Some 5 or 6 years ago, I had brought mindfulness meditation into my life as a way to treat myself from the painful thoughts and emotions that I was experiencing at the time. In those earlier stages, meditation never rid me of anything, but rather gave me new ways of looking at things.
This small shift in my perception set off my curiosity to find out what else was out there in the world of esoteric practice for all things health and well being.
I remember stumbling across a practice called EFT (emotional freedom technique). I had a book on EFT handy, and I learned what it was about and how to use it. I learned that it could help with all things related to difficult emotions, trauma, cravings and even unfavorable belief systems. The whole practice seemed a little left field, and I don’t remember being able to find any good research to back it, at the time.
I set it aside, only to cross paths with it about 6 years later while in a mindfulness retreat in Thailand.
I would keep my ears peeled while in the dining room of the retreat, especially of a night. There was always an interesting discussion to be had, always filled with insights and wisdom. I heard an Aussie lady talk about EFT and how she used it to combat certain cognitive and emotional challenges she had faced in her life.
A great workshop was held a few days later, and it was there where all the pieces of the puzzle came together for me – Some real life stories describing EFTs practicality, with a good body of research which has only grown in the last few years.
According to the developer of EFT, tapping on different parts of the body helps balance the energy within you and reduce emotional pain. It is considered an alternative therapy for things like depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress, chronic pain, weight loss, and some addictions.
How It Works –
There are meridian points that run along parts of your body. These meridians contain a flow of energy within them. This concept is from Chinese medicine and is similar to acupuncture and acupressure, in which these meridian points are tapped.
According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, blocks or imbalances in the flow of energy lead to ill health. The tapping is intended to restore balance and resolve any issue with energy blockage, which is believed to be the cause of physical and emotional pain.
Harvard medical school studies have revealed that by stimulating the body’s meridian points, you can significantly reduce activity in the amygdala, which is known as the alarm system of your brain. The amygdala is triggered during experiences of trauma or fear, and once it is triggered it releases cortisol through your body – this is the hormone corresponding to stress.
These studies reveal that when one stimulates these meridian points, there can be a reduction in distress, as the tapping signals to the amygdala that there is no danger. An amazing result showed that after a session of tapping, people were able to reduce their cortisol levels by up to 30%.
“Energy medicine is the future of all medicine. We’re beginning now to understand things that we know in our hearts are true but we could never measure. As we get better at understanding how little we know about the body, we begin to realize that the next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine. It’s not the mechanistic part of the joints moving. It’s not the chemistry of our body – its understanding for the first time how energy influences how we feel.”
– DR. MEHMET OZ