One of the least known but most powerful natural medicines is produced by our body everyday. Urine is a custom-made elixir which your body produces and contains nutrients and immune compounds which are tailored to your body’s unique physiology. Urine is a free and powerful natural medicine which is impossible to patent and so the profit-driven mainstream medical/pharmaceutical industrial complex has little motive in promoting or raising public awareness about the miraculous health benefits of this golden elixir which is one of the first medicines used throughout the entire span of human history.
In the ancient Indian medical science of Ayurveda, urine therapy (in which a person drink’s their own urine) is called “Shivambu Shashtra”. In the ancient yogic texts urine is referred to as the “nectar of Shiva” implying connection with the oldest and most powerful god in Indian cosmology. It is considered to be a living fluid which is highly concentrated with the pranic life force which pervades and drives all activity in the universe (including the healing process). In Tantric yoga it is termed “Amaroli” which also implies immortality and purifying characteristics. The Ayurvedic method of taking urine involves mixing it with various medicinal herbs and spices which enhance the taste, consistency and healing properties of the medicine.
Another important medicinal component of urine (especially the first urine you produce upon waking (a.k.a. “morning urine”) is melatonin. Melatonin is a very powerful and vital chemical/hormone which connects the body with the light cycles of nature (ex. daylight and night darkness) and thus has profound effects on numerous systems of the body. The most profound effects of melatonin involve the nervous system as the effect of light on sleep health and the various pathologies which arise out of sleep disorder (ex. autism, anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), psychosis, depression, pain, metabolic diseases including obesity and diabetes, cardiovascular issues, etc.) are all exacerbated by disruption of the body’s circadian rhythms. Interestingly, studies have shown melatonin to be effective in support patients through the dangerous benzodiazepine withdrawal process. Benzodiazepines (ex. diazapam (“Valium”), alprazolam (“Xanax”), etc.) are powerful synthetic anxiolytic pharmaceutical drugs which significantly calm the calm nervous system via stimulation of the GABA (a downregulating neurotransmitter which dampens synaptic activity). The major problem with these synthetic anxiolytic drugs is that they actually suppress the natural melatonin production and release cycle. Studies have found that by supplementing with melatonin during sleeping hours the missing natural melatonin is replaced and this makes it possible to wean off of the potent synthetic sleep aid with significantly less of the nasty benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms (ex. rebound anxiety, insomnia, seizures, etc.).
Melatonin is synthesized in the pineal gland which lies in the frontal area of the brain near the eyes (giving it the name “third eye”). The pineal gland reacts to light and magnetic fields and so it has a direct connection with solar activity. The fundamental function of the pineal gland is multidimensional perception and spiritual evolution (including psychic abilities such as the siddhis of ancient yogic philosophy). Urine therapy helps to purify the pineal gland and enhance extrasensory perception as a result. This is why serious practitioners of yoga include urine therapy as part of their overall spiritual practice.
The essence of urine therapy is that the kidneys filter the blood and then synthesize metabolites which are uniquely designed for the body’s chemistry. They filter out any vitamins, minerals, hormones and other nutrients which are in excess of what is needed and which are synthesized by the body in response to the state of nutrition and immunity in real time. The kidneys are thus one of the most important organs of the body as they produce the body’s own medicine. Attached to the kidneys are the adrenal glands which are mainly responsiblt for regulating the body’s general response to stress. When the adrenal glands have low vitality due to illness, stress and/or malnutrition the condition which develops is called “adrenal fatigue”. One of the main symptoms of adrenal fatigue is disruption in sleep which ultimately creates a negative feedback loop of stress acceleration which worsens sleep. Stress forces the body to produce more of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin which both suppress the production of melatonin. The melatonin which is re-ingested in the urine has a additive tranquilizing effect on the body which helps restore the natural sleep cycle. Thus urine therapy aids in healing the kidneys which then enable to body to produce more melatonin which assists in correcting the sleep disorder. Urine therapy reverses the downward spiral into an upward one.
One of the most interesting things is that the taste of urine reflects the general health of the person’s diet. That is, for a person who consumes too much salt, fried foods, heavy meat, sugar, etc. the taste will reflect the condition of the blood. In this way, consuming your urine gives you the added benefit of being able to more closely monitor the general health of your body. Ideally, if you consume the proper amount of salt that your body needs in addition to raw fruits and vegetables the urine takes on a mellow and pleasant nutty taste. As you consume the urine in the course of regular therapy (throughout the day) the taste provides feedback with which you can fine tune to your preference. For instance, if your urine tastes a bit too salty or is too thick you can add water either directly before drinking or increase your intake of water which then passes through the system. Excessively thick or salty urine is a sign that you are dehydrated anyway and so by listening to this important body signal you will increase your water intake to the optimal level. Water is essentially the most important component in the body and inadequate levels are a factor in many of the diseases we experience.
Urine fasting is one of the most effective forms of fasting to cleanse the whole system. Unlike a water fast the addition of urine allows the body to rest while at the same time providing vital healing nutrients which the water fast alone does not. For added effectiveness you can add various medicinal substances to a liquid (or primary liquid) fast (ex. lemon juice, green tea, herbs (ginger, garlic) and various fresh juices) and you will both reap the benefits of their medicinal compounds and be more able to monitor the effect of this nutrients on the body as some of the metabolites come out in the urine which you then consume. Ultimately, you are able to create a medicinal liquid concoction with urine and water as the base.
This article just skims the surface of the science or urine therapy and the miraculous benefits it has on the mind and body. For those interested and open minded enough to experiment it is advised that you start by informing yourself of the science by reading some of the excellent articles and books on the subject and then proceed methodically. The very act of becoming aware and informed on the subject is a positive endeavor. Those who proceed to implement the actual practice will experience significant and unexpected benefits to overall health.
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