Flush!... and down (hopefully) goes the liquid waste we produce on a daily basis (hopefully). Right down the chute! But is it really "waste," or should we regard urine more favorably after all? For those of us who are struggling to get rid of a fungal infection, is the answer not in our pharmacies, but in our urine? Are we looking for fungal relief in all the wrong places? How cool would it be if urine (available free of charge) could do the job of an over-the-counter or even prescription antifungal drug?
Some time ago, when my girlfriend's home was widely thought to be haunted by a poltergeist, the basement tenant spread a solution of water, sugar and his own urine throughout his living area to banish the unwanted spirit. And it apparently worked. So to all the naysayers out there who say - well, "Nay" - I say: "Yea, if urine can remove ghosts, it is possible that urine can remove fungus!" The rest of you might require more convincing, so here are the unbiased facts about this treatment that, in our country, borders on the obscure (some would say, obscene).
- Fad? Urine as medical substance is not a new concept; different cultures around the world have practiced some form of urine therapy for thousands of years. That, by itself, should not convince you to urinate on yourself. But isn't it interesting that, to the vast majority of western consumers, the notion of medicinal urine comes as an utter surprise?
- The potent nutrients of urine. When we go "#1" and then flush it away, we're actually dismissing a fluid containing many vital nutrients. I'm not suggesting you drink it, but merely suggesting that a closer look at urine might change your perception of it. Here are just some of its contents.
- Water (accounts for about 95% of urine)
- Urea (accounts for about 2.5% of urine)
- Amino acids
- Ascorbic acid
- Folic acid
- Vitamin B6 and B12
- Enzymes like urokinase and amylase
- Why does the body get rid of it, if it's so beneficial? In a healthy state, if we do not drink much, we will not produce much urine. The kidneys are told to initiate urine production when we drink liquids and, though our organs are relatively efficient in culling nutrients from what we eat and drink, some of those nutrients escape in urine. Along with that, urine also contains true waste like ammonia. Primarily, however, it contains water and urea.
- Corticosteroids. Urine contains a small amount of corticosteroids, which can relieve irritated, inflamed skin. For example, hydrocortisone cream is often used to treat skin rashes. Though its corticosteroids are present in very minute quantities, urine could possibly relieve some of the irritation caused by fungus.
- Urea. The key ingredient in urine aside from water, urea is also the ingredient that would contribute the most toward your effort to get rid of the fungus, as far as we can tell. In fact, urea is an ingredient in many antifungal medications, though not listed as an active ingredient. Do the pharmaceutical companies want to keep a lid on the truth about urea? Possibly, but...
- Limitations. It's also possible that urea is considered an inactive ingredient because it doesn't fight the fungus as much as it softens the tissue so as to allow the true antifungal component to penetrate to the source of the infection.
That's not the only potential limitation of urine as a treatment for fungus. The positive behavior of urea has been demonstrated when urea reaches concentrations much higher than the 2.5% found in urine. Urine might be too diluted a source of urea to provide any benefit in your treatment of fungus.
Various advocates of urine therapy (many of them doctors) claim that urine could help treat diseases ranging from cancer to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diphtheria, heart disease, malaria, bronchitis and the common cold, just to name a few. Unfortunately, there is a lack of appropriate scientific evidence to back up these claims.
- Dangers. Therapeutic urine is used not just externally, but also sometimes internally. I won't get into the debate about whether internal urine therapy can be harmful; that's an entirely separate subject from external use of your urine to cure fungus. Urine does contain waste products like ammonia in small amounts. These substances will not harm your skin whatsoever. In fact, in a pinch, urine has been known to clean wounds. Though the medical community hasn't declared urine to be a good treatment for fungus, urine does seem to have antibacterial and antiviral properties and can't hurt your skin.
- Suggestions. Given that urine won't hurt your skin - and given the possibility that, at least, the urine might soften the infected tissue (enhancing the effect of topical antifungal medication) - you stand to lose nothing by trying urine on your fungus prior to using your customary antifungal medication. Since prolonged exposure to urea seems to have a stronger effect, you might see better results if you soak the fungal infection in urine (if possible) or apply a compress.
It is amusing to imagine a bunch of fungal athletes urinating on themselves, but should you urinate on yourself? What you do in the privacy of your own home is your business! If you decide to try curing fungus with your urine, I do suggest that you do so privately (your shower is a convenient place for it). Since urine is a fairly sterile liquid as long as you don't have a urinary tract infection, it can't hurt. Considering its nutrients and the way many people credit urine with curing their fungus (whether by itself or as a precursor to topical antifungal meds), urine could even help you. Worth a try, don't you think?