Does cow urine cause serious diseases such as liver failure and arthritis-causing brucellosis?


An Australia-based expert of Indian origin has warned the serious consequences of the intake of cow urine on human bodies as the liquid harboured potentially dangerous pathogens

According to a report by Bloomberg, India-trained veterinarian Navneet Dhand, who is an associate professor in veterinary biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Sydney, said that at least three diseases prevalent in India could potentially be transmitted to people in the raw urine of infected cows.


Dhand said that those diseases were leptospirosis, which can cause meningitis and liver failure; arthritis-causing brucellosis; and Q-fever, which can cause pneumonia and chronic inflammation of the heart.

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This revelation, however, has had no impact on the booming business using cow urine in India.

Proponents of ayurveda have long argued that its holistic healing system developed thousands of years ago in India contained special therapeutic properties and health benefits.

Not so long ago, scientists in Gujarat’s Junagadh Agricultural University, claimed that they had discovered traces of gold in cow urine.

The Bloomberg report also added that Yoga Guru Ramdev’s Patanjali spent Rs 150,000 every day for a steady stream of the raw cow urine that his company Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd. used to make ‘soaps, disinfectants to elixirs.’

However, Patanjali’s bestseller is urine-based floor-cleaner Gaunyle, according to managing director Acharya Balkrishna.

Balkrishna said, “We prepare 20 tons of Gaunyle a day and still can’t meet demand.”

Patanjali is not alone in using cow urine to make products for Indian households.

Last year in October, BBC reported how one firm in Delhi was using cow urine to make cosmetics.

In March this year, a controversy had erupted in UK after it emerged that several Asian shops in London were selling packaged cow urine alongside food products.