Urine Therapy

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An episode of the TV series "My Strange Addiction" highlighted a "medical" practice that caused many viewers to turn away in revulsion. The feature described the use of human urine, or more accurately, drinking one's own urine and using it to massage, irrigate, or coat body parts, as an attempt to fight off cancer.

Urine therapy, urotherapy, and urinotherapy are terms that have been used to refer to the use of one's own urine as a medicinal aid. There are no medical or scientific data to support this dubious practice, but it has roots in history and in some religious and spiritual traditions. In certain cultures, urine has been used as a skin protectant, an anti-infectious agent, and a tooth whitener, among myriad other uses, but none of these claims have ever been substantiated by medical research. Even the popular folk remedy of urinating on jellyfish stings has no medical basis and may actually worsen the injury.

There have been rare reports of people drinking their urine as a way to prevent dehydration in catastrophic situations when there was no water supply, such as being lost at sea.

A dubious treatment for illness

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2016

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