Transcendental Meditation Classes for High Blood Pressure Hilo HI

Reducing stress is crucial to controlling my blood pressure. 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.

Robert Ressler
(808) 937-8926
HCR 1 Box 5386
Keaau, HI
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Arizona
Credentialed Since: 2011-02-02

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Barry Jason Worchel
(808) 933-0409
37 Kekaulike St
Hilo, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Maryruth Eaves-Herrera
(719) 659-6035
4 Spring Street
Hilo, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Crisis Intervention or Disaster Intervention, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
Spanish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Colorado - Boulder
Credentialed Since: 1994-04-25

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Steven W. Pollard
(808) 969-1877
101 Aupuni St, #314
Hilo, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Credentialed Since: 1979-12-12

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Janice A. Helfand
(808) 990-2565
P.O.Box 10571
Hilo, HI
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: California Institute of Integral Studies
Credentialed Since: 2004-12-22

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Bernard A. Jarman
(808)982-4220 x.2366
PO Box 2008
Keaau, HI
Services
School-based Consultation, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Family Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Arizona State University
Credentialed Since: 1996-08-26

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State of Hawaii Health Department
(808) 974-4320
1045 Kilauea Ave Apt B
Hilo, HI
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Dennis Don Lee
(808) 935-4444
135 Puuhonu Way
Hilo, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Shelley Ham
(808) 934-7355
99 Aupuni St
Hilo, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Herbert Lee Williams
(808) 934-4000
1292 Waianuenue Ave
Hilo, HI
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Child Psychiatry

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Reducing Stress to Reduce High Blood Pressure

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By Steele Belok, m.d.

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 all.

TM is also thought to reduce anxiety—another key to lowering blood pressure—partly by stimulating the production of the mood-enhancing brain chemical serotonin. While there’s less evidence to support other forms of meditation, they may also be helpful.

TM is taught at Maharishi Vedic Centers. You can find the nearest one by calling 888.532.7686, or look online at www.tm.org .

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