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The technique of visualization (or visualisation) consists of creating a mental image of a desired outcome, and repeatedly playing that image in the mind.
A survey released in May 2004 by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine focused on who used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), what was used, and why it was used in the United States by adults age 18 years and over during 2002. According to this recent survey, visualization, or guided imagery, was the 10th most commonly used CAM therapy (2.1%) in the United States during 2002 ([1] table 1 on page 8) when all use of prayer was excluded. Consistent with previous studies, this study found that the majority of individuals (i.e., 54.9%) used CAM in conjunction with conventional medicine ( page 6). "The fact that only 14.8% of adults sought care from a licensed or certified CAM practitioner suggests that most individuals who use CAM prefer to treat themselves (page 6).
In alternative medicine visualization sometimes occurs in conjunction with medical treatment, including cancer treatment (see oncology).
In one example of a visualization, one can imagine cancer cells as some slimy form of sea life being consumed by white sharks, which represent the body's immune cells.
Athletes sometimes use visualization to try to help them succeed at their sport.
Visualization forms part of Rosicrucianism and Esotericism in general. Magick also employs visualization.
Compare with mation and with petitionary prayer.

University of Illinois Chicago Biomedical Visualization Program - Graduate program that ties traditional medical illustration with communication in the health sciences. Includes information on admissions, courses of study, and galleries.-- Arts: Illustration: Specialized: Medical and Scientific: Education (2)
Health Journeys: The Guided Imagery Resource Center - Website offers visualization audiotapes, books, research and resources on guided imagery, a complementary medicine and holistic mind and body healing process.-- Health: Mental Health: Self-Help: Products and Services (1)
Hodges' Health Career Model - Provides a framework for the assessment and evaluation of health care delivery, associated with models of health and visualization in health care. Includes history, objectives, and frequently asked questions.-- Health: Nursing: References (1)

Alternative Health Retreats - Body/Mind Restoration Retreats are an alternative health program that includes a raw food diet, internal cleansing, exercise, guided visualization, meditation and instruction in preventative medicine.-- Health: Alternative: Fasting and Cleansing: Retreats and Vacations (1)
Spiritual Birth Counseling - This sites promotes the services of a birth counselor, hypnotherapist, childbirth educator (relaxation and visualization) and consultant. I support "babymoon bonding", teen pregnancy and parenting, and pre-birth bonding. I'm a strong advocate of waterbirth, breastfeeding, and holistic health.-- Health: Reproductive Health: Pregnancy and Birth: Childbirth: Prepared: Hypnosis and Imagery (1)
University of Michigan Biomedical Visualization - Graduate program combining traditional medical illustration with modern health communication studies. Information on courses, admissions and departmental resources.


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