Questions people ask about EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

How many sessions do I need?

This is individual, largely depending on the nature of the problem, and how much EFT you want to learn. Many times, EFT creates a ‘one-minute wonder’, where a problem disappears within minutes, occasionally seconds. More complex difficulties usually require more persistence, such as depression, symptoms of serious illness, addictions, trauma, etc.  Yet results are typically faster than with traditional methods.

What does EFT work on?

EFT often works where nothing else will.  EFT has potential to help with just about any emotional or physical ailment, but there is no guarantee. The catchword is  ‘Try it and see’. The success rate is so high that you might as well. (You can read a multitude of personal case reports on the world centre EFT website  

If you don’t succeed yourself, you may need EFT practitioner help. Sometimes EFT has helped with conditions judged hopeless elsewhere.

How soon can I use it?

Straight after one private session, or one EFT workshop, you will be able to use basic EFT on any number of personal difficulties. Beginners typically start with a success rate of 50%. Experienced practitioners achieve a success rate of over 90%.

Is there any harmful effects from EFT?

The process is harmless. All you are doing is balancing your energy system.  Strangely — this results in the problematic emotion, physical sensation or belief reducing, often to zero.

No negative effects have been reported. (‘Tapping’ on yourself means to tap firmly but lightly. You don’t need bruises! If a body is fragile, you can use ‘touch and breathe’ on the  acupoints  instead of tapping.)

Where does EFT originate from?

We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to U.S. Stanford-trained engineer Gary Craig (who is also a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master). Gary developed EFT in the 1990s out of 3 main sources:

  • Kinesiology, developed by chiropractor Dr. George Goodheart and psychiatrist Dr. John Diamond
  • Thought Field Therapy, developed by psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming, developed by communication innovators Richard Bandler and John Grinder

Since 1995 Gary Craig has made EFT freely available to the world through his website, including a free EFT email newsletter. Click here for the website now run by science author Dr Dawson Church who took over follow Gary's retirement in 2009.

Click here for the original website.


What is the 'meridian energy system' that EFT calms?

This is the energy system that acupuncture and acupressure work through, as do other Eastern healing systems such as Chinese medicine. The Chinese have been facilitating healing via this system of 12 main electromagnetic circuits for more than 4,000 years. However, EFT extends the range of applications  tremendously.

Western medicine does not yet acknowledge the invisible meridian system, in spite of Albert Einstein discovering a century ago that EVERYTHING in the universe is composed of energy, including us and our bodies. Western research is beginning to validate it.

For example, Harvard Medical School research validates that acupressure calms the brain’s amygdala, site of the fight-flight-freeze mechanism that activates when we sense danger. (Humans can activate this system just by worrying, and in many stressed people the mechanism  never turns off.  This is a huge physical stress on the body, including our crucial immune system.)

Partly because of EFT results that Western science can’t yet explain,  more and more scientific studies are now being carried out across this new field of energy health methods.

How can I learn more?

If you wish to learn more about the basics of EFT or more advanced applications:

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