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Tapping Into EFT

Mar 13, 2008
Emotional Freedom Techniques - or EFT - is gaining popularity and credibility as an effective means of treating pain, diseases and emotional issues. For those who are not familiar, EFT is very similar to acupuncture - without the needles.

EFT targets the end-points of meridian channels; these are known as the EFT tapping points. The Chinese discovered the body's energy system and the role played by main meridian points more than 5,000 years ago. According to Chinese beliefs, these EFT tapping points are the gates to the body's energy system. These gates maintain the body's internal balances by releasing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances.

There are twelve main meridians or channels in the body. These channels run from the head down to the toes. The energy that runs through the twelve channels is more popularly known as any of the following: Chi, Ki, Prana, Life Force or Life Energy. If the twelve meridians are the passages of Chi or Ki in the body, the EFT tapping points have the potential to control the course of the Chi or Ki in these major passages.

The EFT tapping points can be accessed by tapping gently on the surface of the skin. The Chinese believe that illnesses and pain are caused by imbalance in the flow of Chi. Balance can be restored by applying pressure on a specific main meridian point, depending on the complaint or illness.

There are a total of fifteen EFT tapping points and each point roughly correlates to a corresponding ailment that it can alleviate. The face has six of these main meridian points. The top of the head is for trauma, anxiety, addiction and depression. The eyebrow point is for trauma, frustration and restlessness. The side of the eye is for rage. Under the eye is for anxiety, nervousness, phobias and cravings. Below the nose is for embarrassment and psychological reversals. Below the bottom lip is for shame.

The torso has four EFT points. The area directly below the knob of the collarbone is for anxiety and insecurity. The area half a foot below the underarm is for anxiety, nervousness, cravings and self-esteem. Directly below the breast is for unhappiness, although is seldom used by most Practitioners. The sore spot in the chest is a neuro-lymphatic drainage point and is helpful for correcting psychological reversals.

The hands have six main meridian points. Inside the thumbnail is for intolerance and arrogance. Inside the index fingernail is for guilt. Inside the middle fingernail is for jealousy and addictions. Inside the little fingernail is for anger. The gamut spot on the back of the hand is for depression, loneliness and physical pain. The Karate chop area is for sadness and psychological reversals.

Illnesses and pain are treated by gently tapping a combination of these points. The effect is usually increased general relaxation, and a sense of "well-being". Typically patients report feeling "balanced" or "emotionally level" after EFT treatment. On a more important note, their specific issues are addressed without introducing any foreign substance into the body.

These EFT basic procedures are freely available; can be learned and applied in 5 minutes; and are suitable for all, including children.
About the Author
Copyright 2008 Stewart Robertson. Stewart is THE seasoned Practitioner of EFT in Scotland, and the author of several EFT articles. His Running Start EFT materials are freely available, as well as a printable diagram of the EFT tapping points.
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