The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a therapeutic method that unblocks the body’s trapped energy pockets by gently tapping with one’s fingers of one or both hands on certain acupuncture or acupressure points located throughout the body. This contemporary healing modality has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine and is now being used throughout the world as a non-invasive method of resolving emotional states such as depression, anxiety, and phobias. Known as “Tapping Therapy”, the technique has gained popularity thanks to life coach Gary Craig, who published a book in the late 1990’s entitled Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which has helped thousands of people all over the world cure themselves of various emotional and physical disorders.
Acupuncture is a widely used alternative therapy that works by releasing blocked energy from certain areas of the body, and allowing it to flow freely throughout our entire system. EFT takes its cue from the ancient therapy and many advocates of EFT claim that it has the power to cure myriad debilitating diseases and emotional states. Western doctors are now beginning to realize the power of acupuncture energy meridians, or electromagnetic energy lines, that run throughout the body.
EFT Gets It’s Start in the Late 20th Century
In 1981 Psychologist Roger Callahan developed Thought Field Therapy, which involved tapping on various acupressure points on the body while the patient focused on a particular problem or disorder. Dr Callahan reported that he was able to cure many of his patients of various illnesses and addictions, and claimed that specific phobias could be cured in as little as five minutes. In the mid 1990’s Gary Craig, one of Dr Callahan’s students came up with a simplified version of the Callahan’s treatment, which has evolved into EFT. As well as using physical tapping, EFT employs, neuro-linguistic programming, and other forms of energy medicine to rid sufferers of unwanted conditions. Many patients have reported astonishing results using EFT, and the treatment requires no prior experience, medication, or expensive therapy sessions to complete.
An EFT Session
In an EFT session, the therapist/guide will ask you to focus on an unwanted symptom or emotion that you are currently experiencing, and rate the intensity level of that emotion on a scale of 0 to 10. You’ll initially begin gently tapping on the ‘karate chop’ point on the outer side of your left hand just beneath your little finger using the middle three fingers of your right hand. You’ll be asked to repeat what’s called a “setup statement” three times in your mind or out loud as you tap. An example of a setup statement is “Even though I may be afraid to fly in an airplane, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” Your therapist/guide will ask you to continue to repeat that statement or a shortened version of it such as ”this fear of flying”, while you tap on various additional acupressure points on the body starting with the top of the head. Other points are located above the eyebrows, on the temples, under the eyes, under the nose, the chin, the collarbone, and finally under the arms. Tap each point for a few seconds only, and repeat the shortened reminder statement while tapping. This could be a simple two word statement such as “this fear of flying.” After the tapping is completed, you’ll be asked again to focus on the emotion or condition and rate its intensity on a scale of 0 to 10. In most cases, individuals notice an immediate reduction in the intensity of their symptoms after a round of EFT tapping.
This technique can be performed at home with no medical supervision, and many patients have reported experiencing immediate results, depending on their ailment or set of symptoms. Others have reported progressive results over time. EFT has enabled people to be rid of symptoms from ailments such as PTSD, where other forms of treatment have failed.
The conventional medical community has not yet fully accepted Emotional Freedom Technique as an official medical treatment. More research is needed in order to fully understand its benefits; however, due to extensive anecdotal reports of clinical successes, there are a number of doctors and other health professionals who are regularly prescribing EFT as a complementary therapy to treat phobias, emotional disorders and variety of physical health problems. It is safe for use alongside all other forms of traditional and alternative therapy. Many believe the benefits of EFT to be purely psychological, and that it has more to do with the placebo effect than with actual energy moving throughout the body. These are the same people who debunk other forms of energy medicine such as acupuncture and homeopathy. Whatever the explanation, thousands of people have found relief from crippling psychological disorders and physical ailments by using EFT; and the technique is completely safe, nontoxic, and free, unlike many other forms of psychological therapy and medication.
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