NEW DELHI - Urine of gau mutra (cow urine) and other cow products cured my cancer," Hindu terrorist cum BJP candidate from Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya, told India Today TV link on Monday as she filed her nomination from the Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh.
Soon after, the interview went viral with social media debating the benefits of cow urine. But can cow urine really cure cancer? Doctors are not convinced.
"Scientifically, there is no evidence of cow urine curing cancer. There may be anecdotal evidence, i.e. someone may say that he/she benefitted, but that is different. It has to be tested on patients. Only then, can we say with surety that cow urine cures cancer," says Dr. Vikas Goswami, medical oncologist senior consultant at Max Super Specialty Hospital in Delhi’s Patparganj.
Agrees Dr. Biswajyoti of Artemis Hospital, Gurugram. "I have never prescribed cow urine for cancer. Also, there is no record of patients getting cured after consuming cow urine or other cow products. We always prescribe allopathy treatment. Patients undergoing alternative treatment, in fact, have returned with much worse condition that is inoperable," he says.
Sadhvi Pragya, who is the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, is a breast cancer survivor. "I was a patient of cancer and I cured myself by consuming cow urine and panchgavya-mixed ayurvedic herbs," she said.