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Emotional Freedom Technique

The interaction between the mind and body is a critical component in healing as well as managing pain. The Emotional Freedom Technique uses acupressure to tap into the body’s healing power. The difference between this therapy and traditional acupuncture is that the Emotional Freedom Technique uses the finger tips instead of needles.

How Does Emotional Freedom Therapy Work?

This therapy involves tapping the traditional acupuncture energy meridians with the finger tips while saying positive affirmations. Unlike most alternative therapies, the patient doesn’t need to receive treatment from a professional therapist. The technique can be learned and with practice, should accomplish the patient’s goals.

The points to be tapped are:

  • Top of the head
  • Above the eyebrow
  • The bone alongside the corner of the eye
  • Under the eye
  • Under the nose
  • Midway between the bottom lip and the point of the chin
  • On the collar bone
  • Under the arm
  • Inside both wrists

The patient should use a solid tap, but it should not be hard enough to cause pain. While they are tapping each meridian they should also say: “Even though I have this (fill in the problem), I deeply and completely accept myself.”

This You Tube video illustrates Emotional Freedom Technique

What is the Underlying Principle of the Emotional Freedom Technique?

The ancient Chinese belief that the proper flow of electromagnetic energy through the body is the basis for good health is the core principle of this therapy.

Tapping the energy meridians while saying positive affirmations removes the emotional block that interrupts this flow. Once the flow of electromagnetic energy has been restored, the mind and body are in balance and can work to heal disease.
How did the Emotional Freedom Technique originate?

This alternative therapy was developed by Gary Craig, a Stanford University engineering graduate and an ordained minister with the Universal Church of God in Southern California, a non-denominational church that embraces all religions.

Craig became interested in using psychology for personal improvement at the age of 13 years old when he discovered that “the quality of my thoughts was mirrored in the quality of my life.”

He is self-taught in the field of psychology, and he learned the core of the Emotional Freedom Therapy philosophy from Dr. Roger Callahan, the originator of Thought Field Therapy, which also uses tapping the energy meridians to promote natural healing. In addition, Craig is a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), which teaches people how to analyze successful patterns of behavior to find the underlying thought patterns that produced them so that the behaviors could be duplicated.

In June 2010, Craig retired from his work with Emotional Freedom Therapy and transferred all of the case studies, resources, etc. to, releasing them into the public domain.

Research examines emotional freedom technique versus eye movement desensitization and reprocessing technique in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PST)

A study published in the June 2011 edition of The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease reported the findings of a comparison between Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of PST.

The researchers observed that both systems produced significant therapeutic gains after the treatment and when the participants were examined three months after the study. However, the EMDR group showed more clinical changes compared with the EFT group.

The researchers recommended that because the theoretical basis for EFT was so speculative, the system should be broken down to find out the mechanisms behind it.

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