use of ones own urine
"In February 1996 the First World Conference on Urine
Therapy took place in India (in May 1999 the second world
conference took place in Germany).
The fact that a number of allopathic doctors also visited
these conferences shows that this remarkable and sometimes
despised therapy, which for a long time was almost forgotten,
is coming back to the forefront. And rightly so.
Urine therapy is very effective, and it is always available
and quite inexpensive, to say the least, which is absolutely
wonderful in a world which sees itself confronted with
increasing health- as well as financial problems.
But what is this urine therapy? How does it work? What
are its roots? What has the medical world to say about
it? And, not the least important, how do you go about it?
Coen van der Kroon covers almost all questions concerning
urine therapy and its history in his book The Golden Fountain;
The Complete Guide to Urine Therapy. (The book recently
appeared at Amethyst Books/Gateway Books; ISBN 0-944256-73-2).
In the following article, connections of urine therapy
with the yoga & medical traditions are explored in
order to evaluate the spiritual and medicinal benefits
of this time old tradition.
What is urine therapy? How does it work?
Urine therapy means using (your own) urine externally
or internally as a way to promote or maintain your health.
The first question that probably comes to mind is whether
urine is not a toxic substance and how a toxic waste product
could ever be of any benefit for your health.
Well, urine is NOT a toxic waste product and this has
been scientifically proven.
95% of urine is water, 2.5% consists of urea and the remaining
2.5% is a mixture of minerals, salt, hormones and enzymes.
Toxic substances are being removed from the body through
the liver and intestines, through the skin and through
The main function of the kidneys is to keep the composition
of the blood in optimal balance. When there is to much
water, the kidneys will remove it. But that doesn't make
water into a toxic waste product.
Only the substance urea can be poisonous when present
in very large amounts in the blood. However, this is irrelevant
in the practice of drinking urine, as urine is not immediately
put back in the bloodstream. In the small amounts urea
gets back into the body, it is purifying, clears up excess
mucus and has a number of specific, very useful effects.
Moreover, it has a wonderful healing and tonifying effect
when applied to the skin.
You can find urea in many skin products as one of the
main components- specifically in many woman cosmetics.
Furthermore, urine is entirely sterile after secretion
and has an antiseptic effect. We are talking here about
urine from the point of view of somebody who follows a
reasonably healthy diet, and who does not use chemical
drugs or allopathic medicines. Urine therapy is a method
based upon the principle of 'natural cycles'.
As long as we do not interfere chemically with the body's
natural cycle, the body produces urine which is perfectly
suitable for re-cycling. If you ingest a great deal of
chemical substances - and these days all kinds of processed
food contain chemicals - part of this will end up in the
urine, in which case the composition of the urine changes.
Normally, however, urine is a healthy substance which contains
healthy, harmless and nourishing components.
Some natural cycles take place more quickly than others,
but the cycle in general is the foundation of all life.
If we let nature run her course, there will be no waste,
and a disturbed equilibrium will always come back into
balance. Just as we are capable of disturbing a natural
equilibrium, we can also do our part in helping nature
recover her balance. In order to support such a recovering
of balance, we are equipped with a wonderful, natural 'house
pharmacy': our own urine provides us with a swift and safe
method for using the powers of the natural cycle.
What exactly are the effects of urine therapy?
Briefly, if urine is ingested and/or rubbed into the skin,
it purifies blood and tissues, provides useful nutrients
and sends the body a signal about what is in or out of
balance. This last effect is called (oral) auto-immunization.
This brings us to a last important feature of urine. Urine
itself is, as said, not a toxic waste product. It does
contain however minute particles connected with possible
disease processes in the body. These minute particles are
mainly antibodies, which upon re-ingesting can help the
body to react on specific pathological situations.
Urine therapy has proven helpful in a great number of
various diseases, ranging from a simple cold and a throat-ache,
to tuberculosis and asthma, from minor skin problems such
as itching, to more serious skin diseases such as eczema,
psoriasis and even skin cancer.
How to apply urine therapy?
Below you will find internal and external applications.
- Drinking - Morning urine is best. Take the middle stream.
You can start with a few drops, building up to one glass
a day. Good as a tonic, as a preventative and in minor
- Fasting - Drink all the urine you pass, except for
the evenings, otherwise you won't get any sleep. You
can also take some extra water. The urine will quickly
change its taste into almost neutral. Fasting on urine
and water cleanses the blood. Toxins are removed through
liver, skin and outbreath.
- Gargle - Gargling with urine works wonders when having
a throat-ache. Also good for toothache and generally
when having a cold.
- Enemas - Urine colonemas and enemas work very well
in cleansing the colon and in providing a direct immune
- Vaginal douche - Helpful in e.g. yeast problems, white
- Ear- and eyedrops - Ear infections; conjunctivitis,
glaucoma. For the eyes, dilute the urine with some water.
- Sniffing urine/Neti - Sinusitis and other nose problems.
Very good preventative for colds and to clean the subtle
channels in the head.
- Massaging/Rubbing - You can use either fresh or old
urine. Old urine (4 to 8 days) is generally more effective,
but it has a strong to very strong smell. Massaging the
whole body is a very important complementary treatment
when fasting. It nourishes the body through the skin
and helps against increased heartbeat. You can leave
the urine on or wash it off after an hour or so, just
with water or with a mild, natural soap. Fresh urine
as an after shave gives you a beautiful soft skin. But
it is also very helpful and healing in all kind of skin
problems: itching, sunburns, eczema, psoriasis, acne,
- Gentle rubbing of urine into acupressure points (e.g.
on the ears) - very useful when reactions are otherwise
too strong, e.g. with very heavy allergic reaction.
- Footbaths - Any skin and nail problems of the feet
(athletes foot, ringworm, etc.)
- Compress - When rubbing is not appropriate, this is
another way of applying urine on the skin.
- Hair- and scalp massage - Renders the hair soft and
clean. Sometimes stimulates new hair growth.