Gomutra – bovine or divine?

Cow is an animal that has historically and mythologically been sacred in the religion of Hinduism. The animal is looked upon as a “mother”, and is considered to be like god.

Since ancient times, cow urine or gomutra was thought to have special medicinal properties. According to Ayurveda, gomutra has special medicinal properties that allow it to treat and cure diseases like leprosy, peptic ulcers, liver damage, asthma, etc. However, there is absolutely no scientific backing to the widespread claim that cow urine has any medicinal properties at all. On the other hand, herbs like ashwagandhaneemtulsi and gooseberry have scientifically proven health benefits.

In ancient times, it was thought that the health of a cow will be reflected in the medicinal properties of its urine. If cows were fed good quality grasses like sorghum, ryegrass, etc., then it was thought that their urine would have special medicinal properties. However, scientific research has shown that there are no wondrous medicinal properties in cow urine whatsoever. However, cow urine and cow dung are very useful as fertilizers, fuel and disinfectants all over the country. In 2017, the government set up a committee to vet research proposals to scientifically validate “panchgavya,” a concoction of cow milk, curd, ghee, dung, and urine held by Ayurveda texts to have curative properties.

Practically speaking the quality of the cow urine depends on the kind of food it consumes the previous day. If the cow eats healthy food, then the urine will have the residues of the same the next day and vice versa. May be we haven’t explored the secrets of the various usages yet? Do you believe cow’s urine has beneficial properties?