Urine therapy, also called urotherapy, is one of those topics that can turn a skeptic into a believer -- that is, if you have the stomach for it. Using one's own urine as a healing therapy has been around for ages. Older than Chinese medicine, the practice was described in the Shivambu Kalpa Vidhi, which is part of 5,000-year-old sacred Hindu text. The practice of using urine both internally and externally to help cure disease, including skin complaints like acne, can be traced to many countries and to many cultures, from the Peruvian Indians to the ancient Egyptians.
Both the scientific and alternative communities have explored and expounded the theory behind urine therapy. One such community holds world conferences on the subject; the last one -- The Fifth World Congress on Urotherapy -- was held in 2009 in Mexico, where over 600 people gathered to discuss the positive results of practitioners and patients using urine therapy.
The most important fact about urine is that contrary to what you might suspect, urine is not a waste product. In fact, it is free of toxins and contains a resource unique to each individual when re-introduced to the body, internally or externally. Urine is 95 to 98% water. The rest is, as the laboratories can confirm, biochemical compounds in minute amounts that may have curative properties.
Advocates of Urine Therapy
One of the practitioners who attended the Third World Congress on Urotherapy, Coen van der Kroon, also author of the book "The Golden Fountain: The Complete Guide of Urine Therapy," suggests washing the face with fresh urine to combat acne. Martha Christy, a medical research writer and author of "Your Own Perfect Medicine," has collected data on the success of urine as a treatment for many diseases, including acne. She has gathered affirmations from the established medical community and testimonials from patients, and she has used urine therapy herself.
Urine in one form or another is an ingredient in some cosmetics and drugs. As urea, it is a product found in some facial creams. The urea has been synthetically duplicated and is not animal derived. Whereas in Premarin, a drug used as hormone replacement therapy, the estrogen present has been isolated from the urine of pregnant mares.
Causes of Acne
Although the exact cause of acne is unclear, an over-production of sebum blocks and inflames facial pores. Sebum is an oil secreted by the sebaceous glands. The Mayo Clinic describes acne as "when the openings of hair follicles become clogged and blocked with oil secretions and dead skin cells." Additionally, acne occurs from an excess of toxins in the system that are released through the skin -- the skin being the body's largest organ. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that acne occurs in 40 to 50 million Americans, with close to 75% of the population having experienced it during their lifespan.
Urine Therapy for Acne
There are several suggested ways of adopting urine therapy for self-use. The most "extreme" may be drinking your own urine in quantities of up to two liters. Several personal testimonials have been published attesting to the success of urotherapy; some of the books are listed in this article. As a topical treatment for acne and other skin complaints, a diluted approach works as well. A homeopathic-type method is one such type of urine therapy for the treatment of acne. External topical application is another.
Homeopathic Urine Treatment for Acne
One of the simplest ways to use urotherapy for the treatment of acne is to prepare it according to the rules of homeopathy, which involves dilution and succussion. First, take a drop of fresh urine, collected midstream from the morning's first release. Add it to a tablespoon of sterilized water in a glass dropper bottle. Shake the bottle approximately 50 times against a hard book or the palm of your hand. Take one drop of this mixture and add it to a tablespoon of water in a glass vial, and shake. Repeat this procedure a total of three times, which is an equivalent of a 3X homeopathic potency. Take a few drops under the tongue each day until symptoms begin to improve. If more of the preparation is needed, repeat the process, each time increasing the succussions to reach the 4X potency and so on.
External Applications for the Treatment of Acne
Perhaps the most straightforward method of using urine therapy for the treatment of acne is to use external applications. Moisten a clean, damp cloth with morning urine and apply it to the face, leaving it on like a mask or compress for half an hour. As Martha Christy writes in her book, "Acne, rashes, athlete's foot and fungal skin problems respond dramatically to urine soaks and compresses."