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Guided Imagery

By

Denise Millstine

, MD, Mayo Clinic

Reviewed/Revised Dec 2023
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Guided imagery, a type of mind-body medicine Mind-Body Medicine Five categories of complementary or alternative medicine are generally recognized: Whole medical systems Mind-body medicine Biologically based practices not usually used in conventional medicine... read more , involves using mental images, self-directed or guided, to help patients relax (eg, before a procedure) and to promote wellness and healing (to try to effect physical changes—eg, by mobilizing the immune system). The images can involve any of the senses.

Uses for Guided Imagery

References

  • 1. Zech N, Hansen E, Bernardy K, et al: Efficacy, acceptability and safety of guided imagery/hypnosis in fibromyalgia - a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Eur J Pain 21(2):217-227, 2017. doi: 10.1002/ejp.933

  • 2. Hadjibalassi M, Lambrinou E, Papastavrou E, et al: The effect of guided imagery on physiological and psychological outcomes of adult ICU patients: A systematic literature review and methodological implications. Aust Crit Care 31(2):73-86, 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2017.03.001

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