The first part of the chapter introduces images, their characteristics, habitual contexts and cognitive functions. The following sections provide a review of studies that focus on guided imagery as a therapeutic option in the domain of medicine. The special themes dealt with include the effects of guided imagery on coping, on reducing stress, on symptoms due to different diseases and the administered treatments, on pain, on healing and on different parameters of the immune system. The final section deals with guided imagery in the clinical setting, describing in detail the Kreitler method of guided imagery, presenting its operational procedure and theoretical rationale. Concluding remarks refer to advantages and risks of applying guided imagery.
|Title of host publication||Alternative Medicine|
|Subtitle of host publication||Practices, Health Benefits and Controversies|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||26|
|State||Published - Jan 2013|