Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is a highly effective treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It’s also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure.
Based on Chinese medicine, and conceived by Gary Craig, tapping involves tapping on specific meridian points while tuning into a problem. Meridian points are areas of the body energy flows through. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health. Any imbalance can influence disease or sickness.
Similar to acupuncture( but without the needles), An EFT practitioner will tune your mind into your problem(physical or emotional) and tap on specific meridian points to "tap out" the energy disturbance causing the pain. Restoring this energy balance will relieve symptoms a negative experience or emotion may have caused.
EFT has been used to effectively treat US war veterans and active military with PTSD. In a 2013 studyTrusted Source, researchers studied the impact of EFT tapping on veterans with PTSD against those receiving standard care.
Within a month, participants receiving EFT coaching sessions had significantly reduced their psychological stress. In addition, more than half of the EFT test group no longer fit the criteria for PTSD.
A 2016 reviewTrusted Source compared the effectiveness of using EFT tapping over standard care options for anxiety symptoms. The study concluded there was a significant decrease in anxiety scores compared to participants receiving other care.