Cow urine is widely used for many health problems in India since many centuries. Cow is seen as a sign of spirituality and hence cow urine is also used in devotional practices as well. Cow urine comes with a bunch of health benefits. But it is also important to know who can drink cow urine? for how long? who may avoid cow urine, its dosage etc
Benefits of cow urine:
- Hot, pungent, reaches to the deep tissues of the body.
- Increases Vata and Pitta, due to its bitter and pungent principles.
- Improves digestion and intelligence.
- Cow urine is useful in the treatment of abdominal colic pain, bloating, constipation, indigestion.
- Useful in conditions like intestinal worms and skin diseases,
- Useful in obesity, anemia.
- Acts as natural detoxification formula.
- Cow urine is having immense scope of research in areas like cancer.
- In Vitiligo (leukoderma) treatment, cow urine is added with Avalgujabijadi churnam (powder), made a paste and applied over the skin patches.
General qualities of all types of urine, including cow urine:
As per Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana chapter 1 All types of urine have following qualities:
Ushna – hot
Arooksha – not completely dry
Katu – pungent
Lavana – salty taste
Useful in Utsadana and Alepana – external application
Useful in Virechana (Purgation Panchakarma treatment), Asthapana Basti (decoction enema), Svedana (sweating treatment), Useful in
Arsha – Hemorrhoids
Gulma – abdominal tumor, distension
Kushta – skin diseases
Kilasa – type of leprosy
Deepaneeya – improves digestion strength
Vishaghna – anti-poisonous, anti-toxic
Krimighna – useful in intestinal worm infestations
Pandu – Anemia, initial stages of liver disorders
It balances Kapha Dosha.
पीतं कफोत्थं शमयेत्तु शोफं गव्येन मूत्रेण हरीतकी च||२१||
pītaṃ kaphotthaṃ śamayettu śophaṃ gavyena mūtreṇa harītakī ca||21||
In Kaphaja Shotha – Edema, inflammation disorders due to Kapha dosha aggravation, cow urine is administered along with Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 12th chapter
Cow urine qualities:
Kriminut – useful in intestinal worms
Kushtanut – useful in skin disorders
Kandu Shamana – relieves itching
Udara – useful in ascites
How to take cow urine?
In traditional But to be on the safer time, for all practical purposes, it is better to drink distilled cow urine.
Since boiling is involved, cow urine distillate will be free from microbes.
There are many companies that sell distilled cow urine. But if you can get fresh urine, you can consider preparing the distillate by the following method:
Cow urine is taken in a pressure cooker. the opening at the top, where whistle is to be placed is attached with a heat resistant pipe. the other end of the pipe opens to a clean vessel kept dipped in water. the cow urine in the pressure cooker is heated and the cow urine distillate is collected in the vessel.
The pressure cooker catches the smell of cow urine, and hence can not be used for any other purpose.
The distilled cow urine can be used for 1 – 2 months, if preserved in an air tight container.
Cow urine dose:
For a start, it is better to start with a 3 -4 drops of cow urine one or two times a day.
After a week, the dose can be increased up to one spoon two times a day. While there is no fixed dose as such, I suppose, that is the maximum advisable dose of cow urine (or distillate).
If it is freshly available, then it can be taken as such, within 10 – 15 minutes of collecting it.
Cow urine drink – precautions:
- Cow urine may be infected, in case the cow is infected.
- It is not advisable to store raw cow urine for more than an hour.
- It is better to take the cow urine for the prescribed time period only. For example, if used for indigestion, cow urine should be take only till proper digestion power is restored.
- It can be used for long time of 3 -4 months, in the treatment of obesity, chronic inflammatory conditions etc.
- Cow urine has some benefits for people with diabetes, but it is better to consult Ayurvedic expert.
Who should avoid cow urine?
- People who are very lean, emaciated, tired.
- People suffering from fatigue.
- Children below age of 10.
- People suffering from male infertility.
- People with lack of sleep.
Remember: cow urine therapy is not nourishing in nature. It is a detoxifying and cleansing in nature. Hence a concept of cow urine tonic is not quite apt.
Learn a cow urine remedy for kidney stones and dysuria
Ayurvedic medicines where cow urine is advised as co drink
Mahayograj Guggul – in the treatment of anemia.
Khadiradi Kashayam – Used to treat worm infestation
kankayan Vati – to treat abdominal lump due to kapha origin.
It is used along with Pathyadi Lepa churna, a herbal powder, to prepare a paste, which is applied externally to relieve skin diseases such as dermatitis.
It is used in the process of making of Loha Bhasma
It is used in the purification procedure of Vacha – Acorus calamus.
Gojal – cow urine is used as ingredient in making Lohadi Rasayan, as per Charaka Samhita Chikitsasthana 1.3/15-23, wherein, iron leaves are heated to red hot and dipped in it (and many other liquids).
Cow urine for skin diseases:
1. Rasanjana (water extract of Daruharidra – Tree Turmeric) is administered along with cow urine as a medicine to treat skin diseases of Kapha origin. (Reference: Charaka Chikitsasthana 7/61)
2. सप्तदशकुष्ठघाती माक्षिकधातुश्च मूत्रेण||७०||
saptadaśakuṣṭhaghātī mākṣikadhātuśca mūtreṇa||70|| Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 7/70
Makshika Bhasma is administered along with Cow urine for the treatment of skin diseases.
Cow urine as enema ingredient in the treatment of intestinal obstruction:
To the patient suffering from Baddhodara (intestinal obstruction), fomentation therapy is given thereafter, Niruha (decoction enema) and Anuvasana (fat enema) is given adding cows urine, herbs having teekshna (sharp) quality, oil and Salt. Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 13th chapter.
Cow urine sitz bath in hemorrhoids:
To the pile mass, sesame oil is applied. cow urine is heated to lukewarm. The patient is made to take sitz bath in the cow urine for 5 – 10 minutes. Due to astringent properties of cow urine, it reduces pain, itching and size of the pile mass. (Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 14th chapter).
Cow urine gargle for sore throat:
Cow urine can be used as a gargle in case of sore throat.
But for this usage, you need to be tolerant of cow urine smell.
For gargling, it is best to use cow urine distillate (Gomutra arka / Godhan Ark) rather than fresh cow urine.
Procedure for gargle:
Take one tablespoon of Gomutra ark. Heat it just above lukewarm temperature.
Add a tablespoon of honey to it.
Add a pinch (half to 1 gram) of turmeric powder to it.
Gargle with this mix for 1 – 2 minutes.
Can I drink milk and take cow urine at the same time?
There are many instances in which cow urine and milk are used together. –
For example, Panchagavya – cow ghee, sour curd, urine, cow dung water and cow milk. This combination itself is used as medicine and also as ingredient in other medicines such as Panchagavya Ghrita.
So, cow urine can be consumed along with milk. One teaspoon of cow urine along with quarter or half a cup of milk is fine to have.
Cow urine is hot, pungent, strong, piercing in nature, so, its excess hotness and other related qualities are reduced in strength due to the sweetness, coolness of milk.
धारोष्णं मूत्र युक्तं वा क्षीरं दोषानुलोमनम्|
dhāroṣṇaṃ mūtra yuktaṃ vā kṣīraṃ doṣānulomanam|
Milk which is Dharosna (freshly collected and still warm) is added with cow’s urine (in equal quantity), and taken which causes downward movement of morbid matter from the colon. – This is used as a purgation method in the treatment of Gout (Vatarakta) – Charaka Chikitsa 29th chapter.
Gomuthra is considered as a sacred entity in the orthodox Hindu religion.It was used for many purposes such as yaaga, yajna, homa, Havana etc or while performing all purification rituals.
Collection time :[Gomoothra sangrahan kaal]
It is said that the first and last part of the cow urine flow is discarded and the middle part is collected during dawn. Such a cow urine is used in therapeutics.
Qualities of Gomutra:
katutvam tiktavam ushnatam laghutvam
Aruchi, kapha vata tvaka dosha nashanam pittakari
Tvam, dipanam, medhyatvam, matipradhavacha|| – Raja Nighantu
Tikshanam, ksharatvam, kashayatvam shool gulmodar nashana
mukharoga kilasa vatamadastiruk kusta kasa swasa
shota kamala atisar mutrarodhya puranat karnashool nashanam||” Bha. Pra
“ sarvevyapi mutreshu gomutra gunato
atho visheshaktatinta mutra gomutramuchyate||
swasa kasa shotavarcho kaphapaham|
shoolgulmaruja anaha kamalepandurogahrita||
kashaya tikta teekshna cha puranat karnashoolanuta||”
haritakyadi nighantu ( bha. Pra. Ti)
Rasa (taste) : kashaya (astringent), lavana (salt), katu (pungent), tikta (bitter)
Guna – qualities: laghu (lightness), teekshna (piercing), ushna (hot)
Vipaka: katu – undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
Veerya: Ushna – hot potency
Doshaghnata: vata-kapha shamaka, pitta-vardhak
Balances Vata and Kapha and increases Pitta.
Use of Gomutra in Rasashastra:
Uses of Gomutra in various shodhan Procedures
“ Varakashaya sandhute same gavantu mutrake|
nishechinta tu vishuddhimanuyat|| ( rasatandrini 20 : 18)
loha churna ( shuddha)- 1 part
Vara ( triphala) kashaya –1part
Gomutra- 1 part( nischana)
2. Langhali ( Kalihari) shodhan:-
“ Langhali shuddimayathi dina gomutra samstitha|” Aa. Pra. 6c. 50/ pusta)
langhli – 1 part
gomutra- Q. s
Method: Small pieces of langhli mula are soaked in gomutra for 24 hrs then washed off.
3. Vacha shodhana: ( bhi. Ra)
vacha is boiled in gomutra & alambusa kwatha & later in kwatha & dried cleaned with godhyodhaka, dried & kept in apot of many small holes, which in turn is kept on a big pot containing godhyadhak & the bigger pot is kept on fire. After 1 hour of swedana vacha is kept in the flowers of mulyak & mallika for imparting fragrance. Later vacha is powdered and given with rala, kundaka & nakhi & stored in glass bottles.
4. Vatsanabha shodhana:
“ Vimsha tu kundasha : kritva vastrakhanden bacheyetu|
gomutra madhye nikshinya sthapayedhataye briham||
Gomutra tu pradhanathya nutan prathyaham bhudhai : |
Thyahe athite tada udratya kshalayitva vishosharyata|| – ( Rasamritha 8/ 145)
1. Vatsanabha – 1 part
2. Gomutra- Q.S
Small pieces of vatsanabha are bundled in their cloth & soaked in gomutra for 3 days replacing the latter everyday. Then they are washed & dried.
5. Bhallatak shodhana:
“ Bhallatakan supakvastu gomutre dinsattakam|
tatha cha gavya payasi vasayeddin saptakam||”
1. Bhallatak-1 part
3. Gavya payas- vasan
4. latika churna- Gharsara
5. Jala- Dalhan
6. MANDUR SHODHAN:-
“ Dhyamnta vibhitakangarigomutre parishechitam|
saptavar lohmalam shuddhimayatmanuktamam||” (ra. Ta.20/127)
1. Loha mala- Q.S
2. Vibhitaki aahar- Q.S
3. Gomutra- Parisceana
7. Yashad shodana:-
“ Nishicchettaptani naile takre cha kastike|
gomutre cha kulatyana kashaye cha tricha triccha||”
( Sha. Sam.ma. ka. 11/2-2 ½).
a) Yashad- Q.S
b) Taila- Q.S for nirvapa
c) Takra- Q.S for nirvapa
d) Gomutra- Q.S for nirnapa
e) Kastika – Q.S for nirvapa
f) Kulatya- Q.S for nirvapa
8. Rajata shodhana
a) . Rajata patra- 1 part
b) Taila- Q.S for nirvapa
c) Takra- Q.S for nivapa
d) Kastika – Q.S for nirvapa
e) Gomutra- Q.S for nirvapa
f) Kulathya kashaya- Q.S for nirvapa
“ bheeja gomutre chaturyomoshitam puna:
gavyo payasi dolana yarmike pachati tatha: ||
kanditha nistunsha kritva shuddha yogeshu yojayetu || : ( rasamrita 8/ 146)
b. Gomutra- Q.S
C. Gavya payas- swedan
10. Tamra shodhana
“ swarna tararatamaya patrayagno pratapayetu|
nishischetaptatatvani taile takre cha kastike||
gomutre cha kultyana kashaye cha triccha triccha ||” ( Sha. Sam. Ma. 11/2-2 ½)
Tamra patra- Q.S
Taila – Q.S for nirvapa
Takra- Q.S for nirvapa
Kastika- Q.S for nirvapa
Gomutra- Q.S for nirvapa
Kulatya kashaya- Q.S for nirvapa