This unique volume presents the first comprehensive guidance on how to use hypnosis and guided imagery to enhance women's health. Written by experienced clinicians and distinguished researchers, each chapter focuses on a disease, disorder, or life-stage challenge, identifying essential clinical issues and detailing appropriate hypnotic interventions. These techniques address the interrelated psychosocial and medical determinants of illness and are used to complement and enhance ongoing clinical treatments.
Areas covered include breast and gynecological cancer, cardiac disorders, body image concerns in physical illness, chronic pelvic pain, childbirth preparation and delivery, infertility and pregnancy loss, menopause, anxiety, eating disorders, and smoking. Both empowering to women and effective, these new methods will be a welcome addition to all health care practitioners wanting to harness the power of the mind to heal the body.