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Guided Imagery

By

Denise Millstine

, MD, Mayo Clinic

Last full review/revision Sep 2018| Content last modified Sep 2018
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Guided imagery, a type of mind-body medicine, 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

Imagery used with relaxation techniques (muscle relaxation and deep breathing) may help reduce pain and improve quality of life and treatment tolerance in patients with cancer. Imagery has also been used in patients with psychologic trauma, including ICU admission.

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