What is Yogic Amaroli Kriya ?

Yogic Amaroli Kriya is an ancient practice as it finds references in many olden traditions. It is known as Shivambu Chikista in Tantra Shastra & Ayurveda and is also called as Amaroli Kriya in ancient Yoga. In modern times it is known as Auto-Urine Therapy (AUT). The word ‘Shiva’ in Sanskrit means holy or pure or auspicious and the word ‘Ambu’ means water; that means Shivambu is auspicious water or water of life.

Former Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai, who lived up to the age of 99, has been the most well known proponent of this therapy. He claimed that India would have been better off if more people used this extremely inexpensive and effective way of treatment. He also attributed to AUT the credit for his longevity. In this century it was the Englishman John Armstrong who was the urine therapy pioneer with his work and with his book -The Water of Life, famous both in West and East.


Principles of Auto Urine Therapy

Shivambu Kalpa is a way of life as its origin can be traced back in to Yogic Tantra. Its techniques and subtle experiential wisdom is evolved discovered by ancient scientists-our Rishi, Yogis and Saints of India-the researchers of within! Therefore Shivambu Kalpa is a certain way and best resort to attain natural homeostasis and perfection at physical, emotional, social and spiritual planes of human being.

1. Urine is not waste but is a Prefect Medicine

Shivabmu – (Shiva – Holy, Ambu – Water) the urine of self, is a product of body, flows out because it is excess.


Human Urine is an antidote to poisons.
Sushrut Samhita (45 / 228)


There exists nothing in this world which cannot be used as medicine
Hence Shivambu is neither harmful nor unless. – Vagbhatt

2. Properties of human urine

  • Shivambu has sharp, subtle and liquid properties.
  • Shivambu has Vyavayi property.
  • Vyavayi substances are those which get absorbed & transported all over the body easily via body fluids.
  • Shivambu also has Vikasi property. These substances cause breakdown of combination of dosa & dusa Shivambu have both laxative & emetic properties.
  • Apart from these, following references are found in ancient texts of Indian Medicine about properties of human Urine.


Human Urine is basic, bitter and light. It destroys diseases of the eyes, makes the body strong, improves digestion and destroys coughs and colds.
– Harit (1st Chapter on Urine)


Human urine destroys position, property used it gives new life, purifies blood,
clears skin troubles, is sharp in taste & contains many salts.
Bhava Prakasha

Human urine controls bile in the blood, destroys worms, cleans intestine,
control cough & calms the nerves. It is sharp in taste, destroys laziness & is an antidote to positions.
-Yoga Ratnakar [Mutrashtakam V. II ]

Here one may note that, above references commonly emphasize, Shivambu preliminary detoxifies and purifies the body and elimination.

3. Human body is made up of Five Great Elements

Every cell in our body is composed of one or other five great elements – earth, water, fire, air and either. Therefore any attrition in this original frame can only be repaired by using these five great elements in same are modified forms.

4. Nature Heals not Physician

The human body has the inherent ability to restore health. Healing is an ordered process which includes the generation of symptoms that are part of mechanism of the biological system attempting to heal itself. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process with therapeutic actions complementary to and synergistic with this healing process. AUT strengthens this Natural Healing Power by purification and detoxification of whole person.

5. Whole person treatment

Health & disease result from a complex interaction of physical, mental, emotional, genetic, social, environmental, spiritual and other factors. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is the essential to health. In body all the systems are intimately interlinked, interdependent and dynamically balanced. Hence Disease or imbalance in one part directly affects the ones other parts of that whole. There is never a single cause for disease. All the pieces must be integrated in order to create a whole picture of an individual and his/her illness. Therapy can then be directed for underlying as well as immediate causative factor, thus treating the whole person.

6. Dynamic balance is Health

The world health organization [WHO] in drafting its constitution sought a definition for health, which conveys the need of every person enjoy the ability to take advantage of their potential for vigor and happiness. Health according to the WHO is a state of complete physical, mental & social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Still more closer to Holistic attitude Dr. Henry Lindlahr has defined Health as normal & harmonious vibration of the elements and forces composing the human entity on the physical, mental and moral planes of being in conformity with constructive principles of Nature applied to individual life. Ideal characteristics of Healthy person according to text books of Indian medicine are…

Healthy person is and who follows regulated life regulated diet & conduct, one who would be able to face the dual situations with balance, one who could detach the himself from the worldly things, one who is kind and donates a portion of his income for the weaker sections, one who consider others equal to him (Universal brotherhood) and one serves the suffering humanity.

7. Identify and treat the cause

A disease does not occur without cause. The main cause for most of the illnesses is Violations of Nature’s Laws.

According to Ayurveda, Rishis say that a man betrays his own conscience (Nature), overindulges in physical pleasures like eating and gets indigestion which is the root cause of all diseases.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Due to ignorance, carelessness, violating eating and leaving limits, disease is caused.”

8. Symptoms are not the cause of illness

Symptoms are signals that the body is out of balance, and are the expressions of the body’s attempt to heal itself. Causes originate on many levels, but are often found in patient’s life-style, diet-habits or emotional state. When only symptoms are treated the underlying cause remains and the patients may develop a more serious chronic condition. All treatments in AUT are directed to root cause and are not for just symptomatic relief. The basic cause for all diseases is the violation of laws of Nature at physical, mental and social levels. It could be in thinking, living, breathing, eating or excreting. This is the main cause for all illness although disease may manifest in various form, in different degrees of severity at different levels.

9. Violation of laws of Nature

All diseases are result of the violation of laws of Nature at physical, mental and social levels. These may include…

• Stress, tensions and mental agitation.

• Running behind worldly pleasures.

• Eating unwholesome food – inadequate or excessive intake of nutritive food.

• Living in unhealthy, unhygienic dwellings.

• Lack of exercise, inadequate or too much rest and sleep

• Doing things untimely hours.

• Suppression of Natural calls and instincts.

• Association with wicked and negative thoughts.

• Much of sophistication and fashion. Use of various stimulants and drugs.

• Progressively spoiling surplus surrounding and bad environmental sanitation.

Those who always live according to the laws of Dharma (Nature of one’s own self) who respect and regard God (true consciences), who always take Satwik food, conquer senses (Indrias), who possess noble character, the life of such person will be prolonged liberally – says Shastra.

A healing crisis is an acute reaction, resulting from the ascendancy of Natures healing forces over disease condition. Its tendency is towards recovery and in reality in the result of cleansing and healing efforts of Nature.

10. Detoxification enhances the Immunity

All microbial agents are secondary cause for disease, primary cause is deposition or stasis of morbid substances. This disposition of morbid & toxic substances occurs only due to violation of Natural laws & hereditary tendencies.

Pathology can only occur where there is morbid stasis & deposition, leading to lowered resistance. No infection can occur, unless there is already fertile soil, in which the germs can thrive. These morbid toxic substances could be endogenous or exogenous unutilized, unassimilated products or end products of metabolism or any foreign or excessive substances in the body.

Modern science recognizes these morbid substances as ‘Free radicals’. These are solitary radicals attach themselves to stable biological molecules and cause breakdown of cell membranes. In Ayurveda these are considered as excessive dosa. The main abode of these morbid toxic substances are alimentary tract but deposition, stasis occurs all over the body. It inhabits and hinders various physiological & biochemical process in the body leading to diminished immune resistance, abnormal composition of blood & lymph. In Panch-Karma it is said, that effect of vatta cause spreading of morbid toxins all over the body. The modalities of AUT like urine fast and urine massage first help to reduce the vatta and then brings all accumulated toxins in its abode for elimination. Shivambu Chikitsa is an eliminative line of therapy helps to attain balanced purification and rejuvenation (Samyak Shudhi).

11. Shivambu and Life Style

The complex biochemical processes and physiological functions in the body are directly or indirectly influenced by certain internal and external factors of the organism. Shivambu is the product of such widely exposed, but still dynamically balanced human organism. Hence contents and ingredients of Shivambu are dependent on internal and external environment of the organism. And it is because of this reason in modern medicine; urine is tested and chemically analyzed for diagnostic investigations.

Human organism is dynamic and in continuously changing. Because of this, the taste of morning Urine is different from afternoon or evening, the contents of the urine are different from disease conditions. Every human being is unique in his or her physical and mental constitution, hence the urine. That is, the ingredients of urine vary from person to person. Thus the contents of Urine are also dynamic. Therefore if urine has to be used and produced as therapeutic agent or tool from pharmaceutical factory of human organism, Yogic way of living, thinking and Satwick food described in ancient texts is essential, mandatory.

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