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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-40

Shilajit: A panacea for high-altitude problems


Herbal Medicine Division, Defence Research and Development Organization, DIBER, Field Station, Pithoragarh - 262 501, Uttarakhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Harsahay Meena
DIBER, Field. Station Pithoragarh-262501, Uttarakhand
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7788.59942

PMID: 20532096

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High altitude problems like hypoxia, acute mountain sickness, high altitude cerebral edema, pulmonary edema, insomnia, tiredness, lethargy, lack of appetite, body pain, dementia, and depression may occur when a person or a soldier residing in a lower altitude ascends to high-altitude areas. These problems arise due to low atmospheric pressure, severe cold, high intensity of solar radiation, high wind velocity, and very high fluctuation of day and night temperatures in these regions. These problems may escalate rapidly and may sometimes become life-threatening. Shilajit is a herbomineral drug which is pale-brown to blackish-brown, is composed of a gummy exudate that oozes from the rocks of the Himalayas in the summer months. It contains humus, organic plant materials, and fulvic acid as the main carrier molecules. It actively takes part in the transportation of nutrients into deep tissues and helps to overcome tiredness, lethargy, and chronic fatigue. Shilajit improves the ability to handle high altitudinal stresses and stimulates the immune system. Thus, Shilajit can be given as a supplement to people ascending to high-altitude areas so that it can act as a "health rejuvenator" and help to overcome high-altitude-related problems.


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