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Sam wants to know if guided imagery can help him get rid of warts and BR answers that the track reco

05 Jan
Sam wants to know if guided imagery can help him get rid of warts and BR answers that the track record for imagery and hypnosis in shrinking and removing warts is pretty darn good..
Dear BR,

Will guided imagery help me get rid of perianal warts? I''ve had them for a couple of years and nothing works. Can you recommend a CD that will help me with the warts? Thank you. Sam



Dear Sam,

There’s plentiful evidence to show that guided imagery and/or hypnosis is quite effective at helping people get rid of warts. Even people who have had no luck with medicines can do quite well with this sort of auto-suggestion.

We don’t have a CD specific to this, but you can spend several minutes a day, taking a few relaxing breaths - perhaps while listening to your favorite music - and then imagining your warts shriveling and shrinking away (the metaphor of a grape drying up into a raisin and then disintegrating into dust and blowing away is one that works). You could also imagine your body choosing to starve the warts, turning nutrients away from them, so that they lose strength, and more quickly proceed to their demise. You can also see them going from a vital color to a fading-away gray, if that helps. If you do this several times a day when you’re waiting for a light to change in traffic, or sitting in a boring meeting, or just before you fall asleep, you may be surprised at what you can do with this. Oh, and adding a little mantra each time you do this - something like, "goodbye, warts" or "shrinking and disappearing", that adds a little extra punch to this technique.

If you don’t like the idea of going it alone, you can look for a certified guided imagery practitioner in your area. Check the data bases of the Academy for Guided Imagery or the Beyond Ordinary Nursing program for certified practitioners.

There are also hypnosis downloads on the internet for this, but I cannot attest to their quality. They may be perfectly fine (and truly, it doesn’t take much to be effective) - but I just can’t say for sure.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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