Cow urine, dung to be used as medicine

Aiming to explore the role of cow urine and dung in curing various disease, the central government has decided to set up a central body including health experts and scientists.

Demands have been raised earlier in the past as well to study the role of cow urine and dung through scientific research.

The cental body will research whether Panchagavya, a mixture of cow urine mixed with cow dung, milk, curd and ghee, will be able to cure various disease or not.

The programme is slated to be coordinated by the Centre for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT) at IIT Delhi.

The thought of exploring the role of 'Panchgavya' was first mooted when scientists from across the country floated the proposal at a workshop organised by IIT in December 2016.

Earlier, the matter had come up in Parliament when minister of state for science and technology Y S Chowdary, in response to a question, had said on February 8 that CRDT was coordinating with universities and institutions for formulation of various R&D projects for funding.

In his written response to a Parliament question, Chowdary had said no budget allocation was made for this purpose.

It will be the second such project where the science and technology ministry would involve itself with strengthening research on India's ancient knowledge of natural substances in the context of its benefits to health. 

Previously, a programme called Satyam - Science and Technology of Yoga and Meditation - was launched to strengthen research in the areas of yoga and meditation. The ministry had conceptualised the programme under its Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSRI).