Over the past few decades the effectiveness of guided imagery / visualization has been established by research findings that demonstrate its positive impact on health, creativity, and performance.
We know that just ten minutes of imagery can reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. It can reduce blood loss during surgery and postoperative morphine use. It can lessen headaches and pain. It accelerates weight loss and reduces anxiety; and it has been shown, again and again, to reduce the adverse effects of chemotherapy, especially nausea, depression, and fatigue.
Guided visualization has also been found to be very effective for the treatment of stress, which has been shown in various studies to have an overall negative affect on fertility.
Really think about that—guided visualization can successful produce changes in your body and thoughts that can affect your fertility. How cool is that?!
So how does it work? Imagery is at the center of relaxation techniques designed to release brain chemicals that act as your body’s natural brain tranquilizers, lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety levels. By and large, researchers find that these techniques work. And yes, this applies to the reproductive cycle and fertility.
In fact, Dr. Bernie Siegel, an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer treatment and complementary, holistic medicine, says “Guided visualization and mind/body programs can be applied to fertility issues just as well as patients experiencing more serious health concerns.”
So what do you think? Are you a believer? Leave a comment—has guided imagery and visualization worked for you?