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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Shilajeet  
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English: Mineral pitch  
Scientific name: Asphaltum  
Hindi: Shilajit  
Telugu: Shilajit  
Common names: Mineral Pitch, Vegetable Asphalt, Shilajit, Shilajita Guj, Jews' pitch, Kalmadam, Perangyum, Rel-yahudi, Silaras  
Family name: Pedaliaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Acids ; Fulvic acid, Fumic acid

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Sweet and astringent.
  • Veerya: Seetaveerya.

4. Uses:

  • Good remedy for asthma, cystitis, diabetes, dysuria, edema, anasarca anuria, amenorrhoa, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, scrofula, tuberculosis, phthisis, Ieprosy and eczema.
  • It solves problems like epilepsy, gall stones, hemorrhoids, insanity, jaundice, kidney problems, elephantiasis, anaemia, anorexia, biliary conjestion, chronic bronchitis.
  • It is useful for obesity, sexual debility, skin diseases, menstrual disorders.
  • Helpful in the cases of parasites, enlarged spleen, dyspepsia, worms, digestive disorders, piles, adiposity.
  • It helps in the cases of renal stone, renal and bladder calculi.
  • In hysteria, neurasthenia, epilepsy, insanity and nervous diseases, genito-urinary diseases this herb is useful.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Ratimada: Secretion of rock.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Vatahari: Which clears vata dosha.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthuguna, rakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli.

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