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Imagery & massage result in less medication needed ..

23 Feb
A person with diabetes reports that after beginning some regular new relaxation activities - yoga, massage and guided imagery - she is needing less of her medication to control her blood sugar..
Dear Health Journeys,
I am a diabetic who has been taking insulin, Glucophage and Prandin for the past 3 years to control my blood sugar. I decided to run a little experiment to see if meditating could reduce my need for these medications, which I am not happy about taking. This is especially true of the shots. My nurse told me that regular relaxation might possibly reduce my blood sugar.

I started three new relaxing activities which I had never tried before. I joined a hatha yoga class that meets three times a week at the community center. I also started listening to either the Health Journeys Diabetes imagery or the General Wellness imagery, in the morning and the evening. I also get an inexpensive weekly massage at the local community college training program where it is very reasonably priced.

I am not sure how far this will take me, but last week, my nurse-educator told me that I am definitely taking too much medication, and that we will have to start cutting it down! I’m hoping the shots will go first, but that’s not clear yet. She wanted to consult with the doctor before changing my instructions. I am very pleased with this result, and I am also finding these activities pleasant and rewarding to do. I decided this was an inspiring story. So here it is!

Thanks from Katha Donnelly
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