What is energy medicine? One prominent movement in this area is called EFT or emotional freedom technique, colloquially known as tapping. Tapping is a technique during which a person taps on acupressure points and makes positive affirmative statements at the same time. It has been likened to psychological acupressure.
Until recently it was considered to be on the fringes of the scientific treatment world … that is, until it passed through the American Psychological Association’s Division 12 standards and moved into the mainstream through review of a number of clinical studies demonstrating its efficacy.
Many prominent researchers have contributed to this body of knowledge, from Harvard to the University of California at Berkeley, Walter Reed Military Medical Center, and more. Studies have been conducted in over 10 countries.
Coming up next in EFT research are noting physical changes during EFT, and using gene expression analysis, Magnetoencephalograms, fMRIs, and neurotransmitter and hormone assays.
Tapping can help a person remove the strain of negative emotions like grief, reduce food cravings and pain, and set positive goals into motion. It is being used widely with victims of PTSD – like our veterans - with much success and may even have applications with recovering addicts.
EFT can reduce anxiety, help with side effects of breast cancer medication, and reduce depression. Athletic performance can even be improved with EFT – without performance enhancing drugs. It can also help modulate gene expression. Think of the implications!
Although you can learn to tap by yourself, you don’t have to do. There are many practitioners worldwide and you can train if you want to become a practitioner, according to EFT Universe.
Are you skeptical and think this might be due to the placebo effect? I encourage you to read the multitude of research studies already conducted and test the waters yourself. I have used this personally to help with my grief from having lost my daughters.
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.