Written by Helen Cooke and the CAM-Cancer Consortium.
Updated February 8, 2017

Autogenic therapy

Is it safe ?

Adverse events

There are no known adverse effects.10 No adverse events were reported in the studies analysed for this summary.

Contraindications

It is suggested that autogenic therapy is not suitable for children under the age of five.2 People who are actively psychotic or with schizophrenia should refrain from putting themselves into trans-like states.10

Interactions

No known interactions.

Warnings

See contraindications.

Citation

Helen Cooke, CAM-Cancer Consortium. Autogenic therapy [online document]. http://cam-cancer.org/The-Summaries/Mind-body-interventions/Autogenic-therapy. February 8, 2017.

Document history

Assessed as up to date in February 2017 by Barbara Wider.
Updated and revised in May 2015 by Helen Cooke.
Assessed as up to date in August 2013 by Barbara Wider.
Revised in June 2012 by Helen Cooke, no new clinical trials identified.
Summary first published in August 2011, authored by Helen Cooke.

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