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The very first thing you should consider before digging deeper into the topic "Only in India: Cow Urine, one of the world's weirdest drinks" is to know what cow urine is.

So, let's explore this drink with Knowinsider!

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What is cow urine?

Urine from cows is the liquid waste product of a cow's metabolism. Medicines containing cow urine are also used in India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Nigeria. The claims that using cow urine and dung as fertilizers can cure diseases and cancer are not supported by any scientific evidence.

Why do people drink cow urine?

Because many Hindus hold the cow in high regard and some believe drinking cow urine has medicinal properties, a Hindu group hosted a cow urine drinking party on Saturday in the hopes of warding off the coronavirus.

The "party," hosted by the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (All India Hindu Union) at its headquarters in the country's capital, was attended by 200 people, according to, and the organizers planned to hold similar events across India.

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People's strong belief in the use of cow urine to treat serious diseases

The leader of the All India Hindu Union, Chakrapani Maharaj, urinated into a spoon and then held it near a cartoon coronavirus's face for photos.

Hindu nationalist party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have promoted the use of cow urine as a cancer treatment and medical remedy.

Earlier this month, a leader from the Indian state of Assam told state lawmakers that cow urine and dung can be used to treat the coronavirus. Assam is located in the country's northeast.

Governments around the world are struggling to contain the pandemic in the face of no known scientific cure for the pathogen that has infected over 138,000 people worldwide and left behind 5,000 deaths.

The effects of drinking cow urine

Mr. Paliwal describes himself as having "acute lung diseases" and frequently falling ill with a cough and cold. I had acne and pimples on my face, but after using urine on them, they disappeared in a week.Cow urine has been my daily beverage of choice since then.

In Hinduism, the cow is the holiest animal, and Hindus believe that anything made from a cow, including its milk and urine, possesses divine healing properties. In India, men often ingest cow urine to treat acne and other skin issues.

Fire worship is the highest form of prayer in Hinduism, and clarified butter, made from cow's milk, is used in these rituals. This gives cows and their products a religious significance, which explains why cow urine is also used as an antiseptic.

Major brands are cashing in on the trend of drinking raw cow urine by selling packed urine at prices up to four times higher than vegetable oil, despite the fact that cow urine has long been used as an ingredient in medicines such as eye and ear drops, joint pain, and antiseptic liquids.

Some people even say that drinking cow urine cured their asthma. Urine from well-known brands like Patanjali, which is known for selling herbal products, sells for nearly 50 cents per 100 milliliters. Fresh cow urine is the only thing that helps these villagers, though.

According to, Yogesh Paliwal, 32, who shares Hemant's morning ritual of drinking cow urine, explained that while cow urine can be purchased at Indian grocery stores, there is an abundance of it in their village, so they never bother to buy any.

I collect urine from the cow and drink it fresh. The advantages it provides are mind-blowing. My Asthma is completely gone now.

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