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Developed by Gary Craig, Emotional Freedom Techniques - E.F.T. Tapping is a psychological intervention combining the acupuncture principles established within Traditional Chinese Medicine and neuro-linguistic programming.
The idea is that by using your fingers to tap the meridian points on your body (instead of an acupuncture needle) you can release the energy blockages that are causing you to feel fear, anxiety and stress.
Emotional Freedom Techniques - E.F.T. Tapping aims to break down past programming that associates an action or event with a feeling of fear and stress, while reforming positive associations.
“Imagine someone who says ‘I’ve got anxiety or stress’. People usually attempt to deal with the symptoms and not the core issues. But with Emotional Freedom Techniques - E.F.T. Tapping, we aim to fix the source. The issues that are the prime cause that are causing you to feel anxiety or stress.”
The other major benefit to Emotional Freedom Techniques - E.F.T. Tapping is the speed in which it works compared to traditional psychological therapies alone.
TV Program Medicine or Myth put Emotional Freedom Techniques - E.F.T. Tapping to trial,
testing it on people throughout Australia who had been experiencing stress for
more than three years and showed symptoms such as anxiety and short
Around 65 per cent of participants found that the technique relaxed them, while 90 per cent said they would continue the technique to reduce stress.
Other research suggests that Emotional Freedom Techniques - E.F.T. Tapping may be beneficial for the management of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and food cravings.
David Feinstein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist summarises in his paper titled:
Acupoint stimulation in treating psychological disorders: Evidence of efficacy.
“A review of current evidence revealed that the use of acupoint stimulation in treating psychological disorders has been examined in a number of studies that met accepted scientific standards. These studies have consistently demonstrated strong effect sizes and other positive statistical results that far exceed chance after relatively few treatment sessions.”
In short Emotional Freedom Techniques - E.F.T. Tapping works!