Cow urine is a liquid by-product of metabolism in cows. Cow urine is also used in medicine in India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Nigeria. While cow urine and cow dung have benefits as fertilizers, the proponents' claims about its curing diseases and cancer have no scientific backing.
Claimed benefits and usage
In religious rituals
Cattle were a basic economic unit in ancient India, and cows are holy for many Hindus and their slaughter is considered to be sinful.
Cow urine is used for attempted therapeutic purposes in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. Urine of a pregnant cow is considered special; it is claimed to contain special hormones and minerals. According to Ayurveda, Gomutra (cow urine) can cure leprosy, fever, peptic ulcer, liver ailments, kidney disorders, Asthma, certain allergies, skin problems like Psoriasis, anaemia and even cancer. One of India's largest Ayurvedic companies, Patanjali Ayurved, sells urine-based products.
Cow urine is also used in Myanmar and Nigeria as a folk medicine. In Nigeria, a concoction of leaves of tobacco, garlic and lemon basil juice, rock salt and cow urine is used in an attempt to treat convulsions in children. This has resulted in the death of several children from respiratory depression.
As a floor cleaner
A floor-cleaning fluid called Gaunyle is marketed by an organisation called Holy Cow Foundation. Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Development Minister, has proposed that Gaunyle be used instead of Phenyl in government offices. In May 2015, Rajendra Singh Rathore, Medical and Health Minister of Rajasthan, inaugurated a ₹40 million (US$560,000) cow-urine refinery in Jalore. The refinery was set up by Parthvimeda Gau Pharma Pvt. Ltd. which produces a floor cleaner called Gocleaner.
In organic farming
Diesel-Cow Urine Emulsion
The cow-urine (gomutra) has also been used in various researches for the preparation of gomutra emulsified diesel for C.I. engine application. The results found with such a newly synthesized emulsion were quite satisfactory for diesel exhaust emissions and engine efficiency.
- Alternative cancer treatments
- Alternative medicine
- Aqua omnium florum
- Cattle in religion and mythology
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