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Ayurvedic Herbs for Vitality

Sanskrit texts refer to shilajit as the "conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness." Shilajit has a high mineral content; so prized was the herb in ancient times that no major disease was believed to be curable without this asphaltum. Despite the very ancient history of use of shilajit, very little is really understood about its exact origin, even whether it is a plant material or mineral. Most likely, its resinous nature is due to the presence of mosses that have contributed to the formation of shilajit.

In some circles, shilajit is almost a panacea. There are entire books on fulvic acid. Shilajit is created by run off in the Himalayas that deposits organic material into the crevices and fissures of stones. These are placed in the sun so that the resinous substance comes to the surface and melts. It is sometimes called bituminous pitch or asphaltum. It is dark red to brown to almost black in color and very bitter and is said to enhance the efficacy of any other formula taken.



Ashwagandha, Ayurvedic Male Potency Herb

Ashwagandha, 90 tablets

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, an herb that supports the ability to cope with stress. It is one of the main herbs used in Ayurvedic rejuvenative formulas and is somewhat more specific to the male reproductive system than the female, but it is used by both sexes to increase stamina. It promotes proper nourishment of tissue, especially muscles and bone, and is calming for vata.

Special notes: This formula is used to balance pitta and kapha. It can be used in conjunction with Triphala when there are skin irritations due to excess pitta.

Ingredients: Ashwagandha root, Withania somnifera*.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Energize - Ayurvedic Relief for Stress

Energize, 60 capsules

Vadik Herbs describes this product as a substitute for caffeine and other stimulants. It energizes and vitalizes in a way that increases the ability to deal with stress, and it achieves this by regenerating worn tissues rather than overstimulating the system.

Ingredients: standardized extracts of Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis), Shilajit (Asphaltum album), Pistaceo (Pistacia terbinthus), delphinium denadatum, Carum carui, Persian rose (Rosa centifolia), Coriander (Coriandrum sativum).

Vadik Herbs, $



Shilajit Paste, purified, 30 grams

This shilajit is traditional, meaning that the raw material was harvested when the sun was beating against the slopes of the high Himalayas and processed again and again with water and then with herbs, mainly the three fruits used to make triphala. This is the form one should use to take shilajit. It is intensely bitter unless diluted in water or tea. It dissolves in water if stirred occasionally. The normal dose is half a gram to one gram per day, preferably two hours before eating. One package will therefore last 1-2 months. Shilajit is an extremely valuable source of trace minerals and is typically regarded as nourishing to the brain.

Ingredients: purified shilajit from the Nepalese Himalayas in paste form.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $



Shilajit, 60 Vegetarian Capsules, 450 mg

Shilajit is an exudate that is pressed out from layers of rock in the mountains. It is composed of humus and organic plant material that has been compressed by layers of rock. It is used to improve the outcome of any protocol and strengthen both physical and spiritual powers.

Shilajit is high in minerals and supports metabolism of glucose as well as regeneration. It is a tonic substance with wide applications.

Ingredients: mineral pitch from the Himalayas in vegetarian capsules.

Vadik Herbs, $



Shilajit

Shilajit, 90 tablets

Some Ayurvedic pundits believe that all formulas work better if combined with shilajit. This famous Ayurvedic remedy is widely regarded as an anti-aging agent. It is a rejuvenative that cleanses the urinary tract and lungs; it enhances immunity and stamina. Shilajit purifies the blood by aiding the removal of excess kapha and toxins from the tissues. As an aphrodisiac, it increases vitality while toning the reproductive organs and supporting their proper function. It is balancing for all doshas and can be used for debility or weakness caused by age, injury or dysfunction.

Ingredients: Shilajit (mineral pitch) with cellulose, stearic acid, and magnesium stearate, binders suitable for vegetarians.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Stress Ease - Ayurvedic Herbal Formula for Neuromuscular Support

Stress Ease, 90 tablets, 500 mg.

This formula supports the resiliency of the neuromuscular system so that margins for coping with the stress of modern life are widened. The herbs nurture the mind and calm the nerves.

Special notes: For male infertility or sexual debility, use in conjunction with Men's Support. For female infertility or sexual debility, consider Women's Support or Shatavari. For anxiety, insomnia, or nervous debility, use in conjunction with Tranquil Mind. For memory loss, use in conjunction with Mental Clarity.

Ingredients: Ashwagandha root, Withania somnifera; Bala root, Sida cordifolia; Vidari root, Ipomomea digitata; Brahmi leaf, Hydrocotyle asiatica; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Guduchi herb, Tinospora cordifolia; Gokshura herb, Tribulus terrestris; Shatavari root, Asparagus racemosus; Shankha Pushpi herb, Evolvulus alsinoides; Anantamul root, Hemidesmus indicus; Arjuna bark, Terminalia arjuna; Banslochan stem, Bambusa arundinacea; Licorice root, Glycyrrhiza glabra; Kapi Kacchu seed, Mucuna pruriens; Ginger root, Zingiber officinale; Pippali fruit, Piper longum; Cardamom seed, Elettaria cardamomum; Mica, reduced iron.

Banyan Botanicals, $