Cow urine

cow urine, liquid by-product of metabolism

Cow urine (गोमूत्र "Gomutra" in Hindi) is used as medicine mainly in India where cows are considered as holy by Hindus.[1] In addition cow urine is consumed as a drink by people believing it to boost the immunity.[2] Cow urine is one of the five contents of Panchagavya meaning five products obtained from a cow (urine, milk, ghee, curd and dung). Cow urine is also used in folk medicine in Myanmar, Nepal and Nigeria.[3]

Uses of cow urine change

To treat diseases change

From ancient times it is used in Ayurveda medicine to treat leprosy, fever, peptic ulcers, liver diseases, kidney diseases, asthma, psoriasis and for weight loss in obesity.[4][5][6]

In Farming change

Cow urine is used in organic farming as a fertilizer and to protect crops from fungal infections.[7]

Other uses change

In addition cow urine is used as a floor cleaner and to manufacture cosmetic products like skin creams, bathing liquids and soap.[8][9][10]

False Beliefs change

Although many Hindus believe cow urine can cure cancer, it is not backed by scientific research with some scientists saying cow urine may not have any medicinal value at all.[11][12] Some Hindus including political figures in India believe that cow urine contains gold which is also a myth.[13]

References change

  1. "Can Cow Urine (Gaumutra) really cure cancer?". The Times of India. 2019-04-28. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  2. Bhattacharya, D. P. "Thousands of litres of cow urine consumed in Gujarat daily". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  3. AWALE, Suresh; LINN, Thein Zaw; THAN, Myint Myint; THET, Maung Maung; SWE, Thein; SAIKI, Ikuo; KADOTA, Shigetoshi (2006). "An amazing cow's urine therapy practice in Myanmar". Journal of Traditional Medicines. 23. doi:10.11339/jtm.23.178. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  4. "Diversified uses of cow urine". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  5. Admin, Super (2020-09-07). "Cow Urine Benefits for Weight Loss". Cow Kart. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  6. Sharma, Sanjay; Hatware, Ketan; Deshpande, Ashwini; Dande, Payal; Karri, Sravani (December 2017). "Antiobesity Potential of Fresh Cow Urine and its Distillate - A Biomedicine for Tomorrow". Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research. 51 (4s): s712–s721. doi:10.5530/ijper.51.4s.103.
  7. Jandaik, Savita; Thakur, Preeti; Kumar, Vikas (2015-11-05). "Efficacy of Cow Urine as Plant Growth Enhancer and Antifungal Agent". Advances in Agriculture. 2015: 1–7. doi:10.1155/2015/620368.
  8. "Cow urine cleaner to replace phenyl in government offices". India Today. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  9. "India's cow-based skin care products". Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  10. "5 products made from cow urine or dung". India Today. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  11. "A cure for cancer – or just a very political animal?". The Independent. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  12. "Scientists Say Cow Urine Has 'Zero' Health Benefits & That Sounds Like Bad News For Indian Govt". 24 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-15.[permanent dead link]
  13. Singh, Shiv Sahay (2020-07-18). "Drink cow urine to fight virus: Bengal BJP chief". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-10-15.