Gavyam – The Secrets of Holy Cow Perceived by Ancient Indians

Secrets of Holy Cow Perceived by Ancient Indians


Gavyam samadhuram kincidosaghnam

Krimikusthanut |

Kanduum ca samayet piitam samyag

Dosadare hitam ||

Meaning: The cow’s urine is (slightly) sweet, it alleviates (defects in) humours, is bactericidal and cures leprosy. If drunk, it alleviates purities, is good for (defect in) humours and for the abdomen.

Source: Chandogya – Samhita, chapter 1, Mantrah 10 (Vedic period)

Current Relevance

Cow’s urine has been patented by The United States Patent and Trade office, it has proven that cow’s urine has been declared as cure for many diseases like leprosy and is also used in the making of antibiotics, anti-fungal agents and also used in cancer drugs. The patent has been granted to the council of scientific and industrial research for a product, the result of the research conducted by CSIR’s centre for Medicinal and aromatic plants, Lucknow, in collaboration with Gau Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, Nagpur. The innovation would help reduce the dosage of the drugs, thus cutting down on the costs of treatment and also its side effects. The tests conducted before the patent was applied for included experiments with Taxol, used in treatment of breast cancer. The other drugs which were experimented upon, included amphicilin, tetracylin and rifampicin, an anti-TB agent.

Image of a cow witj hindi gods alll over the body

Ancient theory

According to Hindu culture cow has been considered as godly, as all of its products have one or the other benefits. Since civilization and during various time periods cow products has been proven to be a cure for many diseases. Cow milk, curd, ghee and cow dung are holy cow products. These products of cow is collectively known as panchagavya. This shows that none of the cow’s produce goes waste, every other product has one or the other significance. This why ancient Indians named cow as ‘KAMADHENU’ meaning the God who fulfils all our desires. The cow products has medicinal as well as spiritual importance too. So the panchavya can be used as single product or as mixture of two or more. It is also known as aajanmasaatmaya because a man uses the sweet from milk to curd from his birth till death.

Gavyam was a household medicine which was present in every house during ancient days. it was considered to be as pure as Gangajalam , it is used to problems arising due to in-toxicated blood.

Our vedas and Upanishads have given extreme importance to the cow product remedies. Ancient Indian were so selfless that they were just aimed at working for the betterment of the society, they never thought of patenting their inventions. There are many such ancient inventions which were not patented but now many scientists have patented the ancient inventions as their inventions.

Modern Theory

Cow is a domesticated animal for agricultural purpose such as farming. Recent studies have declared that cow’s products especially cow’s urine as a best medicine to treat chikungunya also. Cow dung is used in many of the daily use products such as soaps, body cream, tooth powder etc. due to its high medicinal value. Lately, a lot has been discussed and written about the patent obtained for cow urine. It has scientifically proven to have strong antibodies and can also be efficient anti-cancer drug. The cow urine is distilled and further used for medical purposes.

The distilled urine is supposed to have the following chemical composition.

  • Ammonia ( ) : Steadies the muscle growth and controls the blood flow.
  • Urea and Uric acid : Aids in reduction of inflammation and also plays very important role in detoxification.
  • Vitamin A,B,C,D,E : Helps in maintaining the body fit.
  • Lactose : Strengthens heart.
  • Calcium : It provides the strengthening factor to the bones.
  • Enzymes and other minerals : Increases immunity.
  • Water : Upholds the fluidity of blood and maintains body temperature.

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