Bottled Cow's Urine: Vedic Medicine Promoted
Dalitstan Journal

Devout Hindus launch Global Marketing Campaign
to Promote Vedic Medicine: Cow-Dung and Cow-Urine

The Telegraph
London, 02/09/2001

A gift from the gods: bottled cow's urine

By Julian West in New Delhi (Filed: 02/09/2001)

HINDU nationalists in India have launched a marketing exercise to promote cow's urine as a health cure for ailments ranging from liver disease to obesity and even cancer.

The urine, which is being sold under the label "Gift of the Cow", is being enthusiastically promoted by the government of Gujarat, one of three states in India dominated by Hindu nationalists.

The urine is collected daily from almost 600 shelters for rescued and wounded cattle set up by the Vishwa Hindu Parisad (VHP), or World Council of Holy men, as part of a government cow-protection programme to save the country's sacred, but often maltreated, beasts.

Advertised as being "sterilised and completely fresh" it is available for 20 rupees (30p) a bottle at about 50 centres run by the VHP in Gujerat, from 200 of their outlets in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, and at fairs and religious festivals throughout India.

It also comes in tablets or a cream mixed with other traditional medicinal herbs. Demand is currently outstripping supply.

Dr Jadi Patel at the VHP's headquarters in Ahmedabad said: "It's very popular because the results are very good, but we've got a shortage." He explained that the cow protection centres had been formed after the last grand gathering of saddhus, or holy men, to save cows from "unofficial slaughter by Muslims".

Killing cows is illegal in most Indian states but there are an estimated 32,000 illegal abattoirs and 13.7 million cows are believed to be slaughtered by Muslims for the leather industry.

Animal rights activists in India also claim that the doe-eyed, hump-backed white Brahma cattle that are to be found on almost every Indian street are subjected to various abuses, including forced pregnancies to produce more milk.

The cow protection commission was set up to protect the holy cows, and research conducted by doctors involved in the project revealed that the cows' urine had medicinal properties.

The idea of using it came from the central Indian headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the powerful Hindu nationalist ideologues behind the country's Bharata Janata Party (BJP), where five scientists are researching its beneficial effects.

Like all devout Hindus, RSS members believe that all cow products are sacred. Ghee, or clarified butter, is used in Indian cooking and to light lamps during temple ceremonies, and milk is commonly poured over sacred idols as an offering.

The healing properties of cow dung and cow's urine are also mentioned in ancient Hindu texts. The research conducted by doctors at the cow-protection commission indicates that the urine can cure anything from skin diseases, kidney and liver ailments to obesity and heart ailments.

Although most Indian doctors view the medicines as eccentric, several advocates of the treatment have come forward in Gujarat, have come forward to support the doctors' claims.

They include Vidhyaben Mehta, a 65-year-old woman with a cancerous tumour on her chest who has been taking cow's urine for the past three years. She says she is no longer in pain and has survived in spite of medical predictions that she would die two years ago.

So enthusiastic is the Gujarat government about its cows' urine medicines that it has asked the Indian Institute of Management to compile a database of traditional cures and verify the Hindu nationalists' findings.

The academics have also discovered that cow's urine is an extremely effective pesticide and plant fertiliser and are now developing for human consumption new drugs that contain the "gift of the cow".

Prof Anil Gupta at the institute said: "This isn't just a religious thing. If it's useful we shouldn't stop it simply because we think it has religious connections."

" Let him [ householder ] pass by (a mound of) earth, a cow, an idol, a Brahmana, clarified butter, honey, a crossway, and well-known trees, turning his right hand towards them. "

Harper's encyclopedia p.101

gokarisam ("dried cow-dung")

This is placed on the heads of children possessed of evil spirits. When the demoness Putana tried to poison the young Krishna, Yasoda waved a cow-taiil over him to guard him from her; whilst Nanda placed dried powdered cow-dung on his head."

" The 5 products of the cow, milk, curds, ghee, urine and dung are all used in purificatory ceremonies, and cow-dung is `worshipped as an emblem of the discus of Vishnu, as is the yellow pigment of the cow'."

`Harper's Encyclopedia of Hinduism', `go' p.100

" (To swallow) the five products of the cow (pankagavya) is the atonement for stealing eatables of various kinds, a vehicle, a bed, a seat, flowers, roots, or fruit [ for Arya men ] "

" (Subsisting on) the urine of cows, cowdung, milk, sour milk, clarified butter, and a decoction of Kusa-grass, and fasting during one (day and) night, (that is) called a Samtapana Krikkhra. "

Al-Beruni vol.i, p.180

" They [ Hindus ] sip the stall of cows, but they do not eat their meat. They beat the cymbal with a stick."

"Urine of different animals are also recommened for use as purifying and appetizing agents, cardiac stimulation and for many other purposes. Each type of urine has its own actions."

`Susruta-Samhita (A Scientific Synopsis),' P.Ray, H.Gupta and M.Roy, Indian National Science Academy, N.Delhi 1st ed. 1980, 1993 reprint, p.36, citing from `Susruta-Samhita,' `Sutrasthana', 45.201-212

"Gomutra, Cow's urine:
  1. ingredient of a mixture, antidote for obesity,
  2. ingredient of a mixture, purgative,
  3. ingredient of a plaster, eliminates vermin from ulcer,
  4. ingredient of a liquid medicine, for controlling vayu disorders,
  5. ingredient of a wine, or taken alone specific for abdominal dropsy and many other uses."
`Susruta-Samhita,' ibid., p.131, citing Su.15.35, 44.35, Ci.1.87; 14.13

"Silajatu - mineral exudates or mineral bitumen; taken internally with cow's urine; for malignant types of jaundice." Su.15.32; [ `Susruta-Samhita,' p.234 ]

"Srotanjana, Utt.15.11 Naturally occurring antimony sulphide, taken internally with cow's urine." [ `Susruta-Samhita,' p.234 ]

" Goat's urine, ingredient of a paste, for restoring natural colour to a cicatrix.
Goat's droppings, accessory to surgical cauterization, cauterization of a diseased part related to skin, powdered after drying and compounded with honey and cow's urine, used as licture for jaundice." [ `Susruta-Samhita,' p.130 ]

" Grdhrapurisa - vulture droppings, ingredient for a paste for bursting of non-boils." [ Su.37.9 ] [ cf. also `Susruta-Samhita,' p.132 ]

"Kankapurisa - pigeon's droppings," [ mentioned as a medicine ] [ ibid. ]


by Milind Majhi
Dalitstan Journal,
Volume 5, Issue 1, Jan. 2002

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