In the 20th century, faith in natural science cult was rising, and people started to turn their backs to traditional religion. This is so unfortunate as, of course, science is not always correct, right? As Pramaha Vuttichai Wachiramatee said, “Do not be obsessed with the science.” Urine therapy that some claim to be a Buddhist ancient medicine recipe, is also one thing that science denied. But luckily, we do not obsess in science but rather believe in Buddhist teaching, so we got to experience the best medicine from ancient wisdom. Unlike those Westerners who are led astray by science and miss the excellent opportunity to explore the magical cure. Even though the science withholds it, all scientists are a privileged racist white male who has a prejudice of Asian culture anyway, so why should we believe them?

Health benefits from Urine therapy

I gathered information from the Facebook group, which you can see in the picture; it translates to “urine, the medicine that most people do not recognize.” I am confident that this information about the health benefits from urine consumption from this group’s members is reliable and trustworthy. We all know that Facebook is where intellectuals are gathered. Unlike other scientific research papers, the researchers are paid by the racist imperialist who is biased and intentionally seeks to discredit Asian culture and promote its white supremacist agenda. The group members’ erudition formulates from the empirical research by the individual who dedicated his or her body to the experiment. So, of course, it is indeed more competent than any scientific research from any institutions out there. These people are not paid by the monopoly medicine firms who are nefarious, ravenous, selfish, and only seek to maximize their self-interest.

To gather the information from this 13,000 intellectual, I post the question in the group “may you please provide me the data about Urine therapy; it can be both scientific document or Buddhism’s doctrines.” Sadly, only 87 answered, but still enough to infer the health benefits from urine therapy. Only a few sound empirical research is sufficient. As there are so many responses, I will only include some of them from the expert’s primary analysis. We all know that the top comment is the indicator of quality as a various expert within the same community approves it. Hence, it going to be the best conclusion, isn’t it? So in the top comment, the expert implies that Drink urine Can alleviate all diseases. (1) Drinking urine can cure the loss of appetite. (2) Use urine as an eye drops for 5 minutes; the sight will be crystal clear because the urine contains a lot of valuable microorganisms. (3) Japan produces a lot of urine water through a water filter without UV to kill bacteria; sell half a liter of 2,500 baht. (4) Drinking urine can help with nephritis. For about 10 minutes, the symptoms will reduce quickly. (6) Using urine to heal a fresh wound makes the wound dries up and heals quickly and leaves no scars. Of course, the expert did not provide any source or any proof of this premise. Still, admittedly, we can believe his words as all of these are from observational experimentation. Also, these experts have profoundly devoted themselves to Buddhism, so indeed, they will not intentionally misspeak. If you do not convince yet, there is something wrong with you; maybe you have a predisposition against Asian culture because you are a racist bigot who thinks Asians are inferior; you should be ashamed. 

In addition, according to the urinetherapywisdom.org, the “expert” claim that urine can be used as an oral drug and for external use such as for eye drop and for healing a wound. You can go to the website for more details. 

Buddhism and urine therapy 

Some might wonder why on earth would these Buddhists are drinking their own urine? The answer is in the Tripiṭaka of Theravada denomination which refers to the pūti-Mutta as a medicine. People are interpreting this component differently; some interpret it as human urine. Many said it is cow urine, and others said it totally different matters. However, as some Thai Buddhists did, drinking human urine is still not stated in the Buddhist Scriptures. All sources lead in the same direction as from ancient teaching; it is most plausible the cow urine. Cow urine consumption is a typical Hindu and Buddhist practice in Buddha-era’s India, but human urine is not. Only Aghori are drinking their urine which the Indian majority does not perceive their religion and practices as socially acceptable. So there is an inadequate chance that Buddhists in early times will drink their urine; it more likely cow urine. 

As mentioned, the scriptures refer to the pūti-Mutta; they are said to be the ancient medicine recipe for the bhikkhu as it is quintessential and easy to find. However, the translation is not precise whether what it is. Some said it translates to rancid urine, but as mentioned, if we look closer to the Indian culture, it is more likely to be cow urine. Many ancient Indian medical texts refer to cow urine, such as Susarut Samahita, Charasanghita, and Pawaprakat. Some speculate that “pūti.” in this context does not necessarily mean rancid or fermented urine but may refer to the fresh urine as in Buddhism, it explains that even though the body looks perfect and beautiful from the outside, still, it the body that will rotten, this also apply to the urine that comes from the body. Hence, even the urine that comes freshly right out of the cow is already rancid. Moreover, there is another way to interpret these words; many authorities say that the phrase pūti-Mutta can also be referred to as the pill that people do not use anymore or, to be more specific, the drug donate to the monks. 

Besides, the famous monk on social media, Phra Maha Praiwan Worawano, also post on his Facebook timeline about how the group who drink their urine misinterpret the Buddhist scripture, which leads to misunderstanding of the meaning and the context. For example, he illustrated that in the Buddha era, the pūti-Mutta, which this case he means rancid cow urine, is used by the monk only to cure slight illness as it is easy to find, long shelf life, and have no value which suitable for the lifestyle of the monks. But for a fatal disease, the monk still requires the doctor to cure according to the illness symptoms. They misinterpret the phrase “pūti-Mutta.” from cow urine to human urine. Still, they also misunderstand the Medicinal properties, which do not cure every illness as they claimed. Even from a Buddhism perspective, not to mention the scientific standpoint, urine therapy is a hoax. If you want to read in more detail, you can read from below or click here!

However, even though these sources are from what so-called “expert.” They are all illustrated that the use of human urine might not be accurate to the original Buddhist scripture, but should we care? No!!! We have our version of Buddhism; in fact, according to Thanabodi Warunsri, Buddha enlightened in Thailand, not India! We should believe in the Thai version of Buddhism and keep drinking our urine; opposing urine therapy is a nation hater. Drinking our urine should be part of patriotism!!!

Criticism on urine healing

Recently, news about people make others drinking urine without consent draws a lot of criticism from the populace. I will call these people an antagonist. These people are not susceptible enough to accept new ideas. 

The antagonist complains that it is unscientific and ridiculous. Some medical personnel is also trying to instruct people regarding the health risks of urine therapy with their scientific explanations, as you can see here. They accuse the urine therapy practice of causing more harm than good. For example, it could make one sick, especially if the urine is from another person, as the disease can be passed through the urine. Not only that, according to the Director-General of the Department of Medical Services, Dr. Somsak Akasilp, it might result in severe hypertension, heart failure, or pulmonary edema from the over cumulation of Urea, mineral salts, calcium, and sodium chloride. But does this medical expert ever try urine therapy by themselves? I guess not; they just only read and believe everything from the text. If you want to learn more about health risks, click here. 

Of course, when people are trying to warn a strong community of urine drinkers, they unite and calmly educate the hater with fact and logic. The group members’ self-empirical research is undoubtedly weighed as a more substantial argument than the hater who comes with prejudice and some random article or study without firsthand experience. As you can see, they come with hatred, but the community responds with calmness as the good Buddhist should.

To conclude this, urine therapy might not be accurate to ancient Buddhist medicine, as they claimed. The practice is against by the whole medical community, but will the urine therapy’s people care? I do not think so; some even said that what they do is challenging science. Some are trying to use science to defend urine therapy; however, mainstream science still rejects urine therapy. Nonetheless, they will not care about the accuracy of their practice to the Buddhist texts anyway. They have their version of Buddhism interpretation, which differs from the mainstream one but is totally normal; there is always a diverse interpretation of religious texts. 

Medicine? NOOOO!!!, Urine therapy? OF COURSE!!!

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