Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a simple but highly effective technique for healing or reducing a wide variety of emotional and or physical symptoms. The average person can learn this technique in about fifteen to twenty minutes. It has been found to help heal phobias, panic/anxiety attacks, ADHD related problems, addictions, depression, weight loss, grief, physical ailments and more. The research is showing it isn’t perfect but is having remarkable results. We are still learning why EFT works so well. What is it and how does it work? EFT is a technique where a person learns to “tap” with her fingertips on specific acupressure points and give himself/herself particular messages relating to the problem she wants to solve. It centers on. the profound effects of the bodies subtle energies, using the theory that ” the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system” (Gary Craig, one of the pioneers in EFT).
Our energy system runs on pathways called “meridians” that are connected to different brain functions. By stimulating these pathways at certain points it allows the brain to release negative emotions, replace the messages with positive ones, and bring the body back into balance. The theory is that when the systems energies are balanced health returns naturally. This theory is unfamiliar in western medicine but has been used for centuries in eastern medicine. We are now reaping the benefits of this theory in a “western” designed safe and effective tool for healing. It is not a replacement for therapy and traumatic incidences should be worked through with a mental health professional. But the safety and effectiveness of EFT has had such good results it is often taught to children. Children can learn to reduce fears, increase attention span, and much more.