has mountains and stones for its body” and “dwells within the mountainous rock where it grows. “Mountainous rocks are the “abode of soma,” and it is “plucked from between the rocks by mountain dwellers and brought to the priests-alchemists who prepared the soma by washing and grinding and cooking.”  Soma was considered the elixir of immortality, the secret substance used by alchemists to perfect both body and mind. There is also extensive mention of Shilajit as a powerful aphrodisiac and restorer of in The Kama Sutra – the most widely read treatise on sex. youthfulness

Modern Discovery

     In the modern time, Sir Matin Edward Stanley, a British explorer during his expeditions to the Himalayas, in 1870, observed that monkeys on the gangetic plains became old by the time they were 10 years old, whereas the monkeys on the higher altitudes continued to be highly active and agile even during old age.He noticed that the monkeys at the higher altitudes were eating a rock like melted material oozing out from rock crevices when the ice cover melted during the summer months.  The local people called the substance Shilajit, and its healing properties were well-known to them for long.

SHILAJIT – FULVIC acid as an anti aging elixir

     Shilajit contains 84 types of minerals in natural ionic form which are very vital for maintaining the equilibrium of energy metabolism in our body.  The minerals in Shilajit are not similar to the mineral supplements available in market.  These minerals are in ionic form and have previously been absorbed by rich plant life and returned back to earth.  So they are easily absorbed by the body cells.

     FULVIC ACID the major ingredient of the Shilajit plays a vital role in penetrating the cell walls and transporting the minerals in to the cells.      This is the most important property of the Shilajit that helps in arresting and reversing the aging process.

Fulvic acid is rapidly on it way to developing into the health of healing miracle of the 21st century.  Scientists and doctors throughout the world are beginning to discover fulvic acid and are recognizing its extraordinary potential.  Interest in the medical community has been escalating rapidly in the past few years.

Fulvic acid is created in soil in the presence of micro organisms and humus (decayed plant life) so that the minerals can be transported from the soil to the plants in faster and easier manner.  Fulvic acid is the best ever known electrolyte.

     The power of an electrolyte has been shown in separate tests on animal cells (giant amoebae), to be able to restore life in what researchers termed “a beautiful demonstration” and “astonishing”.  When the electrolyte potential was taken away from the cell during the test, the cell ruptured and disintegrated into the surrounding fluid causing death.  The electrical potential of the body cell is reduced to zero at death,  These studies show convincingly the physical well being upon reintroducing electrical potential.  The cell reconstructed and became active and healthy.

SHILAJIT thus acts in following ways


     Shilajit contains 85 minerals essentially derived from the plant life in ionic form.
The Fulvic Acid in Shilajit transports these minerals through the cell walls thereby maintaining and restoring their electric potency.  This also ensures that the vitamins are absorbed by the cells – as the body cells cannot process vitamins in the absence of minerals.
Once the electric potency of the cells is maintained and sufficient mineral supply is achieved, it prevents the decay and death of cells.
Finally the energy metabolism process – catabolism and anabolism is maintained to equilibrium condition.

Shilajit thus effectively arrests and reverses the aging process.

Shilajit can significantly reduce the chances of developing degenerative ailments like Cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, sexual debility, osteoporosis, rheumatism, joint pains, dementia ets.


Botanical Name: Asphaltum

Common Name: Shilajeet Pure Dry

Description: It is used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. The composition of Shilajeet has been investigated numerous times in both India and the former USSR, and depends on the location where it is found. It has been reported to contain at least 85 minerals in ionic form, as well as triterpenes, humic acid and fulvic acid.  

Active Compounds: Shilajeet is nature’s great detoxifier. Fulvic acid has the ability to neutralize free radicals throughout the body and to detoxify simple toxins and complex organic toxins. This is due to its huge surface area and enormous total valence.

Medicinal Properties: Shilajeet is traditionally considered to be a strong kidney tonic. From a Chinese perspective, it is a superb Jing tonic, since it increases the primal energy responsible for sexual and spiritual power.

Uses: Shilajeet is traditionally considered to be a strong kidney tonic. From a Chinese perspective, it is a superb Jing tonic, since it increases the primal energy responsible for sexual and spiritual power.