Guided imagery has been found to reduce chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting in breast cancer patients. The researchers conclude ‘Guided imagery, as an inexpensive and noninvasive method, is particularly appealing option to alleviate chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. It can be used in addition to pharmacological strategies and can be implemented by patients independently with sufficient training. Therefore, this therapy will considerably improve severity and frequency of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting’.
After nephrectomy (a surgical procedure to remove all or part of a kidney), 2 drops of ginger essence to a 2 × 2-inch gauze was attached to the patients’ collars to allow patients to inhale the evaporated essence and then repeated every 30 min for 2 hours. The results showed significantly lower nausea intensity and number of vomiting episodes after the surgery compared to a control group.