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Archive for the 'Guided Imagery' Category

Status of hypnosis/guided imagery for fibromyalgia

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Researchers in Germany performed a systematic review of the evidence. (more…)

CAM in the US: Patterns of use

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I’ve largely ignored these studies in the past, but perhaps it’s worth a second look.

To start, this 1993 study by Dr. David Eisenberg, who is now the director of Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard University, is considered a landmark in the field of “unconventional medicine.” (more…)

CAM for children undergoing stem cell transplants

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Researchers in the US and Canada evaluated massage, humor therapy, and relaxation/imagery for reducing distress associated with pediatric stem cell transplantation. (more…)

Complementary therapies for patients with leukemia

Monday, July 5th, 2010

little guyThe Integrative Medicine Service, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City offers their perspective. (more…)

Beneficial response to yoga in reducing hypertension

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Researchers reported during the annual meeting of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians that “mind-body interventions may be prudent choices for adjunctive treatment for motivated patients.” (more…)

Hypnotherapy to treat rheumatoid arthritis

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

 Mental imagery and hypnotherapy helped alleviate pain in this study (page 55) by researchers at Bangor University in the UK presented during The British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. (more…)

CAM preferences among children with chronic pain

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

You won’t be surprised to learn that pain of longer duration and greater impairment make children more willing to use CAM.

But which CAM options do they choose? (more…)

Using guided imagery to treat recurrent stomach pain in kids

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I was surprised to read it, but “one of the more common chronic pain syndromes in children is recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) — thought to affect 10% to 30% of all school-aged children.”

The results of this study show that “the response to guided imagery in.. children with RAP was rapid, sustained, clinically effective, and not associated with any apparent side effects.”

Let’s learn more.

Stress-management for radical prostatectomy patients

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Men receiving support before prostate surgery showed improved quality of life following surgery, according to a study presented during the American Society of Clinical Oncology 43rd Annual Meeting and reported on Medscape. (more…)

Mind-body interventions for chronic pain in older adults

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Not much evidence is available. But here’s what 2 researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania discovered during their review of 20 published studies. (more…)

Integrating CAM into traditional cancer treatments in Chicago

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

The Cancer Integrative Medicine Program at Rush University Medical Center focuses on dealing with the emotional, psychological, and spiritual effects of cancer. (more…)

Evaluating CAM to treat nausea and vomiting in cancer patients

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

The Oncology Nursing Society has posted a table that summarizes CAM studies on the treatment of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. The studies were published between 1988 and 2005.

Here’s a summary of their findings.

Complementary treatments for rumination

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Rumination is the voluntary or involuntary regurgitation and rechewing of partially digested food that is either reswallowed or expelled.

Interestingly, in addition to diet, exercise, and possibly surgery, all treatments are complementary.

Guided imagery complements pain therapy

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Advocates of imagery contend that the imagination is a potent healer that has been overlooked by Western medicine.

Now, a study in 44 patients treated for chronic pain reports that “guided imagery” was an effective supplement to medication therapy.