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Is cow urine a medicine?

Postby SarathW » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:45 am

Is there any modern research on this subject?
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"In ancient India fermented cow’s urine (pūtimutta) was regarded as a remedy of great curative and
invigorating efficacy. For such use, a vessel with cow’s urine and myrobalan fruits is kept buried in the
ground for some length of time."

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Re: Is cow urine a medicine?

Postby cooran » Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:01 am

Hello SarathW,

I can't give any actual scientific articles, but here is a selection of articles from The Times of India:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes ... /cow-urine

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Re: Is cow urine a medicine?

Postby daverupa » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:36 am

Perhaps a Pali expert may comment, but I seem to have read that it isn't necessarily cow urine, but perhaps fermented-in-cow-urine medicines, which may have been any number of concoctions. It seems indicated by the use of fruit, above.

It may have been based on proto-Ayurvedic principles (which may themselves hail from Greater Magadha).
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Re: Is cow urine a medicine?

Postby Judai » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:36 pm

yes cow urine is a medicine,it helps with athletes foot.

of course any old urine works well with athletes foot.
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Re: Is cow urine a medicine?

Postby SarathW » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:16 am

Thanks all :)
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Re: Is cow urine a medicine?

Postby SarathW » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:56 pm

Can this life be so simple? I don't know any one live like this!
:thinking:
PS:
Considering the fact, now people are talking about third world war, it is not a bad way to start organising our lives. :shrug:
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This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "These four things are next to nothing, both easy to gain & blameless. Which four? Cast-off cloth is next to nothing, both easy to gain & blameless. Alms food is next to nothing, both easy to gain & blameless. The root of a tree as a dwelling place is next to nothing, both easy to gain & blameless. Medicine made of smelly urine[1] is next to nothing, both easy to gain & blameless. These are the four things that are next to nothing, both easy to gain & blameless. When a monk is content with what is next to nothing, easy to gain & blameless, then I say that he has one of the component factors of the contemplative life."

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Re: Is cow urine a medicine?

Postby SarathW » Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:37 pm

Coming down from my dwelling place,
I entered the city for alms,
stood courteously next to a leper
eating his meal.

He, with his rotting hand,
tossed me a morsel of food,
and as the morsel was dropping,
a finger fell off
right there.

Sitting next to a wall,
I ate that morsel of food,
and neither while eating it,
nor having eaten,
did I feel
any disgust.

Whoever has mastered
left-over scraps for food,
smelly urine for medicine,
the foot of a tree for a dwelling,
cast-off rags for robes:
He is a man
of the four directions

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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Are modern day monks experience the same?
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Re: Is cow urine a medicine?

Postby SarathW » Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:13 am

Some interesting info about urine therapy.

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/psycholog ... herapy.htm

PS: I am not addicted to urine or obsessed with urine therapy!
At least for now.
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Re: Is cow urine a medicine?

Postby Dhammanando » Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:29 am

SarathW wrote:Are modern day monks experience the same?


I've no recollection of any leper's finger ever falling into my almsbowl, nor of any other comparably disagreeable experience. But I don't imagine this was a terribly common experience even in pre-modern times:



    Q: Do fingers and toes fall off when someone gets leprosy?

    A: No. The bacteria attack nerve endings and destroy the body’s ability to feel pain and injury. Without feeling pain, people injure themselves and the injuries can become infected, resulting in tissue loss. Fingers and toes become shortened and deformed as the cartilage is absorbed into the body. Repeated injury and infection of numb areas in the fingers or toes can cause the bones to shorten. The tissues around them shrink, making them short.


    http://www.leprosy.org/leprosy-faqs/

I've also heard of lepers' fingers and toes being chewed off by rats while they're sleeping.
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