Panchgavya is a term used to describe five major substances, obtained from cow, which include urine (Gaumutra dung (Gaumaya), milk (Gaudugdh), butter oil (Ghee) and curd (Gaudahi). All the five products possess medicinal properties against many disorders and are used for the medicinal purpose singly or in combination with some other herbs. This kind of treatment is called as Panchgavya therapy or cowpathy. It is a system of medicine just like Homeopathy, Allopathy or Naturopathy. Cow urine has been described in "Sushrita Samhita". "Charaka Samhita' and 'Ashtanga Sangraha' as a most effective substance /secretion of animal origin with innumerable therapeutic values. The Panchgavya products also show many other applications, viz in agricultural operations in the form of excellent biofertilizers, vermicompost and biopesticides Panchgavya improves soil fertility and provides food grains free from the hazards of using chemical fertilizers/pesticides. No other fertilizer in the world is as cheap and harmless as dung fertilizer. Dung and urine also provide valuable alternate source of energy in the form of biogas, fuel and electricity. Most of the urine related medicines are prepared by distilling urine and/or collecting vapors. The distillate of urine known as 'Ark' used in treating many diseases including cancer, AIDS, diabetes mellitus and skin problems. Pharmacologically cow urine is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antineoplastic, anticonvulsive and antispasmodic properties. When cow urine therapy has given to those suffering from flu. sinusitis, allergies, colds, rheumatoid arthritis, aging, enteritis, constipation, edema, hepatitis, leprosy, obesity, gastric ulcer. depression, heart disease, hypertension, burns, asthma, tetanus, parkinson's disease, morning sickness, fever, eczema, fatigue. etc., some improvement in the condition has been reported. The urine of cow is bitter, pungent, piquant, spicy, warm and full of all the five types of elixirs. There is evidence that the urine of the cow works as best appetizer and it has been experimentally proved that the Indian cow urine is most effective when compared to the urine of exotic cows, Thus it is considered as a universal medicine for mankind and cures various sorts of disorders.
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