People in India, mainly Hindus, are smearing cow dung on themselves to boost their immunity so they don't contract Coronavirus. Hindus believe in cows as a sacred animal and their belief is making them practice this however Indian doctors are warning against the practice.
People in India, mainly Hindus, are smearing cow dung on themselves to boost their immunity so they don't contract Coronavirus. Hindus believe in cows as a sacred animal and their belief is making them practice this however Indian doctors are warning against the practice and claimed that it can have other serious health risks.
As the second COVID-19 wave continues to ravage India, some believers have been going to cow shelters once a week to cover their bodies in cow dung in the hopes it will boost their immunity, or help them recover from the virus. However, the waste product from animals and humans comes with its own risks. But the Hindu community primarily is practicing such things in hopes to ward off Coronavirus like this.
Many photos and videos have emerged on social media but now things seem to have worsened. One of the shelters in the western state of Gujarat shows a group of men covering themselves from head to toe with a mixture of cow dung and urine. However, it has been followed all over India and Hindu priests are promoting it a lot.
They also hug or honor the cows at the shelters, and practice yoga to boost energy levels while being covered in cow dung. They then wash off the excrement with milk or buttermilk thinking this is going to make them healthier as cows are considered sacred in their religion.
Cows are of special significance to Hindus, they believe in the therapeutic and antiseptic properties of cow dung and use it in cleaning their houses too.
But Indian medical officials have warned against this practice, saying that it actually risks spreading other diseases. And has no such properties or effects that could ward off the virus." There is no concrete scientific evidence that cow dung or urine work to boost immunity against COVID-19, it is based entirely on belief," said Dr. J. A. Jayalal, national president at the Indian Medical Association.
But people still seem to follow their beliefs and we hope to see a change after the warnings from medical officials in India.
Article Source: LadBible