Guided imagery is one of the most often used integrative mind-body medicine cancer modalities. Is it right for you?
Guided Imagery is a way of thinking, using sensory attributes in the absence of sensory input. Read the latest research about Imagery’s use in cancer care.
Guided Imagery and the Immune System
Guided imagery, a mind-body modality, improves the immune system of cancer patients! That’s nuts, right? How could “Training focused on concentration and visualization of the immune cells destroying… cancer cells”1 (p. 208) have an impact on a body system out of voluntary control?
At first glance, mind-body regulation of the immune system seems to good to be true! If this were the case, all breast cancer patients should be sitting around, practicing mind-body medicine, listening to mellow background music while a soothing voice instructs breast cancer patients to imagine an optimal functioning immune system, right? So let’s put Lengacher et al.’s1 hypothesis that guided imagery improves the immune system’s ability to fight cancer into context. [Read more…]
As many of you know, I am going to invest a considerable amount of time and energy researching mind-body medicine modalities in the oncological setting. Partially because mind-body modalities modalities, when combined with standard treatment, show great promise to increase quality of life, reduce anxiety and pain intensity.
Right now I just wanted to bring awareness on research that is being done at Cyprus University. The following abstract by Andreas, C. (2011). The effect of progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery in improving psychological well-being and quality-of-life for breast and prostate cancer patients: Initial report just appeared in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine.
Introduction: This study aimed to determine whether relaxation and guided imagery techniques have the potential to cut anxiety, depression, pain intensity and improve quality-of-life for prostate and breast cancer patients.