|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:
- chronic pain
- 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
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.