How Repressed Emotions Affect Our Physical Health
By Saso Denkovik
Toxins are, among other things, created by emotional factors. Suppressed anger, for example, can totally change the flora of the gallbladder, the bile duct, and the small intestine, and can worsen the condition of the pitta, causing inflammation on the surface of the mucous membrane of the stomach and small intestine.
Similarly, fear and anxiety can alter the flora of the colon. As a result, the stomach becomes bloated from gas, which builds up in the “pockets” of the colon, causing pain. This pain can often be confused with problems of the heart or liver.
Since repression has a bad effect, it is recommended not to suppress any emotion or any bodily impulses, such as coughing, sneezing and flatulence. Repressed emotions create imbalance of the vata, which affects the agni, the body’s autoimmune response.
When the agni is weak, the normal immune response may become absent. This can cause allergic reactions to certain substances, such as pollen, dust and flowers. Allergies cannot be radically cured by using antihistamines, because they are a result of repressed emotions.
Allergies can also be caused by intestinal parasites. For example, if you had amoebas in your large intestine, you’ll become allergic to pollen. People who were born with weak immune reactions often suffer from allergies because allergies have a close connection with the body’s immune responses.
For example, a person born with a pitta constitution will be naturally sensitive to hot, spicy foods, because they aggravate the pitta. In the same way, repressed pitta emotions, such as hatred and anger, can also increase the person’s sensitivity to those foods that aggravate the pitta.
People with kapha constitution are very sensitive to foods that aggravate the kapha. These people are sensitive to kapha products, like dairy, that cause cough, cold, congestion and wheezing. People who repress kapha emotions, like attachment and greed, will have allergic reactions to kapha foods.
Ayurveda recommends observing these emotions with detachment, and then allowing their release. When emotions are repressed, they cause a disturbance of the mind and eventually distort the various functions of the body.