What is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?

Last Update on August 16, 2020 : Published on May 18, 2020
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If you want to treat emotional distress and physical pain with an alternative treatment plan, opt for the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Additionally, the EFT is also referred to as psychological acupressure or tapping. EFT works on tapping the body philosophy which helps in the creation of energy in the system and treats the physical pain and emotional distress of the people. Emotional Freedom Technique was developed by Gary Craig who believes that disruption of energy is the major cause of all pain and negative thoughts and emotions. Basically, EFT is performed on people with PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and anxiety. In this blog, I am going to tell you what EFT is, how EFT works, and steps to make EFT tapping an easy five-step process, alongside explaining how effective EFT tapping actually is.

How does Emotional Freedom Technique work?

EFT is similar to acupuncture technique. EFT focuses on energy hotspots (meridian points) in order to restore the balance of the body’s energy. In this way, the symptoms of negative emotions and experiences relieve and provide rest to the body. According to the Chinese Medication process, energy flows through meridian points which help to balance energy and maintain the physical, mental, and emotional health of the body. Imbalance of points can influence sickness or disease.

How does Emotional Freedom Technique work

Acupuncture means the use of needless wherein the practitioner applier pressure to the energy points with needles. Meanwhile, EFT works on the use of tapping of fingertips in order to apply the pressure. EFT controls the stress by restoring the balance of the disrupted energy of any person with distress.

Five Step Process EFT:

To reduce the intensity of negative emotions, health practitioners use the Emotional Freedom Technique easy five-step process. Below-mentioned is the five-step process of EFT:

1. Identification of the issue

The first step is to identify fear or issues the person has for effective results. Identification of the issue will be referred to as the focal point during tapping. For effective outcomes, focus on the issue at a time.

2. Testing of the initial concentration

Once you have identified the problem or issue, we need to set the level of intensity on a scale of 0 to 10 wherein 10 should be scaled as the most difficult or the worst.

The scale of the intensity helps us to access the pain and thoughts according to the desired sequences.

3. Set-up

Before initiating the tapping process, we are required to explain what we are trying to address. According to the process, we should focus on two objectives:

  • Acknowledgment of the issue
  • Acceptance despite issue

This should go like this, “Even though I have this……, I deeply and completely accept myself.” You can change the phrase according to the issues and problems.

4. Tapping Sequence

In this step, we decide the tapping sequence on the ends of meridian points. basically, there are 12 meridian points, however, in EFT we mainly focus on below-written nine meridian points:

  • Small Intestine (Karate Chop)
  • Governing Vessel (Top of Head)
  • Bladder Meridian (Eyebrow)
  • Gallbladder Meridian (Side of the eye)
  • Stomach Meridian (Under the eye)
  • Central Vessel (Chin)
  • Kidney Meridian (Beginning of the collarbone)
  • Spleen Meridian (Under the Arm)

While following the sequence, remember to recite the phrase in order to maintain the focus at each tapping process. Repeat the sequence for at least 2-3 times.

5. Testing of the final concentration

After completing the tapping sequence, rate the intensity again on a scale of 0 to 10. Compare the results until it gets 0.

Five-step process EFT

How effective is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?

EFT is used to treat the active military with the symptoms of PTSD and war veterans. Within a month, people can be observed as stress-free with no psychological stress. Hence, it can be said that EFT is effective with the patients of PTSD and anxiety.

Remember, the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment method. I hope you like this blog. For more such content, follow Calm Sage on all social media platforms.

Thanks for reading!

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About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".

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