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Got Any Research that Supports Claims of Efficacy for Your Audios?

15 Jul

Dear Health Journeys and Belleruth,

I am very interested in your products.  Is there a place I can find published research in support of the results that the products claim to have, i.e. lowering anxiety, blood pressure, self esteem, self worth, etc. Thank you.



Hello, Andrew.  Thanks for the question.  

As you may already know, we have archived hundreds of mind-body studies, mostly Randomized Controlled Trials, but some feasibility and pilot studies, examining the efficacy of guided imagery, hypnosis, relaxation, meditation, yoga, massage therapy, MBSR, tai chi, breathwork, music therapy, acupressure and the like, in our databases at - you can search by health condition or by technique on the navigation bar on the left.  Every week we post new studies and have been doing so since 1997, so there is an awful lot of content archived on those pages.

We aren't always aware of all the studies being done with our audios - sometimes we hear about them after publication.  Some are PhD theses that we never hear about.  We don’t run these investigations ourselves, just cooperate with them when asked.  Sometimes it never occurs to the PI to let us know.  Often we hear about something in passing from a thoughtful colleague who heard a presentation at a professional conference.  But there are scores we never hear about.

However, we do know about studies with our Successful Surgery, Stop Smoking, Healing Trauma, Ease Pain, Fight Cancer, Healthful Sleep and Cardiac ICU/Rehab.  

Some (but by no means all) citations: 

Modifications to Insomnia Treatments for OIF/OEF Veterans with TBI.  PI: Dana Epstein PhD, RN, Phoenix V.A. Health Care System, Final Report for HSR&D QUERI Project RRP 07-309, 8/13/08

GIFT Facilitator Manual, Marian Butterfield MD, MPH and Jennifer Strauss PhD, Durham VAMC and Duke University, Durham NC 27705

Root L, Koch E, Reyntjens K, O’Brien C, Alexander S, Gaughf N. Trauma-Specific Guided Imagery: A Systematic Evaluation of an Adjunct Intervention to Group Psychotherapy. Poster Session, ISTSS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2001.

Jennifer L. Strauss, et. al. A Tele-Mental Health Approach to Enhancing Treatment Engagement and Symptom Self-Management for Women Veterans with PTSD Related to Military Sexual Trauma: RCT Results. VA Mental Health Conference, August 2010, Durham, North Carolina.

Jain S, McMahon G, Pasen P, Kozub M, Porter V, King R, Guarneri E. Healing Touch with Guided Imagery for PTSD in Returning Active Duty Military: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Military Medicine, 177, 9:1015, 2012. 

Dreher, H.  Mind-body interventions for surgery: evidence and exigency. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine (1998) 14, pp. 207-222.

Schwab D, Davies D, et al.  A study of efficacy and cost-effectiveness of guided imagery as a portable, self-administered, presurgical intervention delivered by a health plan. Advances, Summer 2007, Vol 22, #1, pp 8-14.

Wynd, C.  Guided imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 2005. 37:3. pp. 245-250.

Wynd, C.  Smoking patterns, beliefs and the practice of healthy behaviors in abstinent, relapsed and recalcitrant smokers. Journal of Vascular Nursing. 2007 June; 25 (2) pp. 32-8.

Antall GF, Kresevic D  The use of guided imagery to manage pain in an elderly orthopaedic population. Orthopaedic Nursing. 2004 Sep-Oct; 23 (5): pp. 335-40.

Stein TR, Olivo EL, Grand SH, Namerow PB, Costa J, Oz MC. A pilot study to assess the effects of a guided imagery audiotape intervention on psychological outcomes in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Holistic Nursing Practice. 2010 Jul-Aug; 24 (4): pp. 213-22. 

Wyatt G. Sikorskii A, Siddiqi A, Given CW.  Feasibility of a reflexology and guided imagery intervention during chemotherapy: results of a quasi-experimental study. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2007 May; 34 (3): pp. 635-42.

Tusek DL, Church JM, Strong SA, Grass JA, Fazio VW.  Guided imagery: a significant advance in the care of patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 1997 Feb; 40 (2): pp. 172-8.

I hope this answers your question, at least partially. 

All best,
Belleruth Naparstek  

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award