Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dangers of Suppressing Natural Urges

Ayurveda is the holistic ancient wisdom which focuses largely on what is and what is not beneficial for us both in terms of preventive as well as curative therapy.

Quite unknowingly, or sometimes simply for the sake of public mannerism, the body urges are withheld. Yet, this practice does more harm than good.

Seemingly harmless practices of holding onto natural urges—such as the urge for urination or the urge for sleeping—is believed to be rather hazardous for our health because these habits interfere with the balanced state of vatta dosha, or the air body humor.

The best way is not to suppress or artificially initiate any natural body process.

Our body takes in food, water and air, which are all divided into two forms – Prasad or nutritional part that is good to the body and Mala or excretory part that is harmful when kept inside the body. 
Excretion – urination, sweating etc, is a way of expelling malas or impurities from the body. Man can suppress the urge to urinate, also can force the body to urinate – both are dangerous.

-: Natural Body Urges & Dangers of Suppressing :-

Ayurvedacharya Charak mentioned i his sanhita-

न वेगान धारयेत धिमाञ्जतान मुत्रपुरिषयो : I  न रेतसो न वातस्य न छर्द्य: क्षवथोर्न च  II 
न उद्गारस्य न जःरुम्भय न वेगान क्षुत् पिपासयो : I  न बाष्पस्य न निद्राया नि:श्वासस्य श्रमेन च II

Listed here are 13 natural urges and the consequent implications on your health that may arise from suppressing them time and again:
  • Urge to urinate: This is one of the most commonly withheld urges, especially with women and children. It needs to be kept in mind that when you repeatedly hold on to this body’s urgency, you might initially be simply a receptor of occasional malaise and discomfort. But be cautious, because you are unknowingly nearing more threatening afflictions such as: recurrent urinary infections, pain in the lower abdomen and genitals, and stones of the urinary system. 
  • Urge to defecate: In case you off-and-on-again ignore the call of the nature, then be ready to face the aftermath. Ailments like cramps in the calf muscles, chronic headaches, chronic colds, excessive wind formation, pain in abdomen, and even the emergency condition of heart block may crop up.
  • Urge to expel wind: This is another common self-restraint that has its own tale of health adversities. Some routine discomforts are: easy fatigue, urinary retention, pain in the abdomen, improper evacuation of body wastes, and chronic indigestion. Once you make it a habit, don’t be shocked if you face an abdominal tumor, vision defect, or even heart disease.
  • Urge to sneeze: A simple sneeze once in a while won’t affect your personality. On the contrary, hold on the same and be accessible for maladies like: occasional headaches, stiffness of the neck, vertigo, and blurred vision. This small ignorance may in the long run rob you of the perfect sense of harmony or, more dangerously, it may one day take shape of disease like facial paralysis.
  • Urge to belch: Ever gave a thought to controlling your burps so often? Better do it now. Let me caution you that in the long run, this seemingly harmless practice might be reason enough for tremors, gripping pain in the chest, anorexia, and excessive production of flatus.
  • Urge to drink water: Control your thirst often and be ready to face dilemmas like: vertigo, fainting, deafness, and heart disease. Besides, suppressing thirst causes increased dryness in your system and fatigue sets in.
  • Urge to eat: I have repeatedly recommended the merits of fasting. Yet at the same time, it is always wise to be able to differentiate between false and true hunger pangs. Never try to starve your body by ignoring its demand for food. Controlling and suppressing natural hunger is believed to be harmful for health and fitness. This may cause maladies like: anorexia, emaciation, vertigo, giddiness, body aches, depression, and decline in the brainpower.
  • Urge to sleep: Do you occasionally deprive yourself of a good night sleep? Yes, this is part of our lifestyle today. Blame it on overwork or nightlife. But let me tell you this is again one of the most deleterious practices that you are unknowingly inuring yourself with. Problems like: general malaise, lethargy, indecisiveness, heaviness and pain in the eyes and head, lack of enthusiasm, habitual insomnia, and digestive maladies might be just round the corner.
  • Urge to cough: Holding on to a bout of cough may lead to further aggravation of the same. This is not all—make it a habit and be a ready host to many more respiratory afflictions like: asthma, tuberculosis, hiccups, loss of appetite, and even heart disease.
  • Urge to yawn: Suppressing a yawn makes you vulnerable to for maladies like occasional headaches, stiffness of the neck muscles, giddiness, and blurred vision.
  • Urge to breathe: By this particular urge, I mean the fast breath that follows a session of exercise or brisk walk. This is reason enough for sudden loss of senses, fainting, stomach distress, and heart disease.
  • Urge to cry: We all control tears although they threaten to roll down. Yet we tend to brave out the situation hiding our emotional face. But we need not. Repeatedly holding on to tears may lead to health problems as grave as: torticollis, eye ailments, chronic headache, chronic nasal congestion, vertigo, and anorexia.
  • Urge to vomit: A number of skin problems materialize on restraining the urge to vomit—erysipelas, urticaria, milder forms of leprosy, and blemishes, to name a few. Not only this, eye ailments, fever, cough, asthma, occasional nausea, swelling, and anemia also are apt to turn up.
  • Another suppression is observed in the form of altering the menstrual cycle of women. Tablets or injections are available to pre-pone or postpone menstruation. It is never a good option to repeatedly check our natural body system.


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  3. Apana, the downward-moving vata that normally builds up in the intestines as a result of chronic repression of passing gas, eventually causes upward-moving digestion, which inhibits the natural downward movement of the intestines. Since apana regulates urination, bowel movement, reproduction, and lower extremity strength, any of these functions might be out of balance as a result of persistent gas suppression.

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