Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) According to The Tapping Solution, “Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain, not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talk therapy).” Because EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels, he adds, “EFT gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session.” In fact, it’s EFT’s ability to access the amygdala, an almond-shaped part of your brain that initiates your body’s negative reaction to fear, a process we often refer to as the “fight or flight” response, that makes it so powerful.
EFT studies have shown that the technique helps with stress management. The method targets points of energy altered by the negative emotions triggered by certain conditions, so practicing EFT helps promote stress relief. It’s a useful tool when dealing with:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Weight loss anxieties.
- Addictions and cravings.
Further studies also show that EFT may help with physical pain, including pain caused by chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and psoriasis.