Most of these statements are excerpts from www.EFTUniverse.com
What is EFT? EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, is based on an idea that energy flows around the body along 14 meridian lines, which can become blocked by stressful or traumatic emotions or events. By tapping on certain acupressure points in a particular sequence, accompanied by the emotions and story of the distress, the blocks release, allowing the energy to flow and resolving the feeling of distress.
It is sometimes referred to as energy therapy or simply the “tapping” therapy. EFT began in the US about 20 years ago but recently its popularity has surged. In 2012, more than half-a-million people signed up for the world tapping summit. There are EFT practitioners in most countries, especially the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South America. Many are health care practitioners. At least 35 books featuring EFT have been published in the last 10 years.
The tool is simple but powerful and can be used at home once you learn the basic sequence.
Is there research that supports these claims?
EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals. These include distinguished top-tier journals such as Journal of Clinical Psychology, the APA journals Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and Review of General Psychology, and the oldest psychiatric journal in North America, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT research includes investigators affiliated with many different institutions. In the US, these range from Harvard Medical School, to the University of California at Berkeley, to City University of New York, to Walter Reed Military Medical Center, to Texas A&M University, to JFK University. Institutions in other countries whose faculty have contributed to EFT research include Lund University (Sweden), Ankara University (Turkey), Santo Tomas University (Philippines), Lister Hospital (England), Cesar Vallejo University (Peru), and Griffith University (Australia). The wide variety of institutions, peer-reviewed journals, investigators, and settings that have, in independent research, found EFT to be efficacious, are one indication of the breadth of existing research results.
What happens during an EFT session? During EFT, the therapist taps points on the face, body and hands with the fingertips while focusing on emotions surrounding the distress or original trauma. The client repeats the words and sequence, taping on their own acupressure points. This is are often done in the course of a 50 minute psychotherapy session, with the tapping comprising 20 – 30 minutes.
How long does EFT take to work?
There is often a significant reduction in the level of stress in a single session, although more complex issues may require several sessions to address the various aspects of the trauma or distressing event. EFT can be used as a supplementary treatment within ongoing therapy. It can also be as adjunct to your ongoing therapy with another therapist.