How can it be explained that Urine Therapy has not yet been adopted by conventional medicine?


Urine from time immemorial has been used as a diagnostic tool (until the last century) and as a therapeutic agent by traditional and ancestral medicine.

Before the creation of Urine Therapy, as a therapeutic system by John Armstrong, the efficacy of urine as an individual therapeutic agent had been widely demonstrated not only by traditional and ancestral medicine, but also by conventional doctors practicing in the context of the First World War. (Autotherapy Charles H. Duncan 1918; Plesch J. Urine therapy. Med press, 1947).

Well, one wonders, how is it possible that urine therapy has not long been adopted as an official therapeutic method by conventional medicine? Answering this question is a bit complex. We will clarify and expand it in another section.

For now, we must point out that there are several reasons. Fundamentally two: every invention or discovery goes through a long phase until it is understood and accepted.

One of the conditions for the adoption of a therapy by official medicine is that its mode of action is explained, by means of a hypothesis or theory, it is not enough for the therapy to demonstrate its effectiveness.

On the other hand, a clearer possible cause that Urine Therapy has not yet been adopted is the fact that the Pharmaceutical Industry cannot be interested in promoting or investigating a therapeutic procedure at no cost to the patient, and not susceptible to produce any economic benefit to the industry.

Investigating the way is required by the Pharmaceutical Industry and rigorous scientific research requires a large investment in time and money, so it can be understood that the Pharmaceutical Industry is not interested in promoting or investigating such therapies.

Similarly, it would be difficult for a researcher who wants to investigate the efficacy of urine to obtain funds to do so.

In short, it is not easy to find the solution or the culprits for such an state of affairs. Only time, and the efforts of some, as has already happened with other discoveries and advances, will make urine therapy prevail, a therapy that can save so many lives and that could have prevented the loss of many others.




Urine auto-therapy as an alternative medicine system was created by John W. Armstrong in the early 20th century, who published his book “The Water of Life, a treatise on urine-therapy” in 1944.

Armstrong’s book had a broad impact around the world and inspired numerous studies and publications.





The effectiveness or ineffectiveness of a therapy or medicine can only be verified after the actual use of it. No theory or hypothesis, no matter how well elaborated, can predict or endorse in advance the efficacy of a given therapy. In this sense, and at the end of the day, many times, even for conventional medicine, the “mode of action” of a given therapy is defined and explained by its proven efficacy.


Armstrong recognizes that naturopathy, based on promoting the body’s self-healing power, has played and continues to play a fundamental role in curing many diseases against which conventional medicine had failed.

However, according to Armstrong’s own personal experience, naturopathy does not go far enough in healing processes and it also often fails. Thus, naturopathy does not contemplate the regeneration of organs and tissues whose wear increases with the disease, especially with “consumptive” diseases such as tuberculosis or cancer.

According to Armstrong, the regeneration of organs and tissues can only be achieved through the elaboration of an ancestral therapy, developed by himself and based on the exclusive use of one’s own urine for therapeutic purposes. Urine Therapy, practiced with remarkable success on Armstrong himself and on thousands of people. Many of these people, like Armstrong himself, suffered from diseases that had been described as “incurable”, which were nevertheless cured.

Urine Therapy, as developed by Armstrong, basically consists of a fast based on one’s own urine and water (as needed), accompanied by daily rubbings of urine all over the body. The most innovative and revolutionary aspect of the therapy is that according to Armstrong urine has the ability to regenerate organs and tissues. How is it possible? How can Armstrong know it?

Armstrong’s first patient was himself. In 1915, at the age of 34 was called up, the First World War had just broken out the year before. Armstrong, in the previous and mandatory medical examination, was discarded, being diagnosed as “consumptive” (tuberculosis), which possibly saved his life, given that the First World War has been one of the deadliest.

After the diagnosis and feeling very ill, he successively put himself in the hands of several doctors, without his condition improving, quite the opposite. After about two years of ineffective treatments, he lost faith in conventional medicine. Armstrong then decided to undergo a whole series of alternative and naturopathic therapies, achieving nothing beyond some temporary relief.

Feeling increasingly ill, some childhood memories came to mind in which his parents treated and cured the most common diseases of people and animals based on urine.




The first time Armstrong had the intuition that urine could be the key to organ and tissue regeneration came to mind after asking one of the doctors who treated him how could he tell from his urine that his lungs were being consumed by the disease?

To which the doctor responded with a broad smile:

“Because of your abnormally high excretion of urea and other nitrogenous substances and which are present in your urine”.
Then Armstrong asked the doctor again, in all innocence:
“If I am losing vital substances through urine, why not drink my own urine and return the lost substances to my body, so that I can rebuild my lungs and other damaged tissues?”
To which the doctor replied that the body cannot assimilate “dead matter”
At which point Armstrong decided to dedicate his life and efforts to prove precisely the opposite, that is, that urine is “living matter.”



At one point Armstrong decided to take his health in his own hands. Gifted with exceptional intelligence and personal qualities, in less than two years he was able to catch up on knowledge in conventional “scientific” medical matters, as well as alternative and naturopathic therapies. Knowledge that is well reflected in the many rigorous bibliographic citations and references that he makes throughout his book The Water of Life.

As for traditional therapies, two pharmacopoeias still in use in Europe until the 19th century strongly attracted his attention:
The English Physician (William Salomon version) and One thousand remarkable things. In these treatises surprising references were made to the supposed curative power of urine, capable, it was assured, of curing all diseases. Urine, then, was presented as an “Elixir of Life”, a kind of “Philosopher’s Stone” of health capable of transmuting disease into health and ensuring longevity.
But above all what inspired Armstrong in the creation and development of Urine Therapy, was a sui generis reading and interpretation of two biblical texts.
Indeed, after having tried and considered everything, there came a time when, feeling increasingly weakened and ill, a text from Provervios came to mind, which said:
“Drink waters out of thine own cistern,” (Proverbs V, 15) what Armstrong freely interpreted as “drink your own urine.”
A text which, brought to his mind some childhood memories of cases treated and cured with urine, such as a case of young girl suffering from diphtheria who was cured in three days when his father gave her her own urine to drink.
At another time he remembered another text, this time from the New Testament, which said::
“When thou fastest, anoint thy head and wash thy face” (Matthew VI, 17.). What he interpreted as an invitation to rub his skin with urine. Urine rubbings that Arsmtrong would adopt as an essential and indissoluble part of Urine Therapy.
In short, Urine Therapy would consist of urine and water fasts, coupled with urine rubbings.
Armstrong acknowledges that his interpretation of the aforementioned biblical texts may seem baseless, and that each may believe he reads in the Bible what he wants to read, however such an interpretation was what inspired him and led him to act in accordance with that inspiration, what Armstrong thinks supposed his physical salvation.

Inspired by his faith, Armstrong went on an uninterrupted 45-day urine and water fast, coupled with whole body rubbings with his own urine.

Armstrong endured his prolonged urine and water fast without difficulty, ignoring the warnings of a doctor who had warned him that the longest a man can survive without eating was eleven days.

By the end of his auto-treatment, Armstrong felt like a “brand new man”, full of energy, appearing 10 years younger than his age (he was 36 at the time), and with smooth, childlike skin.

Three years later, as a result of his successful self-healing, beginning in 1918, Armstrong established his own private practice and began advising and supervising the fasting of others.

Medical practices that he was forced to exercise with total discretion, since it would be illegal to consult without being a doctor. In any case, even being a doctor, he would not have been allowed to apply or recommend a “novel therapy”, such as urine therapy, “not scientifically endorsed.”
In 1944 Armstrong published hi epoch-making book: “The Water of Life, a treatise on urine therapy”, which became a founding document of the field.




Armstrong, with his book, is fundamentally interested in showing that Urine Therapy works, not how it works. However, through his book, he offers some indications about possible explanatory theoretical bases about his therapy.

Armstrong recognizes that although in his book he more than demonstrates the tremendous efficacy of urine, nevertheless its mode of action often results mysterious and inexplicable.




Armstrong wonders, for example, how it was possible that urine (the substances that make it up), when it is ingested through the mouth and through the skin, select especially the organs that need to be rebuilt.
As for possible scientific explanations for the regenerative action of urine, it turns out that conventional medicine has revealed that urine contains stem cells (from the kidneys). Today urine is the best and inexhaustible resource for obtaining stem cells, cells which are obtained according to simple and non-invasive procedures.
Well, conventional medicine has discovered that stem cells, once incorporated into the bloodstream, preferentially select tumors and damaged tissues in the body, regenerating them. Cell therapy is considered part of regenerative medicine.
In short, one of the modes of action of urine is based on the regenerative and constructive power of the stem cells it contains.
Urine contains derivatives of protein catabolism, such as urea and nitrogenous compounds. When these substances are reincorporated into the body by Urine Therapy, they behave as “therapeutic bricks” for the reconstruction of healthy tissues, regardless of whether these “bricks” have come from healthy or diseased tissues.

Armstrong describes the healing processes of patients undergoing urine therapy, noting how the wounds invariably heal quickly without scarcely leaving scars, patients gain weight, their skin shines, they are spirited and euphoric, a general rejuvenation is noted in patients who appear to be younger than they actually are.



The use of urine orally and through the skin, as self-vaccination is nothing more than an extension of the classical vaccination methods developed by Pasteur and Jenner, which is why many well-informed physicians find it strange that such an auto-vaccination procedure has not been used extensively and officially by conventional medicine, as a form of autogenous treatment for a variety of infectious diseases

The proximity of the urethra to the digestive tract (colon) means that the urinary tract is constantly exposed to infections by microorganisms that colonize the gastrointestinal tract. The urinary tract is normally well prepared to resist infections by these microorganisms.

Resistance to urinary system infections takes place in the urethra and urinary bladder. The urinary bladder in conjunction with antibodies present in the urine represents a formidable barrier against microorganisms trying to invade the urinary system.

Microorganisms that try to invade the urinary system by crossing the urinary bladder are normally destroyed by the urine epithelium before they can do so.

The urinary bladder acting as a formidable defensive barrier against infections that come from outside, in a deep sense, we think, it behaves as if it were located “outside the body”. The rest of the body has no news of the battle that is being waged inside the bladder against any attempt to infection, that is, unless we proceed to ingest our urine. And when we ingest our own urine is not out of curiosity to see what happens but for our salvation!

By ingesting urine, our body has the opportunity to become aware of the defensive measures adopted and generated by the urinary system, particularly by the urine bladder.

And indeed, the urine stored and transformed in the bladder is ingested loaded with antibodies and microorganisms that have expired or been attenuated in their virulence, and therefore we are undergoing a self-vaccination procedure.




Armstrong derives his theoretical model of urine therapy from a recycling model in nature and suggests that the body must conform to the laws of nature.

Urine is not an organic substance that must be lost through excretion, but it is a medicinal and nutritious substance that must be recovered and recycled by the body itself, following the recycling pattern observed in nature.

When the leaves of the trees fall to the ground, over time they decompose into simple elements that are then reabsorbed by those same trees to form new leaves and fruits.


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