Dragon Herbs - High Mountain Shilajit 500 mg. - 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Dragon Herbs High Mountain Shilajit is a rare tonic "herbal" substance collected by local inhabitants in the Himalayas and as far north as Russia. It has been used for thousands of years as a tonic. Shilajit is regarded by many herbalists as the most important natural tonic substance of Ayurveda (the traditional Indian health care system). In Sanskrit, Shilajit means "conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness." Shilajit is an "exudate" that oozes out of cracks in the Himalayan rocks and cliffs in the summer months. It is composed of organic plant material that is thought to have been compressed by rock for hundreds of years. After it is collected, it is naturally purified, concentrated, and processed into a potent, high-quality extract.
Shilajit is extremely rich in plant-source ‘organic' minerals. Most assays show that Shilajit, depending on its source, contains between 70 and 85 complexed minerals and trace elements. Shilajit is a humic substance, humus being the natural material that is formed when soil microorganisms decompose organic material into elements usable by plants. Shilajit is astoundingly rich in nutrients, antioxidants, amino acids, and phytochemicals.
The main active component in Shilajit, to our knowledge, are macromolecules known as fulvic acids. Shilajit is extremely rich in fulvic acids (Dragon Herbs Shilajit, from high altitude in the Himalayas, contains approximately 40% fulvic acids). Fulvic acids are one of nature's most astounding and miraculous molecular substances, perhaps second only to DNA in its importance to life on this planet.
Dragon Herbs High Mountain Shilajit comes from very high altitude in the Himalayas and has been laboratory tested for authenticity and purity and to be certain that it contains no less than 40% fulvic acid.
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Shilajit means "conqueror of mountains & destroyer of weakness."
It is composed of organic plant material.
Shilajit is extremely rich in plant-source ‘organic' minerals.
It contains between 70 and 85 complexed minerals & trace elements.
Shilajit is astoundingly rich in nutrients, antioxidants, amino acids, & phytochemicals.
Dragon Herbs High Mountain Shilajit is rich in fulvic acids (40%).
Fulvic acid supports every stage of cellular metabolism.
Shilajit is traditionally considered to be a strong kidney tonic.
It increases the primal energy responsible for sexual & spiritual power.
Shilajit increases vitality, strength, and immunity, & it cleanses tissues of the body.
Shilajit is warming, so it should be used watchfully by those with excessive fire & may be combined with cool and yin herbs.
Who Can Use Shilajit?
Dragon Herbs' authentic, correctly processed Shilajit, is extremely safe. It is suitable in small doses for almost everyone on a regular basis, and in higher doses for those who seek to increase vitality, strength and immunity, and by those who wish to cleanse the tissues of the body. Shilajit is warming, so it should be used watchfully by those with excessive fire and may be combined with cool and yin herbs.
The Functions of Shilajit
Fulvic acid supports every stage of cellular metabolism. It is thus a quintessential Qi tonic, a substance that improves human vitality. Fulvic acid has the ability to neutralize free radicals throughout the body and to detoxify simple toxins. This is due to its huge surface area and enormous total valence.
Shilajit is traditionally considered to be a strong kidney tonic. From a Chinese perspective, it is a superb Jing tonic, since it increases the primal energy responsible for sexual and spiritual power.
- Jing tonic - Tones the sexual organs, supports sexual energy and stamina (traditionally considered to be an "aphrodisiac"), supports healthy prostate function Qi tonic - Enhances energy and stamina.
- Shen tonic - Enhances spiritual power
- Enhances bioavailability and action of other herbs
- Detoxifying - huge high-valence surface area collects debris and free radicals, cleansing the blood and tissues of the body
- A carrier - binds to herbal constituents and minerals, delivering them to their targets
- A catalyst - promotes the activity of minerals and organic constituents
- Supports urinary functions Supports healthy microcirculation
- Supports healthy menstrual functions
- Supports the immune system
- Supports healthy fat metabolism
- Supports lung functions
- Used for general fortification and tonification of the entire body.
The Science (As We Know It)
Scientists know a lot about fulvic acids and their colloidal nature. But what is not known about fulvic acids and colloids is far greater.
Fulvic acids are one of the largest classes of dissolved organic matter, but from a scientific point of view, they are poorly defined and of unclear origin. All fulvic acids studied show the same pattern in the elemental composition of their molecules and a large similarity in the molecular sets. It is thought that the elemental and structural regularity of fulvic acid molecules does not indicate one common precursor material and formation process, but that their regularity is due to both the strong reworking of source materials in the environment and the valency of the three elements (C, H, O) from which most fulvic acid molecules are formed. Valency is the power of an atom or radical to combine with other atoms measured by the number of electrons which an atom will give, take, or share to form a chemical bond; thus valency is a measure of the reactivity of an element or active molecule. Poly-carboxylic acids with very limited number of hydroxy groups are the major compound class in fulvic acid isolates. It appears that fulvic acids are metastable molecules that characterize a state of transition of diverse precursor compounds during their oxidation.
Himalayan Shilajit is believed to contain a unique range of fulvic acids, which over the period of human history, has been discovered to have specific health benefits to humans. This is probably a result of the specific chemical nature of the special physical conditions and forces, and the rocks and biological materials from which it was created.
Fulvic acid is considered to be one of the most powerful natural electrolytes known to man. It enhances the permeability of cell membranes, and can improve the healthy permeability of the digestive tract, renal membranes and capillaries. Fulvic Acids greatly enhance the bioavailability of trace minerals required by the body to function optimally. The fulvic acids available in Shilajit have the ability to restore electrical balance to damaged cells. When these fulvic acids are present in bodily and cellular fluids, minerals become ionized - in fact, they become part of the fulvic acid itself. Thus they become "colloidal."
Colloids are microscopic particles suspended in some sort of liquid medium. The particles are between one nanometer (1 nm) and one micrometer (1 µm) in size and can be macromolecules (such as fulvic acid). Thus colloids are particles larger than molecules, but smaller than grains of sand. Mere size, however, is not the important thing about colloids. The overwhelmingly important property of colloids is that they have a very large surface area. To some degree, they are all surface and their properties are those of their surfaces. This is highly significant in the biological world.
Within bodily and cellular fluids, and as part of the fulvic acid complex, minerals become organic. In this form, minerals are safe. As such, they are perfectly bioactive and bioavailable in living tissue. Fulvic acid then delivers these living essences to the cells.
- Shilajit enhances bioavailability and action of other herbs. Take 2 capsules of Shilajit along with the other tonic herbal products in your program to enhance their effect.
- Take 2 capsules of Shilajit at bedtime to gently purify the body while you sleep.
- Take 2-3 capsules, once or twice daily for normal health maintenance, or as directed by your health practitioner.
Ayurvedic texts suggest using Shilajit with caution when pregnant.
Remember Ron Teeguarden's "First Rule of Tonic Herbalism," summed up in a single word - Compliance. "If you don't take the herbs, they won't work."
Radiant Health is Within Your Reach
Dragon Herbs is a provider of health promoting herbs and services, including education and educational materials. Dragon Herbs knows that radiant health is the result of good living and a healthy lifestyle. As a team, they are dedicated to aiding and guiding you on your path to radiant health, and to building a better world as a result. With their tonic bar, complimentary herbal consultations, and over 1000 herbal formulations made from the finest quality herbs in the world, Dragon Herbs are sure that they can be your principle wellness center, serving the many needs you may have in order to achieve radiant health.
The 3 Levels of Healthcare
Traditionally in the Orient, there were three levels of healthcare.
The first level is palliative medical care. It emphasizes the use of various medical approaches to treat ailments after they have occurred. Herbs used for this approach are called inferior herbs.
The next level is prevention of specific disorders. The herbs used for this approach are called general herbs.
The highest level of health care stresses the promotion of positive health as the primary goal. When sufficiently nurtured, our body is fully capable of regulating its own multitude of independent yet united functions, the way nature intended. Science has not been able to, and will never be able to, match that power of Nature. The herbs used for this approach have traditionally been called the superior herbs, but today they are called the tonic herbs. The utilization of the tonic herbs in order to achieve radiant health is called Tonic Herbalism.
These three levels were first described in the original classic of Chinese herbalism, attributed to the legendary emperor Shennong approximately twenty-five hundred years ago. The following excerpt from Shennong's Pharmacopeia of the Divine Farmer describes the highest level of herbs, the Superior Class (Tonic Herbs).
"The Superior Class of herbs consists of 120 herbs. They are the rulers. They control the maintenance of life and correspond to heaven. These herbs are not medicines so the taking of these herbs in larger amounts or over a long period of time is not harmful. If one wishes to take the material weight from the body, to supplement the energies and nutrients circulating in the body, and to prolong the years of life without aging, a person should base their efforts on the herbs of the Superior Class."
Dragon Herbs practices Tonic Herbalism, which is based on a 5000 year old system of health promotion, protection, and psychological transformation.
The tonic herbs are defined as "herbs that promote a long, healthy, vibrant, happy life, without side effects, even when taken over a long period of time." Essentially, the tonic herbs are wonderful, healthful "super-foods" which benefit our well being in ways that more common foods cannot. They have a protective, balancing, vitalizing quality beyond that of any other herbs. They are generally consumed as a supplement to a well balanced healthy diet for the purpose of completing our nutritional needs and enhancing our nutritional profile.
These Superior Herbs are not considered to be "medicinal" in the usual sense of the word. They are not used to treat or even prevent specific diseases or disorders. The tonics are used to promote over-all well being, to enhance the body's energy, and to regulate the bodily and psychic functioning, to protect the body and mind so as to create what the Chinese call "radiant health."
Radiant health is defined in China as "health beyond danger." Radiant health is dependent upon one's ability to adapt appropriately and effectively to all the stresses that one encounters in the course of one's life. Tonic herbs are said to provide "adaptive energy" which helps us handle stress much more easily. It is possible to develop a very high degree of adaptability to the many challenges we face and the changes that constantly take place in our lives. By overcoming stressful circumstances successfully, we grow as human beings and we enjoy life much more fully. The superior herbs are thus a primary source of true human empowerment. Tonic herbs are widely believed in the Far East to be transformational.
Only herbs that meet specific qualifications are ranked as tonic herbs. For an herb to be recognized as a superior (tonic) herb, that herb must have been found over many centuries of human use to meet six specific qualifications:
- A tonic (superior) herb must have anti-aging characteristics and must aid in the attainment of a long life.
- A tonic herb must have broad and profound health-promoting actions that result in a radiantly healthy life.
- A tonic herb must help balance our emotional and psychic energy so as to help improve one's state of spiritual and emotional well being and happiness.
- A tonic herb must have no negative side-effects when used reasonably, and therefore may be taken continuously over a long period of time if desired, yielding cumulative, long-term benefits. This emphasis on safety is in accordance with the first law of Chinese herbalism - "Do no harm."
- A tonic herb must taste good enough to be consumed easily and must be easily digestible and assimilable. Most of the herbs in the tonic category do taste good and, and in fact, any of these tonic herbs may be used in healthy cooking. Most are used commonly in a healthy Chinese diet. The tonic herbs are considered to be a major food group in the Asian diet.
- A tonic herb must contain at least one of the three treasures in such abundance that it can contribute to the building and maintenance of that treasure in one who consumes it. Some of the tonic herbs contain just one of the treasures, some contain two and some contain all three, in varying amounts and with varying power.
The great Chinese tonic herbs can make a very major contribution toward your ultimate well being. They can be consumed on a daily basis to fortify you for the adventure of life and to help you take full advantage of life's richness.
Balancing and Replenishing the 3 Treasures
Life is made up of 3 primary energies: Jing, Qi and Shen.
A simple analogy by which one can understand the Three Treasures Paradigm is to think of life being like a candle. Jing is the candle. It is our reserve of life force and it determines how long we live and the power of our life. Qi is the flame. It is the energy of life, acquired through breathing and eating and manifested as our day-to-day vitality and our innate ability to defend ourselves and ward off pathogens. Shen is the light given off by the candle. It is our spirit, our state of psychological well being, our wisdom, and our spiritual experience and radiance.
All disease and suffering arise out of the imbalances of the 3 Treasures, Jing, Qi and Shen.
Tonic herbalism uses tonic herbs to help replenish and re-balance the Three Treasures. By regulating and nourishing our Three Treasures, we will have a macro-control over our health without micro-managing the complex bodily functions. We cannot possibly micro-manage them, so we should not. We can nurture our body, tonify our regulatory mechanisms, and develop true adaptability so that our body can manage itself.
The world is a dangerous place, and may be becoming more dangerous. A word to the wise: protect yourself. Tonic herbalism uses tonic herbs to help regulate and boost our protective functions. These functions include those of the psyche and the immune system. The immune system can be honed in such a way as to be highly reliable, even in the face of severe challenge. Many Qi tonics have profound immune enhancing qualities in humans. Tonic herbs are well known to help in the development of a strong, clear mind and sharp intuition.
What Are the Tonic Herbs?
The tonic herbs are the elite herbs of the Chinese herbal system, the most fully developed herbal system in the world. The Chinese tonic herbs have always held a very special place in Asian culture. These very special natural substances have been associated with the highest qualities of living, and thus are associated with the ideals of long life, slow aging, glowing health, happiness, wisdom, physical vitality, adaptability, sexual vigor and response, mental acuity and clear intuition, love and compassion, and harmonious relations with nature and with one's fellow human beings. The tonic herbs are not harsh and are not specifically medicinal in the conventional sense. Tonic herbs help to regulate our myriad functions so that we can re-establish and maintain our balance, our adaptability, our vigor and our youthfulness. By achieving these goals, one can be said to have attained true "radiant health.
Why Consume Tonic Herbs?
Tonic herbs are not medicinal. They nurture life, nurture the human spirit, slow down the aging process, and they protect us on every level - physically, immunologically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. What distinguishes Chinese tonic herbalism from other systems has been the attitude the Chinese and other Asian societies have taken toward health. Putting the emphasis on promoting health, they have created a body of knowledge concerning the health-promoting tonic herbs that no other society or system has matched. Other systems have generally emphasized the remedial over the preventive.
Tonic Herbs Are Transformative
Almost every person who uses the Chinese tonic herbs for any extended period of time will experience benefits. In some cases the benefits may be almost instantaneous and profound, while for others the influence may be subtle at first, with cumulative effects developing over time.
Indeed, one of the profound benefits of the Chinese tonic herbs abides in their ability to change "vicious cycles" into "benevolent cycles." The tonics help reverse the process of one problem leading to more problems. Something good happens when you start taking these herbs. You start to feel balanced and strong inside. You start having abundant energy when you need it and yet you feel relaxed and at peace. Incredibly, you become more and more adaptive so that you can do a lot of things that you couldn't do before. You find yourself taking on challenges you couldn't have handled before, doing things that you used to avoid or that you thought you were incapable of doing.
Where Do Tonic Herbs Come From?
Tonic herbs come from China. They also come from North and South America, Europe, Indonesia, Tibet, Bhutan, Africa, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, and almost every region of the world. Tonic herbs are by their very nature safe and may be used for a lifetime to reinforce our health.
Who Is Ron Teeguarden?
Ron Teeguarden is the cofounder, with his wife Yanlin, and leader of Dragon herbs. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost herbalists in America. Ron has been a professional practitioner and teacher of the holistic Asian health arts since 1971. he has been a powerful translator of Eastern philosophy and health care techniques to ten's of thousands of Americans for nearly four decades. he is recognized as the premier spokesperson for Chinese tonic herbalism in America, having spent decades teaching the concept that it is better to promote our health and well being than to become sick and then have to take remedial measures.
Ron has written two major books on Chinese tonic herbalism. he specializes in the Chinese tonic herbs which have been used for centuries to promote longevity and radiant health. Ron has taken special interest in the adaptogenic herbs and in the art of Life Cultivation by which one can develop radiant health ("health beyond danger").
Ron frequently travels to some of the world's most exotic locations seeking the highest quality, most extraordinary anti-aging, immuniprotective, cardioprotective, life-enhancing, empowering herbs in the world. For the past two decades, he has spent extended time in many regions of China, Japan, Central Asia, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. These adventures result in the ever-growing repertoire of thousands of tonic herbal enthusiasts in this country. Ron has proven to have a knack for finding miraculous herbs. As a result of his research and exploration, Dragon herbs offers the largest and most extraordinary range of tonic formulations in the world. And Ron is incredibly dedicated to finding the best tonic herbs and superfoods available anywhere on earth. Dragon Herb customers can count on the fact that they are getting the best herbs and herbal products that nature and mankind can provide.
Ron has very close ties to a number of very senior phyto-pharmaceutical scientists throughout the world, and particularly in mainland China. They provide him with inside tips on where to find the most extraordinary herbs available. Ron is directly involved in the manufacture of hundreds of herbal formulations.
Ron could not do what he is doing without his wife and partner, Yanlin Teeguarden. She is the maestro who runs the operation, including the overseas procurement and production of the hundreds of formulas made by Dragon Herbs. She is also the person responsible for the beautiful look associated with the Dragon Herbs stores, literature, and packaging.
"More and more, you see people in Western cultures embracing what's actually very commonplace in the East," says Ron. "We don't compete with conventional Western medicine, we compliment it. It is our intention to provide the knowledge and materials that can improve the lives of millions of Americans."