What Is “EFT” and How Can This Alternative Therapy Help You?

EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, is a form of alternative treatment for physical and psychological conditions. Created by Gary Craig in the 1990s, this technique falls under energy psychology. It’s often referred to as ‘Psychological Acupressure’ because like acupuncture, you release pain by applying pressure to meridian points. Instead of using needles, you use your fingertips to tap on these specific points on your body. EFT is an easy and self-administered method. Here’s how it works:

Initial Intensity Test

First, you identify your particular issue. You must focus on one problem at a time. Next, you determine its level of intensity. You rank your emotional or physical pain on a scale of 0-10, 10 being the worst. This will indicate how much you’ve improved by the end of the session.

Verbal Affirmation

Before proceeding, you need to make a phrase that you’ll recite during the therapy. The usual is, “Even though I have this____________, I deeply and completely accept myself.” You address what’s bothering you while accepting yourself despite of it. The focus should be on you, not other people. For instance, instead of saying, “Even though my sister is mad at me, I deeply and completely accept myself,” you say, “Even though I’m hurt because my sister is mad at me, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

Tapping Sequence

Major meridians mirror each side of the body and correspond to an internal organ. Out of 12 main meridian points, you tap on only the following 9:

  • SI 3 acupoint aka karate chop (KC): small intestine meridian
  • top of head (TH): governing vessel
  • inner eyebrow (EB): bladder meridian
  • side of the eye (SE): gallbladder meridian
  • under the eye (UE): stomach meridian
  • under the nose (UN): governing vessel
  • chin (Ch): central vessel
  • inner collarbone (CB): kidney meridian
  • under the arm (UA): spleen meridian

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Begin by tapping the karate chop point while repeating your phrase three times. (you can use two fingertips or more). Then, tap each of the remaining points five to seven times, moving down your body in this order:

  • inner eyebrow
  • side of the eye
  • under the eye
  • under the nose
  • chin
  • inner collarbone
  • under the arm

Finally, after tapping the final point, finish the sequence at the top of the head point. As you tap the points, recite a reminder phrase that will help maintain focus on your problem area. It can be, “The hurt I feel because my sister’s mad at me.” Do this sequence again for two or three more times.

Final Intensity Test

At the end of the procedure, you rate your intensity level from 0 to 10 and compare the result with your initial intensity level. If you did not reach 0, repeat the whole process until you do. Moreover, you can do it ten times a day for maximum benefit.

EFT is indeed a simple technique that you can do on your own. Above all, it’s a safe alternative way to treat either physical or mental conditions. Whether you believe in energy healing methods or not, there’s absolutely no harm in trying this therapy.

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Written by Hannah Grace

A B.S. Psychology graduate who fights both real and imaginary shadows every day with music and words.

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