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New Study Confirms Guided Imagery Reduces Nausea & Vomiting

01 Dec

A team of researchers from Kerman University of Medical Sciences in Kerman, Iran, examined the effect of guided imagery on chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting in breast cancer patients.

This was a quasi-experimental study in which a group of sample was evaluated pre- and post-intervention. A convenience sample of 55 eligible breast cancer patients completed the Morrow Assessment of Nausea and Vomiting, before and after the intervention. The treatment consisted of listening to two guided imagery tracks.

Patients at the third session of chemotherapy had significantly lower mean scores in the frequency and severity of nausea and vomiting, after the listening to the intervention (p < 0.05).

The investigators conclude that guided imagery is an inexpensive, noninvasive and appealing method for alleviating chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. It can be used in addition to pharmacological strategies and implemented by patients independently with minimal training. They suggest that it can improve the severity and frequency of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.

Citation: Hosseini M1, Tirgari B2, Forouzi MA3, Jahani Y4. Guided imagery effects on chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting in Iranian breast cancer patients. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2016 Nov; 25:pages 8-12. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.07.002. Epub 2016 Jul 30.

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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