Demand for ‘Gomutra Arka’, a medicine distilled out of cow urine, is on the rise in Mangalore, India. An arka manufacturer on the outskirts of the city, who supplies around 10 litres a day, claims that even the educated are using the ayurvedic preparation regularly to prevent diseases.
Govanithashraya Trust manufactures gomutra arka at its goshala (cow shelter) in Beejaguri at Pajeer, 26 km from the city. Goshala in-charge Santhosh Kumar told TOI that they have plans to expand the manufacture unit as the demand for gomutra arka is increasing.
“We take care of more than 300 cows of various breeds. “Gomutra arka is effective in checking 109 types of diseases if consumed regularly as per the prescribed dosage. It increases resistance power, life span and purifies the blood, reduces cholesterol and checks obesity. It is also effective in skin diseases, acidity, kidney ailments and other diseases,” he claimed adding that even doctors use it routinely to prevent diseases.
Cow urine collected from local breeds like malenadu gidda, hallikaru and kankrej are used to make arka. “An average of 10 litres of arka is sold at our outlet in the city. There are other manufacturers, who also market arka in the city,” he added.
Santhosh underwent training in making organic products from panchagavyas (cow urine, cow dung, milk, ghee and curd) at a goshala in Devarapur in Nagpur. He makes medicines like gomootra arka, ghanvati, harde churna, kala taila, madhu meha churna, padasputana, goumaya taila, soundarya face pack, tooth powder, kapila bath soap and many other items using panchagavyas and medicinal herbs at the goshala. The products made at the goshala are sold through an outlet in the city.