Urine therapy falls under the category of alternative healthcare treatments. It is the practice of drinking one's own urine in order to enjoy certain health benefits, as well as using one's own urine to massage into the skin to heal wounds or other skin disturbances.
Urine therapy has been practiced for thousands of years, as far back as ancient Rome where some of the citizens used their own urine to help whiten their teeth. Urine therapy has also been an accepted practice in Egypt, China and India.
Those who practice urine therapy claims it can overcome a host of ailments, including skin eruptions such as acne, scratchy throat ailments and even eye inflammations. Over the years, urine therapy has been controversial as to its curative powers, with no conclusive scientific evidence that using one's own urine internally or externally has healing benefits for the body.
Urine comes from an excess of food molecules after dining that have traveled through the body's intestinal tract, the liver and ultimately the kidneys. The kidneys are the final filtering place for the blood containing these food molecules mixed with water that ultimately are excreted as urine. The chemical composition of human urine includes calcium, magnesium, folic acid, iron, various proteins and ascorbic acid, although 95% of urine is water. The urea contained in urine is an antibacterial and antifungal agent which can help counteract inflammation, which is why urine therapy is so popular, used both internally and externally.
When an individual drinks their own urine, usually gathered immediately upon arising for the day, they are actually reingesting elements that the body originally cast away as unnecessary. One of the most common side effects of urine therapy experienced by those who first practice it is diarrhea or very loose bowel movements.
Until a tolerance for drinking urine can be built up, another common side effect of urine therapy is vomiting. For many this is simply an initial psychological reaction to drinking something that most people consider dirty or unclean, which is actually not the case with urine. Most people start urine therapy by administering it using a tongue dropper rather than drinking an entire glass full of urine and begin building up their tolerance from there.
For drinking purposes, only fresh urine should be consumed. Only the midstream of the expelled urine should be used and the individual must be sure that their genital area is completely clean prior to expelling the urine into a sterile container or bottle. Urine can be aged in a dark glass bottle kept away from sunlight for several days, and this solution is highly valued as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory skin wash.
If proper precautions are followed regarding drinking or applying one's own urine, side effects overall are minimal. As an overall tonic and healing agent, urine therapy is worth exploring as benefits will vary from individual to individual.