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Healing Yourself using Urine
by Flora Peschek-Böhmer
and Gisela Schreiber
Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.),
namesake of the Hippocratic oath, was the first in the Western world to record
and teach the practice of uropoty (the drinking of urine). The theory of urine
therapy states: In the excreted urine all the body's experiences -- physical and
psychological -- are collected. Reintroducing the urine to the body forces the
body's immune system to confront the same experiences a second time, which gives
it a second incentive to deal with the problem.
Urine functions as a nosode, a
small impulse of disease that, when introduced to the body, triggers the healing
powers of the immune system. From homeopathy the principle of "healing like
with like" is well-known. Today's vaccinations work on the same principle:
A small impulse of an illness is introduced to the body to trigger its massive
defense mechanism. In the case of immunizations one can obtain protection
lasting for decades; when using urine therapy a refreshment is recommended after
one year, or sometimes after just half a year.
The Death of Prejudice
Fear about urine is conditioned
and irrational. The following prejudices must be overcome:
1. Urine is full of germs.
In the first fifteen minutes
after leaving the body, urine is absolutely sterile for the producer's own body.
Only after this period do the germs begin their work. However, they are not
dangerous at all, and can even be beneficial for external applications.
2. Urine smells.
After a while the uric acid in
urine changes into ammonia, and only then does the urine start to smell.
However, the smell will evaporate completely if the urine gets absorbed into the
skin, or if, for example, it is used in the household on window glass and is
thoroughly wiped off afterward.
3. Urine is a waste product.
How can it make sense to
reintroduce into the body a fluid that it just has expended considerable effort
to eliminate? A short and simple explanation: Urine comprises the sum of all the
experiences that the body has had (much as our individual personalities comprise
the sum of our experience). Records of disturbances, infections, diseases, and
allergies are stored within our urine. If we confront our immune system with
this information for a second time, we stimulate the construction of a (finally)
effective defense. Urine therefore teaches the immune system a lesson.
4. Urine develops an unpleasant
odor on the skin.
This is not true. It is,
however, necessary for the fluid to be completely absorbed. If, for example, you
make compresses, I recommend an animal fiber like wool rather than cotton, since
the urine will not develop an odor in animal fibers while it will smell in
cotton (as we know from cotton diapers). Urine should certainly not be used with
5. Urine contains viruses and
Our own urine doesn't contain
any viruses or bacteria that really could harm us because those have already
been filtered out by the liver. And the remaining ones are exactly the ones that
the body should fight with the help of urine therapy.
6. Urine tastes bad.
Healthy urine, especially the
first evacuation in the morning, always tastes salty and bitter. This taste,
however, will not be conducted through the capillaries of the tongue, but solely
through the nose. If you pinch your nose while drinking, you will not taste
7. Urine is responsible for
This is absolute nonsense, on
which the diaper industry gets rich. Urine does not harm a baby's buttocks. A
sore bottom is caused solely by the infant's diet or by the diet of the nursing
THE DRINKING OF YOUR OWN URINE
"Me? Drink Urine?
Never!" Many patients have exclaimed these words when their therapist has
suggested this form of treatment. However, the fact remains, everybody has done
it before, namely in the mother's womb. The embryo has its own metabolism from
the very beginning, which is connected to the mother's circulatory system. The
baby gets rid of its urine just as any other human does. Therefore it also
swallows its own urine constantly through the amniotic fluid. The history of
humankind proves that it has not harmed anybody so far. Also, medicine has known
for three thousand years that urine can be very beneficial to the small being.
The Ebers Papyrus -- an Egyptian book on medicine written about 1000 B.C., with
a total of fifty-five recipes for urine therapy -- proves this fact.
STILL SKEPTICAL? Do
Now it's time to take a risk and
start. Forget all the thoughts that you have connected with urine since the
beginning of your life. The next time you have to go to the bathroom, hold your
index finger in the stream of urine. Let the liquid drip off a little and smell
it. Don't be afraid: I promise you, you won't smell a thing!
Now, can you gather up even a
little more courage? Then rub some of the urine on the back of your hand and
wait as long as you can before you wash your hands again. You will discover that
no odor will develop on your skin either. The moistened area, however, will feel
softer and smoother.
Are you even more courageous?
Then touch your urine-covered finger with your tongue -- just very quickly. Does
it taste salty? That's normal. The morning urine is especially bitter. The more
fluid you take in during the day, the more "mild" the taste of urine.
FOR THE REAL SKEPTICS
The most important prerequisite
for urine therapy is this: The only people eligible for the internal use of the
self-urine therapy are the ones whose bladder, kidneys, and genitals are
absolutely healthy. In case of a bladder infection, a sexually transmitted
disease, or the intake of certain medications (cortisone, strong pain relievers,
psychopharmaceuticals, antibiotics, insulin), urine should only be used
externally. Talk with your physician to see if such medications could be reduced
or discontinued in favor of urine therapy.
THE FIRST STEP
Do you have by any chance a
small injury anywhere on your body, a rash, a blister, or something similar?
While urinating, rub some fresh urine on it several times a day. Within a short
time this spot will heal. Maybe this experience will help you gain some trust in
your own juice.
THE SECOND STEP
Now that you have gotten over
your initial disgust, can you expect even more from yourself?
Take a very clean glass. In the
morning, right after getting up, try to urinate in three steps. That may sound
somewhat silly, but it is meant quite seriously. The first urine to pass through
the urethra cleans the passageway thoroughly. You should not collect these
expelled substances. Pause briefly, position the glass, and let the urine pour
in. When the glass is full, pause again. Set the glass aside and empty your
bladder completely. This remaining urine does not contain many useful
substances, and therefore you needn't collect it. It only would increase the
amount of fluid you drink. What you have collected is the so-called morning
midstream urine. This is the purest and richest urine of the day.
THE THIRD STEP
All right then. The urine is
collected and you have fifteen minutes remaining to do something with it.
Therefore, there is no need to rush. Why don't you get your favorite drink from
the kitchen? No alcohol in the morning, of course, but if you expect the worst
scenario (to vomit), maybe a very small and strongly spiced stomach bitter would
not be inappropriate (no more than a thimbleful).
You should not push yourself
now. Although you have a whole glass in front of you, a single sip that you
don't spit out immediately is worth more than the entire glass that will soon
end up in the toilet. Put down the glass and immediately swallow your favorite
drink. Then, take a deep breath. You've done it! There, was that so terrible? I
don't think so.
THE FOURTH STEP
It is obvious: You have to work
on increasing your daily dose until you are able to empty the whole glass. But
please, don't "sweeten" your urine with a small sip of alcohol every
morning. Otherwise, you are in danger of developing secondary damages, sooner or
later, like dependency.
IF YOU FAIL THE FIRST TIME
You succeeded with collecting
the midstream urine, but could not go on afterward. It would be good if you
could make yourself do at least the finger test, to show yourself again that
urine is not disgusting. Afterward, pour the contents of the glass into the
toilet. You can simply make a new attempt the next morning, and don't call
yourself a "coward". Rather, be proud of how many inhibitions you have
MAKE IT A HABIT
When you reach the point where
you drink your urine every morning, you are faced with an alternative:
You can do a two-week to
three-month treatment course to treat a certain illness, determined by a
holistic physician or by a naturopath. Or you can fight allergies or a similar
chronic ailment with a continuous urine therapy (daily). In this way you provide
your immune system with permanent support and achieve a lasting improvement in
your general well being. If you are afraid that those around you cannot
understand why you drink urine, it is better to be silent about it for now. If,
however, your present complaints improve or even disappear during the treatment
-- and I am convinced they will -- you would do our common cause a favor by
talking about it. Relating your personal experiences by word of mouth would be
more convincing than any book.
This was confirmed for me
through the story of one of my readers:
Dale E, 54, secretary:
"For years my sun allergy had ruined my vacations. My family relaxed in
the sun but I had to sit in the shade under two sun umbrellas. Nevertheless,
just by going swimming I broke out in fluid-filled, itching blisters. None of
the sunscreen lotions helped. At a friend's I found a book on urine therapy
and read that the drinking of urine would help such skin conditions. I pushed
the thought aside, though, because it felt uncomfortable. During my next
vacation my beach neighbor told me that her sun allergy had vanished since she
started urine therapy. I started with it and today I can sit with my family
next to the water."
article was excerpted from the book Urine
Therapy: Nature's Elixir for Good Health by Flora Pescheck-Bohmer,
Ph.D., and Gisela Schreiber. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Healing
Arts Press, a division of Inner Traditions International. www.innertraditions.com
more info. or to purchase this book.
Peschek-Böhmer, Ph.D., manages a
naturopathic healing center in Hamburg,
Germany. Gisela Schreiber, a medical
journalist, also lives in Germany
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