Can EFT Be Harmful?

Is EFT Tapping Harmful?

effect of EFT tapping

There exists an alternative treatment for emotional and psychological discomfort known as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

EFT has shown help in the areas of stress, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental problems. 

It offers a lot of advantages, but does it have negative side effects? Let's analyze and find out if it is safe for you to use.

Have you ever cried and felt sad, wondering why life is so difficult at times? Don't worry! You're not the only one to fall in this category.

Life isn't easy, at least not for all of us. Most humans consider their lives difficult. One of the main causes for the same is that we are quite skeptical of ourselves especially our abilities.

This results in Emotional trauma and stress that have become frequent in today's competitive environment. 

People are always stressed out about their jobs, personal relationships, professional obligations, and other responsibilities. Emotional friction is something that cannot be neglected in such a situation.

This emotional tension can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health, resulting in both psychological and physical problems.

It gets critical to treat these difficulties, which is why the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, has become popular since the last decade of the twentieth century.

This is the time we look at the effects of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) on our bodies and find out if they are harmful in any manner.

Emotional Freedom Techniques


EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a type of therapy that entails tapping on acupuncture meridian end-points on the face and upper body (gently, with fingertips) while uttering out loud phrases based on what you feel.

Traditional Chinese energy medicine uses the same pathways/channels as EFT, but it also takes advantage of our ability to think or "tune-in" to our problem or issue in proactive ways.

EFT tapping is a simple technique that may be practiced by anyone. It is a quick, gentle and a long-lasting technique. 

It is simple to learn and does not require any medicines or specialist equipment. Once you've mastered it, you'll be able to use it on your own.

It has the potential to change how we react to distressing thoughts, feelings, and memories (with pain, tension or stress, for example).

The origins of EFT tapping may be traced back to the 1970s. Numerous clinicians around that time, began stimulating acupressure points in order to help their patients cope with fear, anxiety, distress, and phobias. 

Thought Field Therapy is one of them, and it was patented by Dr. Roger Callahan. Gary Craig later streamlined the technique and made it available to the general public as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

In easy terms, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a talk and touch therapy that handles issues such as:

  • Stress
  • PTSD
  • Chronic pains
  • Nervousness
  • Weight issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
EFT Tapping For Anxiety

Tapping is also found to aid healing from traumatic experiences, alcoholism, addiction, and improvement of well-being in those who are suffering from illness.

EFT is also favorable if:

  • You want to learn more about emotional wellness or treatment
  • You want to release yourself from limitations and heal from within
  • You want to help yourself and others
  • You're looking for a new career that will allow you to help others recover and transform
  • You want to improve both your career and your emotional well-being
EFT Tapping for Emotional Wellness


Different types of activity or therapy such as yoga, massage, tai chi, and acupuncture all rely on the body-mind link. Researches show that they can help with stress, sadness, anxiety and other psychological issues.

EFT tapping is categorized as a body-centered therapy. It has been developed from a long line of therapies that were initiated thousand years ago.

Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese discipline, teaches that the body's energy moves along certain routes. EFT tapping is based on this theory.

To increase the flow of energy, certain sites along these channels are stimulated. Stimulation can be accomplished by applying pressure ( acupressure) instead of inserting very tiny needles (acupuncture).

According to EFT theory, a disruption in the body's energy system is the source of all negative emotions. A painful occurrence or incident generates an energy system disruption, resulting in unpleasant emotion and, in some situations, negative belief.

The emotional charge dissipates when the energy system is balanced. You aren't "mentally blocked," as the underlying concept implies.

To put it another way, you're "energy-blocked." You can unblock clogged channels by using simple and effective EFT tapping methods.

“EFT is at the forefront of the new healing movement.”

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Gary Craig created the Emotional Freedom Technique, or simply EFT, with the goal of assisting clients in letting go of negative thoughts, memories, and emotions.

While reliving traumatic memories or upsetting emotions, this technique involves stimulating certain pressure spots on the body.

People typically utilize EFT tapping when they are worried or agitated, or when they have a specific issue that they wish to address.

It may, however, be beneficial for someone prior to an event that they predict to cause tension, anxiety, or any other type of mental discomfort.

During the EFT procedure, a person is either guided by an EFT practitioner or guided by themselves to focus on distressing thoughts or feelings while tapping on certain body parts.

These exact areas that the person is taught to tap are known as meridians, which are stimulated in a similar way during acupuncture.

While bad emotions are supposed to generate energy blockages, tapping on certain locations is said to clear these blockages and expel negative emotions.

Instead of utilizing needles, like an acupuncturist would, the EFT client is encouraged to gently push on these spots with their own fingertips.

EFT claims that by tapping on these places and bringing one's consciousness to unpleasant feelings, one can let go of some negative emotional energy.

The basic EFT process is to start by identifying the problem and then tap on it. Physical tension, for example, could be a part of the pain experience or mood that the pain may result in.

Begin with the component that the client is most aware of, and then work on each one individually. When the intensity drops, move on to the next aspect.

For those new to the concept of EFT, it is also known as Tapping Therapy that combines tapping on acupressure points with statements said aloud to accept situations.

If you would like to experience the power of EFT Tapping first hand, simply download the EFT Tapping Booklet below.

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Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past-trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.


EFT Tapping is an alternative therapy that involves two primary aspects- talk and touch. 

Emotional Freedom Techniques -Talk Therapy


EFT's primary element is communication. Tapping, like many other therapies and healing modalities, is a form of communication. 

The value of talking in therapy can be gauged by the fact that a branch of psychotherapy called Talk Therapy was developed on it. 

Talking about feelings and emotions might genuinely help people change their perceptions and how they evaluate things.

This feature of conversation is also incorporated into techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Emotional Freedom Technique - Touch Therapy


Touching is an important part of EFT Tapping because it is one of the five love languages.

Touch, which expresses caring, affection, and presence, can be an enormously essential aspect in healing. 

The importance of touch can be shown in the fact that babies who have had enough or any safe touch are less likely to have psychological difficulties later in life than babies who have not had enough or any safe touch.

The method EFT Tapping uses touch is tapping on certain areas on the body known as Tapping points.


Tapping, according to experts, allows you to tap into your body's energy and send signals to the area of your brain that governs stress.

They believe that by tapping on the meridian points, you can alleviate the tension or unpleasant emotion you've been experiencing as a result of your problem. This restores balance to your disrupted energy.

Before you start tapping, come up with a sentence that describes the problem you're trying to solve. It must concentrate on two key objectives:

  • Recognizing the problems
  • Accepting yourself regardless of the issue

"Even if I have this [fear or problem], I deeply and completely accept myself," is a popular setup phrase.


  • It's easy to do and does not cause any discomfort
  • It's not difficult to pick up
  • A therapist isn't the necessary factor
  • It's a better offer than other expensive therapies
  • It takes less time
  • It can address specific emotional issues in your life
  • It bestows to the ability to self-heal
  • It significantly lessens the distress that causes the issues
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem are restored
  • Enhanced performance
  • Improves psychological and physical well-being 


  • There are no such disadvantages. EFT tapping has no known side effects or risks. 
  • Almost everyone can give it a shot
  • It's likely that tapping will become a compulsive behaviour if you have obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Also, while EFT might cause increased emotions (known as abreactions), they are considered positive signals that the treatment is functioning. In these situations, don't give up; keep going since it's working!
  • When it comes to EFT, these emotions may be classified as side effects in conventional treatments, yet they are therapeutic.

We all know that some things are difficult to obtain and that getting them well takes time, effort, and commitment. EFT is one of these treatments since it aims to identify the source of the problem and can lead to long-term freedom.


It's important to realize that Emotional Freedom Technique is not a miracle technique. This, like any other therapeutic treatment, is likely to take some time before any noticeable results may be seen. The state of the condition will progressively improve.

It is critical to comprehend the complexities of the approach; therefore, it is prudent to seek the assistance of a skilled therapist. It's also worth noting that issues that have been unresolved for a long period take longer to settle than other concerns.

To get faster and better results, Emotional Freedom Technique is frequently used in conjunction with other modalities of treatment. In terms of the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, there are no documented adverse effects.

In certain circumstances, though, tapping right before bedtime can result in vivid dreams. When using the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, there are a few things to keep in mind (2).

  • It is very much important to stay focused on the issues at hand and not become sidetracked or disconnected in any way.
  • While it is feasible to use this technique on one's own, it is preferable to seek the help of a therapist to learn the finer points of the Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT.
  • The Emotional Freedom Technique allows people to see their problems from a different perspective than they are used to. It's important in a good way to think about these mental alterations because they can have a good impact.
  • Staying hydrated is particularly important because EFT deals with the movement of electrical energy through the body, and water is an excellent conductor of electricity.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique should be used several times in a single day and not just at one moment or whenever you feel like.

EFT tapping is extremely safe; the worst that may happen is that you don't perceive a difference in your anxiety or stress levels.

Precautions while using EFT Tapping


To be very honest, your entire life perspective will alter once you begin using EFT. Your attitude will shift, your ability to enjoy life will shift, your family relationships will shift for the better.

Yes! It will, if you let it! 

EFT will transform parts of your life if you allow the changes to occur by chipping away at old unhelpful emotions and mental processes that have kept you stuck your entire life.

So don't try to 'repair' things with it. Put it to good use in every aspect of your life. Make a list of ten things about your life that you don't like. Don't touch any of those items! Tap on how you FEEL when you see or hear such things!

Let's pretend you're terrified of something. What are you afraid of? You're being chastised? You probably feel inferior, as if no one approves you, therefore your sensation is based on a lack of confidence. That should be tapped.

How are you feeling right now? Fear? Do you feel hopeless because you're stuck? That should be tapped.

That you'll be on your own? "I'm so lonely, I feel abandoned, I'm completely alone, and that terrifies me..." That should be tapped.

Your circumstances change as you tap into the feelings because you acquire confidence and make decisions unlike any you've ever made before.

You are no longer terrified of what you were afraid of before. You'll be able to make better decisions and have more fun once you've regained confidence in your abilities.

Coming to what I've experienced in my years of practice, there have been no drawbacks or risks while using EFT. 

What I've witnessed is how EFT tapping saves people who are unprepared for the level of pleasure, joy, intelligence, or vitality that comes from tapping away their stuckness.

So, if you're new to tapping, imagine how you'd like your life to be once you're free of fear and not stuck, because you'll suddenly have more options for positive things, and you don't want to slip back into dread.

Emotional Freedom tapping is not at all harmful, yet it gives you a sense of peace and serenity in your life, even in the long run.

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Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past-trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.


The emotional freedom technique (EFT) has been shown beneficial in treating post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans and active military personnel, in various studies.

According to several research, EFT is more effective than other mainstream therapies in reducing anxiety and stress.

EFT Tapping, according to Harvard Medical School research, can significantly lessen or remove stress in the amygdala (3).

Dr Dawson Church, a recognised researcher on energy psychology, conducted a study in which participants' cortisol levels were assessed after one hour of EFT Tapping. The results demonstrated a drop in cortisol levels of 24 per cent to 50 per cent, compared to a very insignificant reduction in the control group!

The benefits of EFT are the consequence of the EFT Tapping procedure, not a placebo effect, according to a study published in the Energy Psychology Journal. Rather than being an inert placebo, tapping on acupoints and vocalising self-affirming words appears to be an active ingredient in EFT. The findings were in line with earlier published studies that showed EFT's usefulness in treating psychological issues in students (4).

Numerous anecdotal evidence, such as this tale from Serina Deen, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry who had a remarkable session that converted her to a believer. "Emotional Freedom Techniques is a non-invasive, quick-acting, and self-administrable, and I've personally experienced the benefits." (5)

EFT tapping has been shown to be effective in the treatment of PTSD in both veterans and active military people. In a 2013 study, researchers examined the positive effects of EFT tapping to regular therapy on veterans with PTSD (6).

EFT Tapping is effective because it gives us access to our subconscious minds. And, like with any powerful tool, exercise caution. Some folks may become enthralled by the good aspects of Tapping (which is how we all got started).

My personal opinion is that the only way to learn how to do EFT efficiently and safely is to undergo thorough training and have someone knowledgeable in guiding and supporting you until you have a firm grasp on the subject.

EFT works, and I try to practice the same every day. It's not a secret; the process entails being open and honest with oneself, acknowledging our humanity, and allowing our inherent goodness to take a seat in our perception.

I'll be eternally grateful that I had the courage to believe the answers and expand my horizons with the help of EFT!

We may become more aware of how our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions affect us physiologically as we explore EFT for ourselves, and we can make the necessary adjustments for the better.

EFT may provide surprising – and long-lasting – relief, transform the energy we bring to any life event, and much more, whether used alone or in cooperation with an expert practitioner.

What has been your experience with Tapping and energy healing? Are you new to it, or have you been using it for decades, as I have? I'd love to know about it!

Continue to learn and explore!


Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD)

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Discover how EFT Tapping can help you to self-heal or to become professionally qualified as a Certified EFT Practitioner. Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.

In summary, EFT, also known as EFT Tapping, is a technique that helps replace negative self-talk with positive self-thoughts and emotions. Emotional Freedom Techniques is a powerful tool to resolve unsolved issues, change beliefs, and reprogram yourself for increased pleasure and success. There is something about EFT that attracts people, to bring happiness and calmness to their life. This is the reason why thousands of individuals have used it all across the world.

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