July 12, 2012

Urine Therapy: Bad joke or a miraculous remedy?

Have you ever heard about urine therapy? (also known as urotherapy, urinotherapy or uropathy). What it means is basically using one's own urine as a remedy - either by applying on the surface of your body or by drinking it. According to variety of studies and researches over the years, "drinking one's urine can greatly improve immune system, and is known to be used as an anti-cancer agent"

To me, urinotherapy isn't anything new, since I can remember, my grandma would use her urine to rinse her hair - she always had a wonderful, strong shiny hair. I also did my own little experiment and was practicing urinotheraphy for 3 months in 2010. The difference was obvious - notable digestion improvement, which in turn positively effected my overall energy.

Sanskrit text called the Damar Tantra contains 107 stanzas on the benefits of "pure water, or one's own urine". In this text, urine therapy is referred to as Shivambu Kalpa. This text suggests, among other uses and prescriptions, massaging one's skin with fresh, concentrated urine. In the Ayurvedic tradition, which is related to the Hindu scriptures called the Vedas. urine therapy is called amaroli which when practised requires some dietary requirements such as mixing it with water to "cure cancers" and other "diseases" along with "raw food and certain fruits like banana, papaya and citrus fruits" which are claimed to be "very good in the practice of amaroli". One of the main aims of this system is to "prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life"

The benefits of urotherapy are even recognized celebrities like Madonna - who has been practicing urinotherapy for many years and says: "I urinate on my feet to help cure her athlete's foot problem". Another adherent, Major League Baseball player Moisés Alou urinates on his hands to alleviate calluses, which he claims allows him to bat without using batting gloves. Ex-Prime Minister of India, Morarji Desai, the British actress Sarah Miles, Boxer Juan Manuel Márquez among many others.

Using urine as a meditation enhancer 

Drinking one's morning urine ('amaroli') was an ancient yoga practise designed to promote meditation. The ancient yoga texts that mention auto-urine drinking, require it be done before sunrise and that only the mid-stream sample be used. The pineal hormone melatonin and its conjugated esters are present in morning urine in significant quantities, the pineal gland secreting melatonin maximally at about 2 am, this secretion being shut off by the eyes' exposure to bright sunlight. Melatonin, when ingested or given intravenously, amongst other effects, provokes tranquility and heightened visualisation. There are high concentrations of melatonin in the first morning urine, but not in a physiologically active form.

Mills and Faunce at Newcastle University Australia in 1991 developed the hypothesis that ingestion of morning urine into low pH gastric acid would cause deconjugation of its esters back to the active form of melatonin. This, they suggested, might restore plasma night-time melatonin levels. Thus, they argued, oral pre-dawn consumption of auto-exogenous melatonin, by either re-setting of the sleep-wake cycle or enhancement of the physiological prerequisites for meditation (decreased body awareness (i.e. analgesia) and claimed slowed brain wave activity, as well as heightened visualization ability), may be the mechanism behind the alleged benefits ascribed to 'amaroli' or auto-urine drinking by ancient texts of the yogic tradition.

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