Health care providers are of the opinion that the human body is a wonderful complex system. This is why human body has some natural processes to eliminate the materials that can otherwise bring ill-effects to the health. With a view to eliminate the wastes, the body is provided with natural urges. These urges are classified into two and they are:
• Urges that can be suppressed and
• Urges that cannot be suppressed
Even though, they are classified under two main categories, Ayurveda states that there are 13 urges in the human body that should never be suppressed. If they are suppressed, there are chances of some ill-effects on the health.
In the modern lifestyle, we find ourselves suppressing some or most of the urges. For instance, when we are in an official meeting, we tend to control the urge to sneeze, also we control the urge to take some foods when we are hungry, just because we have a lot of works to complete in front of our desk. Also, we control the urge to pass urine, when we are seriously watching a television show. These suppressed urges can cause sickness and here are the details about some of the urges and the ill-effects that can arise when they are suppressed:
When an individual frequently suppresses the urge to urinate, it will cause pain in phallus and other disorders like bending in the body, headache and distension of lower abdomen.
When the urge to defecate is controlled, it can lead to pain in the calf muscles, formation of gas, distension of abdomen, retention of feces, headache and colic pain.
Men are recommended not to suppress the urge to discharge semen. Even though, Ayurveda recommends preservation of semen as a part of the shukra dhatu program, this alternative medicine does not recommend forceful suppression of semen. The reason is that it can lead to pain in testicles, phallus, withholding urine, malaise and even it can lead to cardiac pain as well.
When this is suppressed, it can lead to retention of urine and feces. It can also lead to distension of abdomen, ache in stomach and other abdominal disorders by aggravating the vata dosha.
The diseases that are caused when an individual suppresses vomiting are black pigmentation of face, urticarial, pruritus, skin diseases, fever, anemia, anorexia, erysipelas and nausea.
Controlling this natural urge can lead to weakness of sense organs, facial paralysis, headache and torticollis.
Belching or eructation:
This can lead to hiccups, obstacles in the proper functioning of lungs and heart, tremor, lack of appetite and dyspnea.
Controlling this urge can lead to tremor, numbness, shaking sensation, contractions and convulsions in the body. All these occur mainly because suppressing the urge to yawn can aggravate vata dosha. When an individual yawns, unwanted vata is discharged from the body and when it is forcefully retained, it can lead to disorders in this dosha level.
Likewise, other urges like sleeping, tears, thirst and hunger should not be suppressed.