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Barrister Habeeb Lawal, a traditional medical doctor registered by the Lagos State government has said, camel’s urine is used as a cure for terminal illnesses. According to him, “The history of drinking urine for therapeutic purposes dates back to the Roman Empire when great urinal troths were erected in the public squares of each city and state for residents to contribute to it and benefit from it.
“For centuries, European gypsies have known about the curative properties of urine, using cow urine for Bright’s disease. In the early 1800s, a book titled “One Thousand Notable Things” describes the use of urine to cure scurvy, relieve skin itching, cleanse wounds as well as other treatments,” he explained.
Lawal noted that in the experiment conducted by Abdulqader Alhaidar and Shaker A. Mousa, camel urine has been used for medicinal purposes and anecdotally proclaimed as a cure for a wide range of diseases. However, the apparent therapeutic actions of camel urine have yet to be subjected to rigorous scientific scrutiny. Recent preliminary studies from the authors’ laboratory have indicated that camel urine possesses potent anti-platelet activity, not found in human or bovine urines, suggesting a possible role for camel urine in inhibiting platelet function. The goal of the current study was to characterize the anti-platelet activity of camel urine against normal human platelets based on agonist-induced aggregation and platelet function analyzer (PFA-100) closure time.
Lawal, who believes in the usage of prophetic medicines said, “I drink camel’s urine because it is medically proven that males above 40 years in age are at a risk of contracting prostate cancer, hence, I drink it as a preventive measure while urging people to engage in more research, as it could be a ticket to cure terminal diseases.”
Different experiments carried out on the therapeutic uses of camel’s urine and milk is explained below.
Dr. Faten Abdel-Rahman Khorshid is responsible for one of the Saudi Kingdom’s greatest national achievements in the field of science for her work which began with the urine of camels and concluded in a potential cure for cancer. After spending more than five years in lab research, this Saudi scientist and faculty member from King Abdul Aziz University (KAAU) and president of the Tissues Culture Unit at King Fahd Center for Medical Research, discovered that nano-particles in the urine of camels can attack cancer cells with success. Her work began with experiments involving camel urine, cancer cells found in patients’ lungs and culminated in injecting mice with leukemic cancer cells and camel urine to test the results.
Speaking to the Saudi Gazette, Dr. Khorshid claimed that she was inspired by Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) medical advice that camel urine consists of natural substances that work to eradicate malignant cells and maintain the number of healthy cells in a cancer patient.
“This treatment is not an invention, but rather, taken from our Prophet’s legacy,” she remarked.
A Hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari (2855) and Muslim (1671) claims that some people came to Madina and fell ill with bloated abdomens. The Prophet (pbuh) told them to combine the milk and urine of a camel and drink that, after which they recovered. A swollen abdomen may indicate edema, liver disease or cancer. Dr. Khorshid added that she is not a medical doctor but a scientist and her job involves the preparation and testing of drugs in the lab and supervising the manufacture, testing and application of the drug.
“We have researched and studied (camel urine) for seven years, during which we have tested the effectiveness of camel urine in fighting cancer to prerequisites set by the International Cancer Institute,” she explained.
Also, the author of al-Qanoon (the Canon), Dr. Ibn Seena said, “The most beneficial of urine is the urine of Bedouin camels called najeeb. Camel’s urine is beneficial in treating al-hazaaz, and it was said that al-hazaaz is a pain in the heart caused by anger. Camel’s urine, especially the urine of a young she-camel is used as a cleansing substance to wash wounds and sores, to make the hair grow, to strengthen and thicken it and to prevent it from falling out, and it is used to treat diseases of the scalp and dandruff.”
It was published in the Emirati newspaper, al-Ittihaad, in February 2006 — that one of the most important things for which camels are raised is their milk, which is efficacious in treating many illnesses, including hepatitis, and the digestive system in general, various types of cancer and other diseases.
In an article written by Dr. Ahlaam al-Awadi, published in al-Da’wah magazine in April 2004, Dr. Ahlaam said, “Camel’s urine is efficacious in the treatment of skin diseases such as ringworm, tinea and abscesses, sores that may appear on the body and hair, and dry and wet ulcers. Camel’s urine brings the secondary benefits of making the hair lustrous and thick, and removes dandruff from the scalp. Camel’s milk is also beneficial in treating hepatitis, even if it has reached an advanced stage where medicine is unable to treat it.”
In a Master’s thesis by an engineer in applied chemistry, Muhammad Awhaaj Muhammad, that was submitted to the faculty of applied chemistry in the al-Jazeerah university in Sudan, and approved by the Dean of Science and Postgraduate Studies in the university in November 1998 CE, entitled “A Study of the Chemical Composition and Some Medical Uses of the Urine of Arabian Camels,” Muhammad Awhaaj said, “Laboratory tests indicate that camel’s urine contains high levels of potassium, albuminous proteins, and small amounts of uric acid, sodium and creatine.”
He explained that what prompted him to study the medicinal properties of camel’s urine was when he saw some of his tribesmen drinking this urine whenever they suffered digestion problems. He sought the help of some doctors in studying camel’s urine. They brought a number of patients and prescribed this urine for them, for a period of two months. Their bodies recovered from what they had been suffering from, which proves the efficacy of camel’s urine in treating some diseases of the digestive system.
It also proves that this urine is useful in preventing hair loss. He said, “Camel’s urine acts as a slow-acting diuretic, but it does not deplete potassium and other salts as other diuretics do, because camel’s urine contains a high level of potassium and proteins. It has also been proven to be effective against some types of bacteria and viruses. It cures liver pain and restores liver function to normal level as well as enhancing the tissue of the liver.
Also, Dr. Ahlaam al-Awadi, a specialist in microbiology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, supervised some scientific papers that dealt with her discoveries in the usage of camel’s urine for medical treatment, such as the papers by ‘Awaatif al-Jadeedi and Manaal al-Qattaan. During her supervision of the paper by Manaal al-Qattaan, she succeeded in confirming the effectiveness of using a preparation made from camel’s urine which was the first antibiotic produced in this manner anywhere in the world. Concerning the features of this new product, Dr. Ahlaam said, “It is not costly, and it is easy to manufacture. It can be used to treat skin diseases such as eczema, allergies, sores, burns, acne, nail infections, cancer, hepatitis and dropsy with no harmful side effects.”
Speaking further, she stated, “Camel’s urine contains a number of healing factors such as antibiotics (bacteria that are present in it, salts and urea). The camel possesses an immune system that is highly equipped to combat fungi, bacteria and viruses, because it contains antibodies. It may also be used to treat blood clots and fibrinolytics may be derived from it, and it may be used to treat dropsy (which is caused by a deficiency in albumen and potassium, as camel’s urine is rich in both).
Camel’s urine may also provide a remedy for abdominal complaints, especially those of the stomach and intestines, as well as asthma and shortness of breath. It caused a noticeable reduction in patients’ sugar levels. It is a remedy for low libido, and it aids in bone growth in children and in strengthening the heart muscles. It may be used as a cleansing agent for cleaning wounds and sores, especially the urine of young she-camels.
She added that the research had proved that it was effective in destroying micro-organisms such as fungus, yeast and bacteria. It also helps the hair to grow, become strong and thick and helps to prevent hair loss and baldness, and can be used to treat dandruff. Camel’s urine may also be used to treat the digestive system and to treat some cases of cancer.