Why do Indians drink cow urine

Alternative healing method: Indians bathe in cow dung and drink cow urine - this should help against Corona

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A Covid care center has been set up in a village in Gujarat, India. There, patients are treated with Ayurvedic medicines made from cow dung and urine.

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  • Ayurvedic healing centers are flourishing in the corona pandemic in the Indian state of Gujarat.

  • There, cow dung baths and cow urine drinking cures are offered.

  • In traditional medicine, Indian doctors disagree on its usefulness.

The village of Tetona in the western state of Gujarat in India offers Ayurvedic healing therapy in the Covid crisis: cow dung baths and cow urine drinking cures. This is supposed to immunize against the coronavirus. Now Indian doctors are warning against this particular practice. There is no scientific evidence that the therapy is effective. It might even spread other diseases.

Ramratan Maharaj, director of a care and feeding station for cattle (also called Goshala), explains the healing method to "India Today". Participants lubricated their bodies with a mixture of feces and urine, hugged or honored the 5,000 cows in the Goshala, and practiced yoga to increase their energy levels. To do this, they prayed to keep the atmosphere high in oxygen, Maharaj said. Patients were also given medicines made from cow urine, ghee, cow's milk and food grains grown with manure made from cow dung. The dry crust of manure was then washed off with milk or buttermilk.

Different opinions in conventional medicine

Dr. J. A. Jayalal, President of the Indian Medical Association, expresses his concern: "There are health risks associated with the distribution or consumption of these products - other diseases can spread from animals to humans." Not only that: The common practice in the Ayurvedic healing centers could contribute to the spread of the virus, as people come together in groups, Jayalal told the Reuters news agency.

But not all orthodox doctors are so critical of the alternative method. So for Dr. Rakesh Joshi, Deputy Director of the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, gave Ayurvedic facilities a "useful support system for those who have mild Covid-19 symptoms." In severe Covid cases, however, these are not recommended, especially not "if the oxygen saturation level is low," he said.

Nutritionist Dr. Talguni Parekh. An alternative treatment in a gaushala would be very suitable for some people as they would receive good quality organic food and milk. Dietary habits play an important role in treating Covid-19, according to Parekh. However, she also warned that severe cases should only be treated by a doctor and not in such centers.

Due to a new maximum number of deaths within 24 hours, the threshold of 250,000 officially registered corona deaths was exceeded in India on Wednesday. According to the Indian Ministry of Health, 4,205 new deaths have been recorded.

Experts believe that the actual number of infections and deaths is far higher. The virus currently seems to be spreading unchecked, especially in rural areas, where two thirds of the Indian population live. There are at least "three or four times more deaths" than officially reported, said independent health researcher Anant Bhan of the AFP news agency.

As an example of the incorrect figures, experts cite the state of Gujarat, among others: In Rajkot, in the west of the home state of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there were 154 Covid-19 between April 1 and 23, according to the health ministry in New Delhi - deaths. The local health authorities, on the other hand, speak of 723 corona deaths. (AFP)