Amaroli Gains Support

Dr H. K. Ghosh, MB, BS (Cal), Australia

Support for amaroli continues to mount, both in Europe and Asia. Of course, fully documented, statistically replicable scientific studies demonstrating the effectiveness of amaroli have yet to be completed. Therefore, we can only base our judgements on the large numbers of successful cases which have been reported.

For example, a Dutch physician and homeopath reports that when he was the sole doctor for nearly 50,000 prisoners of war working on the 'Burma Death Railway' during the last world war, he had the opportunity, and necessity, to use amaroli extensively for all sorts of conditions. It worked always. Now, on his advice, many in his country suffering from skin diseases, asthma, diabetes, joint pains and other ailments have tried the practice with benefit.

Typical of the successful cases which have been reported is that of a 4 year old diabetic Malaysian boy whose urine showed a reduction in the concentration of sugar from heavy to near normal after using amaroli for only twelve days. In another case, the breast tumour of a Singapore woman vanished a short time after she commenced the practice.

There are over a dozen known minerals and chemicals in urine, considered by physiologists as essential for normal functioning of the body, as well as hormones like cortisone and enzymes like urokinase, which are derived from blood and tissues. (Urine excreted during fasting also contains a fat-mobilizing hormone.) Urine can, therefore, replenish deficiencies that short-circuit the huge amounts of energy needed by the normal healthy body. This idea fits a homeopathic principle of 'fighting fire with fire'.

Moreover, the elements in urine have a somewhat different structure, the nature of which remains unknown, from that of the body fluids. They may act like auto-therapy - something like blood drawn from a vein and injected into the muscles, which is used as a treatment for various skin diseases. Put back in the body, the modified substances may act like a vaccine, stimulating the immune system and tissue regeneration.

Amaroli can do no harm. Fresh urine contains no poisons or harmful germs (unless one has a urinary infection). Aversion to its use among modern doctors and patients represents mental blocks, like the initial reaction to having needles inserted for acupuncture.

Typically, the medical profession expresses distaste about using amaroli, when its constituent hormones and chemicals can be had in pills and lotions. But modern pharmaceuticals are frequently expensive and artificially synthesized, whereas urine is a natural product and is available to everyone.

In a recent publication on urine therapy, J. W. Armstrong of Britain has tried to answer some of the objections often raised against amaroli, mostly because of psychological factors. He himself started drinking urine at the age of 34 after doctors diagnosed tuberculosis. Antibiotics were yet to come. They put him on various regimes that gave him diabetes. More vigorous treatments followed till he lost faith in modern medicine and recalled the successful urine cures of his acquaintances. Now nearing 70, he feels fit and sprightly. He has prescribed amaroli for drinking, rubbing and washing (wounds, eyes, ears) to hundreds of people with diverse problems and they have gotten good results.

Armstrong points out that urine had wide use in Britain over a century ago. Eskimos still wash wounds with urine, as did the Greeks in earlier times. Gypsies have used urine since time immemorial, as have Indian and Tibetan yogis, Since the early 1700's, there have been doctors in Europe and America who have used urine therapy, and left glowing accounts of its merits. Clearly, extensive observations by a growing number of therapists in different countries make it imperative that the place of amaroli in health maintenance and disease cure gets defined through traditional clinical trials by scientific researchers. Certainly the trials will harm no one. On the other hand, scientific proof should lower mental barriers to general acceptance of a simple self-help that costs nothing.