An effective little herbal bag - The Pinda
From its outward appearance it is only a fist-sized fabric bag. Inside, however, the pinda is unusual: filled with herbal mixtures, roasted seed powders or prepared roots, which have proved themselves over many centuries with various complaints. The so-called "pinda" (bag) is heated according to the type of application in herbal oils, juices or muds in order to incorporate the high active substance concentration with the herbal bag massage directly into the affected structures or the entire body.
Even the heat of the bag alone provides for increased circulation and stimulated metabolism of the treated body parts such as skin, muscles and joints. The ability of the skin to absorb substances from the outside and excrete from the inside is thus also increased (Sweda). But also the herbs inside the bag become more reactive by the heat, the substances more intense by their effectiveness.
This combination of herbs and heat in Pinda Sweda creates optimal conditions for influencing and changing or treating symptomatic structures. These include painful or blocked joints, weakened, contaminated connective tissue, fatigued muscles and over-excited nerves.
This herb is surprisingly packed in vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and pyridoxine. These vitamins are parts of the B vitamin family. Because they are vitamins, they work well in improving the functions of our body.
Here are the specific benefits of
1. Improves memory functions and enhances the learning performance of a person
If you are having a bit of trouble recalling some information, you can try sharpening your memory functions with the help of this herb. Its numerous vitamins content enable the brain to process and store information easily. Moreover, it speeds up cognitive functions so you can better understand what you are learning. In Ayurvedic medicine, Gotu Kola is one of the herbs used to ward off diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
2. It improves the functions of the nervous system
The nervous system is one of the most important systems in the body. The combined benefits of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and pyridoxine can all help improve the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose so your nervous system can function better. Moreover, it supplies the body with a good amount of Vitamin K.
3. It is good for the skin
It can help alleviate or control the symptoms of certain skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and leprosy. Experts also found out that saponin, one of the bio-active chemical constituents of this herb can help lessen the formation of scars. It speeds up the healing process of wounds and prevents the appearance of deep and ugly scars. Moreover, it also contains a good amount of amino acids. In the functions of the skin, amino acids are important in maintaining the health structure of the dermis. This slows down the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
I highly recommend including gotu kola in your daily regimen. You can certainly take advantage of its benefits. Consult your physician and find out how you can best include this herb in your routine.
Shilajit, a rare exude used in Ayurvedic medicine, is known traditionally as "The Destroyer of Weakness, the Conqueror of Mountains" and has earned the reputation today as "Indian Viagra." Shilajit restores your core energy by rebuilding every cell in your body through ionic cellular mineralization and deep heavy metal detoxification.
An extremely rare Ayurvedic panacea known traditionally as "The Destroyer of Weakness, the conqueror of Mountains," and is now known as "Indian Viagra." Shilajit rejuvenates all body systems through ionic cellular mineralization and deep heavy metal detoxification.
Because of its rarity, this extremely powerful medicine is traditionally only called upon when all other attempts fail. Ayurvedic doctors use Shilajit to confidently cure any ailment. Today, use Shilajit to restore your body to optimum performance, rebuilding at a cellular level, not treating conditions but restoring, rebuilding, and eliminating the conditions leading to sickness.
Fulvic and Humic Acids are the missing link in Human Nutrition, because they allow minerals to become colloidal (the only bio-available form). Our Shilajit is laboratory tested for purity, and standardized to contain at least 20% Fulvic/Humic Acid, delivering the most potent, active Shilajit available anywhere.
Shilajit is a mineral pitch collected from rock fissures in the Himalayan Mountains. It is actually decomposed plant matter that has been integrated with rock and drips from the rocks during hot weather due to geothermal pressure over the past million years.
This amazing mineral substance is collected in the form of a thick paste and purified for medicinal use. In traditional Indian medicine (Ayurvedic), Shilajit is known as a hot bitter.
Health Benefits of Shilajit*
Boost energy caused by stress and anxiety, to renew sexual and spiritual vitality and as an overall tonic;
Increasing the energy responsible for sexual and spiritual power. It is also called Indian Viagra;
Facilitate brain function;
Shilajit helps in blood purification, improves pancreas functioning and digestion;
Powerful detoxification by latching onto (chelation) toxins and removing them from the system;
Enhances movement of minerals, such as phosphorus, magnesium and calcium into bones and muscle tissue;
Accelerates protein processing and also stimulates energy releasing reactions;
Helps in diabetes prevention and controls blood sugar level;
Stimulates immune system and also improves recovery process after exercise;
Counteracts fatigue and debility;
Powerful, potent antioxidant that neutralizes any free radical present in the body;
Reduces Arthritis Pain;
Increases red blood cell production.
Shilajit: The Missing Link in Human Nutrition
Minerals, which can only be obtained through the diet, are vital to human health. Unfortunately, much of the soil in which modern foods are grown is depleted of minerals. As a result, modern diets often do not provide enough of the minerals required for optimal health. The body requires more than eighty different minerals, and most people simply do not obtain these minerals in adequate amounts from food.
The high Bio-Available mineral content our Shilajit Extract aids weight loss, and prevent a range of other illnesses.
Shilajit is not only an excellent source of a variety of minerals and elements, but it also appears to have unique properties that are not found in any other kind of supplement. According to Indian folklore, Shilajit can make the body as "strong as a rock."
In Ayurvedic tradition, Shilajit is used as a remedy for almost any illness or condition that can affect the human body. It is said to enhance the benefits of other herbal remedies as well.
Among the more common diseases that Ayurvedic physicians would treat with Indian Shilajit are diabetes, digestive disorders, obesity, sexual inadequacy and chronic fatigue. In addition to its ability to enhance the positive effects of other herbal remedies, Shilajit is said to be able to counteract any toxic effects of other herbs as well.
Shilajit is a powerful aphrodisiac for men. While most aphrodisiacs are not really effective and are just believed to be effective as in with “placebo effect,” Shilajit is proven effective by many of its users. While it is a potent sexual enhancer in men, it can also be an effective aphrodisiac in women by combining it to another substance called ashwagandha.
Beware of Fake Shilajit
Shilajit is safe for everyone when used in proper dose. However, it can be dangerous if you use raw, as it still contains plenty of impurities which can negatively affect some individuals. You don’t necessarily need machine-processed shilajit, but manually by hand. On the other hand, it can also do more harm than good if you take fake mumio. They contain heavy metals and other substances which you don’t want in your body.
Dabur, a big company that distributes Shilajit, was found to be providing low quality shilajit. According to the World Health Organization, Dabur products contain dangerous levels of mercury, arsenic, and lead.
Some people who buy Shilajit think that what they are buying is good Shilajit. This may happen to you too if you don’t know how to tell real from fake. There is a substance that have the same physical properties as that of shilajit – and it is called ozokerite. It is another humic substance that looks exactly the same as shilajit. However, it has no medicinal benefits. To easily determine if the product is ozokerite, you may want to run a test. If it takes a while to melt, then it is possibly fake shilajit.
There are certain ways to tell whether a shilajit is a good buy or not. For dry shilajit, it must have 1.1 up to 1.8 gram/cubic meter density level. It has the properties similar to that of plastic, which hardens when exposed in temperature below 20 degrees Celsius and melts when heated. Shilajit, when mixed in water or any other liquid, melts very thoroughly and does not leave any trace or residue. It turns soft when played between the palm of the hands or fingers. And lastly, it takes forever to expire.
How to Recognize Quality Shilajit
If you have heard about the benefits of using shilajit, then perhaps you are thinking of trying it yourself. However, the problem these days is that it is not as easy to get as it was before. As a result, the chances of getting fake or counterfeited shilajit products are somewhat high. To prevent this from happening and to make sure that you are not risking your health, here are some things to put into account.
As much as possible, go for solid shilajit. While not all shilajit in capsule form are fake, many of them are. This is because capsules are definitely the easiest type to fake. Manufacturers can simply start with a small portion of shilajit and then just add fillers that look the same as it.
Get it from a trusted provider. Dozens of providers are available online, not to mention the choices you have at local stores. So, if you can find time to research and know where is best to get shilajit – do it. This may take some time, but you only have to do this once, especially if you are fortunate to find a reliable seller on your first try.
Take note of shilajit’s properties. When you buy, remember to check the smell – it should be bitumen-like. It must also mix well with water leaving no trace or residue. It should melt quickly when applied even with just little heat.
Shilajit which is sometimes also pronounced as shilajeet or silajit or shilajitu is a thick
mineral pitch found in the higher altitudes of mountains. Shilajit is a pale brownish to blackish brownish exudation of varying constituents found worldwide in sedimentary rocks of mountains. During summer months when the weather is hot in the mountains shilajit oozes out of the rocks. In India shilajeet is found in Himalayan mountains bordering ArunachalPradesh to Kashmir and from Tibet and to Nepal.
In Russia this mineral pitch is found in caucasian mountains, Ural mountains, Altai mountains (bordering Mongolia and Kazakhstan, in China Shilajith is found in Yunann mountains and Kunming stone forest.
The name Shilajit in sanskrit is split as "shila' meaning rock and "jeet" meaning victory literally meaning "winner of the rocks". In other local terms it is known as "Mountain sweat"mountain blood" "shilaras - rock juice", "vajikaran - aphrodisiac" etc. In scientific texts it isknown as Asphaltum Punjabinum. The yogis of India say that Shilajit makes the human body like a rock making it withstand the decay and destruction that comes with time and disease.
How is shilajeet formed?
Shilajeet is basically a concentration of plant life. The mountains around the world andparticularly Himalayan mountain were home to rich vegetation and plant life. After their timethe vegetation died and the nutrients were returned back to earth. These decayed plant life under the specific climatic conditions of the mountains and over hundreds of years formed the thick mineral pitch which is known as shilajit. the source of Shilajith is historic plant life.The formation of various nutrients in shilajit particularly fulvic acid and the ionic minerals (which are easily absorbed by body cells) make silajit truly a wonder health supplement.
Discovery of Shilajit
In modern times Shilajit was discovered by British explorers in Himalayan mountainssometime around 1860's. They found the monkeys in the Himalayan regions eating some substance from the rocks. It was later found to be shilajit. It was also noted that the monkeys in the Himalayan region seemed to age very slowly as was noted from their skin texture and hair as compared to normal monkeys.
Purification of Silajit
The raw shilajit mined form the rocks cannot be taken as such. Traditional purification ofshilajit as done by ayurvedic doctors was to water wash the raw shilajit several times andfiltered to remove the water insoluble impurities. the filtrate is concentrated by direct heating by fire or by keeping the filtrate under direct sunlight. The creamy layer which is thus formed in the heating process is skimmed several times to get pure shilajit.
However modern methods of shilajit purification used advanced techniques of pulsated water cleansing, reverse osmosis (separating shilajit through semi permeable membrane) , vaccum filtrationand freeze drying. In free drying the moisture and water contents are separated from shilajitat a lower temperature itself. Subjecting shilajit to higher temperature during purification process could destroy some of the nutrients. the modern purification methods take this into consideration and uses freeze drying process.
Shilajits odor and taste
Raw Shilajit as such does not seem to have any fixed taste or odor. It depends on the placewhere it is harvested. Raw shilajit could have salty or pungent taste. However when purified could be odorless and tasteless.
Shilajit was found to contain fulvic acid, humic acid, albuminoids, Di benzo alpha pyrones,chemo proteins, macro minerals like potassium, chlorine, sodium, calcium, phosphorous,magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper iodine, selenium, moybdenum, sulfur, cobalt,nickel, chromium, fluorine, boron, strontium, silicon, vanadium etc. These minerals are inionic form. These minerals have already been absorbed
and assimilated by rich vegetation and plant life. They have been returned back to earth after their time. These minerals in shilajit have high bio availability and are easily absorbable by body cells. Many of these
minerals are found in trace quantities in parts per billion range. Though these trace minerals like chromium, vanadium etc. are not used directly by the body they are vital formany biochemical processes in the body. They act as a catalysts for various types ofenzyme formation. Fulvic acid is another major constant of shilajit. It is found in humus in the soil. It's main function is to transport the nutrients particular minerals to the plants from the soil. In mammals fulvic acid plays the main role of transporting the minerals deep into the cells. Fulvic acid seems to have that unique capacity to dilate and permeate the thick cell walls so as to transmit the minerals into the cells.
Benefits of Shilajeet
Shilajit is traditionally used as a panacea for many illnesses in the Ayurvedic system of medicines. It is specifically advised by the traditional ayurvedic and yogic practitioners to boost stamina, vigor, energy levels, vitality, immunity and to prolong life.
The Ayurvedic medical practitioners called shilajit as the Maharasa or super vitalizer. The yogis of India attributed Shilajit to many magical and mystical properties. On seeing the way shilajit helped people they termed it as an Amrit or nectar (elixir) of long and healthy life.
Ancient Indian texts as old as 2000 years mention of shilajit. Some of the ailments where Shilajit was recommended by ayurvedic doctors for the treatment of diabetes, anemia, wound healing, allergic disorders, hemorrhoids, spleen enlargement, liver diseases, epilepsy, renal calculi, gastro intestinal disorders, sexual dysfunction, prostate hypertrophy, genito urinary disorders, debility (physical and cerebral) and geriatric problems.
There has been a couple research reports done as recent as 2010 which shows that Shilajit could be beneficial in the management of Alzheimer's disease and even HIV infection.
Shilajit as Mumiyo or Moomio
Though Shilajit was predominately used by Indian ayurvedic practitioners and yogis there are many substances which are similar to shilajit (i.e.) mineral pitches found in mountains. Such substance was Myemu in Russia, mummie in Germany, mumio or momio in Persia (Iran) and Hajar -ul- musa in Arabic. It was said that the legendary invader Chengiz Khan used to take mumio for himself and the top leaders of his army used it.
In Russia it is known as Mumiyo or Mumijo. It is found in the Altai mountains, parts of ural mountains and mountains bordering Iran Technically mumiyo and Shilajit could be similar.
Mumiyo was widely used by Russian army operating in extreme climates. Worldwide the popular name for this mountain mineral pitch is Shilajit. By Shilajit we refer to the the mineral pitch found in Himalayan mountains.
Fulvic acid Silajit has evoked great interest among scientists as many of the beneficial properties do seem to be true to some extent. Studies were done as early as 1920's to analyze the contents of Silajit. Shilajeet was found to contain as much as 80+ minerals in highly bioavailable ionic form, di benzo alpha pyrones and Fulvic acid.
The fulvic acid in shilajeet has evoked a lot of interest. Fulvic acid is a type of humic acid. Humic acid is a principal
component of humic substances, which are the major organic constituents of soil. It is formed by the bio degradation of dead organic matter. Humic acid is not a single acid but it is a complex mixture of many different acids containing carboxyl and phenolate groups.
humic acid is the general term fulvic acids are essentially those humic acids which are of lower molecular weight and higher oxygen content. Fulvic acids are poly-electrolytes and have an unique property to diffuse easily through membranes. This property of fulvic acid is important as a nutrient because they are able to penetrate easily through the thick cell walls and transport the nutrients. Fulvic acid is available only in nature and many attempts to artificially synthesise fulvic acid have failed.
Humic substances in soils and sediments can be divided into three main fractions: humic acids, fulvic acids, and humin. Humic substances are formed by the microbial degradation of dead plant matter, such as lignin. They are very resistant to further bio degradation.
The precise properties and structure of a given humic substance sample depend on variety of conditions including location, climate, altitude, age, method of extraction etc..
Nevertheless, the average properties of humic substances from different sources are remarkably similar.
There are functional differences between humic acids, humins and fulvic acids. Humin is insoluble in dilute alkali. Gray humic acids (GHA) are soluble in low-ionic-strength alkaline media; brown humic acids (BHA) are soluble in alkaline conditions independent of ionic strength. But fulvic acids (FA) are soluble in all conditions independent of pH and I.
This is another property of fulvic acid that makes it very useful in mammals.
While fulvic acids can be extracted from various natural resources the fulvic acid in
Himalayan shilajit is considered the best. It is because of several reasons including the clean climatic conditions of himalayas, freezing low temperature, high altitudes, formation of humic substance over centuries, rich vegetation etc. The processing of
raw shilajeet to increase the
concentration of fulvic acid is also very vital. Raw silajit when harvested could contain as little as 10% fulvic acid. Modern processing methods are capable of increasing this concentration to as much as 60% using various chemical engineering techniques like water jet pulsation, vacuum filtration, reverse osmosis, freeze drying (whereas water/moisture is evaporated at a much lower temperature itself), pulverizing etc.
Shilajeet is highly
hygroscopic (i.e.) it will absorb large amount of moisture from air. Hence the processed shilajit which is in powdered is normally encapsulated. This ensures the preservation of fulvic acid concentration.
While shilajit fulvic acid can be taken in any form taking it after meals along with milk seems to be the option. Milk can be cow or soy.