Shilajit is considered to be of a vegetative origin, oozing from mountain cracks in the Himalayan rocks, mostly during the summer. This thick, sticky tar-like substance was first mentioned in ancient Sanskrit texts over 3,000 years ago when it was known as ‘conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness’. It has since been one of the staples of traditional medicine in a variety of Asian healing systems where it has been used in a wide range of maladies and as an overall booster of health. Shilajit contains fulvic acid and over 84 minerals and offers numerous health supporting benefits. Shilajit is an astonishing sticky tar-like resinous substance that is neither completely plant nor of animal origin. In nature, Shilajit is a type of mineral pitch that is made up of humus and decomposed plant remains, exuded from the rocks present in the Himalayas at an altitude of 1000 to 5000 metres above sea level. Shilajit is usually known as Asphaltum, Black Bitumen, or Mineral Pitch in English. Other names that refer Shilajit in Ayurveda in other states within India includes Silajat, Shilajatu, Silajatu, Kanmandam, Saileya Shilaja, Moomie, Moomiyo, Punjabinum, Memiya, Shiladhatuja, Adrija, Shilasweda, Shilaniryasa, Asmaja, Asmajatuka, Shilamaya, Girija, Gaireya.
Shilajit is the most important herb of Ayurvedic and folk medicine systems. Shilajit can increase libido in both men and women. It is used worldwide in impotence, erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, premature ejaculation, etc. Shilajit has the capacity to help break down fat that has accumulated in the body. Since it can give fat metabolism the right direction, Shilajit is used in obesity. It can work deep within the nervous system and help rebuild the lost energy levels. Sanctified with powerful adaptogenic and aphrodisiac properties, Shilajit or Asphaltum as denoted in English is not only used for helping manage stress and anxiety but also plays a significant role in conditions like dysuria, glycosuria, breathing disorders, urinary disorders, kidney stones, oedema, skin diseases, phthisis, piles, anaemia, epilepsy, mental disorders, and worm infestation. Another function of Shilajit is to help regulate and improve the functions of the thyroid gland.