Guided imagery is the use of directed thoughts and visualizations to fight disease.
Guided imagery is used for stress, anxiety, pain, lung disease, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, depression, fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), social anxiety, and many other conditions. It is also used to promote weight loss and smoking cessation. Some people use it to ease pain and other discomfort after surgery.
Natural Medicines rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
The effectiveness ratings for GUIDED IMAGERY are as follows:
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of guided imagery for these uses.
Guided imagery is the use of guided or directed thoughts and visualizations to deepen relaxation and to visualize solutions to problems or disease fighting processes, resulting in positive outcomes. For example, cancer patients might envision the body’s defense systems fighting and destroying cancer cells.
The visualization process can be guided by an instructor or prerecorded tapes.
Guided imagery is often used with other techniques such as relaxation therapy to help reduce stress in stressful situations. Guided imagery is thought to improve relaxation and help people feel in control of their situation, often resulting in improved emotions and attitudes.
There are no known safety concerns.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of guided imagery during pregnancy and breast-feeding. However, there is no known reason to suspect it might be harmful.
It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines.
Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
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