5 Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT Tapping Benefits – Dr. Axe
Know anyone who uses EFT tapping to help fight depression or anxiety? Wondering what “Emotional Freedom Technique” (or EFT) is all about, and how it works to manage tension in the body and worry in the mind?
EFT tapping therapy was first introduced in the 1990s by a man named Gary Craig, who considered his approach to be an effective combination of mind-body medicine and acupressure techniques. The underlying principle of EFT is that all emotions and thoughts are forms of energy; this energy, whether positive or negative, has very real physical manifestations that affect all functions of the body.
While the human body possesses a natural healing potential, stress and emotional problems can stand in the way, which is where EFT comes in. People who experience benefits from practicing tapping techniques find that it helps clear their mind, focus their attention on the present moment (much like meditation does), and improve their attitude so they have a better chance of overcoming challenges they may face.
What Is EFT Tapping Therapy?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a self-help technique that involves tapping near the end points of “energy meridians” located around the body in order to reduce tension and promote a deeper mind-body connection. This technique goes by a few different names, including Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT Tapping or simply Tapping. According to the EFT Universe website, “EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals”, which include the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the APA journals Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and Review of General Psychology. (1)
One of the best things about EFT is that it can be done anywhere, at any time, quickly and without the use of any equipment, medications or supplements. What types of symptoms can EFT help to manage or prevent? People use EFT tapping techniques for:
- Reducing short-term or chronic stress
- Reducing muscular tension and joint pain
- Decreasing fatigue and boosting energy levels
- Decreasing tension headaches
- Coping with emotional problems such as low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety
- Improving athletic performance, focus and coordination
- Helping to improve sleep quality
EFT was introduced around 1995, following another mind-body method called Thought Field Therapy, or TFT. In the 1980s, TFT was developed by Dr. Roger Callahan, a clinical psychologist, who found that it helped people naturally manage symptoms of anxiety, phobias and physical problems related to stress. (2)
Gary Craig, one the lead creators of Emotional Freedom Technique, was one of Dr. Callahan’s students who further researched and refined TFT techniques in order to establish his own unique approach. Since 1995, a variety of EFT courses have been available to the public, focusing on teaching people how to easily use tapping techniques to overcome obstacles like fear, anger and feeling overwhelmed.