In the following discussions we intend to present a scientific, objective view of amaroli - assessing all the points on the kidney, urine and its uses - in order to approach the subject with adequate understanding and a more balanced perspective. Much of this material has been collated from the seminar on amaroli held at the Bihar School of Yoga, IYFM Research Coordinating Center, in March 1978. The panel included Dr. Swami Shankardevananda Saraswati, MB, BS (Syd); Dr. Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, MB, BS (Syd), MANZCP, DPM; and Swami Buddhananda Saraswati, BA, Dip. Ac. (HK & Aust), DNMN, all of whom have had experience with amaroli. In the text they are referred to as Dr. S; Dr. V; and Sw. B respectively. Many of the swamis and visitors to the ashram who participated in the seminar also contributed their experiences, some of which have been recorded here. Other material was collated from various scriptures, books and magazines.
The combination of amaroli and other yogic techniques may prove to be a powerful tool in the eradication of disease.
Jagdish B. in his book Practical Guide to Auto Urine Therapy lists the following diseases which amaroli is said to cure: cancer, leukemia: tuberculosis; pulmonary, cardiac and cerebral diseases due to thrombosis or embolism; gangrene; fevers (malaria and others); cough and cold; orchitis; venereal disease; obesity; deep wounds; cataract; burns; asthma; nephritis; epilepsy; glaucoma; menstrual disorders; pyorrhoea; hyperacidity, gastric ulcer, appendicitis, colitis, sprue; eczema, leucoderma, psoriasis, leprosy; gout, spondylitis.
The success of yoga in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions is now undisputed even by doctors and scientists; amaroli, however, a lesser known yogic technique, is only just beginning to emerge into the public eye.
The following programs, though not as extensive as the above list, cover the major points in the method of treatment combining amaroli with other yoga practices for some of the more common diseases and problems which many people are suffering from today.
This condition requires long term use of amaroli if it is to reverse the process of degeneration. Fasting and daily intake of urine combined with dietary control and the following yogic practices can break the vicious circle of tissue damage and mental tension.
For dyspepsia urine should be taken first thing in the morning and one hour before meals. Food should be reduced in quantity and chewed well.
Other useful practices are:
A combination of internal and external amaroli should be used;
Drinking urine and fasting is helpful when there is pain, inflammation and excessive bleeding. Daily intake of 1 to 3 glasses of urine is also beneficial. Urine, which is a good lubricant, should be rubbed into the piles using moola shodhana.
When the urine turns dark, due to the presence of bile, it is very difficult to drink. In such cases, plenty of fluids are required to keep the urine flushing through the kidneys. According to the experience of some authorities, once amaroli has been started the urine quickly becomes more palatable and even if this is not noticeable in the beginning, the relief of symptoms is said to be dramatic in many cases.
Start amaroli by rubbing urine into the soles and palms allowing your self to adjust. Then try to drink a little urine possible, washing it down with water if necessary. If the first flow too strong, then discard it and take the next flow after drinking copious amounts of water or fruit juice, such as lemon water with glucose. You should try to drink as much urine, water and fruit juice as possible.
Asanas and pranayama, apart from shavasana and vajrasana with breath awareness, are not encouraged. Antar mouna is ideal.
Urine taken regularly reduces the appetite and so has been found useful for people who suffer from obesity. Initially, one glass per day, preferably the first flow, should be started and slowly increased up to three glasses with the appropriate dietary restrictions. One day a week can be reserved for complete fasting with urine. As a general rule the diet should be restricted to two meals per day - one between 9 and 12 a.m. and the other between 5 and 7 p.m..
The following practices will also help:
People with these conditions benefit from the diet used in amaroli alone. Fasting and drinking urine alternated with periods of daily intake of 1 to 3 glasses of urine and the special diet can be practiced in conjunction with the following yogic techniques.
Nose, eyes and ear problems all respond very readily to neti kriya. Some people have found that when urine is used instead of water or when water and urine are mixed, neti becomes even more effective. Neti with urine is called mootra neti and it can be used in conjunction with kunjal kriya before breakfast, and three or four times on its own during the day, as the need requires.
The variety of therapeutic uses for amaroli combined with yoga techniques is infinite. We have listed a few, but you can explore this realm for yourself and try to discover more practical applications. Experience all the different aspects of amaroli and your body's reactions to them, and then decide for yourself what is true and what is false, what is helpful and what is not. This is the only way to develop real knowledge and discrimination.