Cow urine – Wikipedia
Liquid by-product of metabolism
Cow urine or Gomutra is a liquid by-product of metabolism in cows. Cow urine is used as medicine in India, Myanmar, 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.
Some Hindus claim that cow urine has a special significance as a medicinal drink. The sprinkling of cow urine is said to have a spiritual cleansing effect as well.
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 ayurvedas, Gomutra (cow urine) can cure leprosy, fevers, peptic ulcers, liver ailments, kidney disorders, asthma, certain allergies, 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.
On 14 March 2020, a Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha hosted a cow urine drinking party with over 200 people in attendance to ward off COVID-19. This urine drinking party was held weeks after a leader from India’s North Eastern state of Assam told state lawmakers during an assembly that “cow urine and cow dung can be used to treat the coronavirus. Leaders from BJP had previously called for the use of cow urine as medicine and a cure for cancer.
In May 2021, two men in Manipur, India were jailed for stating that cow dung, cow urine and manure were not the cures for COVID-19. They had criticized the BJP on Facebook for recommending cow dung and cow urine and were arrested under India’s National Security Act. They were jailed for 45 days.
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$520,000) 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
Gomutra is used as a manure for production of rice.Jeevamrutha is a fertilizer made from a mixture of cow urine, cow dung, jaggery, pulse flour and rhizosphere soil.
Diesel-cow urine emulsion
Cow urine has also been used in various researches for the preparation of emulsified diesel. The results found with such a newly-synthesized emulsion were quite satisfactory for diesel exhaust emissions and engine efficiency.
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