After its proposal to make floor cleaners using cow urine, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to give a push to the use of cow urine in preparing medicines.

“The Ayurveda department has prepared eight medicines using gau mutra , which can prove to be useful in case of liver ailments, joint pain and immunity deficiency,” the department’s Director, RR Chaudhary, said on Sunday. “The department, which has two pharmacies (in Lucknow and Pilibhit) along with other private units, is preparing Ayurvedic medicines using cow urine, cow milk and ghee,” he said.

Elaborating on the benefits of Ayurveda, the Director said, “ Gau mutra is an integral part of Ayurveda, and there are eight medicines, which are made using cow urine and other cow products.”

He said that since there are only two government pharmacies in UP, there is comparatively less production at the government level. “However, in the private sector, there are many companies engaged in manufacturing medicines using cow urine, which are supplied to Ayurvedic medical colleges of the State,” Chaudhary said.

In August last year, the Adityanath government had proposed use of cow urine in making floor cleaners.

In July 2017, the Centre set up a 19-member panel, including three members linked to the RSS and VHP, to carry out what it said will be scientifically validated research on cow derivatives including urine, and their benefits, according to an inter-departmental circular and members of the panel.

The Adityanath government has also cleared setting up 1,000-capacity gaushalas (cow-shelters) in seven districts of the State and 16 urban locations in phase one of a giant project which could see the UP government help build such shelters in every block.