A 2016 research report on 14 EFT studies found that individuals who have practiced EFT tapping have experienced a significant reduction in the levels of anxiety. Another 2019 study analyzed the physical & psychological reactions of 203 people participating in EFT workshops. The study found that almost all these individuals experienced notable reductions in PTSD symptoms, depression, anxiety and pain. They also showed improvements in cortisol levels, blood pressure and heart rate. The participants even reported feeling a lot happier after the EFT workshops.
In fact, a 2016 report which reviewed 20 studies found that EFT was exceptionally effective in managing and reducing depression in practitioners. The findings revealed that the self-help healing method was “equal to or better than” various standard depression treatments. Another 2017 research revealed that EFT can be a highly effective and helpful tool for students as it improves their communication skills and enables them to feel more relaxed and calmer.
Several more studies have been conducted and more research is being currently undertaken to determine the efficacy of EFT & similar practices and how this technique can help us, physically, mentally and emotionally.
How does EFT tapping work?
Tapping works in the veins of acupressure and acupuncture. Instead of using needles, this technique uses the fingertips to put pressure on the energy hot spots or the meridian points. According to TCM, meridian points are pathways through which the body’s energy flows. These spots help to maintain balance in the flow of energy in our body. However, imbalances in the energy flow can affect our physical, emotional and mental well-being.
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EFT helps to restore the balance of energy so that it flows smoothly in the body. It also helps to relieve signs and symptoms associated with difficult emotions caused by negative experiences. Practitioners believe that tapping allows us to access the energy in the body and send signals directly to the area of the brain which manages stress. It is believed that by stimulating our meridian points with tapping, we can reduce stress and restore balance in our disorganized energy flow. This helps to resolve various physical & emotional issues.
How to practice tapping
EFT tapping is widely used by individuals who experience stress and anxiety. You can also practice it if you want to resolve a specific issue. However, if you think an upcoming event or a person can make you feel stressed and anxious, then it can be helpful to do tapping beforehand.
Here are the 5 steps of tapping that will help you resolve your issues and eliminate feelings of negativity when practiced in the correct sequence.
1. Identify the issue
The first step requires you to focus on what problems and ailments are affecting you. By identifying the phobia or fear you are suffering from you can set an aim at which you will target your tapping. However, you need to make sure that you only focus on one particular issue at a time to make the technique effective.
2. Test the initial intensity
Once you have identified the issue, make sure to set a benchmark for the level of intensity of your problem. You can rank the intensity level on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being most difficult or worst. This rank will help you assess the amount of physical and emotional discomfort you experience from your issue.
Moreover, the ranking system will also allow you to monitor your progress & the effectiveness of EFT after completion of the sequence. For instance, if your original intensity level was 8 before tapping and 4 afterwards, then your progress level is 50%. It means you need to improve another 50 percent.
3. The setup
Before you start each round of tapping, you need to decide on a simple phrase which explains what you wish to address and achieve. Make sure to repeat this phrase continuously as you tap the KC or karate chop point located at the center of your outer hand.