Using urine as a medicine has a long tradition in some societies, especially in the eastern part of the world. Urine is an important remedy in the Indian ayurvedic healing tradition. Also some natural therapists in the western societies recommend it as a therapeutic tool.
When it comes straight from the bladder it is free from microbes, unless the person suffers from an urinary tract infection. It contains water, urea, several types of dissolved salts, several substances with hormonal effects and enzymes. The composition of the urine makes therapeutic effects seem possible.
There is however little strict scientific documentation about this substance used as a drug. The following information is therefore given without any definite recommendations nor any definite warning against trying this method, except that it should not replace other types of therapies for serious disease that have a documented effect.
THE EFFECTS CLAIMED FOR URINE THERAPY
There are claims from proponents that this therapy can help for virtually any chronic disease process and that urine effectively prevents and drives back infections. There are also strong claims that it can help reverse aging signs and help heal damages caused by degenerative diseases of virtually any kind.
The total extent of these claims are probably exaggerated, but they can be summed up in this way: Urine might help the immune system to work more effectively and it might stimulate the general repair mechanisms in the body to work better. Such general effects will of source be useful by many types of health problems.
Since some natural therapists claim that the substance can help against virtually any disease, both trivial and serious, a total list of the applications of urine will be impossible to make in a short space. Here are however some concrete uses listed:
It is a good remedy to clean the oral cavity and the teeth, probably better than many tooth pastes, and it is totally free. This effect is well documented, but some might find it distasteful to use urine as a means for oral hygiene. It is also claimed to be a good remedy against sores and infections in the oral cavity.
Some people find that urine taken orally gives a stimulating effect physically and psychologically that helps them to cope in the daily struggle at work and at home. Some also find urine to be sexually stimulating. Morning urine voided before sunrise might however give a tranquilizing effect upon stress and restlessness, which can make meditation and other yoga practices more effective. These effects might also be useful for treatment of nervous problems
Some therapists claim that orally taken urine gradually cures diabetes or makes the condition less serious. When using the therapy for this purpose it is important to measure the blood sugar level cautiously and gradually reduce the dose of insulin if the therapy works, but not before one sees that it works by dropping blood sugar levels.
Drinking urine might help against problems in the reproductive system, like PMS, menstrual problems and problems with getting pregnant. In these cases man and wife are recommended to drink each others urine.
Urine used orally might help to clean the digestive system from stuffed wastes and alleviate symptoms like constipation, bloating and cramps. Drinking it is also claimed to help against impairment in the kidney function and symptoms caused by kidney failure, like edema.
Urine used upon the skin might help against sores, itching, rashes of various kind and symptoms of aging. It is also claimed to be a good remedy against the same problems in the eyes and ears when applied at the site or used as a flushing fluid. The substance is also claimed to be a good antiseptic remedy to use on sores and on the skin.
Urine used on body areas might help against numbness and neurological impairments in these areas. Some claim urine can alleviate or cure more severe neurological problems like paralysis and cerebral palsy when used on extensive body areas and at the same time taken orally.
Urine applied on body areas afflicted by arthritis and other rheumatic condition might alleviate the pain and stiffness due to these conditions, and this might be combined with urine taken orally to give full help against rheumatism.
When applied onto the scalp it is used against hair loss. Old urine is said to be best, and often it is blended with other ingredients that stimulate hair growth.
Sniffing some urine into the nose or flushing the nose with urine might help for infections and allergies in the upper respiratory organs and in the head.
By lack of any other fluid to drink, one might save oneself from dying of thirst by drinking all of ones own urine, but one must begin drinking it a soon as the lack of fluid begins for this advice to be effective.
HOW TO ADMINISTER URINE AS A MEDICINE
The recommendations for practical use of urine as a drug vary considerably among proponents and therapists, especially regarding the doses. These are however some typical recommendations:
In most cases one is advised to use one's own urine. Therapists generally recommend using the middle part of the first urine stream you void in the morning, and after having washed the genitals. Some prefer to let it stay some days in a sealed box at a cold dark place before use with the claim that it gets more effective this way.
Therapists advocating urine therapy will often recommend a special types of diet to make the cure effective and to avoid bad taste and smell from the urine. Since many of these therapists work in an Indian yoga tradition the diet advices can be rather strict. The advices also seem contradictory because they forbid certain types of food that can be therapeutic against the very same diseases that the urine therapy is supposed to treat, and the adherence to the advices can also give certain problems caused by deficit of nutrients.
What is recommended by these therapists is a natural diet with little of no animal food, salt, oil and spices. It is probably not health for persons living an active western lifestyle to adhere strictly to these advices, but keep in mind that they could guide your diet to some extent.
Your diet should of course be natural and you should avoid eating much red meat, but most people should eat fish and seafood. Consuming great amounts of oil and fat is not good, but you should have some natural oil in your diet. People generally consume too much salt, but in hot weather and by hard work you need some extra salt. Spices make the food tasty and some types of spices may also stimulate healing. You should however not consume so great amount of any spice that you feel it irritates.
One way of using urine is to drink it. The oral administration of urine is recommended by health problems in all body parts. One drinks it on empty stomach to get best effect. One only takes 5-10 drops twice a day in the beginning. Within a month one increases the dose up to 2 deciliters (0.84 US cup) twice a day.
When using only small doses, these should be kept for a while under the tongue before swallowing it. By larger doses you should flush each sip around in the mouth before swallowing. Some proponents also advice to drink urine every second week and pause every second week when you use the maximal daily doses.
Another usage method is to massage the urine onto areas of the skin where there is some skin ailment, then let dry and wait some hours before washing it away. One can also apply packing of wet in urine at the skin for some hours. This method is said to be effective for treatment of most skin problems. If you massage greater body areas with the substance, you might get the same general benefits as by drinking it.
For problems in the nose and upper respiratory organs, one can sniff some drops of urine into the nose, or flush the nose with it. This method is said also to influence the whole body beneficially.
For problems in the oral cavity and the teeth you can simply flush your mouth with the urine and brush the teeth with the brush dipped in it. This can of course be combined with drinking it.
Urine is not only used to treat diseases, but proponents also recommend using urine as a regular remedy to prevent disease, improve fitness and avoid aging problems. Used in this way the regular daily dose should be less than that used to cure a specific disease, perhaps one glass a day.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Side effects from urine therapy are not well investigated, just like therapeutic effects.
Many people will find the substance distasteful and this sensual or psychological effect can cause nausea and tendencies to throw up after having ingested a dose, but the effect tend to go away after some time. The effect is more dependent upon education and culture that the physical taste and effect of urine.
People taking high doses each day for some period report feeling sleepy and tired after some time, but it is claimed that this side effect will go away by continued use. By pausing each second week, it will probably be avoided.
There are warnings against using urine therapy together with pharmaceutical drugs, because the combined effects can cause problems. If you take other drugs you should at least be cautious when beginning urine therapy and give act about any symptoms of side effects.
Taking more than about half a liter each day might disturb the electrolytic balance in the body, since urine contains surplus salt not needed that you recirculate to some extent by drinking urine. Especially people with heart problems or high blood pressure should be cautious about high doses.
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