Shilajit: A Review

By: Suraj P. Agarwal, Rajesh Khanna1*, Ritesh Karmarka

Phytother. Res. 21, 401–405 (2007)
Published online 13 February 2007 in Wiley InterScience
( DOI: 10.1002/ptr.2100

Shilajit: A Review

Suraj P. Agarwal, Rajesh Khanna1*, Ritesh Karmarkar, Md. Khalid Anwer and

Roop K. Khar
Department of Pharmaceutics, Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University), Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi 110062, India
1Present address: Dabur Research Foundation, 22, Site IV, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh– 201010, India

Shilajit is a pale-brown to blackish-brown exudation, of variable consistency, exuding from layers of rocks in
many mountain ranges of the world, especially the Himalayas and Hindukush ranges of the Indian subcontinent.

It has been found to consist of a complex mixture of organic humic substances and plant and microbial
metabolites occurring in the rock rhizospheres of its natural habitat. Shilajit has been used as a rejuvenator
and an adaptogen for thousands of years, in one form or another, as part of traditional systems of medicine
in a number of countries. Many therapeutic properties have been ascribed to it, a number of which have been
verified by modern scientific evaluation. Shilajit has been attributed with many miraculous healing properties.
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