Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are becoming increasingly popular. The tapping of certain points in the body can help relieve stress and other various physical and mental disorders.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) called a therapeutic concept that belongs to the area of the, so-called, Energy Psychology. The basic idea is to relate the physical and mental suffering with a disturbed flow of energy in the body. To allow again an undisturbed energy system specific meridian points on the head, torso and hand are tapped or massaged.
EFT was developed in its present form by the American – Gary Craig. The basic assumptions of the method, however, go back to ideas of traditional Chinese medicine and applied kinesiology ideas. Craig was referring to attempts by Roger Callahan, an American psychologist, who treated patients with phobic disorders by the tapping of meridian points. Craig simplified the treatment process, linked him with other methods and gave the name for this concept: “Emotional Freedom Techniques“.
Increasingly studies on EFT.
EFT has now many followers, but so far convinced of it’s effectiveness was based mainly on experience reports. However, recently, also increased quantities of studies which are performed effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques. For example, one study with 36 participants, who were suffering from social phobia, prove that the fear of public speaking could be significantly reduced by a 45-minute treatment with Emotional Freedom Techniques.
In another case analysis showed that, already, during six months of treatment with EFT the fear of the dentist could be reduced. Other studies point on the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques for depression, trauma, eating disorders or pain. Now larger studies will confirm these results.