EFT tapping: what is it?

EFT tapping: what is it?

EFT is a non-invasive treatment method for treating insomnia, anxiety, physical pain and emotional distress. Also known as psychological acupressure or tapping.

This technique is used by people who believe the energy system in the body can be balanced and pain can be relieved. Gary Craig, the developer of this system, explains that negative emotions and pain are the result of disruptions in your body’s energy.

Although still in the research stage, EFT tapping has been used to treat people with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The purpose of EFT is to restore balance to your body's energy by working on the meridian points (or energy hot spots). The restoration of this energy balance is thought to help relieve symptoms caused by negative experiences or emotions.

According to Chinese medicine, meridians are thought to be areas of the body where energy moves. By keeping the balance of these pathways, your health is maintained and improved. Any imbalance can have an adverse effect on your health.

In acupuncture, pressure is applied to these energy points with needles. Using EFT, you tap your fingertip on these points adding pressure on them.

Tapping helps you access your body's energy and send signals to the part of your brain that regulates stress, say its proponents. Through tapping on meridian points, they claim you can reduce stress and negative feelings related to your issue, restoring balance to your disrupted energy.

Is EFT tapping effective?

The use of EFT has proven effective in treating war veterans and active military personnel with PTSD. A 2013 study compared veterans with PTSD who received standard treatment to those who received EFT tapping.

After receiving EFT coaching for a month, participants' psychological stress significantly decreased. Furthermore, more than half of the EFT participants no longer fit the criteria for PTSD.

Using EFT tapping as an alternative treatment for anxiety has also led to some successful stories. According to a 2016 review, tapping EFT for anxiety symptoms was more effective than standard care options. As a result, anxiety scores were significantly lower compared to participants receiving other care. A comparative study of EFT and other cognitive therapy techniques is necessary, however.

In a nutshell

The EFT tapping technique restores balance to your disrupted energy via an alternative acupressure therapy approach. In addition to being an approved treatment for war veterans with PTSD, it has also shown some benefits as an anxiety treatment, depression treatment, pain treatment, and insomnia treatment.

The effectiveness of the treatment on other disorders and illnesses is still being investigated, even though some success stories have been reported. Traditional treatment options should also be sought. If you decide to try this alternative therapy, consult your doctor first to reduce the likelihood of injury or worsening symptoms.

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