It has been proved by the Yoga Research Institute at Patna that the lowering of blood pressure is easier and more spectacular with yoga than with simple rest and tranquilizers (e.g. Diazepam). Yoga improves physical, mental, psychic and spiritual health. It makes the physiological reflexes, reactions and responses more alert, sensitive and subtle. It exercises and energizes the various systems of the body. The asanas are so designed that their effects may reach to the very ends of the peripheral nerve tips, even to the tiniest and finest and most slender capillaries, to the vasa nervorum and the vasa vasorum and the nutrient arteries which pierce and ply through the hard bones to supply the marrow, and even to each of the individual cells wherever they may be located in the body. Yoga helps to change the lifestyle of the practitioner. We learn to adjust and adapt to changing life situations and circumstances and to accept the environment stoically but wisely and in good humour. It awakens man to the realities of existence, infuses hope and courage, and rekindles zest and zeal. There is no passive acceptance of fate or destiny; the yogi does not sit moping, repenting, complaining, carping and condemning. He is glad to take up the gauntlet and to accept the challenge. He is part of the Cosmic Conjuror and is not cowering under stress or cringing before strain. Yoga is a definite and precise breakthrough in the prevention and treatment of hypertension. It may be used alone or in conjunction with other measures including drugs. While drugs may remove the prick, yoga removes the thorn.
The great merit of this book is that its approach is rational and objective. It deftly portrays the problems involved and cites precise reasons for the inclusion of yoga as an additional and alternative therapeutic measure. The medical and clinical aspects are well covered. The facts are simply and succinctly stated. The steps to be followed are clear. The erudite author has covered the subject exceptionally well. He has rendered yeoman’s service to mankind by publishing such a useful and magnificent treatise on health and hygiene pertaining to one of the most common diseases afflicting mankind".
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