A truly intrepid reporter for MailOnline decided to have a go at “urine therapy”, the practice of drinking one’s own pee for perceived health benefits, during a recent meeting with a leader of the China Urine Therapy Association. The results are pretty much what you’d expect.
The China Urine Therapy was founded in Hong Kong back in 2008, and has since amassed a following of some 1,000 members, all of whom swear by drinking their own piss as an effective treatment for anything from age spots to cancer.
Last year, we reported about a member in Wuhan who insisted that gulping down his own pee for over a year is what cured his hyperthyroidism.
China MailOnline’s Jamie Fullerton, brave soul, decided to dip his toes into the world of urine therapy while visiting the association’s Wuhan office. Yes, he drank his pee.
Bao Yafu, the Wuhan branch’s 80-year-old leader, assured Fullerton that sipping upon his own piddle would help him to better understand his “perspective on life, health and drinking habits”.
“I find it incredibly hard to take the first sip. But I do it, dry-swallowing a small amount. It tastes of, well… nothing. Just water,” Fullerton explained in the article.
“It’s a relief but, after my mild gagging has subsided, the lack of a definable taste doesn’t make my second sip any easier. The barrier is, of course, purely psychological. Knowing that what I am drinking was just two minutes ago swirling around in my bladder is a mind hurdle too high to fully clear,” he said.
“I manage to take another small sip then concede that the full cup just isn’t going to go down. I pour the remaining liquid down the toilet and, while Mr Bao goes about wiping urine over his face, resolve to have a serious conversation with myself about what I’m doing with my life.”
— Jamie Fullerton (@jamiefullerton1) August 14, 2015
According to experts, drinking pee has not been scientifically proven to have any health benefits.
“Five per cent of urine is nitrogenous waste, which is mainly urea, while the other 95 per cent is all water,” nephrology doctor Chen Wenli previously explained in an SCMP report.
“If the person is ill, there will also be sugar, protein, red and white blood cells and ketone bodies in the urine. Because the toxin dispelled by the body may end up in metabolite products like urine, there is no good in drinking it.”
[image via MailOnline]