What Is EFT?

An introduction to the Emotional Freedom Technique

What is EFT or Tapping?

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques (sometimes called Tapping) and is a form of counseling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy (TFT). It is best known through Gary Craig’s EFT Handbook, published in the late 1990s, and related books and workshops by a variety of teachers. EFT and similar techniques are often discussed under the umbrella term “energy psychology”.

In essence, EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture, except we don’t use needles.  Instead, we stimulate certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with our fingertips.  This has shown repeatedly to reduce the conventional therapy process from months or years down to minutes, hours or a few sessions.


What can I use EFT for?

This innovative Tapping tool has proven useful in clinical settings for just about any emotional, physical or performance issue you can name.  That’s a bold statement, I know but check out our free videos as well as thousands of articles written by therapists, physicians and clients on our EFT Tapping website.  There you will find EFT and Tapping success stories on everything from fears to trauma … anger to depression … bee stings to multiple sclerosis … back pain to vision issues … baseball to gymnastics … singing to golf.  Please get the idea that this one innovative tool is so universal that one of our mottoes is “Try Tapping on Everything.”


EFT’s Rise in Acceptance

EFT, in it’s simplest description, combines Mind-Body Medicine with the stimulation of the acupuncture meridians (via fingertip Tapping) to generate a synergistic blend of the two.  From my years of EFT observation it is easy to conclude that this blend gives rise to benefits that surpass those provided by the individual parts.  I’ve also seen it bring relief (including the complete cessation of symptoms) where drugs, surgery and other medical interventions appeared to have failed.

Does this mean that EFT Tapping is better than everything else and that all other methods should be dropped?  Of course not!!

Rather, it means that EFT represents a much different approach than other methods and belongs in everyone’s toolbox.  Tapping aims at the balancing of the body’s energy meridians and the resolution of health robbing negative emotions.  If one’s current healing path is ignoring this possibility then, in my opinion, their pursuit contains a gaping hole.

EFT discoveries that further enhanced the Tapping process…

  • The link between emotional issues and physical ailments became clearer through more observation.  This resulted in EFT being used successfully for Serious Diseases of all kinds in that physical symptoms tended to fade with the proper tapping on emotional issues.  Please consult physicians on all medical issues.
  • In many cases, complex issues could be reduced, via EFT, to the SPECIFIC EMOTIONAL EVENTS underlying them.  This helped simplify the process so that more EFT’ers could provide even sounder benefits.
  • We found that people could Borrow Benefits (Easy EFT) and achieve results while tapping along with someone else’s session.  This tends to occur even though the other person’s issue is different from the one Borrowing the Benefits.  I once spent an afternoon with 500 people using this EFT process and 499 of them reported impressive improvement in one or more of their issues.
  • We also found that EFT could be effective even when done in a surrogate manner.  Thus it was discovered that tapping for someone else (including animals and non-verbal children) can often produce meaningful benefits.