EFT, also known as tapping, is based on the same theory as Chinese acupuncture: that our body has a pathway of energy channels called meridian lines which carry energy through our system. Through the work of Dr Roger Callahan (Thought Field Therapy) and Gary Craig (creator of EFT) we now know that tapping on the ends of these meridians (which correlate to specific organs in the body) reduces the fight or flight response, whether the trigger is real or imagined.
Imagine Jane. When she was 14 she was attacked by a man who had black facial hair. Afterwards, every time she saw a man with black facial hair, her body would go into the fight or flight response. If she was walking down a road and a man with black facial hair came towards her, she would shake. Black facial hair meant danger and the energy in her body changed accordingly.
In essence, with tapping, we verbally and energetically tune in to an issue – emotional, physical, mental or spiritual – and tap on several different acupoints (located at the end of energy meridians within the body) on the body whilst repeating a reminder phrase about the issue. This then reduces the fight or flight signal from the brain and results in emotional and cognitive shifts. In this way, EFT brings together the ancient wisdom of the East about the energy of the body and modern psychology and neurology. Hence the umbrella term ‘Energy Psychology’.
You may find it hard to believe that tapping on your body can release energetic trauma? Well, it’s now confirmed by scientific research from Harvard Medical School. Over the last decade, researchers there used MRI and PET scans to prove that tapping decreases activity in the parts of the brain associated with fear (amygdala, hippocampus etc).
In their research, it’s easy to see the amygdala’s red alert being called off when acupoints are stimulated.
There are now over 55 published and peer-reviewed studies showing the efficacy of EFT and other Energy Psychology modalities on a variety of issues, including anxiety, athletic performance, depression, pain, physical symptoms, PTSD and weight loss.