Thursday, 4 June 2015

Grandma was so RIGHT...

So there was some truth to it after all.
A friend of mine who suffers from dry skin and itchy skin had tried all the creams he could lay his hands on, he was finally giving up when he visited a dermatologist and she told him he should try UREA but if he can’t find a UREA containing cream he should try URINE THERAPY. At first it sounded like he should try urine and in his amazement he asked
          Is Urine the Solution to Bad Skin Conditions?
Urine Therapy, as in I should use my urine as cream and the Doctor said yes, and he started laughing.  It has always been at the back of his mind that his grand mom was correct, the last time he traveled home to the village the grand mom told him to use his urine and apply It on his face before he had his bath, you could have imagined his reaction to this advice. LOL

Fast forward 8months and now a certified dermatologist is telling him that could be his cure. Is it not funny how we always see ancient practices as stupid and incorrect? when it has worked for them for several years and produced amazing results. I agree some can be way out of the world e.g. eating the head of red lizard to stop bed wetting. Hmmmm , but you must agree our village medicine practice was spot on most of the time but the world has evolved.

Back to our friend who is now faced to finding a urea product or trying out his own urine as a treatment plan.
Urine therapy as it is dubbed, has a long and storied history as a skin-conditioning treatment. Beginning in Indian culture at least five centuries ago, the practice made its way to the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was popular during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and even found its way into the baths of 18th-century French women. It is a form of natural treatment when the urine is applied topically or ingested.

Those methods might make you raise an eyebrow, especially because that liquid is being excreted from the body as waste...or so most believe. Urine isn't really a toxic by product, but rather a distilled liquid, filtered from the blood, containing water and excess nutrients your body didn't really need at the time they were ingested. Urine itself is sterile, unless you are ill and have a urinary tract infection, and there are other electrolytes and hormones excreted in the urine.

Enthusiasts of urine therapy think that, when applied topically, this can have beneficial effects on the skin for things like acne, and can also improve suppleness and elasticity and help with skin dryness. These people believe that there's some extra magic in urine's varying concentrations of minerals, salts, hormones, antibodies, and enzymes
Urea dissolves inter-cellular matrix of the skin therefore promotion of normal healing of skin areas particularly where healing is inhibited by local skin infection, skin death (or scars) or itching debris.
In fact, you might be using urine therapy in your regimen already, because it doesn't have to involve a straight-up urine sample. (Phew.)Urea is incorporated in many skin creams, The amount of urea you'll grab from your own urine isn't that reliable, and ultimately depends on the time of day and your level of hydration at a given moment. Today, there are so many choices of creams with known concentrations of urea that are not cost prohibitive and are more palatable.

So you see Grand Ma was right after all, yes they might have refined the urine to bring out the urea and all that but then don't write of Grand Ma’s advice in a  haste ( hahahahahahhahahah).

Between how many of us had our bath with Salt water during the Ebola nightmare? phew

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