Diseases caused by the suppression of the downward movement of Vayu

In Ayurveda, the causality of several diseases is seen from the suppression of natural urges. The suppression of apaana vaata, urination, bowel movements, yawning, crying, sneezing, vomiting, ejaculation, hunger, thirst, and sleep are all some of these natural urges that when suppressed will cause disease.

Aggravated vaata (also can be caused by eating to much quantity of dry foods like kale chips) obstructs the free movement of apaana vayu, excretion downwards, urination, tears, kapha and medo (fat) vaha srotas and it dries up the feces. This in turn causes pain in the bladder and heart, and passage of apaana , urine and feces happens with great difficulty. Additionally, sinus problems and head colds, burning, fainting, thirst, fever, vomiting, hiccups, and head aches occur. mental confusion and a lack of stability, hearing impairment and other vaata related symptoms are also seen.

Suppression of apaana vaata, the downward movement of vayu causes udaavarta, adhovaayu, obstruction of feces and urine, aadhmana (flatulence), klaanti (mental fatigue), jvara (fever), udara roga and other diseases.

Suppression of bowel movements cause aatopia which is the gurgling sounds in the abdomen, colic pain, cutting pain in the anus, obstruction of feces, upward moving vata that settles in the stomach, bad breath and other diseases.

Suppression of urine causes severe pain in the bladder and genitalia, difficulty in urination, headache, bloating in the lower pelvic region and other diseases.

Suppression of yawning causes contraction of the jaw and the throat, head ache, and complains of the eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.

Suppression of tears turns into excessive demonstration of happiness and sadness in improper situations. It may also create heaviness in the head, eyes diseases, and sinusitis, runny nose or head colds.

Suppression of sneezing causes stiffness of the jaw and neck, head ache, facial palsy, headaches only on one side of the head, and it weakens the senses.

Suppression of yawning causes a fullness feeling of the throat and mouth, pricking pain, the sounds of gurgling that sound like a pigeon in the gut, and obstruction of vaata in general.

Suppression of vomiting leads to itching, rashes, loss of taste, black patches on the skin, edema, anemia, fever, skin diseases, constant nausea, and visarpa which is small eruptions on the skin that spread fast (herpes).

Suppression of ejaculation creates swelling in the bladder, anus, and testicles. it turns into pain difficulty in urination, stones in the semen much like kidney stones, and pre-ejaculation.

Suppression of hunger causes tiredness and heaviness of the body, tastelessness or disliking to eating, debility, and impairment of vision as well as other diseases.

Suppression of thirst causes a specific disease that is called trshna, a constant feeling of thirst. It causes dryness of the mouth and throat as well as loss of hearing and deafness. It can also cause pain in the heart region.

In general in all cases vata has to be channelized and brought downward. There are treatments for this in ayurveda. Besides those treatments and different herbal preparations, in general whey and rice can be consumed. Triphala tea also is a help.



As an add on while talking of vega dharana, it is interesting to note that there are also manasik vegas that are needing our control.

They are manas vegas or natural urges of the mind or psychology. This is a bit more complicated because they are to be controlled by will. The emotions reflect our external world. This connects to our perception and that is the senses and the sense organs. In Ayurveda and vedic knowledge, the emotions are due to improper perception or knowledge of our process of self centered consciousness. This is seen through the understanding of satmendriyartasamyoga which is detailed in another posting here….  “What is yoga as per Charaka Samhita”….. the atma or soul, the indriyas or the senses and their association with the organs of the senses. The impairment of the whole collective is only due to the over use, under use, and perverted use of the senses. This can only happen due to pragnaparadha or the conscious volition of deeds against ones intelligence or in other-words, doing what one consciously knows is un-beneficial to the being or “wrong”. This inturn destroys the intelligence and the will as well as the ability to discriminate properly in the future.

The mansika vegas are to be controlled at will. When they are not, the effect the world around us and also effect the physiology of the being as well as the entire system is affected. Thru meditation and following proper code of conduct and lifestyle given in Ayurveda, the emotional life and perceptions get digested properly.

Greed is an intense and selfish desire to own or control more resources than others. Power, position, wealth, and food are the normal suspects. Greed is of rajasika. It vitiates vata and kapha. While experiencing greed a part of the limbic system is activated and releases a neurotransmitter, dopamine. It stimulates the autonomic nervous system. Change is seen even in cellular and molecular level.

Envy/jealousy is of rajasika quality an imbalance of vata and pitta. Being of anger, it activates the limbic system and adrenaline is released. It turns on the sympathetic nervous system. Jealousy’s root is of discontentment.

Aversion is also a form of anger. It is of rajasika quality as well. A vitiation of vata and pitta. When the hypothalamus is activated it, adrenaline is released. Same as above as greed and envy. It results in flight response.

Intolerance to others or situation. It is of rajasika guna as well. It vitiates vata first and then pitta. The limbic system is activated an releases cortisol which is the primary stress hormone.

Attachment is a desire of worldly affairs. The natural tendency attaches one to an external objects. It is rajasika but has a quality of kapha. Vata and kapha are vitiated. The limbic system is activated and the neurotransmitter released is dopamine.

Lust is rajasika guna and vitiates vata. Bhagavata gita says, The thinking of an object of the senses creates desire to achieve that object and a lust for that object is created. Also an activation of the limbic system.

Anger is a reaction towards a perceived adverse situation. It tends to be a survival reaction and closely can be seen as enmity or jealous. Underlying it is not being heard or seen or a frustration to a relationship with an other or a perception. It is rajasika and vitiates pitta. With pitta being vitiated symptoms of pitta are seen in teeth grinding, contractures of muscles and tension, going flush and pale or red, numbing, burning, sweating, and heat. From external perception the hypothalamus is stimulated and a release of catecholamines triggers the flight response in the autonomic system. Also a stimulation of the lateral hypothalamus can happen and overt rage and fighting occurs.

Grief is tamasika and vitiates vata. It can be a normal emotional response to a significant loss.

Fear is tamasika and vitiates vata. The limbic system is activated and activates a autonomic response of flight response. It stimulates a part of the thalamus which leads to fear. Fear is only the response to unknown, the future. Knowledge itself remedies fear.


3 thoughts on “Diseases caused by the suppression of the downward movement of Vayu

  1. Something I wanted to share..

    I’m following you and your blog for over a year now. It’s hard for me to experience the knowledge. To actually know what pitta feels like. Or vata.. or the difference between hunger and wanting to eat. etc. And I am wary to take conclusions too fast too, because I know how easy it is to make yourself belief stuff and interpretate experiences the wrong way.

    So then, when I dó notice something clearly I like to share that here..

    Something that has occured many times, is that every time I feel grief (and that happens quite often) I get cold. Literally, It makes me feel like having to put on some layers. This has happened so many times now that I can’t see it as a “coincidence” anymore. To then read here that grief vitiates vata could very well explain the coldness. As coldness is one of vatas qualities. The grief also makes me want to eat, but to put that in the vata-box aswell might be a bit too easy ;).

    • The underlying problem is the lack of context and the lack of proper education. The experience comes through having a teacher and being in the context to witness and then experience from that.
      Very challenging to read something that is just concepts then in your mind and try to correlate them not being in the world that it comes from or without complete knowledge.

    • I imagine it might be a little like reading the manual of how to fly a boeing and to then expect to know how to fly it for real.

      You think my conclusion on vata was right?

      Another thing I’m noticing which would be true from an ayurvedic point of view is that I have more energy in colder seasons comparatively to the warmer seasons. I’ve only following this blog and your sessions for one year (just óne cycle of the sun) so it could be a “coincidence”, but I have been experiencing weakness and little energy in the warm periods, especially the hottest days. In winter I did not experience this. And now spring has just started.. and during some warm days I have experienced this again. Coincidence? I think not, but it might be too early to draw conclusions. At least I did not experience it nót being true ;).. referring to the statement of Ayurveda that digestion is weaker in uttarayana comparated to the suns southern course.

      Thank you for your reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: