Can Suppressing Natural Urges Cause Disease?

Can Suppressing Natural Urges Cause Disease? 
Ayurveda is one of the oldest, most complete and amazing natural holistic systems of medicine in the world. It's a fascinating science and art of living (Ayu=Life, Veda=Science.)  There are three primary biomedical terms of Ayurveda that are essential components of this system that allows us to navigate through our lives and our health. These three terms are Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which are derived from the composition of the five element theory; the five elements being Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space/Ether. In Ayurveda we categorize Vata, Pitta and Kapha into "biological humors" that are configured uniquely in each one of us and determines our physiological and psychological output.

Vata Dosha
Vata, is a Sanskrit term that means "that which moves" and it primarily governs Space and Air. Pitta, primarily governs Fire and Water. Kapha, governs primarily Water and Earth. To take this further, Vata is considered the Neurological System. Therefore, neurological disorders or tendencies of imbalance are assessed as being a result of underlying Vata imbalances. Ayurveda says that 80% of diseases/disorders are a result of Vata. Vata has a general site that it is associated with, that being the pelvic area.  We not only see Vata in the season pertaining to Fall/early Winter, because of its cold and dry qualities but we can also loosely refer to Vata as the process related to catabolism. What I call the "Air Head", or Personality Type D (Anxious one.) It's period of life in time is post 45-50 years of age until expiration.

Pitta Dosha
Pitta, is a Sanskrit term that means "that which digests/transforms" and relates to the Endocrine/Digestive System. Therefore, it governs the principles of digestion and hormones. Ayurveda says that 40% of diseases are a result of Pitta imbalance, relating to inflammatory tendencies and it's general location in the body is the liver and small intestine. We loosely refer to these types as "Summer Types" because of the hot/dry or wet qualities, and also refers to Type A" personality types (Aggressive and strong). What I sometimes call as the "Hot Head." Pitta is about Metabolism and its period of life in time ranges from the beginning of puberty until the cessation of hormones becoming menopause and/or andropause. Therefore, ranging from around 10/15-45/50 years of age.

Kapha Dosha
Kapha, is a Sanskrit term that means "that which molds/creates form" and relates to the Immunological System.  It governs the principles of immunity, strength and, to some degree, a building of the body overall and its vitality. Ayurveda says that 20% of diseases are a result of Kapha imbalance, relating to accumulation, sluggishness and heaviness. Kaphas general site in the body is the lungs and we refer to Kapha Types as the "Spring Type" because of the cold and wet qualities. Additionally, we consider Kapha Types the "Type B" (depressed/slow) types. I sometimes call them the "Pot Head." Kapha is about anabolism and its period of life in time is while in the mother's womb all through childhood, because this is when we build and lengthen. We can say the age range is from birth until 10/15 years of age.

13 Natural Urges
That being said. Ayurveda directs us to daily (Dinacharya) and seasonal (Ritucharya) practices to help maintain health and support disease prevention.  Additionally, when Ayurveda addresses disease it's not the disease directly that is addressed but the individual because it is understand that it's not what type of disease does a person get but more about what type of person gets a disease. In addressing healthcare, Ayurveda speaks about 13 Natural Urges (Trayodahsa Vega) that shouldn't be suppressed and correspond to maintaining balance in our bodies and mind. These urges include:

1) Sleep
2) Hunger
3) Thirst
4) Burping
5) Flatulence
6) Sexual Expression/Ejaculation (orgasm)
7) Defecating
8) Urinating
9) Vomiting
10) Sneezing
11) Coughing
12) Yawning
13) Crying

The Suppression Of Natural Urges Can Cause Disorders 
The suppression of these urges can cause physical and psychological disorders. When we observe the general origin of where these urges are expressed from we can see how they correlate to the regions where Vata, Pitta and Kapha are situated. In suppressing any one of these urges we can see where dysfunction in that area can cause. For instance, when we feel the urge to defecate and we hold it in we can normally feel a sharp pain, gas or tightening in the general region of the bowels. Over time, this can lead to other imbalances that develop into symptoms such as constipation.  If we prevent ourselves from crying when the natural tendency is to do so, we find that we could suffer from lung, heart and even thyroid related complications. If we skip the urge to eat when we are hungry or drink when we are hungry or eat when we are thirsty or even skip drinking or eating when both the need for hunger and thirst are ignored, we will notice digestive issues will form. If we ignore the need for sleep because somehow we justify staying up at night, inevitably we will incur sleep disturbances that spill over into other aspects of the body thereby creating ill health.

Vata is the governing force behind all these urges because the brain is regulating all the functions of the body. The nervous system is the information pathway of the body and through the afferent and efferent neurons the entire geography of the body is communicated through this highway of neural pathways. Over time, as we disturb Vata we eventually are disturbing the other doshas. Furthermore, with Vata being out of balance we can also see a trend where inflammation in the body is the precursor to disease. In an acidic environment, we have a brewery for virus', fungus and bacterial formation. In an alkaline environment, there is less likelihood for major diseases rooted in Vata(neurological) and Pitta (inflammation) to set up camp. In holding back the urge we disturb Vata and the body will experience inflammation through friction of restriction of urges.

If You Want To Cry ... Cry!
Therefore, to help prevent imbalances from forming, the next time you want to cry ... cry! The next time you have to poop or pee, just use the bathroom. If you're hungry, eat! If you're sleepy, especially at night....sleep! If you're thirsty, drink! If you have to yawn, sneeze, burp or fart, then do it! If you want to express and cultivate sexual energy accordingly, then do so consciously as possible. If you want to vomit, do it! Remember that your vitality and health depend on it. Think about it. If you take a moment to see where you might be having health issues, take a look (inwardly/outwardly) to determine what urge you may be suppressing and take the first step in allowing them again. Sometimes it takes a re-training but the body is willing and able, we just have to support it and it know exactly what to do. Simply, allow yourself to have natural expressions and honor the self. So, the next time you have an urge then have the experience. The urgency of the urge is that your health depends on it!


About The Author: 
Vishnu Om
Vishnu M.Ayu
, BA Psy., LMT, CSP, E-RYT, CS2, is a licensed massage therapist with more than 15 years of experience and Master’s of Ayurveda/Yoga from Hindu University of America. He is the owner of ‘Hidden Health’ Center and offers Ayurveda out of a few locations. To learn more about Vishnu and his practice you can find him at

This information is strictly for educational purpose only and not considered medical advice. Always first discuss with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.

One Thing We All Have In Common ...

One Thing We All Have In Common ... 
One thing we all have in common is that we all want to be happy. How we imagine our happiness may differ from one to another. Interestingly, our thoughts form our character and if we want to be happy in life, we must ensure that we keep our brain happy and healthy. When we are relaxed and happy, we exist in a state where our body is significantly different biologically than when we are tense, angry, and sad. Dr. Deepak Chopra in Quantum Healing states, “to think is to practice brain chemistry.” In other words, every thought releases brain chemicals and thinking positive, happy, and joyful thoughts decreases cortisol and produces serotonin which creates a sense of well-being. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda teaches that anyone can achieve this state of inner wholeness, regardless of circumstances, by learning to balance all levels of life in accordance to natural principles; i.e. “mother nature”.

Want To Be Happy? Then Be Grateful. - David Steindl-Rast

Ojas - The Prescription For Bliss & Happiness!! 
Having strong Ojas helps maintain optimum health and many diet and lifestyle factors can contribute to either depleting or nourishing one’s Ojas. Ojas is defined as the pure essence of the bodily tissues. This is the refined by-product of digestion which can take up to 30 days to be created. Ojas is also referred to as the source of vitality, immunity and vigor in the body. The quality of Ojas is dependent on diet, lifestyle and stress. Possessing strong Ojas can determine how one’s body reacts to certain diseases and infections. Every tissue system in the body is said to have its own Ojas. Whilst all the physiological systems in the body are maintaining their function at optimum levels, Ojas is preserved. However during disease or infections the integrity of Ojas in the body can be compromised.

Blissful Joy
To help uplift the emotions; helps balance emotional ups and downs; alleviates sadness and feelings of frustration

Stress Free Emotions
For natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue; promotes emotional balance, positive feelings, and feelings of fulfillment

It is important to maintain optimum health and thereby strong Ojas by a suitable diet and lifestyle.  There are some practical ways to increase Ojas and it is also vital to be aware of activities that can deplete this vital essence of the body.

Ways To Increase Ojas:
· Meditation
· Moderate yoga suited to one’s constitution
· Pranayama (breathing exercises)
· Consuming fresh wholesome and balanced meals appropriate to ones state of balance
· A daily morning practice incorporating walking in nature, nasal drops and oil massages
· Certain herbs such as Ashwagandha and Shatavari can help in promoting Ojas
· A restful and appropriate sleep is vital to building Ojas

Activities That Deplete Ojas:
· Excessive sexual activity
· Physical and psychological traumas
· Intense and excessive vigorous exercise
· Overexposure to bacteria, virus and parasites
· Diseases such as cancer, chronic asthma, osteoporosis, arthritis, ulcerative colitis, etc.
· Excessive stress and an intense work schedule
· Excessive consumption of foods that have preservatives and additives and other chemicals
· Overconsumption of incompatible foods for one’s constitution

Prana & Nasya = Health, Vitality & Happiness 
Nasya – The Pathway To Our Inner Pharmacy

Breathing is so natural yet we hardly ever think about it. Interestingly, seventy percent of waste is eliminated through the lungs just by breathing. In his book, Breathing: The Master Key To Self-Healing, Dr. Andrew Weil comments on the importance of breathing on our overall health. He states, “improper breathing is a common cause of ill health. If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be to simply learn how to breath correctly. There’s no single more powerful or more simple daily practice to further your health and well-being than breathwork.”

Respiratory Health – Breathe Easier All Season Long!!

Similarly, Ayurveda, explains that “prana” – the vital life force, enters the body primarily through the breath, via the nose which provides the flow of intelligence from one cell to another; i.e. cellular intelligence. Even further, prana is also the subtle energy that flows in the body through various channels and is responsible for our vitality and dynamism [“chaitanym”]. When prana is optimal, an individual will be active, alert and attentive while being happy and cheerful.

Ayurveda - Oil Massage ["Snehan"] 
The ancient Sanskrit word “Sneha” means compassion and the word “Snehi” refers to a loving friend. Daily oil massage [snehan] implies making a person loving by unfolding the healing qualities innate to the human body. In fact, Charaka – the ancient scholar of Ayurveda states that if you really want to bring happiness and joy to a client, don’t try to discuss their problems but do an oil massage and all the problems will simply dissolve.

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Ayurveda - A Guide For Happiness
The ancient teachings of Ayurveda talks in-depth about the profound relationship of the mind’s influence upon the body. These very teachings are thought to reflect the long-lived traditions and principles for upholding a healthy body and sound mind.

Factors Which Increase Ojas:
– wholesome food and healthy digestion
– love and compassion
– being positive and having self-control
– respect towards others and oneself
– cleanliness and simplicity
– selfless service [i.e. charity]

Ancient teachings of many cultures have always discussed the dynamic relationship between thoughts and feelings and its effects upon the body. Let the ancient inner laughter which resides deep within you guide you into a state of perfect health and happiness.

Easy Considerations …
For Health & Happiness


  • Drinking a cup of hot water with 1 tsp of honey and 10 drops of apple cider vinegar is a wonderful way to start the day. Honey and apple cider vinegar have scraping effects and can help with reducing excess adipose tissue.
  • Eliminating alcohol, caffeine and smoking. There is abundant information on how many negative effects these substances induce in the body. They can alter the digestive fire and create cravings for unhealthy foods.
  • Reducing dairy and meats from the diet. These foods are heavy, gross and can lead to slow, sluggish digestion which will increase the same qualities in the body. Therefore one will have excess heaviness, lethargy and poor metabolism with overconsumption of these foods.
  • Consume the largest meal at lunch – when digestion is strongest and keep dinner a simple and light meal.
  • Incorporate ginger pickles and teas in the diet. Ginger is an effective herb for stimulating digestion and removing toxins from the body. It will also help to increase metabolism.
  • Reducing the cold element in the diet and incorporating more hot meals will also bring changes to health.
  • Fresh vegetables such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, leafy greens, onions, garlic, peppers and sprouts will help increase the light element in the body. Fruits to favor include; berries, apples, pears, pomegranate, raisins, lemons, prunes and apricots. Generally heavier and sweet fruit and vegetables such as potatoes, cucumber, zucchini, bananas, coconuts, avocados, oranges, grapes and pineapples are best avoided.
  • In some cases, a 24 hour kichadi or water fast can be beneficial. Fasting in an appropriate manner and under the care of a physician/practitioner, can bring tremendous health benefits. It can reset the body and help one get onto the right track.

Rejuvenation For Men
Helps the body resist the effects of aging, correcting imbalances and repairing damaged cells; supports natural immunity; aids cellular regeneration.

Rejuvenation For Ladies
Supports emotional and hormonal balance; helpful during the years before menopause; promotes overall health.


  • Exercise is an important part of life. It increases metabolism and burns fat and also brings balance as well as mental clarity. The health benefits of yoga are vast. Taking up a daily yoga practice along with breathing exercises (pranayama) is an effective way for maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • At the very least, a 20 minute brisk walk should be incorporated into a morning daily routine. This will move lymph and reduce adipose tissue.
  • Napping during the day will increase the qualities that lead to weight gain; heavy, slow, dull, oily, gross and soft. It is best to obtain a good night’s sleep and to establish regular arising and sleeping times to set the body into a healthy routine.
  • Meditation and self – love. It is important to nurture one-self and to develop love and acceptance, as negative emotions can offset emotional hunger and depression. Meditation brings peace and harmony into life, therefore a daily 20 minute practice is recommended to bring overall awareness and balance. The many health benefits of meditation and positive affirmations are extensive. It is recommended to be forgiving of one-self and to eliminate the aspect of emotional guilt leading to acceptance, love and peace.


  • Herbs such as kutki, chitrak, trikatu and shilajit are extremely efficient in targeting fatty tissues and increasing the digestive capacity of the bodily tissues amongst many other benefits. Taking these herbs under a practitioners guidance will increase metabolism, scrape excess fat, control hunger and improve liver function.
  • Drinking triphala at night will also promote healthy bowel movements and cleansing of the colon as well as bringing balance to all the elemental properties in the body.

Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) 
Supports digestive system and elimination; assists body in absorbing nutrients; high-quality antioxidant; wide range of benefits.

The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.