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Who is practicing EFT ? (Emotional Training Technique) and does it work for you?

Asked by Aster (18313points) December 22nd, 2012

For over a year I’ve ignored EFT but , for some reason, I started doing it yesterday with a youtube video. It really relaxes me but for a brief time. Anyone else do it? What are your results?

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gailcalled's avatar


“A review found that claims about efficacy of EFT may be attributable to the well known techniques used with EFT rather than manipulation of energy and encouraged psychologists to be wary of such energy techniques.

Writing in The Skeptical Inquirer, Brandon Gaudiano and James Herbert argued that there is no plausible mechanism to explain how the specifics of EFT could add to its effectiveness and they have been described as unfalsifiable and therefore pseudoscientific.

EFT is widely dismissed by skeptics, along with its predecessor, Thought Field Therapy
and has been described in the mainstream press as “probably nonsense.”...

Additionally, a 2009 review found “methodological flaws” in some research studies that had reported “small successes” for EFT and the related Tapas Acupressure Technique. The review concluded that positive results may be “attributable to well-known cognitive and behavioral techniques that are included with the energy manipulation. Psychologists and researchers should be wary of using such techniques, and make efforts to inform the public about the ill effects of therapies that advertise miraculous claims.


gailcalled's avatar

If it is free and helps to relax you, go for it. There are standard and approved methods of mind-body stress-reduction techniques. Don’t spend money on gadets that are supposed to “manipulate energy”

Aster's avatar

I know of no gadgets that are used with it. Like yoga, I believe that any practice that is five thousand years old must have some validity. Plus, it relaxes me. As far as “meridians” being involved I know little about them and don’t really care. Google “benefits EFT.” Of course, one could claim those are all phony.
What would the “ill effects” be from tapping ? If it doesn’t work you simply stop.

gailcalled's avatar

“If it is free and helps relax you, go for it.” Most people who use relaxation techniques hope for results that last for more than “a brief time.”

Aster's avatar

Gail , it (what you’re trying to eradicate) stays with you as you continue in the practice.

gondwanalon's avatar

Do you mean “Emotional Freedom Technique”. If so it has worked for me in controlling my rapid heart palpitation (pre-atrial contractions). I highly recommend EFT. Back in 2006 I suffered from constant and rapid heart palpitations. I was getting one heart palpitation per every 2 or 3 heart beats. My cardiologist did a stress test on me thinking that the palpitations would diminish as my heart rate increased but the palpitations remained constant even as my heart rate went above 200 bpm. I was told that the palpitations were not life threatening and there was no help for me to stop the relentless palpitations.

The palpitations were very disturbing to me so I contacted a trained “Life Coach” name Steve Daugherty who worked with me over the phone for over an hour doing the EFT techniques. Steve would not give up until my palpitations stopped. When he stopped my palpitations tears came to my eyes I was so relieved. I leaned how to control my palpitations. I have a very stressful job which is definitely a trigger for my palpitations and I now can stop them quickly whenever they start. Also I seem to tolerate stress more now so I hardly ever get heart palpitations anymore.

Aster's avatar

See? I am so new at it that I named it incorrectly. Happy for you, @gondwanalon. I read that , eventually, just thinking of the tapping can stop what your problem is. I have the same as you that is, my heart skips beats. I’ll see what happens.

gondwanalon's avatar

@Aster When I first started tapping all of the specific points I practiced tapping at and all around the various specific points attempting to find the exact and most effective spots for me. I also found that I didn’t have to go through the entire sequence of tapping points in order to stop my palpitations. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you but I found that tapping downward on top of my right collarbone to be the most effective point. I feel that that helps my brain and nerves to instantly relax. I have no idea how or why this works.

Experiment and see what works for you. Don’t give up if you don’t feel relief immediately. Like I said I had an expert Life Coach coaching me for over an hour before I got some relief.

Good luck and good health!

Aster's avatar

Thanks; same to you @gondwanalon. I do feel relief immediately but it doesn’t last. For advanced practice, do you get to do more tapping than just above the waist? I’m waiting for the book to arrive.

gondwanalon's avatar

I’m not an expert on EFT. I have modified the EFT with the help of an expert (Steve Daugherty) to where it works best for me. All of my tapping is above the waist. You can read about Steve here Also you may want to contact Steve at He is selling his 44 page book called “Instant Relief from Heart Palpitations” for about $20. I think that you can download it instantly to your computer. At least that is what I did a few years ago.

I suggest that you also try using different amounts of pressure for the tapping and move the locations of the tapping very slightly around. I did this and found a sweat spot where I put most of my efforts into.

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