Monday, March 7, 2011

From soda to tooth paste !

         These days I feel guilty while sipping on my Cola drinks /carbonated drinks ,because some people claim that drinking a cola is equivalent to gulping down pesticides and toxins  directly.This is not my statement, but the ranting  statement given by the RSS(Rashtriya swayam seva samithi)organisation in India regarding the carbonated drinks and they claim that people should resort to more healthier drinks and also rant that they have  their own "health drink" named Gauloka peya or 'Gau Jal'/cow water . Don't be mis-leaded by the term cow water, for it is not water but a drink made of cow urine!Yes ,cow urine has some very good medicinal properties which has acclaimed to be a good health drink combined with some herbs .The RSS have even made some good flavors and have distilled and further processed it to remove the offensive smell and taste of the urine.So it doesn't even taste /smell urine!check it here .
         Ayurveda ,a well known medicine system originated from India but also practiced and adapted worldwide is the well renovated form of medicine.Susruta Samhita and Charaka Samhita are the two most resorted literature of traditional medicines even today ,even though transcribed thousands of years ago.A lot of ailments are treated with this well known form of medicine ranging from Diabetes ,Blood pressure ,skin disorders to Cancer.These Books also explains some surgeries and treatments which could be linked to the allopathic principles too.One such ancient medicinal therapy practised even today and also rejuvenating in a wider form is the traditional 'cow urine therapy'.The  ancient transcript excerpts from Susrutha samhita  and Ashtanga Sangraha have proven literature describing the benefits of cow's urine in treating a variety of disorders ranging from skin disorders ,Diabetes to Aids and Cancer.Cow's urine is said to have  many properties like Germicidal benefits  acting as a natural antibiotic ;provide micro nutrients and essential minerals to the body owing to the presence of many of the minerals in it.This also has been given credits to have  increased the immunity powers and body resistance,  also has anti cancer properties .US have obtained patents for the drug launched by the RSS for cancer . Here's the link .Cow urine is also said to have both 'medhya 'and 'hradhya' properties ,which translates as being an  aid for  both brain and heart stabilization.It balances the disorders created by both heart and brain .Also the Three 'doshas'/disorders in the body namely Vata (gas),Pitta(liver disorders)and kapha(respiratory) are neutralized or balanced. According to Ayurvedic principles ,'Mandagni'/low digestive fire in the body causes many of the diseases and so Cow's urine compensates for the low digestive ability.A lot of researches  have been conducted and are in process ,to  support these benefits and has been proved too.There is a lot of debate regarding this cow urine therapy and a lot of critics/scientists  are skeptical and question the reliability of a body waste for the health benefits.They feel that ' urine',which is the  result of processing of all body nutrients and is only an eliminated body waste, is meant only for getting rid off and not for any therapies.Also the Cow urine is said to be habitat  for a variety of microorganisms and consumption could also cause many disease like Respiratory infections ,Bovine Tuberculosis , Diarrhea and many other ailments. But the fact is that Cow urine benefits listed above can still be implied and consumed when it is distilled and is free of microorganisms.
     Scientific researches and Laboratory tests have been conducted on Cow urine and is proved to  contain a variety of chemicals like nitrogen, sulphur ,magnesium,silicon ,chlorine,vitamins A ,B C and E ,Lactose ,creatinine Uric acid etc.and all these chemicals have their own particular effects which would help balance the chemical imbalance in the body leading to many of the diseases and thereby owing to the cure of these diseases.Here's a list I found in many of the links I searched and have just copy pasted this for reference:

  1. Nitrogen (N2, NH2): Removes blood abnormalities and toxins, Natural stimulant of urinary track, activates kidneys and it is diuretic.
  2. Sulphur (S): Supports motion in large intestines. Cleanses blood.
  3. Ammonia (NH3): Stabilise bile, mucous and air of body. Stabilises blood formation.
  4. Copper (Cu): Controls built up of unwanted fats.
  5. Iron (Fe): Maintains balance and helps in production of red blood cells & haemoglobin. Stabilises working power.
  6. Urea CO(NH2)2: Affects urine formation and removal. Germicidal.
  7. Uric Acid (C5H4N4O3): Removes heart swelling or inflammation. It is diuretic therefore destroys toxins.
  8. Phosphate (P): Helps in removing stones from urinary track.
  9. Sodium (Na): Purifies blood. Antacid.
  10. Potassium (K): Cures hereditary rheumatism. Increases appetite. Removes muscular weakness and laziness.
  11. Manganese (Mn): Germicidal, stops growth of germs, protects against decay due to gangrene.
  12. Carbolic acid (HCOOH): Germicidal, stops growth of germs and decay due to gangrene.
  13. Calcium (Ca): Blood purifier, bone strengthener, germicidal.
  14. Salt (NaCl): Decreases acidic contents of blood, germicidal.
  15. Vitamins A, B, C, D, E: Vitamin B is active ingredient for energetic life and saves from nervousness and thirst, strengthens bones and reproductive ingredient for energetic life and saves from nervousness and thirst, strengthens bones and reproductive power.
  16. Other Minerals: Increase immunity.
  17. Lactose (C6H12O6): Gives satisfaction., strengths heart, removes thirst and nervousness.
  18. Enzymes: Make healthy digestive juices, increase immunity.
  19. Water (H2O): It is a life giver. Maintains fluidity of blood, maintains body temperature.
  20. Hipuric acid (CgNgNox): Removes toxins through urine.
  21. Creatinin (C4HgN2O2): Germicide.
  22. Aurum Hydroxide (AuOH): It is germicidal and increases immunity power. AuOH is highly antibiotic and anti-toxic.
    Hindus believe Cow to be holy/auspicious and  Cow's urine and Cow dung have been in use as a purifying/disinfecting  agent  or has been used in may of the rituals and ceremonies by the Hindus since ages.The cow dung is smeared in front of the house for cleansing the dirt and is considered auspicious.cow dung is also used as a cooking fuel for burning and it's use as a fertilizer is well known.But now,the cow dung  has also extended use for medicines .Cow dung is generally dried for a week ,cured at high temperatures and mixed with various herbs for producing medicines.'Panchagavya ',a preparation made out of 5 ingredients namely curds ,milk ,ghee ,cow' urine and cow dung is considered holy and is used in ceremonies  for internal purification and also as a medicine for the human body for many of the ailments.Yes, so Ayurveda suggests Cow urine and Cow Dung for internal usage!

          These benefits are yet comprehensible ,but unnecessary commercialization and  endorsements have always been critical in all the cases and so is true here in the case of cow urine /cow dung benefits .A sudden appearance of numerous companies producing distilled Cow urine; surge in prices ;drastic growth in various  product manufacturing ,marketing justifies this.Consumption of Cow urine for health benefits have been modified and has been  taken undue advantage so much that it has been claimed to have medicinal products in every single product we use day to day form a tooth paste to a cream!Imagine Cow dung in a cream !Isn't that something weird?A shampoo,a face cream ,a pain reliever oil ,children's tonic ,eye drops , mosquito coil ,a phenyl for cleaning ,tablets ,a alternative  for Viagra ,sexual well being ,etc etc..the list is enormous!They have added cow urine to every single product combined with the other Ayurveda medicines . Don't believe me? check here

PS:I am not intending to hurt sentiments of any religion or organisation here.The cow urine use for medicines have been proven already.My concern is only about the commercialization and  harassment of people in the name of medicine charging hundred's of rupees and dollars.

Some of the useful resources :

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8. This particular link ,I feel he is trying to just blindly criticize without sound proof of anything and is just being hypocritical.




dr.antony said...

Medicine has come along way from the times of Sushrutha.We need what we call evidence based medicine to accept what is right and wrong. I am not against any kind fo medicine,but I would insist on some kind fo evidence before I accept anything as a medicine. If you give this urine concoction to a hundred patients and then give plain water to another hundred,and show significat differences in effects,then it can be accepted as a medicine.
The truth is there are hardly any controlled clinical trials in Ayurveda.If you can use cow's urine,one would as well use own urine,it is easier.If you think colas contain pesticides,then you cannot drink water.They dont add pesticides to any colas,it comes from the same ground water we drink. If there is pesticide found in cola,is it the fault of Cola? An average American uses a litre of cola per week,and they havent reported pesticides in their colas.So where does the fault lie?

It appears to be a simple solution if we can all drink cow urine and eat cow dung as well.But then,we need to make sure the urine doesnt contain pesticides as well !

Alka Gurha said...

I am not sure..kinda agree with you and Dr Antony both...

Mangala said...

well, about colas, I never drink any. I prefer to have fresh fruit juice or herbal tea rather than colas or carbonated drinks.
Nice post on the benefits of cow's urine n dung.

raji said...

Dr anthony ,medicine started with sushrutha and then continued and modified too.Well ,I am also in favor of evidence based medicine.Double blind trials are conducted for cow urine studies and is well established.If you just browse through ,there are hundreds of links showing the trials which were conducted and also the results.Also there are equal number of websites criticizing .And the statements and opinions about colas given here are not mine and as mentioned is claimed by the RSS. and merely mentioning the word' pesticide'does not mean they have literally added pesticides ,but is eqivalent to pestcide /toxins.They have known to have chemicals like phosporic acid ,articial sweetners (high fructose corn syrup),caramel color ,glycerin which donot seem to do any good.Having said that,I too feel guilty for drinking the sodas ,but cannot help it.

Well drinking one's own urine I am not sure about but cows urine many of them are consuming and it isnt blind belief for sure.This post was not my personal opinion ,but a general article in whole.So it may not directly reflect my statements.

raji said...

@ Alka ,thanks for visitng.I too support researches and evidence and according to what I read ,I felt cow's urine had strong evidence of benefits.Well ,now dont ask me if I have consumed it? Iam not going to also ..and Iam not a propogator too!:)))

raji said...

@ Mangala ,thanks .but this post was also intended to highlight the undue advantage people are taking from medicinal effects of cow's urine ,to produce various possible products .

Bikramjit said...

WEll it is true what you say I remember when we were kids working in the fields sometimes we got hurt , a sickle went into the hand or while digging a hold the sharp end lands on feet.. there were no first aid kits there
so have heard grandma say to Pee on it or use cows urine .. its suppsoed to be antiseptic

so there are medicinal values .. Not sure it goes this far


Jyothi said...

I might as well stop using toothpaste, soap, creams and shampoo then.I can't even imagine the thought of commercializing urine of any kind.

I enjoy a glass of unhealthiness(Cola)once in a while. But nowhere on the can does it say Pesticides, etc. But if a product has mentioned cow urine as a part of its ingredients, I am staying away. I didn't know about this. Thanks for sharing.

Abhilash Pillai said...

I never knew it has these many benefits... great!

A said...


It is very well researched and comprehensive post. I really liked it.

I think it is unfair to use the term 'Cow Urine' if it is been purified and processed to extract the right ingredients. If you look at food preparation, there are parts from vegetables that we do not eat because they are not clean. Same applies to meat. So I do not have problem if a medicine is made from a chemical extracted from urine or river or plant or ....

On a lighter note, I wish I had not read your so informative I will be always conscious.

Munir said...

When it comes to my health I go by fresh fruits and vege as my cleansers and very little animal protein. Milk ---- only pasturised, homogenised and skim!!
You get your proteins without having to worry about animal fats. Nuts ate a great source of vege fats. Little bit of grains and I am a happy duck.

NRIGirl said...

Hi Raji! It was an informative post and very interesting comments.

I think I will skip the cow urine - inspite of its medicinal value... :)


a very descriptive write up,,, must have done a lot of homework before posting this.....

but in my case i will prefer to be with medicines.

raji said...

@ Bikram ,I too have heard about the antiseptic benefits of cow dung traditionally used ,probably the benefits may be given credits to the chemical contents in it.

raji said...

@jyoti ..true's very salty in taste ,so it's difficult to consume.
@Abhi thanks a lot
@A thanks .You have read the post well!Agree with you when you said that you would not consider it as urine ,when it is processed and the chemicals in it are utilized for medicines.there are so many things in this world which people consume as medicines without being aware of the ingredients.

raji said...

@ Munir and Nri gal thanks for your opinions.True gal ,when the name urine is mentioned ,it's very hard to consume it :))

raji said...

@ Irfan ,true I did a lot of research on it.Actually I had been hearing about this since long (3 years )and now I really got an opportunity to read and write on it.

Onkar said...

A well-researched post. I think, the biggest barrier to drinking the cow urine is psychological.

raji said...

@Onkar true agree with you.

Stranger said...

Raji... interesting post.

I dont like to drink cola and nor do I think I can take cow's urine. I will stick to my bottle of water...

raji said...

@ Stranger ..Thanks and :))water is the best medicine!:))