According to ayurveda there are 13 natural urges of human body which should not be suppressed. Suppression of natural urges can lead to Diseases.
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Don’t Suppress These 13 Natural Urges of Human Body
Ayurveda acharya Vagbhata in his “ashtanga sangraha” suggests methods to prevent diseases. These are explained in chapter “roganutpadaniya” which means methods to prevent occurrence of diseases.
Acharya Charaka advises not to suppress these 13 natural urges of human body. Suppressing these can cause diseases. Charkaacharya has not only explained the diseases which occur by suppressing these urges, but also has suggested remedial measures for these. Here is the Sanskrit verse
The first step in prevention of any disease is not to suppress natural urges. The following 13 urges should never be suppressed.
- Mutra Vega – Urge to urinate
- Pureesha Vega – Urge to defecate or Poop
- Retas – Urge to ejaculate semen
- Vata – Urge to fart
- Chardi – Urge to vomit
- Kshavatu – Urge to sneeze
- Udagara – Urge to belch
- Jrumbha – Urge to yawn
- Kshut – Urge to eat (not craving) actual hunger
- Pipasa – Urge to drink water or thirst
- Vashpa – Urge to weep
- Nidra – Urge to sleep
- Nishwasa – Urge to breathe caused by over exertion.
The urges like passing flatus, urine, feces should not be controlled. The involuntary actions like sneezing, yawning, breathing, coughing and vomiting are the natural responses of body. Holding these urges back can cause discomfort to body. Natural body demands like hunger, thirst and sleep have to be fulfilled properly. Neglecting these can lead to diseases. Ejaculation of semen should not be prevented.
What Happens When you Suppress the Urge of Urination or Peeing?
When you suppress the urge of peeing it can cause pain in urinary bladder and penis, pain and difficulty while passing urine, headache, hardening and distention of lower abdomen, Bending of body. Few may experience pain in groin and body. It also leads to formation of urinary stones or kidney stones.
When obstruction to pass urine is observed catheter can be inserted to remove blocked urine.
Remedies to relieve these symptoms.
Gentle Massaging of lower abdomen with warm sesame oil or ksheerabala oil (abhyanga) . Sitting in a bathtub filled with warm water and relaxing (avagaha). Putting few drops of warm ghee in nostrils ( Sarpisha Avapidana ). Sitting in a steam room (sweda). These help to relieve the symptoms and ease urine flow.
Suppression of Natural Urge to defecate or Poop
Suppressing the natural urge to defecate or poop causes stomach ache, headache (this can cause migraine), involuntarily passing stools (poop) and gas, pain in calf muscles, bloating and distention of abdomen. It can also cause pain in rectum, indigestion, chest pain and vomiting.
Fecal matter tends to accumulate in rectum when the urge of defecation is controlled. This may enlarge rectum and obstruct passage of urine. Sometimes a person ignores the urge to defecate due to busy schedule or non availability of rest rooms. If this repeats frequently, it may lead to constipation. Long term constipation may lead to fecal impaction.Constipation also causes bad breath
Simple Remedies for this
Gentle Massaging of abdomen with warm sesame oil or ksheerabala oil (abhyanga), sitting in tub of warm water, sitting in steam room, placing rectal suppositories, enema, consumption of foods which are laxative in nature, like hot water with ghee, turmeric milk and ghee, ripe banana , soaked raisins etc.
Suppression of urge to fart or Pass gas
When you suppress the urge to fart or passing gas it causes constipation and retention of urine. Abdomen feels full and distention can occur. You may experience stomachache, tiredness and vata dosha imbalance. Indigestion, constipation, loss of digestion power and chest pain are other symptoms. The feeling of uneasiness which arises due to suppression leads to loss of appetite and causes tiredness.
Remedies and Treatment
Gentle Massaging of abdomen with warm sesame oil or ksheerabala oil (abhyanga), sitting in steam room or applying warm packs on abdomen, placing rectal suppositories, enema and consumption of foods which help to relieve indigestion and allow smooth passing of gas.
Suppression of semen ejaculation
When there is suppression of urge to ejaculate semen, there will be pain in phallus and testicles. Body pain, chest pain and urine retention may occur.
Never Suppress the urge of vomiting
When you suppress the urge to vomit you may experience nausea, itching all over body and appetite may disappear. If suppression of this urge becomes chronic then, pigmentations may appear on face and malnutrition sets in due to less intake of food. This may lead to anemia and low immunity. Because of low immunity skin diseases like herpes, psoriasis etc appear.
Effects of suppression of sneezing
Sneezing – Sneezing is the response of body, to eliminate irritant present in nose. It is also known as sternutation. The process of sneezing is very complicated which involves muscles of abdomen, chest, diaphragm, vocal chords and throat. Irritants like dust, cold air, pollen grains, virus etc stimulate the process of sneezing. Through sneezing body expels the irritants and brings comfort to body.
– Various studies have revealed that suppressing the urge of sneezing can fracture nasal cartilage, cause bleeding through nose , rupture ear drums and can cause hearing loss. Apart from these it can lead to vertigo, retinal damage and injury to brain structures. In ayurvedic text “ashtanga hridaya” it is said that “suppression of sneezing can cause headache, diminished sensitivity of sense organs (hearing and visual loss) and stiffness of neck. Suppression of sneeze can cause facial paralysis.”
Ayurveda remedies for symptoms arising from suppression of sneezing–
Inducing the process of sneezing through inhalation of medicated fumes and instilling medicated drops through nose are strongly recommended as remedial measures. Massaging face with herbal oil and exposing neck and face to steam are other two remedies mentioned in texts of ayurveda.
Effects of suppression of Thirst
Thirst– Water is the major component of all living beings and it is the major constituent of human cells. Almost all functions of body need water as medium to function normally. We regularly loose water through urine, respiration, bowel movement and sweating. Severe lose motions and hot climate may also lead to loss of water. Thirst is the signal of body, asking us to replenish the water lost during metabolic activities.
By suppressing thirst we will be depriving our body of water. This leads to dehydration. Ayurveda acharyas describe the effects of suppression of thirst as follows – “dehydration, weakness of muscles, loss of consciousness, heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting and temporary loss of senses”. Apart from these symptoms like Dry mouth, Lightheadedness (especially when standing), decreased urine output and absence of sweating may surface when we suppress thirst. Even eyes may stop producing tears.
Ayurveda remedies for symptoms arising from suppression of thirst –
Sprinkling cold water on body, encouraging sipping of cool clear water, replenishing the lost water with liquids like tender coconut water, buttermilk and fruit juices.
Suppression of belching
Suppression of belching can lead to hiccups, difficulty in breathing, loss of appetite, discomfort in chest.
- Consumption of Horse gram or green gram soup prepared by adding long pepper, ginger, rock salt or sendha namak and ghee.
- Consume a mixture of 1 gram of liquorice (yastimadhu) , 1 gram of long pepper (pippali) , a teaspoon of honey and 10 drops of ghee along with a cup of warm water.
- A tablespoon of juice of citron fruit with a pinch of asafetida or hing, black salt and black pepper helps to relieve belching.
Suppression of yawning
When yawning is suppressed continuously it may lead to convulsions, numbness, tremors and shaking of body.
Vata dosha balancing measures
Suppression of hunger
When hunger is suppressed it leads to weight loss, weakness, dull skin , body ache, dizziness, tiredness and anorexia
Suppression of tears
You should never hold the urge to cry. Suppressing tears can lead to running nose, diseases of eye, stress, dizziness and anorexia.
Suppression of sleep
When you suppress sleep or in sleep deprivation you may experience yawning, body pain, drowsiness, headache and heaviness of eyes. When you suppress sleep repeatedly , it may lead to insomnia.
Suppression of breathing after exercises
Breathe comfortably after exercise. Suppressing breathing immediately after exercise may lead to fainting, unconsciousness or heart problems.
Take rest and follow vata balancing measures.
A word of caution: Consult your family physician before taking any remedial measure.
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