IMAGERY SELF HELP FOR PHYSICAL CONDITIONS
There is some evidence of benefits of using imagery in treating physical conditions including tumours, and/or the symptoms of cancer and its associated treatment.
Many individuals report finding it empowering and helpful to use imagery to help them fight the illness themselves. See links below for more information about the suggested effectiveness and recommendations of imagery for tumours/cancer.
Then bring up an image of the tumour or cells being destroyed by the treatment and the body's immune system. The tumour cells should be seen as weak and ineffective, whilst the treatment is seen as strong, powerful and friendly. Individuals find their own idea for this - perhaps firemen with hoses, 'pacman' type creatures, or knights on white horses. This should be done 10-15 minutes a day, 3 times daily.
Simonton et al (1978) stress the importance of the following:
This technique can also be used to either increase and strengthen or decrease the numbers of blood cells, for instance increasing neutrophils in treating chemotherapy-induced neutropenia.
If the aim is to increase in number of blood cells or speed of production....
If using colour in imagery, do not use red to denote the cancer cells as this suggests strength and energy. Most people choose to see the cancer as black or grey. Green or turquoise are good colours for healing, blue for relaxation, but you can use any colour (other than red) that you associate with healing. See this webpage for use of colour
Using colour imagery to target particular psychological or physical problems such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression, chronic pain, infections and tumours.
COLOURED LIGHT visualisation mp3
Using colour imagery to target particular physical or psychological problems such as chronic pain, infections and tumours, anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression.
MINDFUL BREATHING mp3
MUSCLE RELAXATION mp3
SPECIAL PLACE mp3
Female voice, with music.
Male voice, with music.
BooksIn The Mind's Eye
Guided Imagery for Cancer: Harness the Healing Power of Your Mind to Heal Your Body
Creative Visualization For Dummies