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Ayurvedic Adrenal Herbs

Sanskrit texts refer to shilajit as the "conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness." Shilajit has a high mineral content; so prized was the herb in ancient times that no major disease was believed to be curable without this asphaltum. Despite the very ancient history of use of shilajit, very little is really understood about its exact origin, even whether it is a plant material or mineral. Most likely, its resinous nature is due to the presence of mosses that have contributed to the formation of shilajit.

 

Ashwagandha Extract, 2 oz.
Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha holds a premier place in the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia. It is both a rasayana herb, meaning one that aids the quality of life and longevity, as well as an adaptogen, an herb that improves our ability to cope with stress. This herb has a multitude of uses but to understand how research of prized Indian herbs is conducted, it is useful to consider how well an herb protects the patient from damaging changes when exposed to chemical, metallic, or radioactive hazards and how successfully the herb protects against free radicals. Ashwagandha is very high on the list of such valuable herbs, but it is most often used to improve male potency and endurance.

Contains: 1:2 extract of organic Withania somnifera in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Ashwagandha, Ayurvedic Male Potency Herb

Ashwagandha, 90 tablets
Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, an herb that supports the ability to cope with stress. It is one of the main herbs used in Ayurvedic rejuvenative formulas and is somewhat more specific to the male reproductive system than the female, but it is used by both sexes to increase stamina. It promotes proper nourishment of tissue, especially muscles and bone, and is calming for vata.

Special notes: This formula is used to balance pitta and kapha. It can be used in conjunction with Triphala when there are skin irritations due to excess pitta.

Contains: Ashwagandha root, Withania somnifera*.

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Shilajit Paste, purified, 30 grams

This shilajit is traditional, meaning that the raw material was harvested when the sun was beating against the slopes of the high Himalayas and processed again and again with water and then with herbs, mainly the three fruits used to make triphala. This is the form one should use to take shilajit. It is intensely bitter unless diluted in water or tea. It dissolves in water if stirred occasionally. The normal dose is half a gram to one gram per day, preferably two hours before eating. One package will therefore last 1-2 months. Shilajit is an extremely valuable source of trace minerals and is typically regarded as nourishing to the brain.

Contains: purified shilajit from the Nepalese Himalayas in paste form.

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Shilajit

Shilajit, 90 tablets

Some Ayurvedic pundits believe that all formulas work better if combined with shilajit. This famous Ayurvedic remedy is widely regarded as an anti-aging agent. It is a rejuvenative that cleanses the urinary tract and lungs; it enhances immunity and stamina. Shilajit purifies the blood by aiding the removal of excess kapha and toxins from the tissues. As an aphrodisiac, it increases vitality while toning the reproductive organs and supporting their proper function. It is balancing for all doshas and can be used for debility or weakness caused by age, injury or dysfunction.

Contains: Shilajit (mineral pitch) with cellulose, stearic acid, and magnesium stearate, binders suitable for vegetarians.

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Ayurvedic Herbal Support for Digestion:  Vata Types

Vata Digest, 90 tablets
[Formerly Hingvastak]

Hingvastak is a traditional Ayurvedic formula for vata types. It "focuses" the appetite and enhances digestion and assimilation of nutrients. It stimulates healthy peristalsis and aids in the removal of intestinal gas.

Contains: Cumin seed, Cuminum cyminum; Ajamoda seed, Apium graveolens; Black Cumin seed, Nigella sativa; Ginger root, Zingiber officinale; Black Pepper fruit, Piper nigrum; Pippali fruit, Piper longum; Mineral Salt, Asafoetida, Ferula asafoetida.

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Poulsbo, Washington

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