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  • medit8ionsociety
    Jan 4, 2008
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      Article from medicalnewstoday site 1/4/08:

      Enhance Healing Through Guided Imagery
      Main Category: Neurology / Neuroscience News
      Article Date: 04 Jan 2008 - 0:00 PST

      Aristotle and Hippocrates believed in the power
      of images in the brain to enliven the heart and
      body. Today, research shows they were right. Guided
      imagery is helping patients use the full range of
      the body's healing capacity, according to the
      January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

      Guided imagery is more than listening to relaxing
      sounds. It's a learning process to listen to
      someone's voice, relax the breathing and consciously
      direct the ability to imagine. The effect of guided
      vivid imagery sends a message to the emotional
      control center of the brain. From there, the message
      is passed along to the body's endocrine, immune and
      autonomic nervous systems. These systems influence a
      wide range of bodily functions, including heart and
      breathing rates and blood pressure.

      Guided imagery has been shown to benefit patients by:

      -- Reducing side effects from cancer treatment

      -- Reducing fear and anxiety prior to surgery. Studies
      have shown that surgery patients who participated in
      two to four guided imagery sessions required less pain
      medication and left the hospital more quickly than those
      who hadn't used imagery.

      -- Managing stress

      -- Managing headaches. Studies have shown that guided
      imagery may aid in reducing the frequency of migraine
      headaches as effectively as taking preventive

      On the Internet, http://www.healthjourneys.com offers
      information on guided imagery. A physician may be able
      to recommend providers experienced in this technique.

      Mayo Clinic
      200 First St. SW
      Rochester, MN 55902
      United States

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