What Is EFT Tapping? Here's What You Should Know
EFT Tapping is said to have many benefits, from helping manage anxiety to providing relief from physical pain. We break it down for you.
Many celebrities such as actress Naomie Harris have talked about using tapping to manage emotional distress. But what exactly is tapping? EFT tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique is an alternative wellness therapy that is aimed at managing emotional and physical pain. Also known as psychological acupressure, EFT Tapping draws from ancient Chinese medicine philosophy, with principles similar to acupuncture and acupressure, to improve physical and mental well-being by tapping on specific energy meridian points on the body. Stimulating these tapping points is believed to be able to balance your body's energy, deal with negative feelings, and offer relief from pain. It can be done with the guidance of professionals or as a self-care method.
Benefits of EFT Tapping
Although there is not a wide range of extensive studies on the topic yet, there is growing interest in tapping as a healing practice, both in the public consciousness and in the research area. More research is needed to explore the effects of this practice.
Eases Anxiety: EFT Tapping is widely used as a way to help manage anxiety, and some studies corroborate this benefit. A 2016 review published in the The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease presented that emotional freedom technique treatment showed a considerable decrease in anxiety scores. Another study involving social work students, published in the journal Social Work Education, showed that participants reported EFT to be relaxing and to have lessened subjective anxiety.
Manages Symptoms of Depression: Tapping is also used to alleviate symptoms of depression. A review published in Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing presented that Clinical EFT can be effective in reducing symptoms of depression.
Aids in Managing PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is another issue that can be addressed with the help of EFT Tapping. A survey involving 448 EFT practitioners, published in The Permanente Journal, showed that 63% of the practitioners reported that 10 or fewer EFT sessions can successfully help with treating even complex PTSD.
Helps Improve Physical Health: An article published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine shows that besides having benefits for mental health, EFT Tapping may also have positive effects on physiological markers of health, such as decrease in cortisol levels and blood pressure, and increase in immune system function.
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