Cow Dung uses and used for centuries.

The cow dung is utilized for fields, plants as fertilizer. The cow dung is used for gas plants. The cow-dung is an efficacious disinfectant and often used as fuel in lieu of firewood in India. Cow Dung is antiseptic. Not only is it free from bacteria, it does a good job of killing it. Dried dung is odorless, and produces a slow, even heat. Additionally, smoke from a dung fire keeps flies away and acts as a mosquito repellent. If packed on the outside walls of a house, cow dung acts as an insulator, keeping heat out in the summer and holding it inside in winter.


“NEW DELHI // Their dung blocks nuclear radiation, their milk makes children more obedient, touching them can lower blood pressure – just three reasons given for the introduction in Madhya Pradesh of the toughest penalties in India to protect the cow.” – The National



Indian scriptures tell us that the cow is a gift of the gods to the human race. It is a celestial being born of the churning of the cosmic ocean. Guias the cow is called in Hindi, is symbolic of Earth itself (similar to Gaia,the Greek goddess of earth). It follows that the cow represents the Divine Mother that sustains all human beings and brings them up as her very own offspring. Much as a mother shows the highest mark of affection for her young, the passion of the cow for her calf is just as legendary and often referred to in Indian literature.

The ancient texts describe how the gods run to the assistance of a devotee like a cow hastening to feed her calf. The cow is even more than a mother in the sense that it fulfills all the needs of her children as well. It is in this conception that the cow is understood as Kamadhenu.

In Hindu belief, One should never show disrespect for cows in any way nor should one feel any repugnance towards the urine and dung of a cow because these things are also pure. When cows are grazing or laying down relaxing one should never disturb or annoy them in any way. Cows should never be killed in any type of sacrifice or slaughtered in any way for food as the killing of cows constitutes the most heinous of all sins in existence.




Cow Urine has been used in Ayurveda for centuries.

According to Sushruta Samhita, Cow urine is bitter, pungent, hot, easily digestible, strengthens the brain, cure cough. It is destroyer of colic, stomach pain, constipation, itching pain, eczema, and mouth diseases. It destroys Vitiligo, Leucoderma, leprosy, basti rog. It cures eye diseases. It cures Amebiasis, dysentery, diarrhoea, all problems due to gas, cough, swelling, stomach diseases, is antibiotic, jaundice, spleen enlargement, ear diseases, asthma, constipation, anemia are fully cured. Amongst all urines, cow urine has maximum qualities. Thus, only cow urine should be used.

Aryabhishaka states Cow urine is Tura, bitter, pungent, salty, hot, digestive, stimulates appetite, laxative, increases bile, little sweet, helps motion, uproots faults in the body. It cures cough, Leprosy, colic, stomach diseases, anaemia, Leucoderma, Vitiligo, pains, piles, eczema, asthma, digestive track toxins, fever, constipation, inflammation, mouth diseases, skin diseases, female diseases, dysentery and mutravrodha.

Bhavaprakasha states, Qualities of Cow urine are hot, pungent, salty, bitter, with a salty lesser rasa, it increases appetite, helps in growth of fine brain tissues, reduces mucous and air, increase bile. It cures stomach ache, gas problems, other stomach diseases, eczema, eye diseases, and all mouth diseases. It cures Leucoderma, Vitiligo and Leprosy. It cures cough, breathlessness, jaundice, anaemia, dysentery, joint pains. It kills all harmful germs and bacteria. By drinking cow urine only cures all diseases. It is beneficial for Liver, swelling, inflammation, stomach diseases, constipation and piles. If put in the ear then it cures all ear diseases. It destroys urinary diseases, Increase in toxins, muscle disorders and many other diseases.

Panchagavya, an organic product has the potential to play the role of promoting growth and providing immunity in plant system. Panchagavya consists of five products viz. cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd (yogurt), and ghee. When suitably mixed and used, it has miraculous effects. Ancient Ayurvedic scriptures such as Bhela Samhita, Kashyapa Samhita, Charaka Samhita, Sushrutu Samhita, Gada Nigraha, Rasa Tantra Sara all speak highly about the divinity and significance of Panchagavya in human life. It is stated that consumption of Panchagavya results in removal of physical and mental disorders and is an enhancer of prana, physical strength, and life span. Regular consumption of panchagavya results in the removal of poisons from the body, healing of food addictions, cure from side effects of alcohol, tobacco, and atmospheric pollutants, and it strengthens the immune system.



The burning of cow dung as disinfectant is nothing new, because this procedure is a common custom in the Middle East still today. Even, in hospitals in some countries of Southern Europe, the cleansing of rooms by burning cow dung was well known. Cow dung contains a substance which has a disinfecting effect and reduces pathogenic bacteria. Many ancient cultures used cow dung in order to fight various illnesses. In many books about European folk medicine references to cow dung as a means of healing can be found.

Fields of application about the use of cowdung in folk medicine can be studied in “Vergleichende Volksmedizin“ (Comparative folk medicine), second volume, by Dr. Hovoraka and Dr. Kornfeld (Edition Strecker & Schröder, Stuttgart 1909):

“In case of diphtheria the patient is given cow urine to drink and he is put in wraps of cow urine and cowdung. Against wheezing and coughing as well as in cases of internal ulcers cowdung is mixed with fresh butter and this mixture, still warm, is put on the chest. In case of colic, furnace of intestine and other illness, and all complaints of abdomen that are accompanied by intense pain, the pressed out juice of cow droppings is given to the patient. In case of colic, furnace of intestine and other illness, and all complaints of abdomen that are accompanied by intense pain, the pressed out juice of cow droppings is given to the patient



Vedic scriptures know a further, very interesting quality of cowdung.

After the disaster of Tchernobyl, a group of scientists in Yugoslavia experimented with the Vedic fire technique, Agnihotra. They were able to confirm that after burning the required components in the copper pyramid radioactivity is reduced in the immediate vicinity.


Gold in Cow Urine:


Cow Urine and Cancer:;year=2010;volume=4;issue=1;spage=29;epage=35;aulast=Jain



Uses for Cow Dung:

Medicine – and

Insect repellent –

Fertilizer –

Shampoo and facial products –

Soap –

Dish Cleaners –

Tooth powder –

Eco Concrete – makes a material like concrete but is cool in summer and maintains heat in winter

Gasoline – 1.4 milliliters of gasoline is extracted from 100 grams of cow dung

Cancer cure – New Science Magazine reports dairy farmers are five times less likely than the general population to develop lung cancer.

Electricity: –

Cow Dung Multi – Acre Biogas Project in Fresno California –

Cow Dung Plan for Housing Energy in UK –

Cow Dung Biodigester – Ethiopia

Cow Dung Factory China –

Compressed Gopar Gas –

Batteries –

Cow Dung Incense –

Panchagavya Soap –


Dung available from one fully grown cow/ bull is around 5.4 tonnes per annum. Dry dung will be around 54. x 0.30 = 1620 kg per annum. This is equivalent to 712 kg of dry wood. This amount of wood comes from 6 large trees.

In Vedic culture there are 16 samskaras. These samskaras are meant to put a person in right state of consciousness or mind. In performing all the samskaras actually cow dung is required. So in absence of dung the vedic culture cannot exist.

Most of ayurvedic medicines are to be prepared on slowly burning cow dung cakes. Without using the dung cakes the medicines don’t get proper medical properties. Ayurveda cannot exist without cow dung and urine. If such medicines are made on fire coal or electricity, as most are today, then it is like running a gasoline vehicle on kerosene. It can’t work properly. It may work but not to the levels of which it would if the proper fuel was used. Similarly ayurvedic medicines need to be prepared in the proper manners to have proper effects. (see this article on ghee for a better understanding of this conundrum.. )

For for hundreds of years mid wifes in Indian villages had been using cow dung fomentation on pregnant women, small babies, and postpartum women.

Cow dung has so many many uses that the modern world has not even come to understand.


Qualities of dung of different animals:

Though the use of dung of different animals occurs only in some contexts here and there  in Ayurveda, the qualities of dung are described in Ashtangasangraha.
Dung of cow (or bull), sheep, goat, she buffalo, elephant, horse, camel and ass is kashaya (astringent) and tikta (bitter) in taste and cures hiccup and dyspnoea
Dung of mrga group- like deer increases the vital energy
Dung of birds of viskira group (gallinaceous birds) cures the diseases of vata
Dung of prasaha group (birds of prey) cures apasmara (epilepsy) and unmada (insanity)
Dung of mahamrga like buffalo cures skin disorders and that of jalachara (aquatic animals) cures the diseases of the eye and subsides the deranged pitta dosha.

Ashtangasangraha also mentions that the bile of all these animals is tikta (astringent) in taste and destroys poison ( effects of poisons) and that the rochana of all these animals is also tikta (bitter) in taste and normalizes the deranged kapha and vata and relieves from sin


27 thoughts on “Cow Dung uses and used for centuries.

  1. Forgive me if this is referenced above- but why the cow? How many other animals’ excrements have even a fraction of these healing qualities? What is so specifically different about the metabolic process (or ??) of cows?

    Also, to add to the already overwhelming list- cow urine is used to “cure” obesity.

    • Hi ya and thanks for your comment. Yes, I missed obesity. Thanks for pointing it out.
      Other animals dung and urine is used in Ayurveda for certain specified things all due to the nature and qualities of it. All of everything is medicine to the knowledgeable and poison to the ignorant.

      For example dung of camel, goat, donkey, horse, and cow is used in the makings of the holika and kupa types of svedana huts and sweat lodge type of treatments. Camel dung is burnt and the ash is used in a preparation and applied to the stomach in cases of constipation. Cow Dung is burnt and the ash is applied for urticaria as well as other skin diseases. Urine of goat is used in surgery for cauterization of the skin. Elephant urine is used for healing certain sores. Cock dung is used for certain skin diseases. Vulture, pigeon, and heron dung is used for bringing boils to a head to be excised.Even whole rat is brunt and the ash is mixed with Mustard oil and neem and another herb and applied on the head for baldness. Sparrow dung is used in treatment of asthma.
      Different urines of different animals are used for many different purposes as well. All of these are found in the ancient texts os Sushruta and Charaka.

      Now a lot of these sound weird to the western mind. It is just because of our paradigm. Does it make any sense though to create a chemical that is not naturally occurring in a substance and then take it internally or apply it externally when we know it has a huge list of side effects and proof that it creates other diseases? Does it not sound strange to feed our children poisonous food or better, just regular old processed dead food? This all looks quite strange to anyone that lives in any paradigm outside of the western one.

      Cows i believe have the most medicinal qualities just due to the satvic nature of them. They also have a certain special digestive system. Did you know they also have an immune system very close to a humans?

      I would also have to add to this that because of our ignorance today, most of the cows dung is actually contaminated with chemicals from their feed. So when it is burnt the smoke has those chemicals in it as well and those chemicals are then inhaled. Not good.

    • Sir, cow urine has so many medicinal values. Does the same applies with cow dung also ? I am curious if has also some medical value for human being. And what about the dosage and quality/breed of cow ?

    • The dung is has many many uses as well but I do not know of any medicinal substances that it is used internally. Externally it can be used for different things. Everything is about properties and qualities. Different cows breeds are mentioned in ayurveda as well but the Brahmin cow is known to be the best.

  2. Shouldn’t these cows be of Indian origin? Or the hump back variety such as Gir, vechur, etc. Jerseys, holstein-friesan are not even considered cows in ayurveda. Isn’t that also why you say that st. Benoit is better than straus milk? Lesser of the 2 evils? 🙂

    • As explained in the other comment, everything is a lesser of evils choice. Hardly anything is authentic anymore. Just read the rest of the blog, it is obvious.
      There was research using brahmin cows, yes, they were by far the best to be used. Now where are you gonna find that? Unless you start your own dairy with those cows. And if you do, it would be great for a small group of people who care. Then as soon as it would get popular, what do you think would happen?

  3. Also, you mention the brahmin cow here. A modern breed created in the West from crossing 4 indigenous cows. Indeed the best. Here the brahman breed is used for meat and the harmful jerseys and HFs for milk. I haven’t found any dairy that sells brahman milk in california, or the US. Would you know of any?

    Unfortunately even in India The Indian breeds are sent to slaughter houses and imported breeds are used for milk 😦

    Also, some Indian goshalas ( cow shelters) sell milk powders from Indian breed cows. Would it be ok to use reconstituted milk instead of the milk sold here?

    • No, there are no dairys in California that have Brahmin cows. If you want that, create it. We live in a completely adharmic world in the West. Think about this. No knowledge of dharma exists here and today it is fashionable to think against dharma, self absorption. That being, everything is for money, which doesn’t mean purity or authenticity. Which comes down to if you want it authentic, you need to bring it to this world.

      Yes, I know about the breeds that are used for milk here in India as well. On top of that the milks are all blended together, buffalo included. It is difficult to get real cows milk and then if you do most of the time it is watered down.

      Best is fresh milk. There is no other substitute. Not refrigerated. Then everything else is levels of disintegration of authenticity and purity and the effects as well.

  4. i read in a leading newspaper “dainik bhaskar” that cow urine contains gold (proper scientific study proved it) but in a compound form (name not remember) which is a bit solvable in water. 1 liter of cow urine contained around 1mg to 3 mg gold.
    it was a nice reading since ancient texts had already said that cow urine contains small quantity of gold in it.

  5. By drinking cow urine only cures all diseases.
    So if I take “only” cow urine,it should literally cure all diseases?How many days should one take such a thing?

    • Drinking cow urine will not cure all diseases. Things are written in the texts as such when they are explaining how incredible something is. These statements are then to be applied with ones yukti to then understand when it is to be used and when not. besides there is also a whole way of getting the urine as well as taking it. Without this knowledge what is one doing but just drinking urine. There is a plethora of knowledge that needs to be comprehended for all of this. All of that being said, cow urine is pretty amazing. Nothing is a panacea. Or as Ayurveda explains, a poison is medicine in the hands of a wise and the greatest amrita is poison in the hands of the ignorant.

    • I have experimented with it.I think its good for everyone but pitta aggravated people.Especially in autumn its a no-no.In all other seasons,it seemed fine.

    • My training in ayurveda is zero.Forgive me for stating my opinion without any shashtric backup.

    • It is no problem.
      How substances work and what the results are is not just that easy as things seem better or whatever. Ayurveda is very detailed. Every person is an individual and diagnosis o the individual and diagnosis of the disease or imbalance is of utmost importance. Example, there are vataj, pittaj and kaphaj as well as sannipataj and other types of one disease. They each have their own treatment. Example if you were to give something that is said to be good for a disease in the general public knowledge and what you find out there on websites for a disease, what type of them is it good for? and in that understand that it is going to not be good for the others generally. 20 different types of prameha. Read some chapters in chikitsa stana. you’ll get what i am saying. Nothing is just simple it is good for everyone. But you are on the general right path in saying that it is not great in autumn. but would it be good for a vataj disease in autumn? see the upper most variables that are simple to understand? It just gets more and more complex as you get more detailed which is why I love this great science and why it works so well when you have a doctor that has deep knowledge and understanding.
      You are not expected to know deep without the education. We are all learning here. 😉
      If the person has depletion of tissues and doesn’t even know what that is because it does not get diagnosed in allopathy, would using cows urine be good for them? So much has to be diagnosed.

    • Why? I think it is useless to argue. And I am not here to try to talk you into believing in your own heritage. As you are browsing the Internet, you’ll see that 90% or more of it is junk and if anything degrades the Vedic knowledge by making all sorts of claims and meanings behind various knowledge bites and rituals. What is it going to do for me to just state something? It is then just one more piece of information to believe or disbelieve. Instead of spending time on the web in this nonsense, spend one in your temple, learn from your family priest or go find a math or place to actually learn properly and with authenticity and validity and experience for yourself. Because the rest of this is just a complete waste of life and time.

  6. Dear Brad,

    I hope I’m not getting repetitive, but I think this question is more nuanced than my previous one on meat and dairy:

    In the text above you, or should I say the scriptures, say: “Cows should never be killed in any type of sacrifice or slaughtered in any way for food as the killing of cows constitutes the most heinous of all sins in existence.”

    I guess this is the basis for this whole problem I have with consuming dairy. The best dairy I can find in store is bio-dynamic (Demeter, inspired by Rudolf Steiner) made from cows that are fed with local food (no soy), keep their horns, and the dairy is nog being homogenized. However, one of those, if not all companies:
    “When the cows here are 2,5 years old, they have their first calf. On average they go through 3 to 4 gestation periods, and then at around 6 years of age are culled for slaughter. They are only slaughtered in the Netherlands, at a plant within 2 hours away. The female calves stay for 2,5 months with their mother and the rest of the herd. Afterwards, they are put through a very gradual weaning process of at least 1 month, so that they can slowly get used to living without their mother. The male calves are kept with their mother for 2 weeks and then brought to an organic beef farm down the road.”

    So even when buying their milk.. I’ll be responsible for the death of cows and bulls (are these considered “equals” as per ayurveda”?). There’s raw milk I can buy quite close by, but I think those cows are treated even worse.

    I read you mention it in your article about Kali Yuga (Wouldn’t want to ask a question you’ve allready answered elsewhere):
    “Women wander from one man to another. Men no longer look after their parents in their old age, and fail to provide for their own children. One’s beauty is thought to depend on one’s hairstyle. Filling the belly is said to be the only purpose in life. Cows are killed once their milk production drops. Atheism flourishes. Religious observances are performed solely for the sake of reputation.”

    I do understand I cannot project some fantasy-ancient times on this modern society and my life therein, however.. isn’t ayurveda really clear on this? I remember the part where it states you’ll come back as a cow to be slaughtered if you’re either slaughtering, selling or eating cows meat (my simplified version. I would quote it if I knew wherefrom). Does “He or That which is responsible for reincarnation” make any difference for you being Hindu or not? My uneducated guess would be no, not at all.

    I get old milkproducts from a store. Beyond the expiration date. I use it because if I weren’t there to eat it, proparbly nobody would. Not sure if there’s any life left to it, but hey.. got to make a decision somewhere right? I know this is not really any solution, but.. what IS?

    Then there is the whole vegan movement, leaving dairy products aswell. “Cow milk is for baby cows”, “You’re taking milk away from it’s children”, though I can understand their argument… but, if it’s healthy and good for humans aswell to eat and drink dairy, as Ayurveda states (orcourse not all cases, in general in the right way at the right time), I can live with taking milk from a cow, taking away it’s kid (it is a cruel world, lions kill for their food and definitely don’t kill in a “humane way”) etc. , but killing them? Vitamin B12 vegans get from pills, shots or patches (I take b12 pills aswell, because barely eat any dairy.. and the dairy I dó eat is heated and refrigirated for a long time).

    In the above article you speak of dead supplements:
    “It amazes me every day how much money people spend on BS products and dead supplements and the newest diet or health fad. The easiest ways to get health are not stuff you need to spend money on like a $40 bottle of coconut oil. C’mon, get real.”

    Does this include B12 pills?

    If it’s not possible to get B12 from plants nor pills, shots etc., then, being a vegetarian, the only way of getting B12 is from milk and.. eggs perhaps? Then, if one does not want to be responsible for the killing of cows, or even chickens.. then… the only way of getting this vitamin is from your own cow and chickens, which you leave to live a full live, am I right? It is said at some places vitamin b12 has been found in natural waters (not treated tapwater), have you heard this?

    Kind regards,


  7. can I get how to make pot using gobar. Is there any gaushala conducting educational session about this.

    • It is simple to make the patties. If you just mix the dung in some water to make a thick paste, you can then make a cake out of it then place them out to dry in the sun for 5 to 7 or so days. If you were to put them on a screeen, they will dry in less time. Then from there they can be stored in a dark place and last for a very long time.

  8. Few quotes from the Bhagavat Purana:
    “When Kṛṣṇa was saved from such a great danger, mother Yaśodā and Rohiṇī were principally concerned, and the other elderly gopīs, who were almost equally concerned, followed the activities of mother Yaśodā and Rohiṇī. Here we find that in household affairs, ladies could take charge of protecting a child simply by taking help from the cow. As described here, they knew how to wave about the switch of a cow so as to protect the child from all types of danger. There are so many facilities afforded by cow protection, but people have forgotten these arts. The importance of protecting cows is therefore stressed by Kṛṣṇa in Bhagavad-gītā (kṛṣi-go-rakṣya-vāṇijyaṁ vaiśya-karma svabhāvajam [Bg. 18.44]).” SB 10.6.19
    “The child was thoroughly washed with cow urine and then smeared with the dust raised by the movements of the cows. Then different names of the Lord were applied with cow dung on twelve different parts of His body, beginning with the forehead, as done in applying tilaka. In this way, the child was given protection.” SB 10.6.20
    “Even in the houses of the cultivators, who were not very advanced in the modern ways of civilization, the ladies used to know how to chant mantras to give protection to children with the help of cow dung and cow urine. This was a simple and practical way to give the greatest protection from the greatest dangers. People should know how to do this, for this is a part of Vedic civilization.” Srimad Bhagavatam purport 10.6.22-23

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