Deborah, 48, was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis — a condition that results in recurring discomfort in the bladder and surrounding pelvic region — about one year ago. She says that the pain she experienced was completely debilitating.
“It got to the point where I literally could not go from the sofa to the bedroom without severe pain,” she says. When doctors were unable to find a treatment that worked for her, she decided to try an unusual remedy: urine therapy.
Used for centuries as a healing agent in Eastern cultures, urine therapy — also known as urotherapy — involves the patient drinking his or her own urine, from a few drops to full glasses, every day.
While urine is not necessarily harmful, ER physician Dr. Travis Stork emphasizes that The Doctors do not advocate urotherapy. “We do not personally recommend doing this,” he says.