Urine has been described as the Waters of Life and many swear by its healing properties.
If you have ever battled with fertility you will know exactly how
frustrating, painful and desperate a process it can become. Many women sob at
the sight of their periods each month and even more take on radical therapies
to try and fall pregnant. One of these is known as urine therapy and it is not
as crazy as it sounds.
Also known as urotherapy or shivambu
, urine therapy has been around
for centuries and many cultures see it as a valuable resource that can be used
to do heal a variety of ailments from infertility to sperm motility to hair
loss and cancer. The ancient Incans used to wash their hair and shave their
legs using urine and it has been used by the Egyptians, Hindus, Aztecs and
Chinese for centuries. The American Cancer Association
even has a page dedicated to the topic and there are definitely health benefits
associated with the components of urine that include: urea, Urokinase and uric
You may be even more surprised to learn that one of the most popular
fertility drugs on the market today, Pergonal, is created with Luteinizing
hormones (LH) and follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) that are taken from the
urine of post-menopausal nuns.
I’ll give you a moment to digest that fact (pun intended)…
A real-life account
Undertaking urine therapy in our culture is likely to get you some
strange looks and plenty of judgemental remarks, but Judy Connors was bold and
brilliant enough to open up about how it has changed her life:
“About ten years ago I sought out alternative healing as I was feeling constant
fatigue and depression,” explains Judy. “I ended up at an Ayurveda healing
centre called Sohum Sanctuary in Benoni, which was run by a group of Hindu
Swamis who introduced me to urine therapy.”
Judy did her research and decided to try the therapy for herself, “I
told myself that if people have been doing this for thousands of years, then I
can too. I remember the first day I made up my mind to drink my own urine, I
decided to do it outside in case I hurled. I didn’t.”
Judy did not experience any side-effects and in two to three weeks
she felt more energetic and positive, then in February 2014 she was diagnosed
with a large ovarian cyst and doctors pressed her to have a full hysterectomy.
“I went the alternative route that included homeopathy, acupuncture,
urine therapy and a 40-day green diet and by the end of May the cyst was gone,”
she says. “I cannot say which modality worked, but I believe urine therapy
played an important role.”
Keith McFarlane from Rebound SA
has a rich background in practicing and teaching natural health modalities so I
asked him if he believed that urine therapy could help a woman struggling to
“It is quite a personal experience and most people have a healthy scepticism
about the practice,” says Keith. “The traditional method is to drink midstream,
first morning, urine as this is the most potent. There are a couple of theories
as to why it works and one is that it helps to balance hormonal issues due to
the hormone content in the urine.”
He suggests that people who have issues due to hormone imbalances
would benefit from the treatment.
“Urine is not waste, it is simply filtered blood, and if a couple
was working together with fertility issues, they would share their urine,” says
Keith. “By doing so, they would have to overcome deeper underlying issues they
may have which may be contributing to their inability to conceive.”
Would you do it?
Whatever the science or psychology behind urine therapy, it is still
a difficult thing to down with all our preconceived ideas about it being dirty
and disgusting. So I asked women who had struggled to fall pregnant if this is
something that they would do…
“I tried for two years to fall pregnant and had started to trial
nutrition approaches and reflexology before I fell pregnant a few months ago,”
says Holly Robinson. “While I think NO WAY at this point, if it had been
another two years I might have tried anything.”
Sharon Williams agrees: “I tried to get pregnant for five years and
they could find no reasons for my failure to conceive. If I hadn’t fallen
pregnant I would have tried anything else at all and yes, if this had come
along, I would have done it. I wouldn’t have told anyone, but I would have
Would you try it out? Are you sitting on the edge thanks to
infertility and prepared to try anything? A part of me is starting to think
that perhaps the idea is worth the possible outcome of a baby…
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