Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a unique form of what is commonly called ‘psychological acupuncture’ (acupuncture without the use of needles!). It has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine and the modern day system of Applied Kinesiology. It uses the Chinese meridian system (acupuncture points) to relieve psychological stress and physiological pain.
EFT works by balancing the body’s energy system with a simple and easy to learn tapping procedure, which stimulates designated meridian endpoints on the face and (usually) upper body. It restores the balance of the body’s energy system, thereby neutralising emotional conflicts at their source and allowing the body and mind to resume their natural healing abilities.
EFT is safe, easy to apply and non-invasive. When a person remembers a painful or traumatic incident it causes their energy system to disrupt. As the body recalls the memory, it also re-produces the original emotional state associated with that time. EFT works directly to re-balance the energy field; as a result, negative emotions are cleared and harmony is restored. The feelings connected to even the most intense memories or limitations are then dispelled. The negative emotions attached to an event, whether past or future, can then no longer be accessed. Similarly, life-long phobias, compulsive behaviours and unhealthy patterns of belief can be eliminated.
The reason this treatment is so effective, is that it treats the problem directly by correcting imbalances in the body’s system. Once the imbalance is corrected, the negative emotion quickly resolves, leaving the person free of troubling emotions that may have been limiting their lives.
One of the most miraculous aspects of this treatment is the ‘confused’ relief that people experience when they are suddenly without the familiar response that may have plagued them for years. When asked to recall the initial difficulty, most people are speechless, as they can no longer connect to the original feelings that provoked. The speed at which this technique often works leaves people dumbfounded.
The EFT process can take from five minutes to half an hour, depending on the number of aspects surrounding a problem. For instance, a ‘fear of flying’ may have several layers (aspects) to it, such as a fear of heights, a fear of being out of control, or a fear of death. If the core issues related to the phobia are identified early in the treatment sessions, then it can often be resolved in a very short time frame. Different ‘aspects’ are possible with just about any problem. A phobia of spiders may have different elements, for instance, a stationary spider and moving spider may have to be treated as separate aspects to the fear of the spiders, or maybe it is the furry body of the spider that triggers the phobias response. These are all different aspects to the same problem, which may need to be addressed individually.
The scientific validation of Energy therapies such as EFT has lagged behind such extraordinary results, although validating research is appearing. A study by Wells, Polgase, Andrews, Carrington and Baker (2000) found EFT to effectively treat specific phobias in one 30-minute treatment session, and results were superior to an alternative treatment. A study on auto accident victims suffering PTSD (Pulos and Swingle, 2000) found significant reductions in symptomatology following two sessions of EFT treatment, and a study on children diagnosed with epilepsy found significant reductions in seizure frequency and extensive clinical improvement in EEG readings after two weeks of daily EFT treatment (Swingle, 2000). These and other studies in progress indicate a very high success rate for this approach.