Positron emission tomography, an advanced imaging technology, has recorded the effects of imagery. When individuals imagine, the same parts of the cerebral cortex are activated as when the situation is actually experienced; imaginary seeing, hearing, or feeling stimulates the same optic, auditory, and sensory cortexes. Consequently, messages are sent from the cerebral cortex to the limbic system of the brain that influence the endocrine and autonomic nervous system.

Imagery has helped reduce stress, lower heart rate, stimulate the production of immune cells, and in a study of elderly patients increase killer T-cells. The practice can reduce pain and anxiety, has helped cancer patients tolerate chemotherapy, managed chronic arthritic pain, and aided patients in preparing for surgery and post surgery.

Anxiety and Depression 101

Anxiety and Depression 101

Everything you ever wanted to know about. We have been discussing depression and anxiety and how different information that is out on the market only seems to target one particular cure for these two common conditions that seem to walk hand in hand.

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