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Learning More about What Guided Imagery Can Do for Diabetes

06 Aug


I’m looking forward to seeing some of you in Philadelphia this week, at the AADE annual meeting.

In getting ready for my keynote for that Friday morning, the 9th, I happily indulged my geeky proclivities and buried myself in the latest research on the efficacy of various mind-body techniques for diabetes (guided imagery, hypnosis, breathwork, yoga, tai chi, autogenic training, relaxation, music therapy, biofeedback, meditation, acupressure, etc). 

There’s a whole spate of exciting new findings, showing significant improvements in blood glucose levels (in both the short and long term), hemoglobin A1C, lipid status, peripheral circulation, neuropathy, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, post-prandial hypoglycemic levels, depression, anxiety and adherence to a difficult behavioral regimen.

In other words, WOW. Investigators have been busy, and to good effect. I’ve incorporated a lot of these findings into my talk, and – this stuff is just too good not to promulgate – so I’ll also be putting together another free report on this.  Stay tuned.

Looks like some new research with our guided imagery for surgery will be getting underway.  I’ll share particulars as we move forward.  

And speaking of research, I sure do wish there were more studies on guided imagery and fertility – especially its efficacy in supporting IVF/embryo transfer procedures.  

If you check this week’s Hot Research and Inspiring Story, you’ll see they’re both about this.  Any researchers out there wanting to more fully test our guided imagery to Help with Fertility?  Give us a holler!

Okay, take care and be well.


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