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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, $



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, $