THRISSUR: Former prime minister Morarji Desai was its biggest fan. But now many believe that drinking a cup of warm pee straight from a virgin cow before sunrise heals a host of diseases, including cancer. There has been a growing demand, particularly in north India, for fresh cow urine. Soon Keralites, too, will get a chance to enjoy the benefits of cow pee.
In a first, the Vechur Conservation Trust has decided to manufacture distilled cow urine of the Vechur cow for human consumption, preserving all its medicinal properties. The Vechur Trust was formed to save the Vechur breed cow, which is the smallest cow in the world, from extinction.
Dr Sosamma Iype, retired professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics, KVASU, said the Trust will soon start manufacturing cow urine products on a commercial scale in the state. “Our first priority is for Gomu, distilled Vechur cow urine, as ayurvedic medicine manufacturing companies can make use of it for producing medicines like eye drops, medicines for stomach ailments, toothpaste, bathing soaps, herbal powdered medicine, among other things,” she said.
“We have already prepared Gomu on experimental basis by distilling the cow urine with the help of Vechur breeders using traditional methods as part of the promotion programme,” she said. And there have been a lot of takers for the urine at its promotion meet convened in various parts of the state. “It is effective for blood pressure issues, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, psoriasis and other diseases. There are a lot of people drinking it on a daily basis,” she said.
The Trust will also bring out two other products: Vechur Ghee and Bhoosanjeevany. Bhoosanjeevany is a modified form of Ghanajeevamrutha, a kind of bio-fertilizer. It is a bio-fertilizer made from pulverised dry dung of Vechur cow, mixed with jaggery, Bengal gram powder, handful of top soil and bottled urine from native cows.
“This works as catalyst to convert the barren soil destroyed by heavy chemical fertilisers as the cow dung enriches the soil,” said Dr Abraham Varky, retired professor, KAU, and partner of the project.
Vechur Ghee is butter churned from curd, melted and boiled till water evaporates and the ghee smell emanates. “The milk of the cow is already famous for its high medicinal values as it contains the small fat globule size, presence of A2 beta-lactalbumin protein and higher arginine content, which is good for the health of convalescing people,” said Dr T P Sethumadhavan, director of entrepreneurship, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Husbandry University.