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Guided Imagery

By

Denise Millstine

, MD, Mayo Clinic

Last full review/revision Feb 2019| Content last modified Feb 2019

Guided imagery is a type of mind-body medicine that involves the use of mental images to promote relaxation and wellness, reduce pain, or facilitate healing of a particular ailment, such as cancer or psychologic trauma. The images can involve any of the senses and may be self-directed or guided by a practitioner, sometimes in a group setting. For example, a person with cancer might be told to imagine an army of white blood cells fighting against the cancer cells. (See also Overview of Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine.)

More Information about Guided Imagery

  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): Relaxation Techniques for Health

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