What is EFT tapping?
EFT stands for “Emotional Freedom Technique” and is also called tapping or meridian tapping. It is a cutting-edge tool rapidly gaining credibility worldwide as a powerful and efficient healing modality. It is currently going through N.I.C.E. and has had funding for research approval.
EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on acupuncture points. Clinical trials (see below) published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, self loathing and much more… and shown it to be more effective than drugs and/or talking therapies.
How does EFT/Tapping work?
Click here for an excerpt from the NY Times Bestselling Book “The Tapping Solution” by Nick Ortner of www.thetappingsolution.com that explains how EFT/Tapping retrains the limbic system and alters the neuro-pathways of the brain. For an article on Emotions as Energy in Motion click here.
The Scientific research and evidence for EFT/Tapping
There are many research papers that provide evidence for the efficacy of EFT/Tapping and you can access them using this link and also here. This recent paper from the Tapping Solution provides the most up-to-date research and evidence
Below is the summary of just one important study that measured levels of the stress hormone cortisol before and after using EFT.
The study was performed by Dr. Dawson Church, PhD and Dr. David Feinstein, PhD and it was a large and rigorous triple-blind study. The participants didn’t know which group they were in, the therapists didn’t know about the other groups, and the lab analysing the cortisol samples didn’t know which group was which.
83 participants were divided into 3 groups: the 1st group received an hour of Tapping; the 2nd group received an hour of psychotherapy (“talk” therapy); the 3rd group (control group) received no treatment.
The researchers measured cortisol levels before and after the treatment. Cortisol was measured because it is known as the “stress hormone” of the body. As stress goes up, cortisol levels go up.
When the researchers were measuring the cortisol levels of the Tapping group after treatment they thought they had a problem…
The levels had dropped so significantly in such a short period of time that they thought there must be something wrong with their equipment.
They kept recalibrating their equipment and retesting until they finally came to the conclusion that there was in fact…nothing wrong with their equipment but rather that…the Tapping worked!
Results: The 1st group (Tapping) demonstrated a 24% decrease in cortisol levels; the 2nd and 3rd groups showed no change in cortisol levels.
The reality: Psychotherapy relieves stress, but over a long period of time. The immediate benefits of psychotherapy do not register in your body, where excessive amounts of the “stress hormone” cortisol still run rampant, putting your health at risk.
Study findings: Tapping balances activity between the sympathetic and parasympathetic regions of your brain, producing “a neutral emotional state,” the gold standard of health and wellness.
EFT Tapping Scripts for the videos
Below are links to the tapping scripts for the tapping videos for you to print out: