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Dangers Of Suppressing Natural Urges

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Suppressing natural urges aggravates Vata dosha and creates serious health problems. A whole 7th chapter in the Charaka Samhita is dedicated to this topic.

The 13 natural urges:

  • Hunger - Kshut
  • Thirst - Pipasa
  • Sleep - Nidra
  • Tears - Vashpa
  • Yawning - Jrumbha
  • Belching - Udagara
  • Sneezing - Kshavatu
  • Vomiting - Chardi
  • Flatulence - Vata
  • Ejaculation - Retas
  • Urination – Mutra Vega
  • Defecation – Purisha Vega
  • Heavy breathing caused by overexertion – Nishwasa

Symptoms caused by suppressing urges and treatments:

1. Hunger

Symptoms: low digestion, malabsorption, lightheadedness,suppresses the Agni and Pitta, deranges the whole body and mind.
Ayurvedic treatment: feeding the person with warm and easy to digest food with a little ghee.

2. Thirst

Symptoms: fatigue, heart pain, bladder pain, lower backache, aggravates Vata and Kapha, dryness of throat and mouth, deafness, depression
Ayurvedic treatment: giving cooling and saturated drinks like coconut water. Chilled drinks should be avoided.

3. Sleep

Symptoms: insomnia, fatigue, psychological disorders, headache, drowsiness, heaviness in the eyes.
Ayurvedic treatment: Abhyanga – Ayurvedic body massage. Read more about sleep here.

4. Tears

Symptoms: eye diseases, allergies, heart disease, light-headedness, loss of appetite
Ayurvedic treatment: sleep, Padabhyanga – Ayurvedic foot massage, Shiroabhyanga – Ayurvedic head massage, intake of wine (in limited quantity) and pleasing talks.

5. Yawning

Symptoms: tremors, numbness, convulsions, insomnia, weak nervous system
Ayurvedic treatment: Vata pacifying diet and lifestyle

6. Belching

Symptoms: cough, hiccups, loss of appetite, palpitations, difficult breathing, obstruction in cardiac region and chest
Ayurvedic treatment: warm food that pacifies Vata and Kapha dosha

7. Sneezing

Symptoms: headache, facial nerve pain, numbness, weak senses, lung disorders, respiratory allergies, neck stiffness
Ayurvedic treatment: Shiroabhyanga – Ayurvedic head massage, steam inhalation, medicated smoke inhalation, nasal drops, Vata pacifying food and intake of ghee after meals.

8. Vomiting

Symptoms: nausea, loss of appetite, edema, anemia, fever, skin diseases, urticaria, itching, fever.
Ayurvedic treatment: inducing vomiting after giving a light meal, smoking medicated cigarettes, fasting, Raktamokshana – blood letting therapy, foods that are dry in nature, mild exercise, Virechana – purgation therapy.

9. Flatulence

Symptoms: constipation, difficult urination, abdominal pain, distention, weakens Vata, air wastes are absorbed into the bones and marrow, aggravating arthritis and nerves.
Ayurvedic treatment: Abhyanga – Ayurvedic body massage, internal and external oleation followed by fomentation, medicated enemas, intake of foods that enables normal downward movement of flatus.

10. Ejaculation

Symptoms: weakens the reproductive and urinary system, penis and testes pain, swollen prostate, difficult urination, cardiac pain, insomnia.
Ayurvedic treatment: Abhyanga to groin region, tub bath of lower part of the body, medicated wine, milk, rice, non-unctuous enema and sexual intercourse.

11. Urination

Symptoms: kidney and urinary system problems, difficult or painful urination, bladder pain, lower backache, headache, stiffness in groins.
Ayurvedic treatment: Abhyanga, fomentation, consumption of medicated ghee to pacify Vata, use of special enemas and administration of medicated oils (unctuous enema, un-unctuous enema, and urethral enema). Read about urine diagnosis here.

12. Defecation

Symptoms: weak colon, constipation, abdominal distention, headache, muscle cramps in calves, colic pain.
Ayurvedic treatment: Abhyanga, fomentation, use of enemas, sitz bath, laxative foods

13. Heavy breathing

Symptoms: coughing, asthma, shallow breath, low vitality, heart diseases, fainting
Ayurvedic treatment: rest, pranayama, following regimen for Vata dosha balance.

Author: Ayurveda Tutorials

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