The EFT in EFT tapping stands for “emotional freedom technique.” It is an alternative treatment that is similar to acupuncture. Instead of applying needles to the body, EFT uses pressure.
Those who adopt the technique think that tapping the body can produce a balance in its energy system and relieve pain. Gary Craig, the creator of EFT, believes that a disruption in energy is responsible for all negative emotions and pain.
EFT tapping is still being reviewed by researchers. It has been used to help people with anxiety and those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What Is the Thinking behind EFT Tapping?
EFT bears a similarity to acupuncture. It focuses on the meridian points of the body. These are energy hot spots. The idea is that you need to restore the energy balance in the body. Negative experiences or emotions can cause a break in this balance.
While acupuncture uses needles to control these energy points, EFT tapping uses finger tapping to apply pressure. People who support the procedure say that the tapping aids the practitioner in accessing the body’s energy and delivers signals to the location in the brain that produces stress.
The Five Steps of EFT Tapping
EFT tapping is a procedure that can be broken down into five different steps. If you have more than one problem, then you can repeat the sequence.
The first step in the process is to identify the issue that you have. This will be the subject of your focus as you perform the tapping. The best way to apply tapping is to focus on one issue at a time.
2. Determine the initial intensity.
Essentially, this is a way of measuring the level of discomfort that you have from your issue. It is important to determine this so that you can tell where you are at after a sequence of tapping has been performed.
3. The setup phrase
Before you start the tapping, you need to set up a phrase that explains what you are trying to accomplish. It must focus on two goals:
– Acknowledgment of the issues
– An acceptance of yourself despite the problem
A typical setup phrase is as follows: “Even though I have this fear or issue, I completely accept myself.”
It is important that your setup phrase address an issue that you personally have. You should not try to address someone else’s issue.
4. EFT Tapping Sequence
The EFT sequence applies tapping pressures on the ends of nine meridian points.
The sequence focuses on these nine meridians:
– Karate chop: small intestine meridian
– Top of head: governing vessel
– Eyebrow: bladder meridian
– Side of the eye: gallbladder meridian
– Under the eye: stomach meridian
– Under the nose: governing vessel
– Chin: central vessel
– Beginning of the collarbone: kidney meridian
– Under the arm: spleen meridian
5. Test your final intensity.
When you are done with the sequence, it is time to rate the intensity level of the issue on a scale from 0 to 10. You should compare this with the original intensity level. If the intensity level is above 0, then you should repeat the process.
The research on EFT Tapping
EFT has been used with success on military people who have PTSD. A 2013 study researched the effects of the procedure.
The results of the study were positive and encouraging. Within a month of the beginning of treatment with tapping, the subjects significantly reduced their psychological stress. Also, more than half of the test group no longer even fit the criteria for PTSD.
With respect to anxiety, EFT has had some positive results as well. A 2016 review compared the effectiveness of EFT to standard care options for anxiety symptoms. The review concluded that there was a significant decrease in anxiety scores compared to the other options.
EFT has also been effective in treating depression, phobias, and insomnia. It is known to contribute to weight loss as well.
The Scientific Basis for EFT
The scientific basis for EFT centers on the function of a part of the brain called the amygdala. The amygdala is involved with the emotions and long-term memory. The amygdala is responsible for the “flight or fight” response in people.
The amygdala has a useful response when faced with a truly dangerous situation. However, it can also be the source of irrational fears.
EFT has been shown to actually turn off the amygdala. This disrupts the stress response and lets the brain synapses be restructured for a more appropriate stress response.
Tapping and the Hormones
It is well known that tapping can cause outward physical changes. This is experienced as a reduction in pain, the loosening of tight joints, or the relaxation of muscles.
However, there are researchers who think that there are also changes that take place at the cellular level.
There are studies that indicate that acupuncture or acupressure result in decreases of the arousal of the nervous system. The researchers who were involved wanted to also see if there were changes in cortisol levels after tapping treatment. The results of the study indicated that tapping does significantly decrease cortisol levels.
EFT is essentially acupuncture without the needles. It operates on the same theory as acupuncture does. There is an ancient history in the East of using acupuncture and acupressure to resolve many of the ills of humanity.
While more research clearly needs to be done, there is ample evidence to show that this technique is worth pursuing.
The beauty of this technique is that it is completely innocuous. For those people who are hesitant about the effects of psychiatric drugs, EFT offers a way to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia without the side effects and possible toxicity of those drugs.
The possibility of significant weight loss is also available to you.
EFT can be administered by a professional, but you can also learn the technique by yourself. There is more information available on the internet so that you can learn the technique with more precision.