Patanjali Yogpeeth is a large institute of yoga and Ayurvedic medicine in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. It has a treatment center and manufacturing facility for herbal medicines. Its on-site pharmacy is called the Divya Aushadhi Nirmanshala and has received ISO-9001 and World Health Organization Good Manufacturing Practices certifications. The shilajit prepared here, which is derived from a naturally occurring compound in rock layers, therefore conforms to certain quality control and safety standards designed to maintain its health benefits.

Before using shilajit to treat any medical condition, consult with your doctor.

Fights Ulcers

In a 2004 paper for the California College of Ayurveda, Robert Talbert explains that shilajit has been shown to reduce ulcers in laboratory rats. The anti-ulcerogenic activity in rats suggests shilajit might be an effective treatment for peptic ulcers in humans. Shilajit contains fulvic acid and other substances that protect against ulcers by reducing acid and pepsin secretion. Pepsin is an enzyme in the stomach that splits proteins into smaller pieces in order to facilitate their digestion. Shilajit also increases the stomach’s mucus barrier, further protecting against damage by digestive fluids.

Adaptogenic Properties

Talbert also states that shilajit has adaptogenic properties. Adaptogens are substances that help the body fight stress and trauma and help to rejuvenate it. Other adaptogens used in herbal healing arts such as Ayurveda include ginseng and ashwagandha. Talbert cites the "Caraka Samhita," an early Ayurvedic text, as stating that shilajit is effective in rejuvenating the body. The Caraka also states that shilajit increases the overall longevity of human life while maintaining the body free of disease and decay.

Increases Sex Drive

Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Hartman states that shilajit was known by Himalayan villagers to increase sex drive, in addition to its other benefits. The villagers observed monkeys chewing shilajit from layers of rock. Attributing the monkeys’ strength and longevity to the shilajit, the villagers began to eat it themselves. Improvements in health and memory accompanied an increase in libido, according to villagers’ reports. According to Morpheme Remedies, an Ayurvedic information and product website, shilajit is known as “Indian Viagra” and is purported to return the sex drive to teenager levels.