In Ayurveda, Shilajit is used after its purification. The purified shilajit is known as Shudh Shilajit in ayurveda. Shilajit is found in the hills of Himalaya. It contains many impurities in the form of soil, stones, etc. Hence, it is not edible for us. For making it edible for human, purification is done in ayurveda. There are various methods described in ayurveda for its purification.
This purification process not only removes all the above-mentioned impurities but also improves the medicinal value of Shilajit. In addition, this process is also effective in killing bacteria and microbes. So, ayurvedic purification process also disinfects the shilajit. Therefore, you should always use purified (Shudh) shilajit.
Shilajit processed in triphala decoction or dashmool decoction is known as shudh shilajit or purified shilajit. By this process, it becomes edible for human and its medicinal value improves.
How to make Triphala Decoction for Purification of Shilajit
Before purifying Shilajit, Triphala decoction should be made.
- To prepare Triphala decoction, take an iron pot. Mix 1 kilogram of Triphala powder and 64 liters of water in it.
- First, boil this mixture and then keep it on low flame.
- When only one fourth, i.e. approximately 16 liters of the mixture is left, then filter it and put it in a separate iron vessel.
- Take Triphala decoction prepared with the above method in an iron or clay pot. Add 1500 grams of small pieces of shilajit in it. Let it remain soaked for 24 hours.
- Reheat the mixture after 24 hours. When shilajit dissolves in in the Triphala decoction, it will float in the surface of decoction. Then drain melted shilajit from the top and put it in a separate vessel.
- Now, again heat the obtain fluid with melted shilajit on low flame and let it cook until it becomes thick in consistency.
- Then take it off from flame and dry it in sunlight.
Shilajit, thus obtained, is called pure Shilajit in Ayurveda. This process is also called Shilajit Shodhan.
Other Methods to Purify Shilajit
Besides Triphala decoction, Shilajit can be purified using cow urine or dashmool decoction.
According to Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Shilajit can be purified by placing it in an iron pot and adding cow milk, Triphala decoction or bhangra juice to it. Keep this mixture for 24 hours then grind it and dry it in sunlight. In this way, purified shilajit can be obtained.
However, this method cannot remove impurities like soil and stones from Shilajit. Hence, this method can only be used when Shilajit is prepurified. For this purpose, Shilajit should be mixed in very hot water and sieved. By this, impurities like stones and soil can be removed. Then dry this shilajit in sunlight and this shilajit can be used for purification process mentioned in Bhaishajya Ratnavali.
Otherwise, purification with Triphala Decoction or dashmool decoction using the first method, as mentioned above, is the accurate and most suitable technique.
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