Ayurveda is a beautiful holistic science that gives prime importance to the prevention. The prevention of the diseases holds the essential role in the homeostasis of the body. According to Ayurveda, there are thirteen natural urges explained by Ayurvedic ancient sages which should not be suppressed. These urges are naturally occurring actions of the body which help to eliminate unwanted substances from the body. Every one of us knowingly or unknowingly suppresses these urges that naturally occurs in routine. The suppression of these urges is known as “Vegadharana” in Ayurveda. “Vega” means natural urge and “Dharana” means suppression. The suppression of these nature’s calls for long-term will imbalance the vata (one of the three main energies of the body) and lend to various mental and physical diseases. All these urges happen due to some specific reason only and if we ignore them then we may have to pay for it. To understand this concept, for example, if we get burp after feasting on food, this the signal from your stomach that it is full and does not require any more food. Here, ignoring this signal and holding the urge both could lead to indigestion or discomfort in the stomach.

The Thirteen Natural Urges

“ न् वेगान् धारयेद्धीमाञ्जातान् मूत्रपुरिषयो: | न  रेतसो न वातस्य न च्छर्द्या क्षवथोर्न च || नोद्गारस्य न जृम्भाया न वेगान् क्षुत्पिप्पासयो: | न वाष्पस्य न निद्राया नि:श्वासस्य श्रमेण च ||”

This shloka is taken from Charak Samhita (ancient Indian medicine textbook), which explains about the thirteen naturals urges that should not be suppressed. They are named below:-

  1. Urge to urinate
  2. Urge to defecate
  3. Urge to void semen
  4. Urge of flatulence
  5. Urge to sneeze
  6. Urge to burp
  7. Urge to yawn
  8. Urge of hunger
  9. Urge of thirst
  10. Urge to vomit
  11. Urge to cry
  12. Urge to sleep
  13. Urge of exertional breathing

Holding Natural Urges

Urge to urinate-

  • Urine is a liquid waste product of the body.
  • Urge to urinate is a natural way to vacate the urinary bladder from that unwanted waste.
  • Do not suppress the urge to urinate, because this will lead to the flow of urine back towards the bladder.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge of urine may lead renal calculi (stones in kidney), recurrent urinary tract infection, pain in bladder and genitals.

Urge to defecate –

  • Feces is the waste product which is left after the digestion of the food.
  • Whenever the urge of defecating is felt it has to be eliminated out of the body.
  • Suppressing the urge to defecate will lead to the absorption of toxins from the waste in the stool.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge to defecate may lead to constipation, flatulence, and pain in the rectum.

Urge to void semen –

  • It may lead to pain in the penis and testicle, pain in the chest region, and less flow of the urine.

Urge of flatulence –

  • Flatulence is the excessive gas accumulated in the digestive tract.
  • Suppressing the urge to pass the wind will create an imbalance in the digestive system.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge of flatulence may lead to constipation, piles, and weakness.

Urge to sneeze –

  • A sneeze is an involuntary act of throwing air out of nose and mouth due to irritation in the nose.
  • Sneezing creates pressure and once it is suppressed this pressure goes back to the head.
  • This trapped pressure may lead to some bad conditions.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge to sneeze may lead to weak sensory organs, headache, neck stiffness, and facial paralysis.

Urge to burp –

  • Belching (Burping) is the expulsion of the excess air from the mouth.
  • Suppression of belching can lead to the increase of toxins in cells.
  • This happens due to the incomplete digestion of food.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge to burp may lead to hiccups, indigestion, dislike towards food, flatulence, and feeling of obstruction in the chest region.

Urge to yawn –

  • Yawning is the reflex of deep inhalation through the mouth.
  • It allows fresh oxygen to enter the lungs.
  • It changes the blood pH and reduces the toxicity of the body. The long-term habit of suppressing the urge to yawn may lead to numbness, contractions, and tremors.

Urge of hunger –

  • Hunger is the strong desire to eat food.
  • Listen to the demand of your body for food and don’t starve yourself.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge of hunger may lead to body ache, weight loss, weakness, and dizziness.

Urge of thirst –

  • Suppressing the urge of thirst leaves your system dehydrated which is the root cause of many ailments.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge of thirst may lead to dry throat, tiredness, and discomfort in the chest.

Urge of vomiting –

  • Vomiting is the way of body to get rid of toxins out.
  • It is best not to suppress it otherwise toxins may get absorbed inside the body.
  • Keep in mind not to get dehydrated otherwise it may lead to shock.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge to vomit may lead to skin ailments, anorexia, and nausea.

Urge to cry –

  • Crying out all the fears and pain lightens you.
  • It is better to cry your all worries and sorrows out otherwise it may harm you psychologically.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge to cry may lead to eye ailments, chronic headache, nasal congestion, pain in the body, dizziness, and heaviness in the eyes.

Urge to sleep –

  • Sleeping in time is key to health.
  • Late night sleeping increases Vata and creates an imbalance in the body.
  • After the sunset, the melatonin hormone is secreted to induce sleep. Due to this, we feel sleepy in the night time as it is the natural demand of body. But if you are not listening to your body’s demand it will lead to the various maladies.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge of sleep may lead to body aches, heaviness in eyes, headache, and digestive problems.

Urge of exertional breathing –

  • Exertional breathing is shortness of breathing which you may feel on running and other strenuous activities.
  • It feels like to breath faster and you may feel to breathe through the mouth.
  • Do not suppress this urge of this exertional breath otherwise, it may harm your respiratory system.
  • The long-term habit of suppressing the urge of exertional breathing may lead to unconsciousness, heart problems, and bloating.

This way we can see how these simple looking natural urges play important role in balancing the body. So from next time better avoid suppressing and listen to the body’s demand.