The effect of hypnotic-guided imagery on psychological well-being and immune function in patients wi
There were significant increases in improvement in depression (P<.04) and an increase in absolute number of NK cells, but these were not maintained at the 3-month follow-up. Hypnotic-guided imagery did cause some transient changes in psychological well-being and immune parameters. However, these changes were not retained after the treatment ended.
The study concludes that there is a role for this method as an adjuvant therapy. [Ed note: perhaps the imagery practice needs to be continued as an ongoing part of daily life in order to maintain its benefits on psychological well being and NK activity.]
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