Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also called Tapping, is a simple yet very powerful self-help method that neutralizes emotional blockages. Research shows that most physical and emotional health issues are related to emotional stress. Stress creates chemical and energetic imbalances that block the body’s ability to heal. Using a simple technique of gently tapping on acupressure points while talking about the issue can help the body release that fight or flight response so that stress is reduced and negative emotions are rebalanced. A growing number of clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for
- cravings (yes, even chocolate!),
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
- physical pain,
and many other issues. These journals include distinguished publications such as the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA) journals Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and Review of General Psychology, and the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, a trusted psychiatric journal. Ongoing research is currently being conducted internationally by well over 100 investigators.
A Brief History…in a Nutshell
While Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) have not been around as long as acupuncture, one of the main components of EFT is the gentle tapping on those same energy lines, or meridians, used in acupuncture and acupressure. No needles! Yay! When combined with some current psychotherapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy, this tapping yields amazing results.
EFT was developed by Gary Craig in the 1990s based on his study of work done by Roger Callahan in Thought Field Therapy (TFT). TFT was one of the first methods in what is now called “Energy Psychology.” As Craig realized the potential of this approach, he worked to refine and simplify the techniques while maintaining positive, measurable results: an evidence-based methodology. He ultimately developed a simple yet very profound set of techniques which he made available to everyone on his website emofree.com.
Since Craig’s website was originally published, EFT has continued to undergo testing and refinement by many individuals and groups, and publications in highly respected, peer-reviewed journals continue to support Craig’s findings and techniques. Groups such as EFT Universe and AAMET have developed EFT training and certification options for practitioners interested in pursuing the use of this amazing tool. You might enjoy a summary of research studies regarding EFT Tapping as an evidenced-based treatment with a printable PDF for sharing with others.
Introduction to EFT by Founder Gary Craig
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