In our many discussions over the course of a lovely retreat weekend together, one topic that impressed many was that there were actually 13 urges that are encouraged to be released.... Here is an exerpt from Dr. Vikram Chauhan, a traditional ayurvedic physician and his comments.
These 13 natural non-suppressible urges are described by Charaka, an authority on Ayurveda in his book, Charaka Samhita, Strasthana.
“That the wise should not suppress the impending urges of urine, feces, semen, flatulation, vomiting, sneezing, eructation (belching), yawning, hunger, thirst, crying, sleeping and breathing after exertion.”
Suppression of urge to defecate can cause colic pain, headache, retention of flatus and feces, cramps in calf muscles and flatulence. 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 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 under control.
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 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.
The bottom line is if the natural urge is felt by the body, it is energy that needs to be moved, released, and set free... and this is an important part of remaining an open channel. All part of your daily practice, or dinacharya.