The Tapping Solution, also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), has garnered recognition within the scientific community as a transformative tool for addressing anxiety, depression, and various psychological disorders. Remarkably, this approach leverages the body’s own healing potential by simply tapping on specific points. But what exactly is EFT, and how does it work?
EFT combines speech therapy with a unique tactile element. During EFT sessions, individuals are encouraged to vocalize positive affirmations while tapping specific Chinese meridian points on their body using their fingertips. While the technical aspects of EFT are fascinating, it’s essential to understand how this process works.
EFT sessions typically follow a structured format. First, a traumatic memory or distressing issue is identified. The individual then gauges the emotional intensity of this memory on a scale of zero to ten, known as Subjective Units of Distress or “SUD.” The next step involves crafting a personalized, brief affirmation that combines the painful incident with a statement of self-acceptance. While repeating this affirmation three times, the individual taps on specific points, including the outside fleshy edge of the hand, the inside end of the eyebrows, the outside of the eye socket, below the pupil of the eye, the middle of the upper lip just below the nose, the center of the chin just below the lower lip, the inside end of the collarbone, and under the arms.
Research has demonstrated the profound impact of EFT on psychological well-being. For example, a study involving veterans with PTSD, anxiety, and depression showed significant improvements. Beyond its effects on mental health, EFT has also shown promise in alleviating physical discomfort. Clinical reports suggest that by addressing emotional trauma, EFT can positively influence various physical conditions, including joint pain, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, rashes, arthritis, colds, influenza symptoms, and toothaches.
The tips of your fingers hold the remarkable potential to transform your health with just a few simple taps.
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Church, Dawson, Linda Geronilla, and Ingrid Dinter. “Psychological symptom change in veterans after six sessions of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): An observational study.” Electronic journal article. International Journal of Healing and Caring 9.1 (2009).