This book discusses all the aspects from etiology, signs & symptoms, effects on different organs, investigations required & management of hypertension or high blood pressure.
The part dealing with the Homeopathic repertory and the remedial treatment on the basis of symptomatology has been written with a great deal of care and deep consideration. The chapter at the end 'Resume of the Therapeutics of Blood Pressure', may be found to be of great advantage to busy practitioners in acute cases.
Hypertension being one of the most common problems of today's lifestyle this book will be a valuable one for the practitioners who get many such patients.
By the term BLOOD PRESSURE people are inclined to think of a serious disease of modern civilisation. Blood pressure does not, in the strict sense of the term, mean a disease at all. It is essential for life, and every living man or woman carries some degree of blood pressure.
In certain pathological states, the blood pressure rises above the normal figure, sometimes reaching such heights as to become a source of imminent danger to life, but a sign or manifestation of a pathological process just as fever is not a disease but measurable external index of an internal malady. It might be said in consonance both with reason and science, that the rise of blood pressure is a CONSERVATIVE or COMPENSATORY process by which,adequate circulation of blood is maintained in the tissues in spite of increased resistance or obstruction to the flow of blood. If the blood pressure would fail to rise while the obstruction to the flow of blood be increasing, the inevitable result would be death from failure of circulation. To bring the analogy closer between fever and increased blood pressure, it may be asserted that a rise of blood pressure is a necessary evil to support life in adverse circumstances of blood-flow as much as fever is an unpleasant reaction but, nevertheless, conducive to the body to fight out the invading disease. But both fever and blood pressure should remain within safe limits, and every effort should be made to reduce them when they assume alarming proportions. It must be born in mind that a drastic reduction of fever or blood pressure by drugs is fraught with grave consequences, and should by no means be attempted. Removal of the cause to which the body reacts by fever or increased blood pressure is the ideal method of treatment.
High blood pressure, which is also known as HYPERTENSION, seems to be commoner in modern times than in the good old days. It cannot be denied that the modern civilisation has brought in its trail a great deal of adverse factors tending to raise blood pressure. Intensive struggle for existence associated with continual anxiety, greedy ambition, artificial methods of living, want of faith in religion, intemperance, irregular hours, adulterated and unwholesome food, and many vices peculiar to modern civilisation do undoubtedly play important parts in its causation.
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