Significance of natural urges in Balanced and Healthy lifestyle

The human body is a wonderful complex system which has a number of ways to balance or eliminate the materials which could be harmful to the body. In order to facilitate the elimination of these substances, the body is equipped with urges that appear naturally. There are two types of natural urges: “Non suppressible urges” and “Suppressible urges”.

Non suppressible urges:

According to Ayurveda, there are thirteen types of natural urges in the body which unhealthy to be suppressed. These are the natural calls from body, which healthy attend to, as and when they appear in order to maintain the healthy balance in the our body, and to eliminate an element that might cause imbalance and letter physical, mental and spiritual disorders.

Unbalanced and unhealthy lifestyle, irregular and undisciplined lifestyle and diet have the danger of making this a habit which in turn can lead to constipation which is the root cause of almost all diseases according to Ayurveda. Passing the stool is the most important of all natural urges. Faeces are full of toxins and if it stays in body for long, the fermentation process starts leading to many more problems.

People often ignore or suppress this important part of their routine citing lack of time, not realizing how it will affect their overall health. Defecating regularly also helps to keep the weight also in healthy binderies.

Ignoring it leads to constipation. Large intestine is the place of ‘vata’ or air element as per Ayurveda. Imbalance of vata in body is the cause behind 80 % of all physical, mental and spiritual disorders and diseases. Major diseases like blood pressure, diabetes, low eye sight among children, skin problems, piles, acid reflux, migraine, headache, back pain, fatigue and restlessness, indigestion are all caused due to imbalance of air element in the body i.e. Vata vitiation. Constant suppression can also cause one to age faster due to the destruction caused by imbalanced Vata.

In our modern lifestyle, we find ourselves actually suppressing some or most of the natural urges of the body – we forcefully suppress the urge to sneeze when sitting in a meeting, the urge to eat when busy with work, the urge to pass urine while watching a favorite show on television, or the urge to eliminate flatus (fart) or yawn while in public. These suppressed natural urges could be the cause of sickness.

According to Ayurveda, the first line of treatment in all diseases is “avoid the cause”. Therefore, all diseases that can be caused by the suppression of the various natural urges can be prevented simply by not suppressing any of them. Please see below and count in mind. 🙂

Table of 13 non-suppressible natural urges and consequences, if we suppress them.

The 13 non-suppressible

natural urges

Description of disorders with one my subjects himself by suppressing each of natural urges.
Urge to pass urine Pain in bladder and phallus, dysuria, headache, bending of the body and distension of the lower abdomen.

Pain in the bladder region and groins, headache, difficulty in urination.

Pain in the region of genitals and bladder, Dysuria (pain in micturition), Headache, Distension of lower abdomen, Kidney stones, Hydronephrosis

Urge to eliminate feces or defecation If one holds the urge for defecation, it causes colic pain, headache, retention of feces, distension of abdomen, wind formation, and cramps in the calf muscles.

Griping pain in belly, leg cramps.

Distension of intestinal colic, Headache, Constipation, Cramps in calf muscles, Flatulence, Toxication of blood

Urge to eliminate semen One should not forcefully suppress the urge to discharge semen. Although Ayurveda promotes preservation of semen as it is a part of the shukra dhatu, its forceful suppression is not advised. Suppression of the urge to discharge semen causes pain in the phallus and testicles, malaise, cardiac pain and retention of urine.

Pain in genitalia and heart region, body ache, urinary objection.

Pain in the phallus and testes, Body ache, Cardiac disorders, Constipation, Infertility, Oligospermia, Amenorhoea, Dysmenorhoea

Urge to pass out flatus Retention of feces, urine and flatus, distension of abdomen, pain in stomach, and other abdominal diseases caused by aggravation of vata.
Urge to vomit Pruritus, urticaria, anorexia, black pigmentation of face, edema, anemia, fever, skin diseases, nausea and erysipelas.

Skin rash, itching, pallor, cellulites, fever and loss of appetite are the symptoms.

Pruritus, Anorexia, Nausea, Freckles, Wheels, Anemia, Fever, Dermatosis, Skin disorders like psoriasis, Allergies.

Urge to sneeze Ailments like torticollis, headache, facial paralysis, and weakness of the sense organs.

Skin rash, itching, pallor, cellulites, fever and loss of appetite are the symptoms.

Stiffness of the neck, Cervical problems, Headache, Facial Paralysis, Migraine, Pain in half of the head, Asthenia of sense organs

Urge for eructation or belching Hiccup, dyspnea, lack of desire to eat, tremor, obstacles in the proper functioning of heart and lungs.

Hiccough, Dyspnoea, Anorexia, Tremors, Heart diseases, Angina pectoris, Flatulence, Constipation,

Urge to yawn Convulsion, contractions, numbness, tremor and shaking of the body. All these are the diseases caused by aggravation of vata. While yawning, the body expels the unwanted vata from the body and if it is forcefully retained, it causes a number of vata disorders.

Doubling of the body, seizers, tremor.

Stiffness, Spasm, Contractions in muscles, Tremors and shacking in limbs, Body ache, Headache, Psychological disorders

Urge to eat (hunger) Emaciation, weakness, change in bodily complexion, malaise and giddiness.

Weakness, debility, dizziness, loss of appetite, poor complexion.

Weakness in the body, Paleness in the body, Body ache, Anorexia, Peptic ulcers, Hyper acidity, Giddiness.

Urge to drink water (thirst) Suppression of thirst causes dryness of throat and mouth, deafness, exhaustion, weakness and cardiac pain.

Dry-mouth and dry-throat, pain in the heart region, exhaustion.

Dryness in mouth and throat, Deafness, Fatigue, Depression, Cardiac pain and diseases, Dehydration of the body

Urge to shed tears or cry Eye diseases, heart diseases, headache, vertigo and giddiness. Holding back the tears also blocks the emotions and this could lead to mental worry, depression and irritation.

Nasal congestion, eye disease, hearing disorders, loss of appetite.

Running nose, Para nasal sinus-problems, Headache, Eye diseases, Cardiac disorders, Anorexia, Giddiness

Urge to sleep Suppression of the urge to sleep causes yawning, malaise, drowsiness, constipation, body ache, headache and heaviness in the eyes.

Yawning, body ache, drowsiness, heaviness in the eyes.

Yawning, Bodyache, Heaviness in the body, Sleepiness for the whole day, Diseases of the head and mouth, Heaviness of the eyes

Urge for heavy or fast breathing caused by over exertion. Suppression of this urge may lead to heart diseases, respiratory tract disorders, and fainting.

Flatulence and constipation, Cardiac disorders, Stpefaction, Psycological disorders

Suppressible urges:

Suppressible urges of the mana (mind) are: Lobha (greediness), Shoka (depression), Bhaya (cowardliness), Krodh (anger), Ahankar (ego), Nirlajata (shamelessness), Irshya (jealousy).

Suppressible urges of the sharir (body) are: Par-pida (trouble others) or hinsa (violence in any form), Par-Stree sambhog (to indulge in sexual intercourse other than one’s wife), Chori (theft).

Suppressible urge of the vaachan (tongue) are: Atyant kathor vachan (unpleasing talks), Anvrut (to tell lies), Vakasya akalyut (untimely talk), If an individual is able to suppress these urges it is possible for him to gain Supreme Success in life in any fields, which is determined by each individual to be their collection of life accomplishments.

Your ever well-wisher with love and encouragement BVG Janaka das
21 Feb 2011 –

About BVG Janaka das

BVG Janaka das has international exposure across geographies, cultures, sciences, and Spiritual Practices, that he is bringing out the best in the participants and empowering them “Live Powerful Life what They Love to Live. He has experience as a leader of Transformative and Experiential Education, Balanced and Healthy lifestyle Education, of Personality Development, group dynamics and team building group seminars-workshops. He has experience and knowledge in coaching, consulting, leading, creating and managing innovative educational programs and management projects.
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