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Our psychological approach to cortisol control (stress hormones) uses a specific type of guided imagery, based on Ericksonian psychiatry. Custom composed background music follows brain entrainment principles, as outlined in a recent Scientific American article. Music cadence matters.         Guided Memory methods create lasting and positive results.

 

 

Information in this monograph was reviewed by The Faculty at Harvard Medical School.

 

 

Scientific Review of "Guided Imagery" - 83 of the 270 articles, reviewed include:

  1. Ackerman CJ, Turkoski B. Using guided imagery to reduce pain and anxiety. Home Healthc Nurse 2000;Sep, 18(8):524-530;quiz, 531.
  2. Afari N, Eisenberg DM, Herrell R, et al. Use of alternative treatments by chronic fatigue syndrome discordant twins. 1096-2190 2000;Mar 21, 2(2):97-103.
  3. Ahsen A. Imagery treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse: a new methodology for treatment and research. J Mental Imagery 1993;17(3-4):1-60.
  4. Antall GF, Kresevic D. The use of guided imagery to manage pain in an elderly orthopaedic population. Orthop Nurs 2004;23(5):335-340.
  5. Baider L, Peretz T, Hadani PE, et al. Psychological intervention in cancer patients: a randomized study. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2001;Sep-Oct, 23(5):272-277.
  6. Baird CL, Sands L. A pilot study of the effectiveness of guided imagery with progressive muscle relaxation to reduce chronic pain and mobility difficulties of osteoarthritis. Pain Manag Nurs 2004;5(3):97-104.
  7. Ball TM, Shapiro DE, Monheim CJ, et al. A pilot study of the use of guided imagery for the treatment of recurrent abdominal pain in children. Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2003;Jul-Aug, 42(6):527-532.
  8. Barak N, Ishai R, Lev-Ran E. [Biofeedback treatment of irritable bowel syndrome]. Harefuah 1999;Aug, 137(3-4):105-107, 175.
  9. Baumann RJ. Behavioral treatment of migraine in children and adolescents. Paediatr Drugs 2002;4(9):555-561.
  10. Brown-Saltzman K. Replenishing the spirit by meditative prayer and guided imagery. Semin Oncol Nurs 1997;Nov, 13(4):255-259.
  11. Burke BK. Wellness in the healing ministry. Health Prog 1993;Sep, 74(7):34-37.
  12. Burns DS. The effect of the bonny method of guided imagery and music on the mood and life quality of cancer patients. J Music Ther 2001;Spring, 38(1):51-65.
  13. Castes M, Hagel I, Palenque M, et al. Immunological changes associated with clnical improvement of asthmatic children subjected to psychosocial intervention. Brain Behav Immun 1999;Mar, 13(1):1-13.
  14. Collins JA, Rice VH. Effects of relaxation intervention in phase II cardiac rehabilitation: replication and extension. Heart Lung 1997;Jan-Feb, 26(1):31-44.
  15. Crow S, Banks D. Guided imagery: a tool to guide the way for the nursing home patient. Adv Mind Body Med 2004;20(4):4-7.
  16. Dennis CL. Preventing postpartum depression: part II. A critical review of nonbiological interventions. Can J Psychiatry 2004;49(8):526-538.
  17. Esplen MJ, Garfinkel PE. Guided imagery treatment to promote self-soothing in bulimia nervosa: a theoretical rationale. J Psychother Pract Res 1998;Spring, 7(2):102-118.
  18. Esplen MJ, Garfinkel PE, Olmsted M, et al. A randomized controlled trial of guided imagery in bulimia nervosa. Psychol Med 1998;Nov, 28(6):1347-1357.
  19. Fors EA, Sexton H, Gotestam KG. The effect of guided imagery and amitriptyline on daily fibromyalgia pain: a prospective, randomized, controlled trial. J Psychiatr Res 2002;May-Jun, 36(3):179-187.
  20. Gaston-Johansson F, Fall-Dickson JM, Nanda J, et al. The effectiveness of the comprehensive coping strategy program on clinical outcomes in breast cancer autologous bone marrow transplantation. Cancer Nurs 2000;Aug, 23(4):227-285.
  21. Gimbel MA. Yoga, meditation, and imagery: clinical applications. Nurse Pract Forum 1998;Dec, 9(4):243-255.
  22. Groer M, Ohnesorge C. Menstrual-cycle lengthening and reduction in premenstrual distress through guided imagery. J Holist Nurs 1993;11(3):286-294.
  23. Gruzelier JH. A review of the impact of hypnosis, relaxation, guided imagery and individual differences on aspects of immunity and health. Stress 2002;Jun, 5(2):147-163.
  24. Halpin LS, Speir AM, CapoBianco P, et al. Guided imagery in cardiac surgery. Outcomes Manag 2002;Jul-Sep, 6(3):132-137.
  25. Hernandez NE, Kolb S. Effects of relaxation on anxiety in primary caregivers of chronically ill children. Pediatr Nurs 1998;Jan-Feb, 24(1):51-56.
  26. Hewson-Bower B, Drummond PD. Psychological treatment for recurrent symptoms of colds and flu in children. J Psychosom Res 2001;Jul, 51(1):369-377.
  27. Holden-Lund C. Effects of relaxation with guided imagery on surgical stress and wound healing. Res Nurs Health 1988;Aug, 11(4):235-244.
  28. Hosaka T, Sugiyama Y, Tokuda Y, et al. Persistent effects of a structured psychiatric intervention on breast cancer patients' emotions. Psychiatric Clin Neurosci 2000;Oct, 54(5):559-563.
  29. Hudetz JA, Hudetz AG, Klayman J. Relationship between relaxation by guided imagery and performance of working memory. Psychol Rep 2000;Feb, 86(1):15-20.
  30. Hudetz JA, Hudetz AG, Reddy DM. Effect of relaxation on working memory and the Bispectral Index of the EEG. Psychol Rep 2004;95(1):53-70.
  31. Ilacqua GE. Migraine headaches: coping efficacy of guided imagery training. Headache 1994;Feb, 34(2):99-102.
  32. Johnstone S. Guided imagery: a strategy for improving relationships and human interactions. Aust J Holist Nurs 2000;Apr, 7(1):36-40.
  33. Kaluza G, Strempel I. Effects of self-relaxation methods and visual imagery on IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma. Ophthalmologica 1995;209(3):122-128.
  34. Klaus L, Beniaminovitz A, Choi L, et al. Pilot study of guided imagery use in patients with severe heart failure. Am J Cardiol 2000;86(1):101-104.
  35. Kolcaba K, Fox C. The effects of guided imagery on comfort of women with early stage breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy. Oncol Nurs Forum 1999;26(1):67-72.
  36. Kvale JK, Romick P. Using imagery for role transition of midwifery students. J Midwifery Womens Health 2000;Jul-Aug, 45(4):337-342.
  37. Kwekkeboom KL, Kneip J, Pearson L. A pilot study to predict success with guided imagery for cancer pain. Pain Manag Nurs 2003;4(3):112-123.
  38. Lambert SA. The effects of hypnosis/guided imagery on the postoperative course of children. J Dev Behav Pediatr 1996;Oct, 17(5):307-310.
  39. Laurion S, Fetzer SJ. The effect of two nursing interventions on the postoperative outcomes of gynecologic laparascopic patients. J Perianesth Nurs 2003;Aug, 18(4):254-261.
  40. Lecky C. Are relaxation techniques effective in relief of chronic pain? Work. 1999;13(3):249-256.
  41. Lewandowski WA. Patterning of pain and power with guided imagery. Nurs Sci Q 2004;17(3):233-241.
  42. Louie SW. The effects of guided imagery relaxation in people with COPD. Occup Ther Int 2004;11(3):145-159.
  43. Maguire BL. The effects of imagery on attitudes and moods in multiple sclerosis patients. Altern Ther Health Med 1996;2(5):75-79.
  44. Mannix LK, Chandurkar RS, Rybicki LA, et al. Effect of guided imagery on quality of life for patients with chronic tension-type headache. Headache 1999;39(5):326-334.
  45. Manyande A, Berg S, Gettins D, et al. Preoperative rehearsal of active coping imagery influences subjective and hormonal responses to abdominal surgery. Psychosom Med 1995;Mar-Apr, 57(2):177-182.
  46. Marks IM, O'Dwyer AM, Meehan O, et al. Subjective imagery in obsessive-compulsive disorder before and after exposure therapy: pilot randomised controlled trial. Br J Psychiatry 2000;176:387-391.
  47. Marr J. The use of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music in spiritual growth. J Pastoral Care 2001;Winter, 55(4):397-406.
  48. McKinney CH, Antoni MH, Kumar M, et al. Effects of guided imagery and music (GIM) therapy on mood and cortisol in healthy adults. Health Psychol 1997;Jul, 16(4):390-400.
  49. Mehl-Madrona L. Complementary medicine treatment of uterine fibroids: a pilot study. Altern Ther Health Med 2002;Mar-Apr, 8(2):34-6, 38-40, 42, 44-46.
  50. Moody LE, Fraser M, Yarandi H. Effects of guided imagery in patients with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Clin Nurs Res 1993;2(4):478-486.
  51. Moody LE, Webb M, Cheung R, et al. A focus group for caregivers of hospice patients with severe dyspnea. Am J Palliat Care 2004;21(2):121-130.
  52. Moore RJ, Spiegel D. Uses of guided imagery for pain control by african-american and white women with metastatic breast cancer. 1096-2190 2000;Mar 21, 2(2):115-126.
  53. Murray LL, Heather Ray A. A comparison of relaxation training an syntax stimulation for chronic nonfluent aphasia. J Commun Disord 2001;Jan-Apr, 34(1-2):87-113.
  54. Norred CL. Minimizing preoperative anxiety with alternative caring-healing therapies. AORN J 2000;Nov, 72(5):838-840, 842-843.
  55. Ott MJ. Imagine the possibilities: guided imagery with toddlers and pre-schoolers. Pediatr Nurs 1996;Jan-Feb, 22(1):34-38.
  56. Peeke PM, Frishett S. The role of complementary and alternative therapies in women's mental health. Prim Care 2002;Mar, 29(1):183-197, viii.
  57. Rees BL. An exploratory study of the effectiveness of a relaxation with guided imagery protocol. J Holist Nurs 1993;Sep, 11(3):271-276.
  58. Rees BL. Effect of relaxation with guided imagery on anxiety, depression, and self-esteem in primiparas. J Holist Nurs 1995;Sep, 13(3):255-267.
  59. Rosen RC, Lewin DS, Goldberg L, et al. Psychophysiological insomnia: combined effects of pharmacotherapy and relaxation-based treatments. 1389-9457 2000;Oct 1, 1(4):279-288.
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  67. Thompson MB, Coppens NM. The effects of guided imagery on anxiety levels and movement of clients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging. Holist Nurs Pract 1994;Jan, 8(2):59-69.
  68. Troesch LM, Rodehaver CB, Delaney EA, et al. The influence of guided imagery on chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting. Oncol Nurs Forum 1993;20(8):1179-1185.
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  81. Wynd CA. Personal power imagery and relaxation techniques used in smoking cessation programs. Am J Health Promot 1992;6(3):184-189.
  82. Yip KS. The relief of a caregiver's burden through guided imagery, role-playing, humor, and paradoxical intervention. Am J Psychother 2003;57(1):109-121.
  83. Zachariae R, Oster H, Bjerring P, et al. Effects of psychologic intervention on psoriasis: a preliminary report. J Am Acad Dermatol 1996;Jun, 34(6):1008-1015.

Scientists have studied guided imagery for the following health problems:

 

Headache

Initial research suggests that guided imagery may provide added benefits when used at the same time as standard medical care for migraine or tension headache. Some studies show that relaxation therapies, including use of guided imagery, may be as effective or more effective in reducing the frequency of migraine headaches than are modest doses of a beta-blockade medication. Other study results disagree. Further study is needed to make a strong conclusion.

Cancer

Some studies suggest that guided imagery techniques (such as relaxation and imagery training tapes) may improve quality of life and sense of comfort (mood, depression) in cancer patients. Further research is needed to confirm these results.

HIV

Initial evidence suggests that occasional use of guided imagery techniques may improve quality of life in people with HIV. Additional research would be helpful.

Anxiety and wound healing after surgery

Initial evidence suggests that guided imagery relaxation audiotapes may reduce postoperative anxiety, improve healing and relieve stress. This research is preliminary, and more study is needed before a recommendation can be made.

Anxiety and depression in multiple sclerosis

There is early research that the use of imagery may reduce anxiety but not depression or physical symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis. Additional research would be helpful in this area.

Memory

Preliminary research suggests that guided imagery of short duration may improve working memory performance. Further research is needed before a firm conclusion can be drawn.

Congestive heart failure

A small preliminary study reports that guided imagery is of no benefit in congestive heart failure.

Fibromyalgia

Initial research suggests possible reductions in pain and improvements in functioning.

Upper respiratory tract infections

Preliminary research in children suggests that stress management and relaxation with guided imagery may reduce the duration of symptoms due to upper respiratory tract infections. Additional research is needed to confirm these results.

Bulimia nervosa

Evidence from preliminary research suggests that guided imagery may be an effective treatment for bulimia nervosa, at least in the short-term. Further study is needed before firm conclusions can be drawn.

Insomnia

Preliminary research supports the value of combined drug therapy and relaxation training in the treatment of insomnia. Further research is necessary to make a firm recommendation.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Cognitive-behavioral interventions for pain may be an effective adjunct to standard pharmacologic interventions for pain in patients with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Further research is needed to confirm these results.

Pain

Significantly lower postoperative pain ratings and shorter hospital stays in children, less abdominal pain and less pain from laparoscopic surgery have been associated with guided imagery practice. Preliminary research also suggests guided imagery may help in reducing cancer pain. Further research is needed to confirm these results.

Osteoarthritis

Preliminary research suggests a reduction in pain and mobility difficulties in patients with osteoarthritis. Further research is needed before a firm conclusion can be drawn.

Relaxation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

A small study reports increased relaxation outcomes in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema or chronic bronchitis) who use guided imagery techniques. Additional research is needed to confirm these results.

 

 

No Negative Side Effects

 

Guided imagery has no negative side effects, but should not be relied on as the sole therapy for any health problem. It is not a substitute for medical care. Contact a qualified health professional if your mental or physical condition is unstable or fragile. Never use guided imagery techniques while driving or doing anything that requires your safe attention. If you feel unusually anxious while practicing guided imagery, or if you have a history of trauma or abuse, speak with a qualified health care provider.

 

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