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. http://jpsionline.com/admin/php/uploads/198_pdf.pdf
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:
Uses for Cow Dung:
Medicine – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/1485776/Cow-dung-becomes-a-cure-all-in-India.html and http://www.cowurine.com/research.html
Insect repellent – http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Cow-poop-repels-mosquitoes-224576671.html
Shampoo and facial products – http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-soaps-shampoos-from-cow-urine-1594589
Soap – http://worldcowgirl.wordpress.com/tag/hinduism/
Dish Cleaners – http://swadeshiproducts.in/Cow-Products/DISHWASHING-POWDER
Tooth powder – http://www.gomataseva.org/Danta-Manjanam-Tooth-Powder
Eco Concrete – makes a material like concrete but is cool in summer and maintains heat in winter http://inhabitat.com/one-brick-two-bricks-lets-use-poo-bricks/
Gasoline – 1.4 milliliters of gasoline is extracted from 100 grams of cow dung http://articles.latimes.com/2006/mar/04/science/sci-briefs4.7
Cancer cure – New Science Magazine reports dairy farmers are five times less likely than the general population to develop lung cancer. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10489178
Electricity: – http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/08/29/harnessing-the-hidden-power-of-cow-manure/
Cow Dung Multi – Acre Biogas Project in Fresno California – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3334856/California-converting-cow-dung-into-biogas.html
Cow Dung Plan for Housing Energy in UK – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_east/7177652.stm
Cow Dung Biodigester – Ethiopia
Cow Dung Factory China – http://www.technologyreview.com/news/421771/chinese-project-puts-cow-dung-to-work/
Compressed Gopar Gas – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Proposal-to-generate-compressed-gobar-gas/articleshow/1466709793.cms
Batteries – http://tinpahar.com/article/242
Cow Dung Incense – http://www.careforcows.org/news/cow_dung_incense
Panchagavya Soap – http://www.handmadesoapsindia.com/panchagavya-soap.html
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.. https://trueayurveda.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/real-ghee-real-qualities-real-effects/ )
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