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Guided Imagery: A Little Chicken Soup For the Psyche and Much More

14 Oct

Recent studies have shown that guided imagery can be an effective treatment, particularly when combined with other treatment modalities. For that reason, many guided imagery programs are used by people who have been referred by physicians and mental health providers. Health Journeys’ titles on depression, anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress are often used in conjunction with other modalities, including psychotherapy and medication.

Guided imagery users are cautioned not to attempt to replace existing therapy with guided imagery, but when their physicians are in agreement with the use of guided imagery, we are happy to provide titles, dedicated to the treatment of specific conditions.

Numerous hospitals, clinics, physicians and therapists are recommending guided imagery for their patients or using it in their programs, and an increasing number of studies are being conducted to test the efficacy of guided imagery.

Last year, a study led by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, in San Diego, California, tested a combination of guided imagery and healing touch on 52 returning active-duty Marines experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Belleruth’s Healing Trauma was the imagery used in the study, which concluded that the combined therapies elicited significant improvement in symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Whether or not it is targeted to specific conditions, the mood-elevating, feel-good, protective imagery incorporated in many of the guided imagery programs has been found to be helpful to people undergoing therapy or medical treatment. Guided imagery has also been found to be an excellent tool for counteracting insomnia and sleep disturbances, so often associated with anxiety and other mental health issues and physical conditions.

In a recent study, researchers from the University Of Michigan School Of Nursing, in Ann Arbor, found guided imagery to be effective in reducing inflammation and sleep problems in patients following heart surgery. The imagery used in the study was Belleruth’s Healthful Sleep, our number one best seller, which is not surprising when you consider that the CDC has declared sleep insufficiency to be a national epidemic, affecting an estimated 50-70 million people. Learn more about guided imagery and other resources that can help you get a better night's sleep in our free report; An Epidemic of Sleeplessness.

As an increasing number of studies explore the efficacy of guided imagery, often in conjunction with other healing modalities for treatment of specific conditions, we are seeing a positive pattern emerging. Belleruth regularly shares the news of recent studies on guided imagery and other mind-body interventions in her weekly blog www.belleruthnaparstek.com. To see the results of some of these numerous studies, click on Hot Research.

We welcome you to share your news about guided imagery. As always, we love hearing from you.

Maggie DeMellier

Maggie DeMellier has been Health Journeys go-to customer service representative and marketing associate since March 2012. She worked as a surgical technician and pharmacy technician before she earned a BA in Mass Media Communication at The University of Akron. She operates a freelance writing business, specializing in medical ads, news articles, police blotters, features and business writing.  She was a teacher at a career college for six years, and earned a MA in Forensic Psychology in 2010. Maggie is the co-author of Parenting by Law or Grace, published by Synchronisity Press, in 2004.