Chronic Disease Specialist Mililani HI

Most of the therapies I use draw on a combination of meditation ™, diet, herbs, massage, and behavioral changes. Here are some questions my patients with high blood pressure commonly ask.

Hiro Makino, MD
(808) 486-6116
98-1079 Moanalua Rd Ste 655
Aiea, HI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1977

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Eugene Alfred H Magnier, MD
(808) 487-6439
99-128 Aiea Heights Dr Ste 405
Aiea, HI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1962

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Michael Wayne Chan
(808) 486-6116
98-1079 Moanalua Rd
Aiea, HI
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Vincent U Yap
(808) 432-0000
3288 Moanalua Rd
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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John C Chen
(808) 432-0000
3288 Moanalua Rd
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Michael Wayne Chan, MD
(808) 486-6116
98-1079 Moanalua Rd Ste 655
Aiea, HI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Irvine, Ca Coll Of Med, Irvine Ca 92717
Graduation Year: 1988

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Hiro Makino
(808) 486-6116
98-1079 Moanalua Rd
Aiea, HI
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Dartzuen Darren Wu, MD
(808) 678-7181
91-2139 Fort Weaver Rd
Ewa Beach, HI
Specialties
Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: China Med Coll, Taichung, Taiwan (385-05 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1982

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Joseph Caravalho Jr, MD
3288 Moanalua Rd
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1983

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Paul Chungming Ho, MD
(808) 432-8389
3288 Monanalua Road
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1992

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Practitioner's Corner—About High Blood Pressure

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By Steele Belok, m.d.

The most common chronic disease in America is a stealthy one. Hypertension rarely announces itself with troublesome symptoms, but people who have it are at risk for many other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death. Despite this grim picture, high blood pressure is often preventable.

As for treatment, I’ve found that hypertension responds particularly well to Ayurvedic (a.k.a. Vedic) medicine. This 5,000-year-old healing system works by balancing three organizing principles, or doshas, in the body: vata (movement), pitta (energy and metabolism), and kapha (structure). According to Vedic medicine, imbalances in any of the three doshas can lead to hypertension, so treatment would depend on which ones are out of balance.

I’ve practiced Vedic medicine for 15 years and can detect imbalances among the doshas by feeling a patient’s pulse and taking a history of lifestyle and symptoms. Most of the therapies I use draw on a combination of transcendental meditation ™, diet, herbs, massage, and behavioral changes. Here are some questions my patients with high blood pressure commonly ask.

Q: My latest blood pressure reading was high. Can I bring it down by changing my diet?

A: Yes, but dietary approaches to controlling hypertension should be tailored to your individual balance of doshas, so it’s difficult to make a blanket statement about what constitutes the ideal diet. Most hypertensives have imbalances in vata, pitta, or both. A diet to calm the vata would include lots of sweet and sour foods, while one aimed at balancing the pitta would steer clear of spicy and oily food. I also recommend that anyone with hypertension eat mostly warm, freshly cooked foods, such as leafy greens and legume-based dishes like dal, and eat as few salty, fried, or heavy foods—like cheese and meat, for example—as possible.

Q: I know that reducing stress is crucial to controlling my blood pressure. What’s the best stress-busting technique?

A: Transcendental meditation is a terrific way to promote relaxation. It doesn’t require a specific diet and while the training can be costly, once you’ve learned the technique, it’s free. The benefits come by way of physiological effects such as slowing the respiratory rate and reducing production of the stress hormone cortisol. Calming these aspects of the stress response helps blood vessels relax and widen, which reduces pressure.

One study found that a group of African-Americans who practiced TM lowered their blood pressure by twice as much as a comparison group who used a progressive muscle relaxation technique. In fact, the TM group’s blood pressure dropped by the same amount one would expect to see if they had just begun taking medication. Eight years later, their mortality from cardiovascular disease was 67 percent lower than that of the other relaxation group, and 75 percent lower than that of a control group that received no relaxation training at a...

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