He was using anger so frequently that …

Yesterday a man came for consultation. His problem was that he was experiencing severe pain in the nape of his neck. He also had pain in his biceps, elbow and forearm. He also experienced occasionally severe migraines. He had with him his MRI and reports.

I usually look at reports in the end and always begin with Nadi Pariksha (Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis).

I did his Nadi Pariksha and found that he used anger frequently as a means of communication with his wife and colleagues.

Before I began explaining my diagnosis , I wanted to know what treatment he was taking.

I asked him his daily routine. He was a software engineer and his work demanded that he work through the night and sometimes until 4am. He loved his job.  By keeping his body awake through the night his body was consequently multiplying his discomfort and pain.

He was taking physiotherapy and with infrared light. I asked him to stop that immediately.

I looked at his MRI and it only showed a disc bulge. He was lucky.

Neck pain produced due to gas in the stomach or due to constipation is different from neck pain that results from anger. So, even the treatment has to be different.

So, I started explaining the diagnosis to him, that the root cause of his neck pain was his anger.

Anger causes sharp pain that seems as if it is stuck, which you wish you could grab and pluck it out.

He told me that he was indeed expressing anger and in the recent months had learnt to control it.

His recent habit of controlling his anger began when his marriage reached a point of separation. He had to make a choice and that choice was to control his anger.

He didn’t realise that this caused more damage than when he expressed anger. Previously, his anger would affect others and himself. By throwing his anger out, he’d get away with minimal damage. Yes, he risked losing his relationships and his job. But controlling anger does worse. You boil inside. Your anger will linger inside you causing more anger. And the more you control it, the worse it’ll become for you.

Anger is a habit that is born out of wanting to control the outcome. That outcome can be from your actions or the actions of others. Your anger habit is either cultivated from your need for perfection or it may have been unconsciously copied from your parents.

If you thought controlling your anger can break your anger habit, you got it all wrong. Previously you blew your steam, but now, the pressure build up every time you get angry. One day, your body will blow up with a cervical disc bulge, disc prolapse, or worse, a brain hemorrhage or a stroke. And when that happens, you alone will suffer. The others can only get you to a doctor or a surgeon, but only you’ll have to endure the consequences of your anger.

Coming back to my client, I suggested Marma Chikitsa to him and some ayurvedic laxatives to ease the pressure off his bowels.

Before sending him off, I did Marma Chikitsa and he expressed instant relief from his neck pain. He needs repetitive sessions and with that he will be well.

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