Emotional Freedom Technique (E.F.T.)

 
Emotional freedom technique (EFT), which people often refer to as EFT tapping, is an alternative therapy for anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and some other conditions.

According to the developer of EFT, Gary Craig, tapping on different parts of the body helps balance energy and reduce physical and emotional pain. People can see an EFT practitioner for treatment or treat themselves using this technique.

According to EFT International, the technique can be helpful for people with:
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • chronic pain
  • stress
  • weight loss issues
  • other problems

How does it work?
As with acupuncture and acupressure, tapping involves the bodyís energy meridian points, which are a concept in Chinese medicine. Proponents believe them to be areas of the body through which energy flows.

In this theory, blocks or imbalances in the flow of energy lead to ill health. According to EFT advocates, tapping on these meridian points with the fingertips restores the balance of energy to resolve physical and emotional issues.

It can also work in a similar way to mindfulness, as it can draw a personís attention to their body and breathing. It may serve as a mental distraction from the issues that are causing anxiety or stress.