CSIR conducting research on cow urine: Govt in Lok Sabha

Shripad Yasso Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) on Friday told the Lok Sabha that Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in collaboration with Nagpur based Go Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra (GVAK) are conducting research on cow urine distillate to determine its anti-oxidant and bio-enhancing properties on anti- infective and anti-cancer agents and nutrients.

“CSIR through its constituent laboratories has conducted research studies in collaboration with GVAK, Nagpur, on cow urine distillate for its anti-oxidant and bio-enhancing properties on anti-infective and anti-cancer agents and nutrients. Four US patents have been secured since 2002 and one pharmaceutical product containing cow urine distillate with anti-oxidant property is available in the market”, he said in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Friday.

He also said that Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences has conducted a national seminar on 'Panchagavya Chikitsa' in 2014 for promotion and awareness building and brought out a compilation document of published research papers on Panchagvya and its ingredients. The published research papers on Panchagvya have been uploaded in the ‘AYUSH Research Portal’ for public access.

Panchagavya is the collective name of five products obtained from cow viz milk, curd, ghee, urine and dung. “Cow urine is an ingredient of several ayurvedic formulations and also used as adjuvant with medicinal formulations and for pharmaceutical processing called shodhana (purification) and bhavana (trituration) of medicinal materials,” Mr. Naik told the Lower House.