Guided Imagery Improves Cancer Survival Rates


Did you know that guided imagery or hypnotherapy can improve cancer survival rates? Read on for research findings that support this revelation.

Prof. Leslie Walker of The University of Hull’s Institute of Rehabilitation (U.K) discovered that breast and lymph cancer patients who practiced guided imagery/ hypnotherapy, lived on average 2.5 years longer than those in the control group who did not use these techniques.

He found that people practicing guided imagery / hypnotherapy showed improved immunity, through a significant increase in natural killer (NK) cells and T-cells.

While hypnotherapy should only be tried under the care of a qualified hypnotherapist, guided imagery is much simpler and you can learn and try it on your own.

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  • Walker L G, Walker M B, Simpson E, Ogston K, Segar A, Heys S D, Ah-See A K, Hutcheon A W, Sarkar T K and Eremin O (1996). The effects of relaxation training and visualisation on quality of life during chemotherapy for breast cancer: a controlled trial. Proceedings, Eighth Overseas Meeting, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, p 123.


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