Cow Dung and its applications
Cow dung (manure / govar) has lots of significance in Indian culture. In India, it is used in many sacred ceremonies and worships. Apart from this, it is used to cure lot of ailments, fertilizers and also to control radiations. In India, it is known as Go-Var (Go-Cow, Var-Boon) means boon of cow.
Cow dung as fuel
Cow dung is used as fuel in two ways. One by burning dried dung cakes as a replacement to firewood and second by generating bio-gas from cow dung. Bio-gas is a cheap alternative source of energy that can be used as a fuel for cooking or to even produce electricity.
Fresh cow dung has many benefits but dry cow dung is a great scrub to get rid of dead skin and improve blood circulation.
Cow dung contains a substance similar to penicillin, which has a disinfecting effect and reduces bacteria that cause diseases. The burning of cow dung for disinfection is nothing new, because this procedure is a common custom in the Middle East still today. All ancient cultures have been using cow dung in order to fight various illness. Cow dung plasters are commonly found in many Indian homes. Indians uses fresh cow dung paste to coat the entire house and floor of the house.
Its property of reducing radioactive radiation is described in Vedic writings. After the Chernobyl catastrophe a group of scientists experimented in Yugoslavia with Agnihotra and after discovering that there was no longer any sign of radioactivity in the immediate vicinity, following the combustion of the required ingredients in the copper pyramid. In the area bordering the Soviet Union, people threatened by radioactive fallout sealed their huts with cow dung and was thus able to protect them from radiation. It is also known that NASA's manned space capsules are coated with a thin layer of cow dung to protect them against radiation.
Use of cow dung as fertilizer is well known. Panchgavya prepared using cow dung is used to fertile the land. The organic fertilizer made of this far more effective than chemical fertilizer.
As a medicine
Cow dung is used in many medicines to cure a lot of diseases. Apart from using it as a content, it is also used to prepare medicine by slowly burning dry cow dung. Use of cow dung ash in tooth powder is very popular. Fields of application about the use of cow dung 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 cow dung. Against wheezing and coughing as well as in cases of internal ulcers, cow dung 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”