The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a psychological acupressure method used and recommended by natural health practitioners like Dr. Joseph Mercola to treat physical and emotional ailments without the use of needles.
EFT combines the two sciences of Mind Body Medicine and acupuncture (without needles) to provide the patient with the benefits of the two fields at the same time.
EFT pioneer Gary Craig describes the method as an emotional and non-invasive version of acupuncture wherein the patient can stimulate certain meridian points by tapping on them with his/her fingertips.
This addresses a new cause for emotional issues (unbalanced energy meridians). When properly done, it frequently reduces the therapeutic process from months or years down to hours or minutes.
Because emotional stress can contribute to pain, disease and physical ailments, patients often experience physical relief from EFT.
Tapping on specific meridians on the head and chest with the finger tips, along with voicing positive affirmations, helps clear out emotional blockages from your system to help restore your mind and body’s balance.
Since EFT is a safe and gentle technique, it can be used along with other medical treatments or self-help methods. Practitioners have been using EFT to treat conditions including:
• fears and phobias
• addictions and obsessions
• trauma and abuse
• pain management
• eating disorders and weight loss
• children’s issues
• insomnia and other sleeping problems
• post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• headaches caused by tension and migraines
• relationship problems
• vision problems
In order for EFT to work for you, you first have to realize that emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing because the two are inseparably linked.
How to Use EFT
You have to master two basic areas before you can effectively use EFT: the tapping locations and technique, and the positive affirmations.
Proper EFT Tapping
The first thing to keep in mind is that you will be using your fingers to tap on the acupuncture meridians. There are several acupuncture meridians on your fingertips; when you tap with your fingertips, you are using not only the meridians you are tapping on but also the ones on your fingers.
In traditional EFT, you tap using the fingertips of your index finger and middle finger and with only one hand; either hand works just as well. Most of the tapping points are found on either side of the body, so it doesn’t matter which side you use, nor does it matter if you switch sides while tapping.
While it is important to tap the correct area, you don’t need to worry about being absolutely precise with your tapping, as tapping the general area is sufficient.
Using EFT Affirmation Statements
Tapping is just half of the process. You also need to “tune in” to the problem you want to address and state positive affirmations while simultaneously tapping on the acupuncture meridian points.
For example, if you’re using EFT to help address your alcohol drinking problems, you first select the appropriate affirmation statement, tune in by simply thinking about the problem and state the affirming statement in a loud voice with passion, energy and enthusiasm.
You can say something like: “Even though I have this craving for alcohol, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
Thinking about your problems causes energy disruptions that need to be balanced though EFT. If you don’t tune in to a problem, EFT will not work.
This information is meant to give you an idea on how EFT works. But the best way to learn EFT is through visual/audio instruction. For more information on finding the exact tapping locations, the specific affirmation statements and how to use EFT anytime and anywhere to reduce or eliminate emotional and physical problems, Dr. Mercola recommends the EFT instruction guide Try It On Everything.