What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a specialized process which involves tapping on the endpoints of the body's meridians while focusing on an undesirable behavior, thought, emotion, or pain in order to release it and clear its negative physiological effects from the body. In the process, EFT releases stress, boosts the immune system, and counters the effects of aging.
Tapping provides relief from negative emotions such as anger, fear, stress, worry, anxiety, and shame. In addition EFT has effectively treated phobias, addictions, physical pain, performance issues, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), and other life challenges.
Are meridians real?
Yes, scientists have verified the existence of meridians by injecting a special blue dye into acupoints and watching the dye travel through the body along the meridian paths. The meridian system is called the Primo Vascular System, an anatomical system distributed throughout the entire body.
How does EFT work?
Tapping on the endpoints of the meridians sends calming messages via biophotons to the amygdala, the center for emotions and emotional behavior in the midbrain. Since the tapping is done while simultaneously focusing on a negative emotion, pain, or behavior, the amygdala gets the message that the “alarm” associated with the negative “issue” is over, and that the body can now relax and let it go. The result is that the intensity of the emotion, pain, or behavior decreases or disappears altogether. Often, the person also experiences a shift in his/her belief(s) associated with the negative issue.
How does EFT release stress, boost immunity, and counter the effects of aging?
When the amygdala gets the message that the alarm is over, it passes along signals that deactivate the sympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic or “fight/flight” responses include increased production of the stress hormone cortisol, decreased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA, increased blood pressure, increased shallow breathing, increased high beta brain waves indicative of feelings of agitation and fear, increased blood flow away from normal body functions and increased blood flow towards the muscles for more energy to run or fight, and increased production of excitatory neurotransmitters like dopamine. Instead, while tapping, the amygdala passes on signals that activate the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic or “rest/digest” responses cause the body to increase its production of DHEA, the anti-aging hormone, and decrease the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. It also decreases blood pressure and increases the proper working of the digestive system. Increased blood flow to normal body functions helps the body better extract nutrients from food and eliminate toxins, strengthening the immune response. In addition, it increases alpha brain waves indicative of physical and mental relaxation, it increases the blood flow to the brain cortex, enabling access to higher level thinking and problem solving, and it increases inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin. Thus, EFT tapping releases our bodies’ stress responses, kicks up our immune system functioning, releases the hormone DHEA, also known as the anti-aging hormone, and increases both our emotional and physical health.
Who started EFT?
EFT was developed by Stanford University Graduate, Gary Craig, and is based on the works of Psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan. Craig developed one simple sequence of tapping on the endpoints of all the body's major meridians.
What are the benefits of EFT?
Releases negative emotions
Clears limiting beliefs
Clears physiological effects of negative emotions and stress
Helps eliminate fears and phobias
Boosts immune functioning
Lowers cortisol and raises DHEA levels in the body
Brings coherence in the body
Rewires the brain
Decreases high beta waves and increases alpha waves in the brain
Increases production of inhibitory neurotransmitters such as serotonin
Controls gene expression from outside of DNA; is an epigenetic intervention (The Genie in your Genes, Epigenetic Medicine and the new Biology of Intention by Dawson Church, PH.D.)