SHIVAMBU – Urine Therapy
as Shivambu or Amaroli in India the use of urine as a form of therapy and healing is ancient
but still little known except as a practice eliciting revulsion and ridicule.
are many examples throughout history of the world wide use of urine in aiding healing and indeed survival. Victims
of earthquakes and other events where they may be trapped for days can survive by drinking their own urine.
In the first World War soldiers in the trenches faced with water shortage also drank their urine as well as using it
as a sterile and antiseptic fluid for cleaning and dressing wounds. In European folk medicine urine was
traditionally used to speed healing of wounds and skin problems. Urine baths and application to the skin
was even a practice used by ladies of the courts to preserve soft and beautiful skin. Look
at the ingredients of your skin creams and you are more than likely to find urea a vital part of the recipe.
The medical use of urine in western medicine is also very old. The ancient Greeks and Romans
used urine for healing wounds. From the 1700s urine use was described in medical books. As
the west developed increasing reliance on allopathic medicine and the use of manufactured drugs many natural naturopathic
remedies fell out of favour, and today there is little widespread knowledge or use of them.
Particularly in India the practice of urine therapy can be traced back at least 5000 years to the Sanskrit
text `Shivambu Kalpa Vidhi` from the `Damar Tantra`. (in Tantra Shivambu is also known as Amaroli).
The Tantra tells of the apparent jealousy of Parvati for the beautiful clear and lustrous skin and vibrant health and
stamina of her husband God Shiva. Eventually she persuades him to divulge his secret which is the practice
of drinking his urine and using urine for massage. Given the reactions of people to the idea of using therapy in these ways
it is little wonder that yogis are admonished to keep secret the teachings of yoga except to those who have proved their serious
intent. Today in India, and in other countries, Urine Therapy clinics exist as a part of the tradition
of Ayurvedic medicine.
The use and justification
for its use, of urine is based on a number of facts:
Generally fresh urine is sterile unless an infection of the urethra or bladder etc is present.
2 Urine contains substances which the body
has no immediate use for but cannot store.
Urine is about 95% water. Potentially poisonous or harmful substances in the blood are removed by the liver. The kidneys
continue the filtering process eliminating excess substances such as minerals, salt, vitamins, hormones including corticosteroids
and melatonin, and enzymes. These constitute about 2.5% of the total volume.
The remaining 2.5% is urea. Potentially a poison but in this concentration is safe and a useful
chemical in maintaining skin quality when used for massage etc.
Using your own urine can
be safe and easy. The traditional ways are to drink a glass of morning urine from the mid- flow, and to
use your urine for self massage – abhyanga.
To learn more read: The
Golden Fountain; The Complete Guide for Urine Therapy by Coen van der Kroon. ISBN
0-944256-73-2 r su
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