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Urine Therapy - a therapy?

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What is urine therapy?
Urine: anatomic overview
How is it done?
What is urine therapy good for?
Advantages of using urine therapy
Controversy
Urine therapy side effects
Conclusion
Resources

What is urine therapy?

Urine has been used as an alternative therapy for centuries now with the same enthusiasm in the past as nowadays. Chinese, Japanese and Indians are the ones to strongly believe that urine can act as a panacea. Urine therapy claims that prevention, cure and maintenance of a solid health condition and even beauty and rejuvenation are all possible by drinking one's own urine on a regular basis, similar to taking vitamins and drinking water.

Urine therapy is based on urine intake.

Urine: anatomic overview

Urine is the slightly acidic liquid substance taking wastes from the kidneys outside human body. Its color ranges from clear to yellow and, in certain cases, to darker tones, depending on the individuals health condition. Urine also features specific odor resembling ammonia and varying in intensity from individual to individual. The odor may be caused by nitrogenous wastes, foods, infections etc. Urine is stored in the bladder, which can hold up to 20 ounces of liquid and discharges, in common individuals, up to 10 ounces. Basically, urine consists in the elements human body is unable to absorb at a particular moment.
Up to 95% of the fluid is water.

How is it done?

The way urine therapy is administered differs from people to people. No training or certification is required in order to be able to use this therapy, at least this is what advocates claim. There are different ways of implementing this therapy, some of them are:

  • There are adepts who believe that only the midstream of morning urine may be used in therapy.
  • They either drink it simple and hot, as it comes, or combine it with juice and fruit to cut off smell and taste.
  • There are also people who claim that effective urine therapy consists in applying few drops (usually 3 drops) sublingually with certain frequency.
  • Japanese women use urine for bathing to provide skin with proper nutrients. The practice is still very popular in our days.
  • Yet, by far most courageous form of urine therapy consists in urine injections in the rectum for cleansing and bowel movement.

What is Urine Therapy good for?

You may ask yourself what is urine therapy good for. The answer, as adepts claim it, is everything. Urine therapy is indicated in:

  • treatment of common flues and toothaches
  • dehydrated skin
  • epidermal conditions such as psoriasis
  • snake bites
  • allergies

Therefore, its area of action is largely extended. Furthermore, urine is said to treat effectively:

  • asthma
  • pneumonia
  • severe heart condition
  • burns
  • even cancer
  • eczema
  • eye irritation
  • dysentery
  • chemical intoxication
  • deficient intestinal traffic
  • sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS
  • chicken and small pox
  • sleep disorders
  • hepatitis
  • low or lack of fertility
  • baldness
  • jaundice

Temporary disorders:

  • hangover
  • morning sickness
  • urticaria

as well as serious medical problems such as:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • diabetes
  • tetanus
  • stroke
  • foot fungus
  • obesity
  • rheumatism

or even disgraceful birthmarks are included by urine therapy devotees in its action spectrum.
Urine is, thus, considered the true elixir of life and Kundalini releaser, the activator of the inner third eye and the way to divine wisdom.

Advantages of using urine therapy

Beyond such wonderful claimed effectiveness, urine isn't what anyone would call the tastiest medicine out there.
Why is it so popular, then?
This isn't by far a tricky question considering only two aspects of urine therapy.
First of all, it is, perhaps, that one medicine each and every one of us has access to day by day, irrespective of location, age, gender or ethnicity.
Secondly, the golden elixir is completely free of charge. All there is to do is activate the urinary function, otherwise natural for every person.
And thirdly, urine reserves are deposited...inside every individual. There are no storage limitations or legal restrictions. It can even be transported over the border without special taxes and risks. Somehow, urine therapy seems far more permissive than any other therapy out there.

Controversy

Urine therapy has generated strong controversy in both medical and common opinion over decades. The fact that human beings carry around a source of eternal and complete health, despite mortality rates, is neither believable nor scientifically certified.
Even though certain urine constituents may have positive effects on human health, it isn't enough to prove that urine therapy can treat such a large range of medical conditions.
Moreover, human body has the ability to eliminate unneeded substances, in most cases through urinary stream; therefore urine intake loses any logic basis. Not to mention that in most cases, urine therapy is associated with certain religious orientation and mystic beliefs.

There are testimonies of adepts in Siberia drinking their own urine looking for hallucinogenic effects, replacing, thus, more expensive substances and plants such as mushrooms.

Urine therapy practitioners go as far as considering urine a form of metabolized blood. That is, obviously, an exaggeration, considering that blood amounts in human body can only be replaced by other human blood amounts.

Urine Therapy Side effects

Should anyone decide to begin a form of urine therapy, there are certain facts to be known.
First if all, urine intake may cause certain anatomic reactions enumerated and studied by the Chinese Association of Urine Therapy. The list includes:

  • flushing
  • tiredness
  • increased body temperature
  • rashes
  • pain
  • soreness

Studies reveal that reported adverse reactions were more common among patients with severe medical conditions or prolonged disorders. Side effects are recurrent and feature specific periodicity and duration. Any of the enumerated symptoms may disappear in a couple of days, one week or up to 6 months.

While urinophiles consider these affections as a necessary stage before total and permanent healing, it remains up to the patient to decide whether it is worth the trouble, taking into account the lack of medical proof on any of the benefits of urine therapy.

Conclusion

Irrespective of subjective opinions and religious orientation, the only facts on urine therapy are that it hasn't been proved to have actual healing or prophylactic effect, but it is almost certainty it isn't long term harmful. Even though promoted by several organizations all over the world, there is no scientific or medical evidence on its effectiveness on human diseases.

Besides, more common functions urine therapy is claimed to activated, such as rejuvenation, revitalizing and immunity already beneficiate from medically certified solutions, otherwise widely available.

Resources

Here you have a few links to articles expressing a neutral position regarding this therapy. We do not encourage nor discourage you to try urine therapy. But before starting, try to find out more about it.

PROs:
<http://biomedx.com/urine/>
<http://net-prophet.net/health/phelps/phelps.htm>

CONs:
<http://skepdic.com/urine.html>
<http://www.abc.net.au/science/correx/archives/piss.htm>
<http://health.enotes.com/alternative-medicine-encyclopedia/urine-therapy>
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Stomach Cramps

Reviewer: D Vinayak , Mumbai, 36, 2009-10-11

For 2 years I used to have stomach cramps. For past 6 months it intensified. When the cramps came, I used to feel my body does not have strength. I used to also have high acidity. It was revealed that I have ulcers in stomach. Next was endoscopy which I was afraid off. My wife suggested urnie therapy which she had read some years back. When I heard it first, I could not believe. Then with lot of self convincing, I tried it. First day.. i puicked. it tasted horrible. Next day was no different. On thrird day onwards, I was getting there. In a week time I was doing well. I stopped after a week. 3 weeks was recommended. For last 3 months I do not have any problem. May be I will repeat it for a week next month. It worked for me! I am definately feeling better


Open Minds Absorb Knowlege Better

Reviewer: Don , 2007-08-08

First of all I haven't found any "medical facts" that disprove that it works. In my reading about this subject I have chosen to keep an open mind and so far I have been more impressed with what may be a beneficial health aid that is swept under the rug due to its unpleasant reputation. Logically since the urine is full of vitamins and minerals that the body didn't use "because the body only processes so much at a time and then kicks out the rest" it is a type of vitamin water. The oldest medicine in existence is Ayurvedic and it forms the roots of todays medicine. There is knowledge there that was known over 5000 years ago and today is being proven true. In this regard there is a possibilty of truth in urine therapy that an inciteful person would leave his/her mind open to. Around the world there are cases of success in this treatment. Water that has essential vitamins, minerals is undeniably good for you as long as it comes from the person who is reusing it. There must also be attention to prescription drugs, or poisons that that person may have ingested. Those you don't want to recycle. In most cases this a vitamin and amino acid drink.


Congrats

Reviewer: Peachie , 2007-01-31

Congratulations on including the controversy section. Otherwise it would have sounded like some weird religionís manifest. Be real, does anybody really think it works, when medical facts say it doesnít?!



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