Our view is that even the thought of it would have the opposite effect. In fact it is the only therapy we know which works in reverse – drinking your own pee takes the piss OUT of those brave enough to try it! And yet our scepticism is not shared in China where urine drinking has a cult following.
Though it comes within the category of alternative medicine, rather than the complementary therapies covered by this Blog, Tonic therapists are an open minded bunch, so we canvassed their opinions. The following is their collective list of the benefits ….
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Undeterred by the obvious, urotherapy is being adopted by Britain’s self-styled health elites. However, all they are doing is re-inventing a therapy first popularised by British naturopath John W. Armstrong in the early 20th century as a way to prevent bacterial infection. Subsequent claims have gone on to encompass curing both fungal infection on skin and autoimmune disease, plus preventing viral infection, allergy, hair loss, acne and other skin problems. Oh yes, sipping your own pee also fights cancer (alarm bells ring whenever we read pseudo-medics claiming a cure for that!).
One reason we are told that urine is such a cure-all therapy is that it contains the enzyme urokinase. “This inhibits arteries or blood vessels blocking, which is caused by accumulation of bad fat,” say urinologists. “Urokinase also strengthen heart and blood vessels function and it is consider a safe way to maintain healthy heart“.
But even if Madonna revels in the joys of a No.1 – she wards off athlete’s foot by peeing on her feet in the shower – you would be forgiven for having doubts when faced with your first glass of warm pee. Novices should certainly check quality control by ensuring it is their own pee before supping! **
If you still lack the courage to proceed, you can take heart that there are zero studies proving the efficacy of urotherapy*. Your kidneys filter your blood and any excess fluid, salts and minerals are expelled. As the point of urination is to rid your body of such excesses, why would you want to re-absorb it?
And yet there are ever more proponents of this ‘golden elixir which is biodynamically available’. To translate this medical mumbo jumbo, it means that as your urine has been through your system once, it is more easily re-absorbed again without expending energy to do so. Thus you get a big hit of vitamins and minerals that you have already refined and processed. Twaddle.
So here is your choice. Be inspired by Dr Ryoichi Nakao, a seemingly 170-year-old doctor whose web video will tell you how urotherapy cured him of gonorrhoea, or pick up a phone to Tonic and inject your life with a healthy dollop of undiluted sanity.
Footnote > * The practice of consuming urine is also known as urinotherapy, urophagia, uropathy, auto-urine therapy or most commonly, as taking-the-piss therapy! ** If all this sounds too tame for you, how about trying a faecal transplant? Also known as trans-poo-sion, it surely has the title of medicine’s most disgusting procedure! It is pretty much what you are imagining – part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another. The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient’s digestive system.