The benefits of drinking camel urine
I hope that you can provide me with a scientific answer – if such knowledge is available – about the saheeh hadeeth about drinking camel’s urine. May Allah reward you.
Praise be to Allah.
you have no religious prohibition to eat anything or drink anything, one of my work colleagues was atheist and homosexual too, and he told me that he would eat any type of meat, rats, dogs, crocodiles, basically anything, his justification was all meat came from cells. also, you drink fuel, which is Alcohol, if you are a drinker
you eat the body of your God and drink his blood (yes, I know it is metaphorical still), also you drink fuel, which is Alcohol, if you are a drinker.
Indian cow worshippers:
Everyone know that you eat cow dung and drink cow urine., also, you drink fuel, which is Alcohol, if you are a drinker
Cosmetic industry uses the Blood of Deliberately ABORTED animal fetus for makeup it considered high quality and expensive
The hadeeth referred to by the questioner is a sahih hadeeth=Authentic Statement for Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him, in which it says that some people came to Madinah and fell sick. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) told them to drink the milk and urine of camels, and they recovered and grew fat.
In the story it also says that they apostatized and killed the camel-herder, then the Muslims caught them and executed them. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2855) and Muslim (1671).
Regarding the health benefits of drinking the milk and urine of camels, they are many, and they are well known to the earlier generations of medical science, and they have been proven by modern scientific research.
Ibn al-Qayyim said:
The author of al-Qanoon (the Canon) – i.e. the doctor Ibn Seena (Avicenna) – said:
The most beneficial of urine is the urine of Bedouin camels which are called najeeb.
Zaad al-Ma’aad (4/47, 48).
Common Medications produced by big Pharma Made With Animal Byproducts
- Medications may contain animal byproducts that are important for their effectiveness or production.
- Medications such as conjugated estrogens (Premarin), desiccated thyroid hormone (Armour Thyroid), and heparin come from various animals.
- Since non-animal based alternatives may be available for some medications, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider about any allergies, intolerances, or dietary restrictions you may have.
When people think about how their medications are made, they typically think of different chemicals produced in a laboratory. Although this is true for many medications, certain medications actually come from animals.
Animal byproducts are parts of animals that don’t come from harvested meat, but they’re still animal derived. Traditional medicine practices — such as those dating back thousands of years in ancient China — sometimes involved animal byproducts in the form of tiger bones and snake bile. Today, these byproducts can include animal parts such as fats, glands, and connective tissue.
In the United States, some FDA-approved medications contain animal byproducts that are important for either their function and purpose (active ingredients) or manufacturing and production (inactive ingredients).
Read on to learn more about popular medications that contain animal byproducts and how they can be safely used to treat different health conditions.
What common medication ingredients come from animals?
Like mentioned, certain medications contain animal byproducts that are important for their function or production.
The most common active ingredients in these types of medications are different hormones that come from animals. Hormones are chemical messengers that go between different organs and tissues to perform important roles involved in growth and development, metabolism, and reproduction.
For instance, after insulin’s discovery in 1921, people with diabetes were treated with insulin that came from pork and beef. Although there aren’t any more animal insulins approved for use in the U.S., they’re still used in some foreign countries. Other hormones from animals are still used in some medications today — those are discussed later.
Similarly, other medications may contain inactive ingredients from animal byproducts that are important for production. Common animal-based inactive ingredients include the following:
- Gelatin. This is a protein that’s often found in gel capsules — it may come from animal skin or bones (usually from beef or pork).
- Lactose. A type of sugar that comes from cow’s milk, it’s sometimes used as a binder or filler in some tablet medications.
- Glycerin (or glycerol). This can be used as a sweetener and may come from animal fats.
- Stearic acid. Found in some tablets and capsules — especially controlled-release medications — this sometimes originates from animal fats. But, it can also come from vegetable sources.
What popular medications are made with animal byproducts?
The table below lists some popular medications made with animal byproducts — please note that the list is not all-encompassing.
|Medication||Use (Indication)||Animal Source|
|Heparin||Blood thinner (anticoagulant) used to treat or prevent blood clots||Pigs|
|Enoxaparin (Lovenox)||Blood thinner (anticoagulant) used to treat or prevent blood clots||Pigs|
|Desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid)||A type of hormone therapy used to treat hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)||Pigs|
|Pancrelipase (Creon, Viokace)||A type of enzyme used to treat pancreatic insufficiency||Pigs|
|Conjugated estrogens (Premarin)||A type of hormone therapy used to help treat hot flashes and other menopause symptoms||Female horse urine|
|Omega-3 acid ethyl esters (Lovaza)||A medication used to lower triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood)||Fish oil|
|Icosapent ethyl (Vascepa)||A medication used to lower triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood)||Fish oil|
|Intralipid 20%||An injectable product used for people who need intravenous (IV) nutrition||Chicken eggs|
|Propofol (Diprivan)||An anesthetic used to provide relaxation or sleep during surgery or other medical procedures||Chicken eggs|
|Certain influenza vaccines (Afluria, Fluad, Fluarix, FluLaval, FluMist, FluZone, Fluzone High-Dose)||Vaccines used to help keep you from getting sick with influenza (flu) and to help lessen influenza severity||Chicken eggs|
Do liquid medications contain animal products?
Many liquid medications contain glycerin, which may come from either animal fat or vegetable oils. Glycerin is an oily and clear liquid that adds thickness and sweetness to liquid medications.
Unfortunately, medication labels often don’t specify whether the glycerin in the medication came from animals or vegetables. But, you or your pharmacist may be able to contact the drug company directly to find out more information about the source of the medication’s inactive ingredients.
Is it safe to consume medications made with animal products?
FDA-approved medications containing animal byproducts — like with all other medications — have undergone a strict approval process to evaluate their safety and effectiveness before they become available for the public to use. But people with certain dietary restrictions or food allergies should still talk to their healthcare provider before taking medications that contain animal byproducts.
Medication ingredients originating from animals can cause allergic reactions in people who have these allergies. Make sure that all of your healthcare providers and pharmacists are aware of any allergies, intolerances, or dietary restrictions that you may have.
Does the FDA regulate the use of animal products in medications?
The FDA regulates the safety of all approved medications — including those containing animal byproducts. In 2019, the FDA updated its policy to also provide regulations for medical devices containing materials from animal byproducts, such as certain tissue heart valves used in some open-heart surgeries.
Although there are efforts to raise awareness about medications containing animal byproducts, the FDA doesn’t currently have recommended guidelines to alert people about animal-derived medications.
Other countries, such as Australia and the United Kingdom, offer resources that highlight examples of medications that contain animal byproducts. This is especially important for people who have food allergies or intolerances — and those who wish to avoid animal byproducts due to religious or cultural reasons.
Are animal byproducts more common in brand or generic medications?
Animal byproducts are found in both brand name and generic medications. However, some medications such as Armour Thyroid and Premarin are only available as brand-name products. Aside from active ingredients in medications, both brand and generic medications may contain animal byproducts as inactive ingredients that are important for their production.
Are there alternatives to common animal products in medications?
In some cases, there are alternatives to common medications that contain animal byproducts.
Healthcare providers may consider prescribing different anticoagulants for people avoiding pork-derived heparin. Some examples include warfarin (Coumadin), apixaban (Eliquis), and rivaroxaban (Xarelto).
People avoiding horse-derived estrogens in Premarin can talk to their healthcare providers about potential estrogen alternatives, such as estradiol (Estrace, Vivelle-Dot). Depending on the form, these medications may be taken orally, applied topically to the skin, or used vaginally.
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is a synthetic, or human-made, thyroid hormone that can be used instead of desiccated thyroid hormones from pigs. Today, synthetic thyroid hormones are used as first-choice medications to treat hypothyroidism.
Unfortunately, there are no alternatives for some medications, including pancreatic enzymes or fish oil capsules.
The bottom line
Some medications contain animal products that are important for their function or production. Common examples include hormone medications, like certain types of estrogen or thyroid medications. However, certain alternatives may sometimes be used in place of medications containing animal products. Awareness of animal products in medications is important for ensuring both safety and respect for people’s cultural or religious beliefs.
In the Emirati newspaper al-Ittihaad (issue no. 11172, Sunday 6 Muharram 1427 AH/5 February 2006) it says:
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 by Dr Ahlaam al-‘Awadi, which was published in al-Da’wah magazine, issue no. 1938, 25 Safar 1425 AH/15 April 2004 CE, about the diseases which can be treated with camel’s milk, as proven by experience, it says that there are many benefits in camel’s milk. There follows some of what was said in the article by Dr. Ahlaam:
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 removing 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. End quote.
In the al-Jazeerah al-Sa’oodiyyah newspaper (issue no. 10132, Rabee’ al-Awwal 1421 AH) there is a quotation from the book Al-Ibl Asraar wa i’jaaz (The camel: secrets and wonders) by Darmaan ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez Aal Darmaan and Sanad ibn Mutlaq al-Subay’i:
As for camel’s urine, the book suggests that it has numerous uses which are beneficial for man. This is indicated by the Prophetic texts and confirmed by modern science … Scientific experiments have proven that camel’s urine has a lethal effect on the germs that cause many diseases.
Among the uses of camel’s urine, many women use it to wash their hair, to make it longer, and to make it lighter and more lustrous. Camel’s urine is also efficacious in the treatment of swelling of the liver and other diseases such as abscesses, sores that appear on the body and toothache, and for washing eyes. End quote.
Prof. Dr. ‘Abd al-Fattaah Mahmoud Idrees says: With regard to the benefits of camel’s urine in treating disease, Ibn Seena said in his Qanoon: The most beneficial of urine is the urine of the Bedouin camels known as najeeb. Camel’s urine is beneficial in treating al-hazaaz,
and it was said that al-hazzaz is a pain in the heart caused by anger and so on. 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 falling out, and it is used to treat diseases of the scalp and dandruff.
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 says:
Laboratory tests indicate that camel’s urine contains high levels of potassium, albuminous proteins, and small amounts of uric acid, sodium, and creatine.
In this study, he explained that what prompted him to study the medicinal properties of camel’s urine was what he had seen of some 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 says:
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 brought about an improvement in the condition of twenty-five patients who used camel’s urine for dropsy, without disrupting their potassium levels.
Two of them were cured of liver pain, and their liver function was restored to normal levels, as well as the tissue of the liver being improved. One of the medicines used to treat blood clots is a compound called Fibrinoltics which works by changing a substance in the body from its inactive form, Plasminogen, to its active form, Plasmin.
In order to dissolve the substance that causes clotting, Fibrin. One of the components of this compound is called Urokinase, which is produced by the kidneys or from the urine, as indicated by the name “uro”.
The dean of the Faculty of Medical Science in the Sudanese al-Jazeerah university, Professor Ahmad ‘Abd-Allah Ahmadaani, has discovered a practical way of using camel’s urine to treat dropsy and swelling in the liver. Its success has been proven in treating those who are affected by these diseases. He said in a seminar organized by the al-Jazeerah University:
The experiment began by giving each patient a daily dose of camel’s urine mixed with camel’s milk to make it palatable. Fifteen days after the beginning of the experiment, the patients’ stomachs grew smaller and went back to their normal size.
He said that he examined the patients’ livers with ultrasound before the study began, and he found out that the livers of fifteen out of the twenty-five were in a cirrhotic state, and some of them had developed cirrhosis of the liver as the result of bilharzia.
All of the patients responded to treatment with camel’s urine, and some of them continued, by their own choice, to drink a dose of camel’s urine every day for a further two months. At the end of that time, they were all found to have been cured of cirrhosis of the liver.
He said: Camel’s urine contains a large amount of potassium, as well as albumen and magnesium, because the camel only drinks four times during the summer and once during the winter, which makes it retain water in its body so as to preserve the sodium, and the sodium causes it not to urinate a great deal, because it keeps the water in its body.
He explained that dropsy results from a deficiency of albumen or potassium, and the urine of camels in rich in both of these.
He suggested that the best type of camels for using the urine as a remedy are young camels.
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.
And she said:
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 funguses, 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.
It also helps the hair to grow and become strong and thick, and it helps to prevent hair loss and baldness, and can be used to treat dandruff. Camel’s urine may also be used to combat disease by using bacteria extracted from it. It was used to treat a girl who was suffering from an infection behind the ear, that was accompanied by pus weeping from it and painful cracks and sores.
It was also used to treat a girl who was unable to extend the fingers of her hands because of the presence of so many cracks and sores, and whose face was almost black with pimples. Dr. Ahlaam said:
Camel’s urine may also be used to treat the digestive system and to treat some cases of cancer. She stated that the research that she had undertaken on camel’s urine proved that it was effective in destroying micro-organisms such as fungus, yeast and bacteria.
Dr. Rahmah al-‘Ulyaani, who is also from Saudi Arabia, carried out tests on rabbits infected with bacteria in the colon. She treated each group of rabbits with a different kind of medicine, including camel’s urine. There was a noticeable regression in the rabbits that were treated with other medicines, except for camel’s urine, which brought about a clear improvement.
Majallat al-Jundi al-Muslim, issue no. 118, 20 Dhu’l-Qa’dah 1425 AH; 1 January 2005 CE.
Allah calls upon us to ponder the creation of the camel, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Do they not look at the camels, how they are created?”
This pondering is not limited to the outward form of the camel, or even to the inner workings of its body, rather it also includes that which we have discussed here, which is the benefits of the urine and milk of the camel. Modern scientific research is still discovering for us many of the wonders of this creature.
And Allah knows best.