What is E.F.T. Tapping?

E.F.T. means "Emotional Freedom Techniques" and is a powerful emotional healing tool with its roots in traditional Chinese medicine.
It has been long understood by the Chinese that the meridian system is a channel system in the human body through which qi, or energy, and the other fundamental substances flow. Meridians are also known as acupuncture points. The meridians function as a network, much like a highway system, that can be mapped out throughout the entire body.

In traditional Chinese medicine the meridians are used to heal physical ailments but in in 1980, psychologist Roger Callahan, had a patient with an extreme phobia of water. Mary’s fear of water controlled her life and kept her from daily activities.  Dr. Callahan and Mary had been working on this problem together for over a year. Finally, Mary worked up the courage to sit within sight of the pool at Dr. Callahan’s house. 

Dr. Callahan had recently been studying traditional Chinese medicines, and learning about meridians. Her fear of being near the water caused Mary stomach pains – a common “gut reaction.” Suddenly he had an inspiration. Remembering that there was an acupuncture point for the stomach meridian on the cheekbone, he asked her to tap there, thinking it might cure her stomach pains which where a stress reaction of being so close to water.

Mary tapped her cheekbone as directed, and this little action changed medicinal history! The response seemed miraculous, to both Mary and Dr. Callahan. Her stomach pains disappeared. But even more amazingly, her phobia of water disappeared, too! She ran down to the pool and began splashing herself with water, rejoicing in her newfound freedom from fear.

E.F.T. Works!

Based on this discovery, Dr. Callahan began a series of investigations to develop and refine this technique, which he termed Thought Field Therapy. In 1990 Gary Craig who had trained under Dr. Callahan learning the procedures for T.F.T. refined and simplified the process and named it E.F.T.

E.F.T. uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 14 acupuncture points. Over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals, including dozens of clinical trials, have demonstrated that E.F.T. is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.