Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is a highly effective treatment for physical pain and negative emotions. It’s also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure, and has excellent positive results on mental health
Based on Chinese medicine, and conceived by Gary Craig, a tapping sequence involves tapping on specific tapping points while tuning into a problem. Tapping points or meridian points are areas of the body energy flows through also known as energy meridians. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health. Any imbalance can influence disease or sickness, eft work has been proven to significantly lower stress and anxiety.
Similar to acupuncture( but without the needles), An EFT practitioner will tune your mind into your problem(physical or emotional) while tapping on your karate chop point and then, using a specific tapping sequence 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 negative 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.