India adapts cow urine as a cosmetic, disinfectant and medicine

The use of cow urine as an alternative medicine, cosmetic ingredient and even cleaning product is growing quickly in India.

There are concerns about the use of cow urine as medicine in India as the government encourages alternative medicine for treatments.

There are concerns about the use of cow urine as medicine in India as the government encourages alternative medicine for treatments. Image by kavitakapoor

The government of India has been promoting the use of alternative medicines for about a decade, reports the Global Post, and this has added to a proliferation of products made from cow milk, urine and dung.

Hindus, who make up the majority of the Indian population, consider cows to be sacred and generally do not consume their meat.

The extent of using cow-based products has led to a proposal in the Indian province of Rajasthan, where one hospital will try to use cow urine as a disinfectant on the instruction of the state health minister, reports the Times of India.

A pilot project will see whether ‘Gau Clean’, a disinfectant made by a company that runs a cow urine refinery, can effectively clean hospital equipment.

In the areas of the hospital where the disinfectant will be used, no phenyl cleaners will be used for 15 days. Doctors will analyse its use in the intensive care unit, on medical equipment and the floor and a report will go to the government.

Some medical doctors have warned that cow-based products can be harmful and some critics are arguing that the government is promoting its use without testing them for their efficacy, according to the Global Post.

Cow urine is also used in cream, shampoos and other products.

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