A 21-year-old man in Wuhan claims that chugging down his own pee is what cured his hyperthyroidism, according to a China News report.
After experiencing symptoms of neck and eye muscle swelling in 2010, the man, whose real name was not given in the report, was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism at Pu’ai Hospital of Wuhan. He said that he had stopped taking the medicine after a year and a half because it wasn’t working, and instead began experimenting with “urine therapy” after researching it online. After more than a year of sipping his own urine, he said his condition was improving as indicated in the results of a body checkup.
The man said that taking his first gulp of pee was about as disgusting as one might imagine, and he struggled through it for the first four months. The strong smell and odor often made him vomit, leading him to nearly give up in the trial stage. After a few months of the unusual therapy, however, he claims his eyes muscles no longer swelled.
A doctor at the Pu’ai Hospital of Wuhan, however, said that the man had been relieving his hyperthyroidism in the hospital for one to two years by taking anti-hyperthyroidism and hepatoprotective medicine as well as doing monthly body check-ups. “It’s impossible to cure hyperthyroidism without taking medicine”, the doctor added.
Another expert at the Central Hospital of Wuhan also chimed in, saying that urine therapy has not been scientifically proven as beneficial.
The patient is a member of the China Urine Therapy Association, which was founded by a 79-year-old retired engineer named Bao Yafu in Hong Kong in 2008. The association apparently has some 1,000 members.
Bao said he’s been drinking his own urine for 22 years—around drinking three cups a day—and insists on washing his eyes and face with the stuff.
“I’ve never caught a cold in these 22 years. I can see things clearly and there’s no age spot on my face,” he was quoted as saying in the news report. “I spent 60 RMB on a bone density test last year, and the doctor was surprised as the results revealed that my score was just a bit lower than that of a 29-year-old.”
According to Bao, there are now more than 100,000 people resorting to urine therapy in the nation.
By Christy Mak