Cattle ranchers in India are having a hard time keeping up with the country’s demand for cow urine, which is believed to cure a vast array of maladies including: “curing diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, psoriasis, eczema, heart attack, blockage in arteries, seizures, cancer, HIV/AIDS, prostate problems, hemorrhoids, arthritis, migraine, thyroid, ulcer, acidity, constipation, gynecological problems, as well as ear and nose problems, etc.
In fact, Sunil Mansinghka, chief coordinator at Go-Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, a cow-focused research organization in Nagpur, reports that urine from India’s indigenous female cows has been found to urine has shown that it contains nitrogen, sulphur, phosphate, sodium, manganese, carbolic acid, iron, silicon, chlorine, magnesium, melci, citric, titric, succenic, calcium salts, vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as minerals, lactose, enzymes, creatinine, hormones and gold acids. While these nutrients also serve to make the milk healthier as well, the urine commands higher prices at market.
Cow urine is also used as folk medicine in Nigeria (and other countries in both Africa and Asia), where it is mixed with tobacco leaves, basil, garlic lemon juice and rock salt to treat convulsions in children. However, this particular “remedy has also been responsible for causing respiratory depression in some children, leading to their deaths.
Meanwhile, cow urine that has been boiled down has also been used by many cultures (including ancient Scandinavians) as an antiseptic. It is also now being marketed in India as a floor cleaner. while yoga guru Baba Ramdev, has invested millions of rupee in having raw cow urine incorporated into soaps, disinfectants, etc. through his company Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd.
Although cow urine sold in the marketplace today is distilled, there are still a lot of people who find drinking it straight abhorrent. As a result, anew industry has evolved to create cow urine soft drinks such as Gomutra Ark, which is touted as a “healthy” alternative to Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other soft drinks. Others are also developing cow urine capsules, which are more palatable to others.
While cow urine is certainly readily available, most producers admit that the hardest part of the industry is being able to collect it, since the cows don’t generally announce when they are ready to pee. However, to make sure that they are able to collect “every last drop,” many cow pee entrepreneurs have now hired “attendants” to monitor the beasts and ascertain patterns of urination by watching the animals’ movements.