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Respect Your Natural Urges

by Dr. Aniruddha Kulkarni

Human existence is essentially attributed to constant, continuous oneness of body, mind and soul. We are alive when these constituents are together. When soul and mind departs from body, we usually label it as ' death'. In order to healthy operations of these constituents some urges are created naturally. These urges are known in ayurveda as ' vega'. Vega is a very fundamental and important concept of ayurveda. It is essential for our good health not to suppress urges from body, but, suppress the urges which are concerned with the mind.

In maintenance of health, we have to accept air, food etc. into our body. After their entry in the body, they are properly digested. After digestion they are divided in two parts, viz. prasad or nutritious part and mala or excretory part. This excretory part should be thrown out of body. Sometimes for continuation of human life, shukra i.e. semen and artava i.e. ovum are also ejaculated from the body. All these natural ' acceptance ' and ' excretion ' processes are called as ' vega '. For urges to be respected, various nerves, muscles, sphincters come in the action. The urges can be suppressed for some period by the power of mind. We can also create some urges by stimulating mind. But, ayurveda do not recommends this forceful suppression and creation of urges. It is identified as a major factor for presenting opportunity to initiate disease process. We have to suppress the urges while in traveling, work, meetings and discussions, and sometimes only because " it doesn't look good " like things. But, keep in mind that these acts are not good for health.

Ayurveda has described different urges and the symptoms arising out of their suppression.

Urge Symptoms arising of suppression
Gas in the abdomen Pain in abdomen, constipation, painful urination, loss of appetite, pressure on heart.
Faeces Cramps in legs, running nose, pains in eyes, distressing movements of abdominal gas, binding pains in heart.
Urine Bodyache, pain in penis, urinary calculus.
Semen Pain and edema in genitals, cardiac pain, stoppage of urination, sperm calculus, infertility.
Thirst Dryness of mouth and palate, weakness, numbness, fainting, increase in heart rate.
Hunger Loss of taste, weakness, loss of weight, pain in abdomen, bodyache.
Belching Loss of taste, binding feeling in heart, hiccough, tightness of abdomen.
Yawning and sneezing Loss of power of sense organs, headache, neck pain, facial paralysis.
Tears Running nose, pain in head and eyes, fainting.
Dysnea after exertion Heart disease, fainting, weakness.
Cough Stressful respiration, more cough, loss of taste, heart disease.
Vomiting Patches on skin, skin diseases, fever, cough, nausea.

These are the various urges and symptoms arising out of their suppression. The most significant observation is that, at nine times, heart related symptoms are mentioned. It is our duty to seriously look at this concept, while global cardiac epidemic is ready to break out.

Apart from these urges, there are some urges like sleep, speech and especially, in females, menstrual cycle. The trend is on rise to take tablets and injections for forceful suppression and initiation of menstrual cycle. It is not advisable to insult our natural system again and again. It will definitely lead us to a diseased state.

Dr. Aniruddha Kulkarni , an Ayurvedic Practitioner practicing at Miraj, India.ou can contact him at :
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