If you’ve been researching shilajit and its many benefits, you may have seen how many different names for it. Possibly different spellings of what seems to be the same name. It can get a bit confusing with all the different names, so here are some of the different names you may come across that all mean shilajit.
As you may know, that sticky, tarry fulvic acid-rich mineral deposit found in the Himalayas is called shilajit. But “shilajit” is just what it is called in that one region. Around Asia, where it is first known to be used, there are many different names for shilajit.
Shilajit is Sanskrit for the black resin substance. “Shilajit” is the most popular Sanskrit name but it is also called Silajit, and Silaras. In Urdu, it’s Salajeet. Mongolian has many different, distinct words for shilajit: Shargai, Dorobi, Barahsjin, and Baragshun. In Tibetan, shilajit called Brag Zhun, which sounds similar to Barahsjin and Baragshun. The Tamil name is Uerangyum.
Moving westward, shilajit is called Baad-a-Ghee meaning “the devil’s feces” in the Wakhi language of Northern Afghanistan. In Kyrgyzstan, it is called Arkhar-Tash. In Farsi –the dominant language in Persia (now Iran)– shilajit is called Mumlai. In Arabic the name is Hajar-ul-Musa.
The Russian names of shilajit is similar to the Farsi name: Momia and Moomiyo.
In China, shilajit is referred to as Chao-Tong and Wu Ling Zhi. Wu Ling Zhi meaning bat feces.
The English shilajit is called “mineral pitch” or “mineral wax.” The scientific latin name for the substance is Black Asphaltum Punjabinum. Black for the colour, "Asphaltum" for what it resembles (asphalt), and "Punjabinum" for the place it came from for them (the Punjab region of India.)
All of these different names are the same thing: shilajit. Some translations sound less appealing than others, but are still the same. The names do not indicate quality, they indicate from where it was harvested.
Shilajit is an extremely beneficial additive to your everyday routine. As you can see, cultures from all over Eurasia have been using it for millennia and reaping its benefits. Sure, it might not be very pretty or even very tasty, but it’s healthy and effective.
A modern version of Shilajit
There is a modern version of Shilajit available that is sourced from Canada. Zero taste, higher concentration of active ingredients and all the health benefits. You can check it out here: