What Is EFT Treatment?

What Is An EFT Treatment?

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Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is an alternative treatment for physical and emotional discomfort. It has been demonstrated to help with the symptoms of anxiety, stress, sadness, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other mental and physical illnesses.

This blog post is going to cover different aspects of EFT. 

You've decided to go for a therapy? Fantastic! You've taken the difficult step by deciding to seek therapeutic treatment to help you protect and preserve your mental health.

But you're not alone if you're asking, "How do I figure out what kind of therapist I need?" There are various kinds of therapists, as well as numerous types of therapy and treatment.

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So let's get started with one of the most significant types of therapy treatment in this blog post, namely, Emotional Freedom Techniques.


Eft Tapping

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as EFT Treatment or EFT Tapping, is a form of therapy method which involves a process of intentional tapping (gently, with fingertips) on acupuncture meridian end-points on the face and upper body while saying statements out lout based on psychology (1).

EFT or “tapping” is easy to learn and flexible enough to use. It is a long-lasting, gentle, and usually quick technique. There are no drugs or specialized equipment required as it is simple to learn. And finally, it is self-applicable once learned.

It allows us to transform the way we respond to uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and troubling memories (with pain, tension or stress, for example).

Whether it is used alone or together with an experienced practitioner, EFT can bring surprising – and lasting – relief and change the energy we bring to any life situation.

As we explore EFT for ourselves, we become more aware of how our thoughts, beliefs and emotions affect us physiologically – and we join the journey to make changes for better.


Humans have been knowing the healing properties of tapping various locations for over 5000 years. 

Many countries' historical medical histories include treatment of these sites, particularly Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which utilizes needles to activate these "acupoints."

Dr. Roger Callahan, a psychologist, spent many years refining his technique, which he called TFT (Thought Field Therapy).

Several therapists who studied under Callahan went on to develop new therapies based on his principles.

Some of these remedies are still proprietary and subject to copyright restrictions, while others necessitate substantial (and sometimes costly) training before they may be utilized properly. 

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), established by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineer turned personal trainer who trained with Callahan in the early years of Thought Field Therapy, stands out as being straightforward and freely available to anyone.

As a result of Callahan's influence, Gary Craig developed Emotional Freedom Techniques, a method that works as magic when it comes to healing the root cause of any discomfort (2).
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EFT is the essential step in a series of therapies that dates back thousands of years.

According to EFT, a disruption in the body's energy system is the source of all negative emotions. A traumatic event or incident disrupts the energy system, resulting in bad emotions and, in some situations, unfavorable beliefs.

The emotional charge dissipates once the energy system is regulated. You aren't "mentally inhibited," as the core premise implies. Instead, you're "energy-blocked." You can unblock clogged channels by following the easy EFT tapping instructions.

EFT provides relief by re-wiring and restoring balance to the energy system, allowing you to feel calmer, more at ease, and ready to let go.

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


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).


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 by 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 in which EFT Tapping uses touch is by tapping on certain areas of the body also known as Tapping points.

For those new to EFT, it is also known as Tapping Therapy, which combines tapping on acupressure points while saying statements out loud to accept situations.

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


Gary created the Basic Recipe first, which covers the entire tapping routine. The tapping sequence was subsequently simplified.


The main tapping points are as follows: 



At the beginning of the eyebrow just above the nose


Side Of Eye/ Temple

On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye


Under Eye

On the bone just under the eye


Under Nose

Between the bottom of the nose and the upper lip



Midway between the point of the chin and the middle of the lower lip



Just below the collarbone


Under Arm

Under the arm about 10cm from the armpit



On the outside of the thumb, level with the base of the nail


Index Finger

On the side of the index finger closest to the thumb, level with the base of the nail

(This point is not recommended for pregnant clients)


Middle Finger

In the same place on the middle finger


Ring Finger

On the other side on ring finger


Baby Finger

In the same place on the little or baby finger


Karate Chop

On the edge of the hand


STEP 1: Measure the problem from 1 to 10

Ask “What number would you give this problem on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is a very big problem and 1 is not big at all”.

If there is a feeling, ask “On a scale of 1 to 10 how intense is the feeling where 10 is very intense and 1 is not at all”.

Alternatively, for physical tension, ask “On a scale of 1 to 10 what number would you give this tension where 10 is very high and 1 is not high at all”. 


While continuously tapping on the Karate Chop point, repeat this affirmation three times: ‘Even though I have this (name your problem), I deeply and completely accept myself.’ 


Tap about 7 times on each of the following energy points while repeating the Reminder Phrase at each point:

  •  Eyebrow 
  •  Side of Eye 
  •  Under Eye 
  •  Under nose
  •  Chin 
  •  Collarbone 
  •  Under Arm 
  •  Thumb 
  •  Index Finger 
  •  Middle Finger 
  •  Little Finger 
  •  Karate Chop


Continuously tap on the gamut point while performing each of these 9 actions: 

(1) Eyes closed

(2) Eyes open

(3) Eyes hard down right

(4) Eyes hard down left

(5) Roll eyes in a circle in one direction

(6) Roll eyes in a circle in the other direction

(7) Hum 2 seconds of a song

(8) Count to 5

(9) Hum 2 seconds of a song

This process allows the left and right brain to be engaged creating balance.


Tap about 7 times on each of the following energy points while repeating the Reminder Phrase at each point.


Note: In subsequent rounds the Setup Affirmation and the Reminder Phrase are adjusted to reflect that you are addressing the remaining problem: i.e “even though I still have some of (this problem)…“ (Setup) “this remaining (problem)…“ (Reminder Phrase)

The basic EFT format is to identify the issue and then begin tapping. Physical tension, for example, may have an aspect of the experience of pain or the emotion the pain is creating.

Begin with the component that the client is most aware of and work on the problems one at a time. Move on to the next aspect when the intensity decreases.


Gary Craig developed a variety of approaches as he developed EFT, and he has made them available to practitioners who want to use them.

Gary, on the other hand, is a master of intuitive therapy and has never needed to define his methods as separate EFT subcategories. He merely does what his intuition tells him to do.

Most EFT practitioners eventually migrate to this intuitive technique, although some instruction is required until their intuition is established (and they learn to trust it).

The approaches shown here are the result of the efforts of several practitioners, although they are all based on Gary's work.

We owe it to these practitioners to translate Gary's intuitive therapy sessions into a set of techniques that can be taught as distinct models until the practitioner acquires the confidence to combine them all into a single resource from which the approach needed for any given case may be derived.


The Direct Approach 

There may be no need to develop a Setup Statement if the client is vividly aware of the situation and keeps it in the forefront of their mind.

A client with a splitting headache is a clear example of this. If the headache is so severe that it obliterates all other thoughts, no setup is required, and the practitioner can begin tapping right away. This isn't necessary to say that touching the uncomfortable place isn't necessary (the client might be reversed), but it does suggest that it can be done without uttering a setup statement. Similarly, there will be no need for reminder phrases.

This method can be used to treat a variety of pain conditions. The practitioner must be certain that a specific type of pain has been diagnosed. Furthermore, the practitioner must always be on the lookout for circumstances in which physical pain has an emotional root.


Tell The Story

When a problem is caused by a prior incident, the Tell the Story process is implemented. The client is urged to share the tale of the experience in their own words, perhaps like a movie in their head, focusing on each section as it is narrated.

As the story unfolds, the practitioner should be on the lookout for indicators of stress and the build-up of an emotional charge, and at the first hint of distress, the client should halt and ask to estimate an SUDS value for the part of the occurrence that created the emotional charge.

The story is then paused while the feeling is tapped away before continuing. The relevant emotion is tapped away each time the emotional charge rises, until the entire story can be conveyed without upsetting the audience.

After the client has completed the entire narrative, tapping as needed, it is important going back to the beginning and renarrating it, focusing on the areas that can cause discomfort and discussing them in vivid detail, tapping away any lingering emotion detected.


The Movie Technique

The movie technique is used to identify key emotional parts of the event first and then tap on them one by one. This is faster than telling the story. The steps are: 

  1. Name the movie and identify the intensity levels...tap 
  2.  Have the movie on the screen, cover with curtains and remote control in hand 
  3.  When intensity on movie name is manageable, open curtains 
  4.  Run the movie from start to finish and identify emotional peaks 
  5.  Begin with the lowest peak 
  6.  Tap the intensity down 
  7.  Test and move to the next peak 
  8.  Repeat till the movie has no charge 
  9.  We test with movie technique by telling the story


Tearless Trauma

The Tearless Trauma Technique is when a practitioner asks a client to imagine, tune-in to, or explain how intense a problem or issue would be if they could visualise, tune-in to, or describe it.

Tearless Trauma, also called “Guessing,” is another gentle way of Sneaking Up. The client guesses what the Intensity Level would be if they were to think about the issue.

It is also a type of "protective distancing," which is an intentional tactic of tapping from afar to assure more safety, comfort, and/or to reduce emotional intensity. It's also effective when combined with other gentle treatments.

The tearless trauma technique is similar to the movie technique only contrasting factor being emotional intensity level is guessed. This technique is used when there is severe trauma and it is too painful to even watch the movie. In this case, the client is asked to imagine and guess the incident and not to step into it or even view it.


The Keyword Approach 

Some clients may bring a situation to the practitioner that is so distressing that they are unable to speak about it. It is quite difficult to construct an accurate and effective Setup Statement in these circumstances. 

Even if one could be located, the client is more than likely to avoid the problem by framing the statement in a way that avoids the problem. In situations like this, the Keyword Approach comes in handy.

The client is requested to provide a keyword that encompasses the entire situation. The keyword might be anything that the client prefers.

It does not have to be a literal portrayal of the problem; all that is required is for the client to agree that the term, which may be relatively neutral outside of this context, embodies the entire issue.

The problem is never stated again, and the Setup Statement is built around the keyword, not the problem.

For instance, if the client is suffering trauma following a brutal rape, the word ‘daffodil’ (which has no connection with or relevance to the assault) could be chosen as the keyword and the Setup Statement would be: ‘Even though I have this daffodil problem, I fully and completely accept myself,' with the reminder phrase, ‘This daffodil problem’.

Except for the insertion of a keyword, the formula is the same as it is in any other EFT session. The SUDS level is lowered as a result of tapping.

If any other parts of the problem arise throughout the session, simply give them a new keyword and treat them the same way.

This method can also be used when the client is genuinely unable to define the problem and just expresses sadness, anger, fear, or other emotions. The unknown problem is given a name in the form of an unrelated keyword, and the standard tapping process is used to solve it.

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EFT has been shown to work miracles in a variety of scenarios.

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A 2019 study including 203 people looked at the physical reactions and psychological symptoms of those who went to EFT seminars.

Women above the age of 50 made up the majority of those who took part. Participants reported significant reductions in anxiety, despair, and PTSD symptoms, as well as pain levels and cravings, according to the study. They also stated that their happiness had improved.  Heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol all improved in a subset of subjects, according to physical measurements (3).

In a 2012 study of 30 students with moderate-to-severe depression, those who got four group sessions of EFT treatment had significantly less depression than those who received no treatment. These data suggested to the researchers that EFT could be useful as a quick, low-cost, and effective treatment (4).

In a 2013 study, 30 veterans who received EFT treatment in addition to normal care experienced considerably less psychological distress and PTSD symptoms than those who were on a treatment waiting list. Furthermore, 60.0 percent and 85.7 percent of these participants no longer satisfied the PTSD clinical criteria after three and six sessions, respectively. 79.5 percent of individuals did not meet the criteria six months following therapy, indicating the long-term effects of EFT, according to the study (5).

EFT was found to be highly helpful in lowering depressive symptoms in a 2016 evaluation of 20 trials. The results revealed that EFT was as good as or better than other mainstream depression therapies (6).

You can study EFT Tapping for yourself and others, as well as train to become an EFT Practitioner who can help others with physical and emotional issues.

While tapping may help some individuals feel better, it's equally crucial to get professional help if you're experiencing physical or mental pain.

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, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is undoubtedly one of the most effective therapy methods available today! Emotional Freedom Techniques is a type of alternative therapy that helps people overcome physical and emotional problems. It entails tapping on certain energy areas on the body, most notably the head and face. 

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