Urine Therapy: Nature’s Free Medicine
Within each of us lies the ingredient to heal wounds, prevent sickness and enhance beauty. So say the Uropathy advocates. Urine therapy, also known as Uropathy or Urotherapy is the ancient practice of applying one’s own urine topically, or drinking it to improve health. This practice has been around for thousands of years in both Eastern and Western circles and is well-known amongst modern-day holistic or natural health practitioners.
The Power of Pee?
Contrary to popular belief, urine is not dirty or toxic; it is in fact chock-full of nutrients that our bodies simply don’t have a need for at a particular time. The kidneys help regulate the levels of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. in our bodies. The “leftover” nutrients that our bodies don’t need are then purified as it passes through the kidneys and make up the bodily fluid, urine. Like a fingerprint, no two urine samples are the same—our unique urine samples contain the perfect balance of nutrients that nourish our bodies.
Consuming one’s own urine probably brings about a gag reflex in most people. But if you can stomach the yellow liquid (by perhaps pretending that it is apple juice), then urine therapy is said to provide a multitude of health benefits. Urine is an agent used to fight against harmful bacteria, fungus, viruses, and even cancer.
In 1975, Dr. A. H. Free studied the components of urine and published the findings in his book, Urinalysis in Clinical Laboratory Practice. A few of the nutrients found in urine include: folic acid, calcium, iron, urea, magnesium, tryptophan, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, protein, and riboflavin.
Some of the diseases and afflictions urine therapy has been known to treat are common colds, the flu, fever, eczema, psoriasis, hypertension, gall stones, arthritis, cholera, and dysentery. Several case studies also illustrate the cancer-fighting properties of urine and also as a treatment for HIV/aids.
Urine-Based Drugs and Cosmetics
You may already have unwittingly tried urine therapy. Many cosmetic products such as face creams have urea—a great moisturizer—listed as an element. A few of the popular drugs that use urine (or urea) as an ingredient are Murine (eye and ear drops), Urokinase (blood clot remover), and Pergonal (fertility drug).
Urine Therapy Methods
So what exactly do you do with your urine? If you are brave, you can try this natural practice at home. According to Biomedx, the first step is to thoroughly clean the genital area. Next, use a clean container to catch the urine mid-stream. It is best to use fresh urine immediately and in its natural form. However, for new uropathy users, one drop of fresh urine can be mixed with some distilled water and 80-90 proof vodka (this acts as a preservative) and applied under the tongue.
There are several methods to utilize urine therapy:
• Mix mid-stream urine (the most potent part) with another liquid such as orange juice to mask the flavour. Urine can also be mixed with other foods as it is best to ingest it close to meal times. This is food for thought the next time someone uses the expression, “Who pissed in your cereal?”
• Place a few drops under the tongue each morning and gradually increase the dosage until the desired results are achieved. Some people consume as much as one cup at a time.
• Drops of urine can be used for the purpose of eye/ear/nose drops to lubricate/decongest passages.
• Use as a mouth wash. When gargled, urine helps heal gum problems.
• Have a yellow bath! Soaking in your urine, and particularly having the yellow liquid massaged into your skin is said to be one of the most effective ways to moisturize and heal skin problems such as blemishes or burns.
Water From Your Own Well
If urine is free, and is a “perfect” medicine, then why isn’t urine therapy more popular? Well aside from the icky factor, there is a lack of scientific evidence that shows the medical benefits of uropathy. While there are mild (obvious) side effects of urine therapy such as nausea, vomiting and upset stomachs, using urine solely to treat serious illnesses such as cancer is not recommended. Today, urotherapy is offered as a form of alternative medicine in many clinics.
While there may be some benefits of applying urine topically, it will take a lot for me to even fathom ingesting the yellow stuff.
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