It is a common belief in India that cow urine has medicinal properties.

It is said to be anti-biotic.

It cures diabetes, cancer and many other diseases if not all.

Because this is biology I would like to focus on the anti-biotic property and set aside other claims cos they many be related to medicine and not biology.

Is it anti-biotic?

Does urine not cause infections?

Especially since it is applied the belly of new born babies by orthodox Hinuds.

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    $\begingroup$ it's a question for skeptics.se $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 4:42
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    $\begingroup$ there's a bunch of questions on skeptics on this topic already, for example this one : skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/36282/… $\endgroup$
    – gilleain
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 8:56
  • $\begingroup$ @gilleain Note that only asks is such a practice exists not the medical validity of it. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 20:42
  • $\begingroup$ Don't use these medicines please. It only goes into the vicious cycle of spreading more fraud. $\endgroup$
    – Roni Saiba
    Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 8:55

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Interesting question anomdsgf. There are substances present in Bos taurus urine that promote antimicrobial activity. Studies like this and this have shown how the urine can inhibit the growth of certain bacterial strains.

However, with all that said, Bos taurus urine could still contain other harmful bacteria that are not inhibited simply because it was excreted out of a cows urethra and could cause infections. Read more on possible harmful effects here.


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