topic posted Sun, August 27, 2006 - 4:38 AM by  stevie
This is some very interesting info that i first learnt about in Dr Swami Vivekananda Saraswati’s course in rishikesh India. Which i sceptical at first but thought it needed more reserch - this is an email reply from one of australias top scientists - im posting this as it might be of interest to some people in this tibe but also id love to get any feed back on this topic:-)
Karl Kruszelnicki ( this is dr karl the scientist i told u about:-)


You’d probably have to be mighty thirsty to drink your own urine, but millions of people do it every day. Recent research shows it might not be such a crazy idea - and this research could lead us to the “jet lag” pill.
People have been drinking their own urine for thousands of years. A few Prime Ministers of India, Morarji Desai and Mahatma Ghandi, did it every day. According to Paul Keating, Queen Beatrice of The Netherlands actually drank a glass of pig urine on Dutch TV, to “prove” that Dutch pork was of the highest standard.
Some supporters of urine-drinking claim that it is mentioned in the Bible. Proverbs 5: 15 says “Drink thy waters of thine own cistern” , while John 7: 38 says “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living waters”.
However, some old Indian documents are very definite about the benefits of drinking your own urine.
The ancient yogic text, “Damara Tantra”, refers to a technique called “shivambu kalpa vidhi”, which means literally “urine revitalising technique”. In this text it says “a sensible man gets up early in the morning when three quarters of the night has passed (about 3 or 4 AM), faces east and passes urine. The initial and concluding flow of urine is to be discarded. The intermediate flow is to be consumed. This is the most suitable method”. In other words, drink your own mid-stream urine, very early in the morning. They called this habit “amaroli” - and it was supposed to help them meditate.
But other people claimed medical benefits from urine. As recently as 1863, the habit of injecting urine was mentioned in a book called “The Physiological Memoirs of Surgeon-General Hammond, U.S. Army”. He recommended using a hypodermic needle and syringe.
Today in alternative medicine, the healing use of urine is called “uropathy”. It is claimed to cure everything from cancer to AIDS. It’s used in every form imaginable. Patients are supposed to drink it, squirt it into various body orifices to use it as an enema or a gargle or a douche, dribble it into their eyes and ears as drops,. If they’re a little shy, they can start off with just sniffing urine. Certainly many athletes claim that washing your feet with urine heals blisters very rapidly.
Normally, your body makes about 1 ml of urine per minute - about a small glassful every hour. Urine is about 95% water and about 5% solids. These solids include vitamins, proteins, enzymes, salts, uric acid, prostaglandins, and a recently-discovered hormone called melatonin.
Melatonin is the probably the reason the ancient yogis drank their own urine. Melatonin is made by the pineal gland, which the French philosopher and mathematician Descartes called “the seat of the soul”.
As a drug, melatonin has a wide range of effects. If you eat it or drink it or sniff it, you can get everything from mild sedation, pain relief, sleep, a feeling of “emotional balance”, increased visual imagery, and feelings of elation right up to an alteration in your ability to estimate time. Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland only when your eyes are shut. In your blood, the levels of melatonin peaks around 2 AM, but there are significant quantities made between midnight and 6 AM.
It turns out that beta blockers, a drug commonly given for high blood pressure, prevent this night time release of melatonin. This might explain why beta blockers sometimes cause nightmares.
Now the yogic ritual is to get up at 4 AM, drink your own urine and then meditate. Any urine made after 2 AM is loaded with melatonin, and this melatonin might relieve some of the physical pain of sitting motionless and cross-legged for two hours. It would certainly make your meditation easier if you also had increased visual imagery, and feelings of elation. Also the melatonin helps to reset your body clock, and it fools your body into thinking that it has had enough sleep. In fact, scientists are looking at using melatonin as a pill to protect you against jet lag, by re-setting your body clock.
The yogic texts also say that the urine of children is superior to that of adults. The pineal gland in children produces more melatonin, and this is why children sleep longer than adults. The urine of children has much more melatonin than the urine of adults. The extra melatonin would help the meditation.
The yogic texts also say that you should drink your own urine every day for over a month before you get the full effect. Studies have shown that you need to take melatonin for about a month to lock in your sleep cycles.
So the ancient yogic texts were right. A glass of urine a day could keep the stress away. Drinking your own urine could be very handy if you have a big project coming up, and need to burn the candle at both ends. If urine becomes really valuable, maybe recycled lemonade will cost more than fresh lemonade.


The pineal gland is a small white gland buried nearly in the centre of the brain. It is shaped like a tiny pinecone, is about 8 mm long, and weighs about the same as a house spider - about one tenth of a gram.
Parts of the pineal gland turn to calcium quite early in life. Doctors who see this calcium on X-rays have long called it “brain sand”. They found it useful as a marker of the mid-line on X-rays of the skull. Brain sand is found in 30% of people aged 10-20 years, and in 80% of people over 30 years old.
During the day, the pineal gland turns tryptophan into serotonin. At night, it converts the serotonin into melatonin - the chemical that helped the early yogis meditate. So the pineal gland turns information about light (and how many hours of light there are each day) into the hormone, melatonin
The pineal gland is quite small in animals that live near the Equator - where the days are always 12 hours long, and the timing for breeding is not so critical. But near the North and South Poles, the timing is more critical, and the pineal gland is larger. In the newborn elephant seal, the pineal gland takes up 50% of the brain weight!


Practically all animals with backbones over the last 500 million years have had a pineal gland. The pineal gland feeds information about the length of the day and the season to the “master clock” elsewhere in the brain.
In the tuatara, the primitive New Zealand lizard, the pineal gland sits just beneath the skin on the skull. In some lizards the pineal gland is exposed to daylight through a clear window on the back of its head. Perhaps the pineal gland is the famous “third eye” of the mystical East.
Herophilus, in the fourth century BC, claimed that the pineal gland was a “valve” that regulated the flow of thought out of little storage bins in the brain.
René Descartes, around 1640, believed that the rational soul lived in the pineal gland. He claimed that information about events in the real world entered the eyes, and then passed by “strings” in the brain to the pineal gland . The pineal gland reacted by sending “humours” down hollow tubes to various muscles of the body . He was very close to the truth.
In 1918, a Swedish anatomist, Nils Holmgren, found that some cells in the pineal gland of the frog and the dogfish were surprisingly similar to the light-detecting cells in the retina.
In 1958, melatonin was isolated by Lerner and his colleagues at Yale University. The chemists took 4 years to extract the melatonin from the collected pineal glands of 200,000 cattle.


Scientists call melatonin “The Dracula Hormone” because the blood levels are much higher at night. They also call it “The Hormone of Darkness” for the same reason, and also because we know so little about it.
Daytime blood levels of melatonin (in people of all ages) are 17-43 pmol/l. Nighttime levels depend on your age. They are around 1080 pmol/l in children aged 1-3 years, 520 pmol/l in children and adolescents 8-15 years old, and they gradually drop until they reach levels of about 86 pmol/l in adults aged 50-70 years.
Melatonin production is completely switched off by very bright light (about 2,500 lux). Typical indoor lighting is around 250-500 lux. Outdoor brightness ranges from 10,000 lux (cloudy day in northern Europe) to 80,000 lux (sunny day near the Equator).


“Jet lag” is the disruption of your internal body clock. You want your breakfast porridge when everybody else wants dinner. About 15% of travellers never get jet lag, 15% will be bed-ridden by it, while 70% can get by, but don’t feel great. You need about one day to reset your clock from the shock of crossing one time zone. So it will take you 12 days to recover from flying halfway around the world over 12 time zones.
The standard advice depends on which way you are flying. If you are heading EAST over six or fewer time zones, expose yourself beforehand to natural morning light for about 3-4 hours. But if you’re planning to cover more than six time zones, avoid the morning light and get the midday light. If you are heading WEST over six or fewer time zones, expose yourself to natural afternoon light for about 3-4 hours. But if you’re planning to cover more than six time zones, avoid the afternoon light and get the midday light.
But this could all change when the melatonin pill becomes available. If you take melatonin in the morning, it delays your body clock. If you take melatonin in the afternoon or early evening, it advances your body clock. So adjusting for jet lag could be as easy as taking a pill at the right time!


Most people think that urine is full of germs. They’re wrong - urine has fewer germs than your mouth, or the water you get out of a tap.
Normally, urine is “sterile”. This medical jargon means that there are no significant numbers of bacteria. If you were to take a few millilitres of urine, and add some germ-free food-for-bacteria, no bacteria would grow. But if you were unlucky to have a Urinary Tract Infection, then there would be bacteria in your urine. These bacteria would grow in the presence of bacteria-food. A microbiologist could recognise these bacteria, and test to find which antibiotics would kill them. Then your doctor would prescribe the most appropriate antibiotic.
So while your urine might not seem very delicious or tasty to drink, at least it has fewer bacteria than your own saliva.


About 200,000 Taiwanese drink their own urine every morning. This movement began when Chen Ching-chuan met an old war friend, after 14 years separation. To his surprise, his old friend had not aged. His friend said he had been drinking his own urine - so Mr. Chen followed his example.
Mr. Chen ran into trouble with the local police, when he recently had to apply for a new identification card. He looked 44 years old, not 64 - but luckily, a friend gave the needed identification. The urine-drinking movement is now so popular that it even runs a Urine Therapy Hot Line.


“The Pineal Gland” by Richard J. Wurtman and Julius Axelrod, Scientific American, July 1965, pp 50-60

“Melatonin Supplementation from Early Morning Auto-Urine Drinking”, by M. H. Mills and T. A. Faunce, Medical Hypotheses (1991) 36, pp 195-199

“A Glass of Urine a Day keeps the Stress Away” by Gail Vines, New Scientist, No. 1810, 29 February 1992, p.14

Melatonin - the Hormone of Darkness” by Robert D. Utiger, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol 327, No 19, 5 November 1992, pp 1377-1379

DAMAR TANTRAFri, August 25, 2006 - 6:58 PM
Auto-Urine Therapy (Shivambu Kalpa):
The Indian version as detailed in the DAMAR TANTRA.

O Parvati! I shall expound to you the recommended actions and rituals of Shivambu Kalpa that confers numerous benefits. Those well versed in the scriptures have carefully specified certain vessels for the purpose. (1)

Utensils made from the following materials are recommended: Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze, Brass, Iron, Clay, Ivory, Glass, Wood from sacred trees, Bones, Leather and Leaves. (2, 3)

The Shivambu (one's own urine) should be collected in a utensil made of any of these materials. Among them, clay utensils are better, copper are by far the best. (4)

The intending practitioner of the therapy should abjure salty or bitter foods, should not over-exert himself, should take a light meal in the evening, should sleep on the ground, and should control and master his senses. (5)

The sagacious practitioner should get up when three quarters of the night have elapsed, and should pass urine while facing the east. (6)

The wise one should leave out the first and the last portions of the urine, and collect only the middle portion. This is considered the best procedure. (7)

Just as there is poison in the mouth and the tail of the serpent, O Parvati, it is even so in the case of the flow of Shivambu. (8)

Shivambu (auto- urine) is heavenly nectar, which is capable of destroying senility and diseases. The practitioner of Yoga should take it before proceeding with his other rituals. (9)

After cleansing the mouth, and performing the other essential morning functions, one should drink one's own clear urine, which is the annihilator of senility and diseases. (10)

One who drinks Shivambu for the duration of a month will be purified internally. Drinking it for two months stimulates and energizes the senses. (11)

Drinking it for three months destroys all diseases and frees one from all troubles. By drinking it for five months, one acquires divine vision and freedom from all diseases. (12)

Continuation of the practice for six months makes the practitioner highly intelligent and proficient in the scriptures, and if the duration is seven months, the practitioner acquires extraordinary strength. (13)

If the practice is continued for eight months, one acquires a permanent glow like that of gold, and if it is continued for nine months, one is freed from tuberculosis and leprosy. (14)

Ten months of this practice makes one a veritable treasury of luster. Eleven months of it would purify all the organs of the body. (15)

A man who has continued the practice for a year becomes the equal of the sun in radiance. He who has continued for two years conquers the element Earth. (16)

If the practice is continued for three years, one conquers the element of Water, and if it is continued for four years, the element Light is also conquered. (17)

He who continues the practice for five years conquers the element Air, and he who continues it for seven years conquers pride. (18)

Continuation of the practice for eight years enables one to conquer all the important elements of Nature, and continuation of it for nine years frees one from the cycle of birth and death. (19)

One who has continued the practice for ten years can fly through the air without effort. One who has continued it for eleven years is able to hear the voice of his sour (inner self). (20)

He who has continued the practice for twelve years will live so long as the moon and the stars last. He is not troubled by dangerous animals such as snakes, and no poisons can kill him. He cannot be consumed by fire, and can float on water just like wood. (21)

O Goddess! I shall tell you now about other variants of the therapy. Please listen attentively. He who takes powdered amrita (gaduchi, Tinospora Condifolia) mixed with Auto-Urine habitually for six months, is freed from all disorders, and acquires happiness. (22, 23 cont...)

Powdered haritaki (harade, Terminalia Chebula) should be assiduously taken with Shivambu. This combination destroys senile degeneration and all diseases. If this practice is continued for a year, it makes one exceptionally strong. (...23, 24)

One masha (about one gramme) of sulpher be taken along with Shivambu every morning. He who continues the practice for three years will live as long as the moon and the stars last. His urine and feces will whiten gold. (25)

The powder of the Koshtha fruit should be mixed properly with Shivambu and taken in the prescribed manner. If this practice is continued for twelve years, one's body will be free from the ravages of old age such as wrinkles on the skin, and whitening of the hair. One acquires the strength of a thousand elephants, and lives as long as the moon and the stars continue to exist. (26)

If powdered pepper and Triphala Choorna (mixed powder of Terminalia Belavica, Terminalia Chebul and Phylonthus Embica) mixed with Shivambu are taken regularly, one acquired a radiance like that of the gods. (27)

The essence (bhasma) of mica and sulpher should be taken with Shivambu along with a little water. This cures al disorders caused by malfunctioning of the digestive system and all disorders caused by the Vata humour. He who takes such a mixture regularly become strong, acquires a divine radiance, and can cheat time (escape the ravages of time). (28, 29)

He who takes Shivambu daily and excluded salty, sour and bitter food from his diet acquires divine accomplishments quickly. Freed from all ailments, and possessing a body comparable to that of Shiva Himself, he disports himself like the gods in the Universe for an eternity. (30

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    Mon, August 28, 2006 - 1:25 AM
    URINE & UREA Therapy
    By Walter Last

    I have been fond of urine therapy for many years but except as a homoeopathic remedy, I have rarely mentioned it to patients as our social conditioning invariably prompted a strong negative reaction.

    The many and varied case histories described by John Armstrong in his 'The Water of Life' are certainly impressive. However, this book was first published fifty years ago, Armstrong did not have any academic qualifications and without the strong support of other therapists, there were not many convincing reasons for patients to try this method.

    This has changed dramatically in recent years with the publication of the several more books on urine therapy. Very good are the self-published books by Martin Lara at, 'The Miracle of Urine Therapy' by Dr Beatrice Bartnett and especially 'Your Own Perfect Medicine' by Martha Christy.

    Martha Christy's Experience

    Martha Christy cured herself of a host of incapacitating illnesses, including intestinal inflammation or Crohn's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disorder, severe chronic kidney infections, food and chemical allergies and severe endometriosis.

    The conventional approach with drugs and six operations did not help and probably intensified her problems. Natural therapies worked for a while, but a difficult pregnancy disabled her again and this time even the natural therapy she tried was not good enough, including $US 15,000 spent in an alternative cancer clinic in Mexico for bleeding pelvic tumours.

    Most of the time she had to stay in bed until one day she was introduced to urine therapy and before long, all her health troubles were over.

    Instead of just writing another 'How I Did It' book, she went to university libraries and hired a research firm to search the scientific and medical literature for publications on the use of urine and products derived from it.

    She was amazed by what she found. There were not just hundreds but rather thousands of published articles. There are probably more articles published about urea, the main ingredient of urine, than about any other organic substance. Mrs Christy devoted a large part of her book to explaining and summarising this scientific and medical evidence and also provided detailed references of published papers.

    In addition, she lists many testimonials of individuals as to the effectiveness of urine therapy in overcoming AIDS, Candida, Cancer, Colitis, Depression, Diabetes, Immune deficiency, Multiple Sclerosis and other diseases.

    Scientific Evidence

    The most amazing aspect of urine therapy is its effectiveness in such a wide range of different diseases.

    There are several reasons for this. For one, urine contains antibodies and immune stimulating factors against all viruses, harmful bacteria or fungi that we may harbour in our body. The researchers stated that even minute amounts of antibodies, sometimes so low that they cannot be detected with conventional methods, are effective in preventing and treating diseases.

    There are reports investigating and describing the curative effects of urine therapy on a wide range of infectious, fungal and viral infections, such as hepatitis, poliomyelitis and AIDS. Urine is especially effective against allergies, autoimmune diseases and other disorders of the immune system.

    To switch off an allergic reaction one must put a few drops of urine under the tongue, collected during the reaction, or the urine may be homoeopathically diluted and some of it kept in the mouth for a few minutes.

    When drinking urine routinely, allergic reactions may not occur at all, thus doing away with the need to identify which substance one has been reacting to.

    Curing Cancer 'Child's Play'!

    Cancer, too, responds very well to urine therapy. Very effective appears to be the urine fast employed by Armstrong.

    His first cancer patient was a nurse who had herself cared for over fifty cancer patients. She knew that any cancer pain is mild as compared to that experienced from the regrowth commonly occurring after medical intervention.

    Usually visible tumours such as with breast cancer disappeared within three weeks, but sometimes even in one week. Armstrong called curing cancer 'child's play' except if patients had already received chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

    I also know personally of several cases of cancer cures exclusively or mainly due to urine therapy; sometimes the addition of urine therapy to a natural cancer program appeared to be responsible for the successful outcome. Martin Lara has an interesting breast cancer cure with urine injections on his site

    Most of the scientific cancer reports concentrate on urine extracts of anti-cancer agents. One such extract is called H-11, another HUD, others Retine, DHEA hormone or Anti-neoplaston.

    While good results were reported with all of these, it is very expensive to treat patients in this way and the treatment would be even more effective and much cheaper if all of these cancer-fighting ingredients of urine were used together by ingesting whole urine.

    Surprisingly, uric acid is not just the villain causing gout; it is also a proven anti-cancer agent and rejuvenating factor. However, the crown of the cancer-fighting urine ingredients may actually belong to urea, the most common chemical in urine.

    Benefits of Urea

    Only recently has it been discovered that the concentration of urea in the blood has a key role in regulating at least 7 major pathways. Urea levels are low with cancer and many other diseases. The frequency of cancer and especially of multiple tumours and metastases increases greatly if urea levels are low.

    Urea is not just a waste product or the end state of the protein metabolism as commonly assumed. Biochemical research has shown that urea, both from internal sources or externally supplied, is used by the body as a raw material to synthesise amino acids and proteins.

    This is especially important for patients with kidney failure. These deteriorate quickly on a diet containing normal amounts of protein, but do much better if the diet is extremely low in protein, below 20g per day.

    Another research report states that patients with kidney failure on very low protein intake show progressive clinical improvement when receiving added urea, which then becomes the main source of nitrogen for protein synthesis. Urea may thus be the main reason why urine therapy and especially urine fasts are so successful with kidney failure

    I believe that it is the best and sometimes the only successful therapy. One of my patients with kidney failure continued to deteriorate on a fast of fresh vegetable juices, but was cured when fasting on urine for 2 weeks.

    Another helpful factor is the role of urea as the best natural diuretic and far better than synthetic ones. This is not only important for those with deem or fluid retention because of kidney or heart weakness but especially with fluid pressure on the brain or spinal cord or in the eye with glaucoma.

    With this, additional urea is important with brain tumours, stroke, meningitis and other inflammations of the brain and spinal cord. One report cites the case of a massive brain tumour reappearing 3 months after surgical removal of another brain tumour. The patient received 256ml of 30% urea. After 2 hours the tumour had completely disappeared.

    When applied externally, urea has a very beneficial effect on wound healing, including infected wounds, burns and ulcerating tumours. The urea crystals may be directly packed into the wound or a strong or saturated solution may be applied. In this way, urea removes the foul odour often associated with an ulcerating tumour or other dead or putrefying tissue.

    Urea Pioneer

    The use of urea in cancer treatment was pioneered by E V Danopoulos, a Professor of Internal Medicine in Athens. Urea was notably effective with liver cancer and in preventing the development of metastases or secondary tumours. He used 45g of urea daily in 6 divided doses for 40 days and then 20g in 3 doses for 2 years. 45g correspond to 6 rounded teaspoons, while 20g are about 3 teaspoonfuls. The results were published in The Lancet in 1974.

    But as it happens so often with discoverers of cheap cancer cures, Danopoulos lost his position after this publication and was forced to retire. Other research has shown that the effectiveness of urine in killing microbes depends largely on its concentration of urea and is better, the higher it is in urea.

    Other Beneficial Ingredients

    Another important reason for the effectiveness of urine is its content of countless hormones, enzymes, vitamins, trace minerals and other valuable biochemical. Some companies make a fortune by extracting some of these substances from collected urine on a large scale. The fact is that urine is not a waste product full of harmful substances as is commonly believed, but instead a treasure-trove of just the right bio-chemicals that we need for our condition.

    The main function of the kidneys is to regulate the concentration of all these countless bio-chemicals in our blood. Any unwanted surplus is as harmful as any deficiency. However, any hormone or enzyme removed as surplus at one time may be in short supply a few hours later.

    Furthermore, with advancing age, our hormone and enzyme production declines to sub-optimal levels while the kidneys become less and less efficient in retaining needed ingredients.

    Therefore, it greatly helps, especially with chronic degenerative diseases and advancing age to recycle these valuable hormones and enzymes.

    Urine Rejuvenates

    Urine ingestion is frequently praised as possibly the best rejuvenation therapy known to us. It certainly rejuvenates the hair and the skin. The youthful appearance of many Buddhist monks is ascribed to their routine urine ingestion.

    It seems that historically all cultures have used urine for medicinal purposes. It is praised in ancient Egyptian papyri, was used in ancient Rome, in China, India, America as well as European countries. The Journal of the American Medical Association states that in 'primitive medicine' there is scarcely a disease that has not been treated with the external or internal use of urine.

    A 5000-year old Sanskrit text describes in a religious context in 107 verses the virtues of urine. In one verse Lord Shiva, the great destroyer and re-generator, says that he who drinks urine sweetened with honey is cleared of any ailment within 6 months. He attains brilliant brainpower and his voice becomes melodious.

    One well-known urine ingredient is melatonin, the hormone of the pineal gland. It regulates our body rhythms linked to the dark-light cycle. It is produced in the night and mostly expelled with the morning urine. However it is now highly valued as protecting us from cancer and ageing. Melatonin sales in California are said to top aspirin sales. But why pay much money for just one beneficial ingredient when there are thousands for free?

    Problems may arise from ingesting large amounts of urine if one takes medicinal or recreational drugs as these drugs may be recycled and cause an overdose. The same may happen if one ingests other toxic substances. However, harmful substances are not necessarily reabsorbed and may just cause diarrhoea instead.

    How to Use Urine

    There are various ways to use urine but generally it is advisable to start with small amounts. This is not only to get accustomed to the taste of it, but also to slow down any healing reactions. These occur commonly with methods that genuinely improve our health.

    Reactions may manifest as diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, skin problems or a temporary flare-up of old health problems prior to their final elimination.

    Start with a few drops or a teaspoonful. These may be swallowed immediately and you may wash it down with some water or juice or eat a piece of fruit. However, with allergies and immune disorders it is more effective to leave the diluted urine under the tongue for a few minutes.

    An allergic reaction can best be stopped or neutralised by collecting the urine when the symptoms are worst, however in practice you try to use it as soon as you notice the first symptoms.

    Some researchers suggest that the proper dose can be found by slowly putting single drops under the tongue until the taste and temperature of a drop can no longer be distinguished. This is then the neutralising dose. Each subsequent day you may double the previous dose or the number of times you take them per day until you reach your target amount or the dose that you are comfortable with.

    A suggested amount for general health improvement and rejuvenation are 2 or 3 cupfuls daily. More may be temporarily used to overcome serious diseases, especially AIDS and other viral, bacterial or fungal infections, cancer and kidney diseases. Drink only on an empty stomach well before meals as a large amount or strong urine after a meal may cause digestive upset. You may also need to take half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate one or more times daily before meals to minimise allergy problems due to overacidity.

    In these cases ingest about one litre, the more the better, while for a limited period, say several weeks, try to drink all or most of your urine, except in the evening so that you do not have to get up at night. However, that may only be suitable during a cleansing period.

    My favourite way to flush the kidneys is to drink 1 to 2 litres of urine before breakfast. Start drinking all the urine when you first wake up, lets say around 5 o'clock. Then you may urinate again and drink another lot about 6.30 and then again at 8 o'clock. Either drink sufficient in the evening so that the first morning urine is not too concentrated or otherwise dilute strong urine with sufficient water. If the urine is cloudy, as it easily happens during a healing reaction, you may use only a small amount. If the body is reasonably clean, then the urine does not taste offensive and reflects the aromas of the previous meal. The second morning urine, especially after drinking a fair amount of liquids after rising, is usually very mild and better to get accustomed to then the first morning urine.

    Martin Lara ( describes injecting 1 ml of fresh urine once or several times into a muscle, e.g. thigh or buttock. This is especially recommended for cancer, strong viral infections and other serious diseases, it also helped to eliminate asthma.

    The Urine Fast

    The most powerful form of urine therapy is a urine fast which combines two of the most effective natural healing methods, urine therapy and fasting. This is the method routinely used by John Armstrong and described in his book The Water of Life. Armstrong had amazing results with this method and I also found it very effective. A main advantage of a urine fast over a water fast is a greatly increased amount of energy so that the fast can be continued for a much longer period. I believe that it is also more effective than a fast or cleanse on vegetable juices.

    During the urine fast you drink all of your freshly voided urine and initially some added water to bring the daily volume to about 5 litres. However, I suggest to gradually increase the ingested amount to full intake already before starting the fast while gradually reducing the food intake to just a few pieces of fruit or vegetable salad and fresh vegetable juices.

    It is possible that this combination, a small amount of fresh fruit or vegetables and juices together with ingesting almost all of your urine is already sufficient to cure your problem. If after a week or two you feel that you do not make enough progress, you may then proceed with a strict urine fast for 1-4 weeks.

    You end the fast by using again only a small amount of fresh raw fruit or vegetables for another week or two, gradually increasing the amount and variety of fresh food.

    As with all fasts or cleanses, it is important to keep the bowels moving daily. Initially I suggest using a tablespoon of Epsom salts together with a crushed clove of garlic for several mornings or evenings when starting with a greatly restricted food intake.

    This will help to avoid or minimise unpleasant cleansing symptoms, such as weakness, pain or nausea. However, in many cases the ingested urine will already over-stimulate the bowels with liquid discharges and then no further action is needed.

    Ingest only your own freshly voided urine. Normally urine is light yellow, clear and sterile, especially if collected mid-stream, but during reactions it may become offensive and cloudy. When ingesting a large part of your urine you should check to make sure that it is not too acid. The morning urine normally is slightly acid, but during the day it should be slightly alkaline.

    You can buy litmus or pH paper from a chemist. Litmus paper is red when dipped into an acid solution and blue when alkaline, neutral or pH 7 is in between both colours. With pH paper you get a colour chart to compare. If the urine remains acid during the day, which usually happens with allergies and a weak sugar metabolism or if eating much fruit, then take 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate once or several times daily in water, but not within 3 hours after meals, until the urine remains alkaline during the day.

    However, those with cancer should use potassium bicarbonate (from a chemist) instead of sodium bicarbonate. If the body is too acid, sometimes the emotions become overly sensitive with a tendency to inflammations, mouth ulcers and strong skin reactions.

    With cancer, oedema and infectious diseases the effectiveness of urine therapy can be increased by taking daily 1-6 teaspoons of urea (e.g. in water or juices) in divided doses; you may take 3-6 teaspoons when only a small amount of urine is ingested and progressively less with larger urine intakes, leaving it off completely when nearly half or more of the daily urine is ingested.

    Homoeopathic Urine

    A final possibility is to use urine in homoeopathic form. The simplest way to prepare it is as follows:

    To one teaspoon of non-chlorinated water add one drop of fresh urine. Shake it vigorously in a small bottle about 50 times with a sharp downward stroke. One drop of this mixture is then added to another teaspoon of water, shaken again and then the whole procedure repeated a third time. Place 3 drops under the tongue several times daily. When it is used up, wait a few days and then prepare a new homoeopathic remedy. In order to find the most effective potency add one more step to each subsequent preparation of the remedy, that is dilute it a fourth, a fifth and a sixth time and so forth. Start with such higher dilutions, say sixth potency, especially if a remedy is made from fluid such as pus derived from a diseased part of the body.

    An alternative method is even simpler and recommended as an introduction to urine therapy and at times when cupfuls of urine are not tolerated.

    To 1 tablespoon of morning urine add 4 or 9 tablespoons of non-chlorinated water. Shake 50 times with a sharp downward stroke, and take a spoonful several times during the day; keep in the mouth for a minute before swallowing.

    Martin Lara ( developed a ‘universal remedy’ supposedly effective against all microbes. Dilute 2 drops of urine with 1 tablespoon of non-chlorinated water. During an infection keep one drop of this under the tongue every 2 hours.

    Homoeopathically energised remedies should not be exposed to strong magnetic or electromagnetic fields. Keep this urine remedy only lightly covered in a cool place but not in an electric refrigerator, and make up fresh daily.

    Social Considerations

    The main problem when starting urine therapy is our social conditioning. You may overcome that by reading and contemplating about the expected health benefits.

    The taste of urine is not normally offensive, except if the body is rather polluted or when fasting or with strongly concentrated urine. Therefore, dilute strong urine, start with a small and gradually increasing amounts or have a day on fruit before starting to ingest urine. Minimise salt and strong spices in the diet when on urine therapy.

    An easy way to drink urine or any other unpleasant fluid for beginners is by breathing only through the mouth and possibly pinching the nose until the mouth has been rinsed with water or juice or a piece of fruit may be eaten.

    External Use

    For skin problems such as burns, wounds, gangrene, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, fungus problems ageing skin as well as over inner tumours, inflammations and diseased organs a urine or urea pack or a combination of both is very effective: keep the affected area covered with a folded cloth well moistened with urine or concentrated urea solution, put another cloth or plastic sheet on top, renew several times daily.

    Urine becomes more alkaline when standing for a few hours and is then more effective than fresh urine for external applications. However it also smells much more and fresh urine seems to be adequate in my experience. With gangrene, dead flesh, skin infections and open cancer and ulcer sores it is even more effective to saturate the applied urine with urea, that also removes offensive odours. With weeping or suppurating wounds, especially if associated with foul odour, it is also very beneficial to cover the area with dry urea crystals.

    Urine can be concentrated by leaving it for several hours in a flat dish in the sun or a warm place. This has been recommended by Armstrong for friction rubs to rejuvenate ageing skin. Armstrong also recommended urine packs over tumour sites or diseased organs in addition to rubbing the body daily for two hours with small amounts of urine.

    The main problem with urine packs is the offensive odour. You may try to prevent it by sealing the pack with a good tape, such as duct tape. You may completely seal it and keep the pack moist by injecting fresh urine several times a day with a syringe.

      Mon, August 28, 2006 - 2:40 AM
      Wealthy French women bathed in it, Chinese doctors used it to soothe sore throats, and now you - all squeamishness aside - can drink it to cure what ails you.
      Odds are you're among the 27 million Americans who recycle. Separating bottles, cans, plastic containers, newspapers, maybe even composting your kitchen and garden scraps, are just a few of the ways you can show respect for your earthly home. But would you be willing to take the act of recycling a step further and internally honor your bodily home, if it meant you'd have more energy, a stronger immune system, and an ageless complexion? Of course you would. Well, what if I said you can have all this and more for the mere cost of - a cupful of urine? A little hard to swallow? Well, it's true. It's urine therapy (UT), and all it takes is eight ounces a day and an unwavering pledge to throw out some of the distaste you associate with the human filtering system.
      That's what I did, and now, four years later, I'm a different person. I'm more in tune with my body's needs and functions, and no longer anemic or hypoglycemic. I rarely get colds, haven't had the flu in years, and the yeast infection that had long been plaguing me is gone. UT has even heightened my connection to my daily yoga practice. I now feel as healthy and strong as my headstand.
      Even so, I admit that the road to health involved more than a few dead ends. I initially heard about urine therapy when I was living in Japan. I was interviewing Dr. Ryosuku Uryu, a respected naturopath, for an article in a Tokyo magazine. The interview proceeded just fine until he mentioned "pee drinking."
      I laughed, and he launched into an earnest monologue on the virtues of urine therapy. Weeks later, still haunted by his heartfelt narrative of personal and clinical success, I decided to give urine a more serious look. At Dr. Uryu's counsel, I began the therapy gradually, rubbing my urine on my face at night (I refused to use it in the morning because I was terrified people would smell me on the trains), until I'd worked up enough courage to actually drink it. I can still remember the effort it took not to throw up that first morning. Believe me, it was all downstream from there.
      If you got rid of it, why put it back?
      Contrary to what we learn in biology, urine isn't a dirty byproduct of intestinal work. Instead, it's a highly usable, sterile fluid that comes from the kidneys. The main function of the kidneys is to balance and filter the blood. Urine, the kidneys' byproduct, is made from life-sustaining ingredients, like vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, hormones, antibodies, and amino acids - estimated to be thousands of compounds in all. For example, urine, also the primary component of amniotic fluid, contains DHEA (the wonder steroid heralded with antiaging and anticancer properties), allantoin (added to creams and ointments to promote wound healing), factor S (used to naturally induce sleep), gastric secretary depressants (which combat ulcer growth), urokinase (an enzyme known to dissolve blood clots), and, of course, urea (a key constituent in many antibacterial substances). Some scientists even suggest that uric acid, the most touted property of urine, may be an instrumental ingredient that allows humans to live longer than most other mammals.
      While this culture continues to call it pee, piss, wee-wee, tinkle, and number one, there are others who speak more poetically of urine, calling it, among other things, the soma beverage, the mother of medicine, the water of life, living water within, life elixir, the water of Shiva, and the water of a thousand flowers. Whatever its name, this drugless self-remedy appears in all the ancient religious and medical texts of recorded history - the earliest of which is attributed to the 5,000-year-old vedic text known as the Damar Tantra.
      "Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well," proclaims a proverb from the Old Testament. "The soma beverage is a universal remedy," declares the Atharva Veda. Hippocrates taught people to support their body's intrinsic defenses and to try natural interventions, such as urine, before resorting to stronger measures. The Romans, according the historian Suetonius, valued urine so much that the emperor placed a tax on every drop collected from public reservoirs. Wealthy French women bathed in it, and Chinese doctors used it to soothe sore throats. And, in the 19th century, French chemist Fourcroy devoted an entire volume to the properties of human urine, because, in his words, the "urine of man ... has furnished the most singular discoveries to chemistry ... as well as to the art of healing."
      UT even managed to sneak into American lore. In 1810, for example, a Dr. Richard Hazeltine wrote of a proven healing agent used by "affectionate" mothers (as well as himself) called a "buttered flip" - a mixture of recent urine, hot water, honey, and a little butter. In addition, there are isolated stories of Native Americans using it, and tales of European and African-American grandmothers massaging it into their skin to stay beautiful. More recently, TV archived the benefits of urine therapy in 1978 when India's former prime minister Moraii Desai told a shocked Dan Rather and his 60 Minutes viewing audience of the remarkable effects of drinking urine, going so far as to say UT was the perfect way to help the millions of Indians unable to afford medical care.
      Whose urine is it anyway?
      Unequivocally the most primitive and primordial form of internal medicine, urine was isolated as a healing agent around 1773. UT has since been supported by dozens of successful research trials. According to Martha Christy, author of Your Own Perfect Medicine, urine is highly respected by mainstream medical scientists and researchers, even if the general public isn't aware of its benefits. To see for yourself, check out the list of ingredients in face creams, shampoos, antibacterial ointments, sleeping medicines, diuretics, estrogen supplements, and other grooming products and over-the-counter medications on the shelves today. You will find many of the components of urine listed there.
      Although I like to avoid conspiracy theories, it's hard not to wonder why so few people know about urine therapy. Could it be there's no money to be made from it? Christy reports that the bulk of the scientific research on UT has been financed by the pharmaceutical industry "with the hope of isolating substances for specific cures so they can be produced artificially and marketed as a new product." The Ares-Serono Group, one of the world's largest fertility-drug companies, produces the fertility hormone drug Pergonal from the urine of post-menopausal women in Italy, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. In 1992 the company reported earnings of $855 million, and women pay up to $1,400 per month for this urine extract. The U.S. company Enzymes of America uses a special filter to collect the proteins from men's urinals in the 10,000 portable outhouses owned by its subsidiary firm, Porta-John. They've turned their collections into a pricey heart attack medicine called Urokinase.
      Yet, even supposing money and patents weren't an issue, a manufactured substance is no match for what comes out of your own body. No matter what companies claim, no synthetic works as well as your own urine: You and only you produce the natural vaccines, anticancer agents, hormone balancers, and allergy relievers in the exact forms you need. Furthermore, milligram per milligram, urine is a better supplement to your diet than vitamins, because the vitamins in urine have already been digested and synthesized. Besides, your own urine won't produce any lasting side effects - unlike, for example, urokinase, which causes abnormal bleeding. On top of all this, your urine has antibodies that can stop a disease long before recognizable signs or symptoms could be detected by modern technology.
      UT tackles the root of a problem or imbalance rather than merely masking its symptoms by reinforcing the autoinoculation - or more simply, homeopathic - actions of the immune system. As cells discharge traces of diseased substances and allow them to escape into healthy tissues, leukocyte activity increases and creates a powerful antigen serum, remnants of which are passed into the urine. To take one of Christy's examples, let's say you take a pill to help you sleep, even though, unbeknownst to you, your insomnia is caused by an undiagnosed food allergy. Thanks to the pill, you start sleeping again, but after a while, fearful of becoming over-reliant on the drug, you stop taking it. Boom, you're back to counting sheep. Using UT, both of your ills - sleep deprivation and food allergies - can be overcome at once. Your urine offers the exact antibodies you need to eradicate your allergy and provides factor S to naturally induce sleep. All this for free.
      Please pass the pee
      For the truly faint of stomach, a homeopathic tincture acts as a safe prelude to UT. The more adventuresome can start out with one ounce and slowly work up to six or eight ounces daily. Drink your urine first thing in the morning, since hormonal secretions increase at night, when the body is totally relaxed and repairing itself. Always collect the intermediate flow and drink it right away; don't boil or dilute it, as this destroys or reduces urine's most beneficial properties. Some experts suggest waiting at least 15 minutes after UT before eating or drinking - although I have to admit I bend the rules a little and brush my teeth immediately afterward.
      Personally, I like to create a ritual around drinking my urine. Although this sounds a bit weird, I go into the bathroom alone and pee into a round glass cup (a special one with the earth etched on it). Before drinking, I hold it to my heart, close my eyes, and connect with the intrinsic power of my body, thanking myself for healing. In this way, I begin every day in communion with myself.
      UT works best with adequate sleep, meditation, and exercise, and, like any other natural technique, it requires patience, discipline, and self-love. Also, the better your diet, the better the taste, although even within the parameters of a clean, preferably vegetarian, diet - one free of refined sugars, caffeine, nicotine, preservatives, and drugs (since these substances can cause toxic build-up) - the flavors of urine will vary: The morning after miso soup, my urine tastes particularly strong and salty; likewise, after curry, it tends to be spicy sweet. Although it does come out bitter at times, the only time I have any real difficulty is when I eat asparagus (I'll let you figure this one out). Most of the time, it has a subtle, slightly salty taste, and its color reminds me of an oaky, full-bodied chardonnay.
      Although I didn't experience it, the first-time recipient of UT will sometimes undergo a "healing crisis." Anytime during the first month, you may experience discomfort while the body releases long-held toxins. Symptoms like headaches, nausea, rashes, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, boils, and sweating are just part of the natural release process and well worth the final results. The best way to get through the detox period is to monitor your body's changes and regulate your UT intake accordingly, cutting back the amount until your symptoms subside.
      Other effective uses of urine include: topical applications (it's best to store it for a couple of days first, because bacterial fermentation enhances its healing effects), rubbings, foot baths, enemas, gargling, douching, eye and ear drops, and sniffing. I still use my urine as a nighttime face treatment. I have uncovered studies showing that urine, more specifically urea, increases the water binding capacity of the skin, and I often get compliments on my smooth, clear complexion. Believe it or not, I've even read that spraying fruits and vegetables with a urine and water solution will keep them bug- and fungus-free, and, most importantly, will cleanse them of chemical sprays.
      Both externally and internally, urine functions as an excellent antidote for infections, skin ulcers, wounds, burns, snake bites, and insect stings. I learned this - long before I heard of UT - on a summer field trip to the beach. About 10 of us were walking along the water with a counselor, when one my friends stepped on a dead jellyfish. Much to my amazement, the counselor lifted up his shorts (carefully, so none of us kids saw anything) and peed on my friend's swelling foot. Within seconds my friend forgot about the jellyfish and started screaming about the treatment. To this day, I wonder if this unusual act of first aid was the seed that prepared me to accept urine therapy some 17 years later.
      It may save your life
      But more than just a rescue aid or supplement for the healthy, UT is also for those with chronic, acute, even severe illnesses. A practicing urine therapist in the 1930s and '40s and author of The Water of life, a nonscientific book of case studies, Dr. John Armstrong showed that urine fasts could heal just about any disease that wasn't caused by traumatism or structural defects. He was especially fond of urine fasts, believing them superior to other liquid fasts because of urine's ability to rebuild as well as cleanse. And he could make such claims, since he not only cured others using urine fasts, but he cured himself of both tuberculosis and diabetes - something years of allopathic treatments had failed to do.
      As with all "do it yourself" healing, UT recipients often become infused with a vitality they feel compelled to share. Powerful testimonials support every book I have read about UT, the most convincing of them coming from those whom conventional medicine had sentenced to death. Christy writes of a woman with an inoperable uterine tumor who drank nothing but her urine for seven days and made the tumor disappear, and of another "terminal" patient with metastatic cancer of the liver who, in the throes of hepatitis and a high fever, decided she had nothing to lose by drinking her morning urine: "By the fifth day, I felt more energetic, by the 10th, I returned to the doctor. He couldn't believe I was alive."
      The testimonials of PWAs (people with AIDS) are especially potent. In Urine-Therapy: It May Save Your Life, author Beatrice Bartnett, a naturopathic and chiropractic physician who cofounded the Water of Life Institute in Florida, cites a case of a man whose T-cell count went from 285 to 489 in four months while treating with UT alone. Other books document successful results from using UT to combat Karposi's sarcoma lesions, thrush, intestinal parasites, Epstein-Barr, herpes, diarrhea, and colitis. Researchers believe that UT works so well with AIDS and its opportunistic viruses because the urine of a PWA not only has anticancer agents, such as DHEA, retine, antieoplastons, uric acid, H-11 extract, and HUD (human urine's derivative), but it also contains the antibodies to HIV-1, a fact discovered in 1988 by Dr. Alvin Friedman Kien at the New York University Medical School.
      In study after study, UT comes across as nothing short of miraculous. It fights free-radicals, eases morning sickness, acts as a diuretic, and has redressed a remarkable number of ailments, including arthritis, hair loss, jaundice, eczema, leprosy, gangrene, malaria, venereal diseases, menstrual irregularities, candida, warts, prostate problems, obesity, asthma, migraines, toxemia, rabies, peptic ulcers, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease. Some even profess it enhances spiritual growth. The general theme is one of a therapy that works when all others have failed.
      UT is a medicine we always have at our disposal (so to speak), one that can actually save our life in an emergency. During Jordan's Nine-Day War, Newsweek reported that the Red Crescent, the Islamic equivalent of the Red Cross, told the nation on public radio: Your children are expiring of thirst; we cannot help you except by telling you that you may be able to save their lives by letting them drink their own urine. A friend of mine benefited from a similar understanding when he became sick in the middle of an unauthorized bicycle tour through the back roads of China. In his words, "I was alone, feverish, completely dehydrated, and unable to get help for myself. Then I remembered urine therapy, and after a few weeks of my own urine, I was strong enough to continue my ride." I don't know about you, but I'd say pee drinking sure beats the alternative in these two situations.
      I realize accepting UT as the saving water of life or as the elixir that allows yogis to traverse great deserts doesn't mean you're ready to wake up tomorrow and have yourself a cup of pee. Even so, whether you're curious or completely grossed out, vast rewards are waiting. Give yourself a chance to get comfortable with the idea. When I got started, I imagined myself as a baby floating in the waters of my mother's urine, but if this doesn't work for you, try returning to the recycling analogy. Think of UT as composting, where leftovers are miraculously turned into prized nutrition. Remember, nature rarely wastes a thing.
      Blake More is a poet and freelance writer living in Mill Valley, California.
      1. Your Own Perfect Medicine by Martha M. Christy (Future Med, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., 1994)
      2. The Water Of Life: A Treatise on Urine Therapy by J.W. Armstrong (Health Science Press, Essex, England, 1971)
      3. Urine-Therapy. It May Save Your Life by Dr. Beatrice Bartnett (Water of Life Institute, Hollywood, Fla., 1989)

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