EFT – What It Is and How It Works

EFT, these days most have heard of it. But hearing about something, knowing what it is, and understanding how it works are entirely different things. If you’re reading this, it means the titled piqued your curiosity and you want to learn more about it. Ready? Let’s dive in!

EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is an alternative treatment for physical and emotional distress. It’s often referred to as tapping and other times as psychological acupressure.

It’s said that tapping operates on the premise that unresolved emotional issues stand in the way of your healing, be it physical, emotional, chronic pain, traumas, or more severe conditions. Its claim is that the more unresolved issues you can clear, the more peace and emotional freedom you can have in your life. Limiting beliefs can vanish, personal performance soar, relationships thrive, and optimal health can manifest.

How Does Tapping Work?

EFT is a technique that involves tapping on various points of the body’s energy meridians. Unclear as to what a meridian system is? Think of the lymphatic or circulatory system, except this particular one involves energy. The individual meridians are channels that encourage the flow of energy through specific pathways in our bodies. Each one corresponds to a particular organ but can also encompass other functions playing a crucial role in physical health. Therefore, if the energy that flows through a meridian is out of balance, health is jeopardized, and disease could result.

But what role do emotions play when it comes to energy meridians?

Dr. John Diamond, a world-renowned holistic healer, claims that illness always begins at an energy level. Stress, be it emotional or physical, triggers a reaction. This, in turn, causes an imbalance in the energy flow of a particular meridian. In other words, if emotions get stuck in our bodies, they’ll eventually lead to disease.

This belief is no longer privy only to those in alternative healing as some in the allopathic stream are now starting to realize that emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body. Although tapping may be a miracle cure for some, it’s not for everyone.

An Adjunct Therapy

Dr.  Axe states that, “even though findings regarding the positive effects of EFT are promising, researchers point out that EFT should not be considered “standard treatment” for people with mental disorders. It’s considered an alternative treatment that should not take the place of approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy. Emotional freedom technique should best be thought of as an adjunct therapy, used in combination with things like a healthy lifestyle (eating a nutrient-dense diet and getting enough exercise), traditional therapy, stress-relieving practices like meditation or prayer, and possibly medications.”

If you decide to pursue this alternative therapy, consult with your doctor first to reduce the likelihood of injury or worsening symptoms.

If tapping is the best option for you, remember that it must be used in an ongoing manner to clear traumas and improve physical health while giving you the ability to tackle fresh challenges with a healthy, productive attitude.

Let’s be frank, who on this beautiful planet of ours doesn’t have at least a few emotional issues holding them back from true happiness and great health? EFT just might the answer we’re all looking for.


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