One of the first clear pieces of research on NLP in health care to be completed was a study on the use of Time Line Therapy™ with asthma.
This is a one year research study (May 1993-4) into the treatment of asthmatics, done in Denmark.
The British Medical Journal Lancet is expected to publish these results. They have already been presented at a number of European conferences, including the Danish Society of Allergology Conference (August 1994) and the European Respiratory Society Conference (Nice, France, October 1994).
The study was run by General Practitioners Dr Jorgen Lund and NLP Master Practitioner Hanne Lund from Herning, Denmark.
Patients were selected From 8 general practices. 30 were included in the KLP Intervention group, and 16 in the control group.
All received basic medical care including being supplied with medication.
Most had never heard of NLP before, and many were completely unbelieving in it, or even terrified of it.
Their motivation to do NLP was generally low. The intervention group had an initial day introduction to NLP and Time Line Therapy™ and then 3-36 hours (average 13) of NLP intervention.
The NLP focus was not mainly on the asthma; it was how the people lived their daily lives. The interventions used were:
The results affected both the peoples general lives and their asthma.
Patients tended to describe their change subjectively as enabling them to be "more open," get "colossal strength and self confidence," "a new life" etc.
The lung capacity of adult asthmatics tend to decrease by 50ml a year average. This occurred in the control group.
Meanwhile the NLP group increased their lung capacity by an average of 200ml (like reversing four years of damage in a year!) Daily variations in peak flow (an indicator of unstable lung function) began at 30%-40%.
In the control group they reduced to 25% but in the NLP group they fell to below 10%.
Sleep disorders in the control group began at 0% and dropped to 30%.
In the NLP group they began at 50% and dropped to ZERO.
Use of asthma inhalers and acute medication in the NLP group fell to near ZERO.
Hanne Lund points out that the implications of this project reach far beyond asthma management.
She says “We consider the principles of this integrated work valuable in treatment of patients with any disease, and the next step will be to train medical staff in this model.”
Hard evidence of the powerful effects of Time Line Therapy™ has been difficult to gather due to the scope of the method. This represents a great start! For more about NLP click here
NEW YORK - Reuters Health state, a number of studies have suggested stress can hinder the body's immune system and defences.
Researchers found that relaxation techniques may combat these effects by relieving stress and boosting the immune system.
In a recent study of medical students under exam-time stress, investigators found that those who received 'hypnotic-relaxation training' did not show the same reduction in key immune system components that their untrained counterparts did."
"Alone we can do nothing, but together our
minds fuse into something whose power is far beyond the power of its
A Course In Miracles
"Friendship is love
without his wings"
Lord George Byron
"Of all the words of tongue or pen, none is more sad than these:
'It might have been'."
"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity"
"No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up."
HH the XIV Dalai Lama
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where ther is no path and leave a trail. Only those who will risk going too far can possible find out how far one can go"
"Patience is the companion of wisdom"
“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.
I love you for the part of me that you bring out.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"When the student is ready, the master
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
“A soulmate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communication & communing that take place between us were not the product of intentional efforts, but rather a divine grace.
This kind of relationship is so important to the soul that many have said there is nothing more precious in life.”
"Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it"
"The goal of life is living in agreement with nature"
"When your heart is singing, you are allowing Well-being. When you are appreciating, you are allowing Well-being.
When you are yelling at somebody, you're not. When you're feeling insecure, you're not. When you're frustrated, you're not."
Abraham, Jerry & Esther Hicks
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is
only to be understood."
"I can accept failure. But I can't accept
"You can make your life into a grand ever-evolving work of art. The key is your thoughts, the wondrous invisible part of you that is your spiritual soul."
Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Indecision is actually a decision. It's a decision to fail.”
Dr. Raymond Charles Barker
"If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average"
" The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain..."
“Choice of attention - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.”
“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Joshua J. Marine
"Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give yourself to the moment. Let it happen."
EFT Research Article
"Evaluation of a Meridian-Based Intervention, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), for Reducing Specific Phobias of Small Animals", by Steve Wells, Kathryn Polglase, Henry B. Andrews, Patricia Carrington, and A. Harvey Baker.
This study by Steve Wells, Kathryn Polglase, Dr. Henry B. Andrews, Patricia Carrington and Harvey A. Baker found EFT to effectively treat specific phobias in just a 30-minute treatment session, and the results were superior to an alternative deep breathing treatment. This was the first controlled scientific study into the effectiveness of EFT published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Note: This is a preprint of the article, which was published in volume 59 of the Journal of Clinical Psychology, Volume 59 (9), p. 943 - 966.
Here are some of quotes from practitioners using EFT as a therapeutic tool:
“I have found EFT to be far more effective and to provide results far quicker than any other form of therapy I have used or seen used in mental health.”
Nikki, Occupational Therapist
“One of my bulimic clients went from despair to joy in half an hour. Her smiles brought a lump to my throat.”
Deanne Jade, Director of National Centre for Eating Disorders
“I have noticed significantly improved success rates since integrating EFT into my clinical practice.”
John Bullough, Addiction Counsellor and Author
“EFT has helped my clients deal successfully with addictions, grief, fears, phobias, sexual abuse, performance issues, self-image and stress.”
Dr Catherine Saltzman
“I think of EFT as the ultimate complementary therapy as it seems to work effectively alongside any other treatment, mainstream or otherwise, as well as getting extraordinary results in its own right.
The fact that people can take responsibility for their own healing, emotional or physical, and not have to rely on a therapist all the time is enormously empowering, particularly in the area of serious disease when the therapist is unlikely to be available when really needed.”
Emma Roberts, EFT Master & Trainer
“EFT is an integral part of my practice. I teach EFT to every client - the majority of them enjoy using it very much and find relief from their problems.
It is also very useful to give to clients as homework and they feel they are contributing to their own therapy rather than attending clinic once a week having it done to them.”
Helen Ryle, Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist
"Results are rapid, it can be used in any setting whether face-to-face or telephone, disclosure of issues is not required, and it can be given to people as a self-help technique.
In my experience the results are lasting."
David Hignett, Social Worker in Mental Health
We have included a number of Articles for your information. Please click on the article or bullet point and it will take you directly to your choice:
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) -- Most people have experienced some level of fear when they encounter such things as snakes, heights, spiders, flying or public speaking. But, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, irrational phobias interfere with daily life for 10% of American adults. A new discovery makes it possible for people with phobias to gain relief without drugs, or traumatic therapy wherein patients are required to confront what frightens them. EFT addresses phobias at a deeper level by simply balancing the well-established energy meridians (chi) that become disrupted by intense emotional reactions.
Stanford-trained engineer Gary Craig, designed EFT to improve and accelerate the psychotherapy process. According to Craig, “EFT has been enormously successful in treating phobias because it balances and clears blocks in the body’s meridians. At the same time, EFT clears any associated emotional issues. If someone is afraid of elevators because they were locked in a closet as a child, EFT will clear that association. In 70 to 80 percent of cases, the phobia clears quickly, completely and permanently.”
The EFT process involves simple fingertip tapping on key acupressure points combined with focused thought. Craig explains, “most people with phobias can have an intense reaction just thinking about their feared object or situation. Using EFT calms that reaction and averts any future reactions.”
According to the American Psychological Association, only about 25% of people with phobias seek treatment. But if left untreated, 80% of adult phobias never get resolved. Furthermore, phobic people may be more susceptible to other forms of mental illness like depression or generalized anxiety disorder. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry states that people with agoraphobia may have a greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
Best-selling author Dr. Joseph Mercola recommends EFT for people with anxiety disorders and phobias, which he describes as “an enormously crippling problem.” Mercola explains, “most people in this country suffer and do nothing, or they resort to drugs. Drugs do help, but it is obvious that they are no more than band-aids. Fortunately you don't have to rely on Paxil or Xanax for a solution. There are quick, simple and inexpensive solutions. EFT is one that seems to work profoundly well.”
Says Craig, “EFT is fast becoming a top treatment choice for psychologists and psychiatrists when working with phobic patients. Clinical cases evaluated over 9 years show that most patients respond to EFT and eliminate their phobias in one to three sessions as compared to a dozen sessions of conventional psychotherapy.”
Psychologist Dr. Joe Bavonese learned EFT and was impressed with the results. He offered EFT sessions to some phobic clients with whom he had previously only had partial success. One client had an intense elevator phobia that limited him in his job and on vacations.
Dr. Bavonese guided his client through EFT, focusing on his feelings of being closed in. After forty minutes of EFT, he rode the elevator several times with no phobic response whatsoever. The same feeling of being closed in was reflected in the man’s intense flying phobia and tunnel phobia, both of which cleared after this EFT session.
A recent USA Today article reported “Fear of flying cripples -- or at least burdens -- the careers of millions of Americans.” People are turning down promotions and opportunities because they require air travel and those opportunities may be going to less qualified individuals, at great cost to employers. Says Craig, “when people clear a phobia with EFT, they often discover a world of opportunity that was previously denied them because of their fear and avoidance.”
Over 1,000,000 have downloaded Craig’s free training manual and another 15,000 download it each month. It has been translated by volunteer practitioners into over twenty languages.
The EFT Manual explains the basics so that anyone can begin applying EFT right away. Download Gary's FREE EFT Manual by clicking here (it is a large file).
Church, D. (2008a). The effect of a brief EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) self-intervention on anxiety, depression, pain and cravings in healthcare workers. Presented at Science and Consciousness, the Tenth Annual Energy Psychology Conference, Toronto, Oct 24.
This study examined a cross section of 194 healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, psychotherapists, chiropractors, psychiatrists, alternative medicine practitioners, and allied professionals. It examined whether self-intervention with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a brief exposure therapy that combines a cognitive and a somatic element, had an effect on subjects’ levels of anxiety, depression, and other psychological symptoms.
The study utilizes a within-subjects, time-series, repeated measures design. It evaluates symptoms using the SA-45, a well-validated 45 item questionnaire. Besides measuring the breadth and intensity of psychological distress, this instrument has nine subscales for specific conditions, including anxiety and depression. It was administered to subjects before and after an EFT demonstration and self-application that lasted about 90 minutes. Subjects also self-reported physical pain, emotional distress, and cravings on a 10 point Likert-type scale.
The SA-45 followup was administered 3 months later, to determine whether any improvement held over time. Subjects received a single page homework EFT reminder sheet, and their frequency of practice was tracked at followup. EFT self-application resulted in statistically significant decreases in pain, emotional distress, and cravings, and improvements for all nine subscales. On the two general scales on the SA-45, symptom severity dropped by 34%, and symptom breadth by 40% relative to normal baselines (both p<.001). Pain scores dropped by 68%, the intensity of traumatic memories by 83%, and cravings by 83% (all p<.001).
Church, D. (2008e). The Effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on Psychological Symptoms in Addiction Treatment. Presented at Science and Consciousness, the Tenth Annual Energy Psychology Conference, Toronto, Oct 24.
Research has noted frequent co-occurrence of psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression with addiction. This study examined the psychological conditions of 28 adults at an addictions workshop at which participants learned EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), a widely practiced form of energy psychology.
Subjects were evaluated using a short form of the SCL-90-R, (the SA-45), a 45 item questionnaire that has been well validated in other studies. As well as measuring the intensity and breadth of symptoms on two global scales, the SA-45 has nine subscales for such conditions such as anxiety, depression, and hostility.
The study employed a time-series, within-subjects repeated measures design to evaluate symptoms at the start of the workshop, at the end of the workshop, and, to determine long-term effects, 90 days later. A statistically significant decrease in the two global scales, the global severity index and positive symptom total, as well as the anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive symptom scales was observed with gains maintained at follow-up. Improvement in somatization was found at posttest only, while improvement in interpersonal sensitivity occurred at the 90-day follow-up.
These findings suggest EFT may be an effective adjunct to addiction treatment by reducing the severity of general psychological distress, and in particular, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. This study is limited by the small sample size, lack of a control group, and exploratory nature.
Feinstein, D. (2008b) Energy psychology in disaster relief. Traumatology, 141:1, 124-137.
Energy psychology utilizes cognitive operations such as imaginal exposure to traumatic memories or visualization of optimal performance scenarios—combined with physical interventions derived from acupuncture, yoga, and related systems—for inducing psychological change. While a controversial approach, this combination purportedly brings about, with unusual speed and precision, therapeutic shifts in affective, cognitive, and behavioral patterns that underlie a range of psychological concerns.
Energy psychology has been applied in the wake of natural and human-made disasters in the Congo, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Mexico, Moldavia, Nairobi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, and the U.S. At least three international humanitarian relief organizations have adapted energy psychology as a treatment in their post-disaster missions.
Four tiers of energy psychology interventions include 1) immediate relief/stabilization, 2) extinguishing conditioned responses, 3) overcoming complex psychological problems, and 4) promoting optimal functioning.
The first tier is most pertinent in psychological first aid immediately following a disaster, with the subsequent tiers progressively being introduced over time with complex stress reactions and chronic disorders. This paper reviews the approach, considers its viability, and offers a framework for applying energy psychology in treating disaster survivors.
Wells, S., Polglase, K., Andrews, H. B., Carrington, P. & Baker, A. H. (2003). Evaluation of a meridian-based intervention, emotional freedom techniques (EFT), for reducing specific phobias of small animals. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59:9, 943-966.
This study explored whether a meridian-based procedure, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), can reduce specific phobias of small animals under laboratory-controlled conditions. Randomly assigned participants were treated individually for 30 minutes with EFT (n = 18) or a comparison condition, Diaphragmatic Breathing (DB) (n = 17).
ANOVAS revealed that EFT produced significantly greater improvement than did DB behaviorally and on three self-report measures, but not on pulse rate. The greater improvement for EFT was maintained, and possibly enhanced, at 6 - 9 months follow-up on the behavioral measure. These findings suggest that a single treatment session using EFT to reduce specific phobias can produce valid behavioral and subjective effects. Some limitations of the study are also noted and clarifying research suggested. Click here for a complete reprint of this study
Previous research (Salas, 2000; Wells, et al., 2003), theoretical writings (Arenson, 2001, Callahan, 1985, Durlacher, 1994, Flint, 1999, Gallo, 2002, Hover-Kramer, 2002, Lake & Wells, 2003, Lambrou & Pratt, 2000, and Rowe, 2003), and many case reports (www.emofree.com) have suggested that energy psychology is an effective psychotherapy treatment that improves psychological functioning.
The purpose of the present study was to measure any changes in psychological functioning that might result from participation in an experiential Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) workshop and to examine the long-term effects. Using a time-series, within-subjects repeated measures design, 102 participants were tested with a short-form of the SCL-90-R (SA-45) 1 month before, at the beginning of the workshop, at the end of the workshop, 1 month after the workshop, and 6 months after the workshop.
There was a statistically significant decrease (p < .0005) in all measures of psychological distress as measured by the SA-45 from pre-workshop to post-workshop which held up at the 6 month follow-up.
Church, D. (2009). The Treatment of Combat Trauma in Veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A Pilot Protocol. Traumatology, March 15:1.
With a large number of US military service personnel coming back from Iraq with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and a variety of associated psychological problems, a need exists to find protocols and treatments that are effective for these conditions in brief treatment timeframes.
In this study, a sample of 11 veterans and family members were assessed for PTSD and other conditions. Evaluations were made using standard psychological evaluations, the SA-45 (Symptom Assessment 45) and the PCL-M (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist – Military).
The study used a time-series, within-subjects, repeated measures design. A baseline measurement was obtained thirty days prior to treatment, and immediately before treatment began.
Subjects were then treated with a brief and novel exposure therapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), for five days with 2 to 3 hours of treatment per day.
Statistically significant improvements in the SA-45 and PCL-M scores were found at posttest. These gains were maintained at both the 30- and 90-day follow-ups on the general symptom index, positive symptom total and the anxiety, somatization, phobic anxiety, and interpersonal sensitivity subscales of the SA-45, and on PTSD.
The remaining SA-45 scales improved posttest but were not consistently maintained at the 30- and 90-day follow-ups. In summary, after EFT treatment, the group no longer scored positive for PTSD, the severity and breadth of their psychological distress decreased significantly, and most of their gains held over time. This suggests that EFT can be an effective post-deployment intervention.
Feinstein, D. (2008a). Energy psychology: a review of the preliminary evidence. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. 45(2), 199-213. Click here to read the research in it's entirety.
Energy psychology utilizes imaginal and narrative-generated exposure, paired with interventions that reduce hyperarousal through acupressure and related techniques. According to practitioners, this leads to treatment outcomes that are more rapid, powerful, and precise than the strategies used in other exposure-based treatments such as relaxation or diaphragmatic breathing. The method has been exceedingly controversial. It relies on unfamiliar procedures adapted from non- Western cultures, posits unverified mechanisms of action, and early claims of unusual speed and therapeutic power ran far ahead of initial empirical support. This paper reviews a hierarchy of evidence regarding the efficacy of energy psychology, from anecdotal reports to randomized clinical trials.
Although the evidence is still preliminary, energy psychology has reached the minimum threshold for being designated as an evidence-based treatment, with one form having met the APA Division 12 criteria as a “probably efficacious treatment” for specific phobias; another for maintaining weight loss. The limited scientific evidence, combined with extensive clinical reports, suggests that energy psychology holds promise as a rapid and potent treatment for a range of psychological conditions. Please click here to read or download the entire article as a pdf
Dinter, I. (2008). Veterans: Finding their way home with EFT. International Journal of Healing and Caring, September 8:3.
Helping Veterans heal from the trauma of war has been a journey into a spiritual place that I might not have been able to reach otherwise. I am filled with gratitude for every soldier who has allowed me to get an insight into his or her world.
These are my most amazing mentors who are giving me their loving trust and support to continue this journey. As a life coach, specializing in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), I have been blessed and honored to help many Veterans heal from their trauma of war.
I have worked with US Marines who, even after 40 years, still can’t find forgiveness for what happened in Vietnam. I have helped Veterans from most recent wars who have relived their nightmares of horror, overwhelm and danger every night.
EFT4Vets, the training program for practitioners I have developed, understands PTSD symptoms as symptoms of the soul. It offers an integrated program for practitioners that will enable the EFT coach to assist the Veterans on the physical, mental, emotional, relational and soul levels.
This program honors the transformational effect that using EFT for helping Veterans to release PTSD symptoms can have on the practitioner as well as the Veteran. Building rapport and trust between the practitioner and the client before the work together begins is an integral part of the training, and so is the thorough teaching of specific applications and techniques of EFT for Veterans through presentation, demonstration and practice.
Benor, D. J., Ledger, K., Toussaint, L., Hett, G., & Zaccaro, D. (2008). Pilot study of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT (WHEE) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Treatment of Test Anxiety in University Students.
Abstract presented at the Tenth Annual Toronto Energy Psychology Conference, October 25.
Objective: This study explored test anxiety benefits of Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR (WHEE), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Participants: Canadian university students with severe or moderate test anxiety participated.
Methods: A double-blind, controlled trial of WHEE (n = 5), EFT (n =5), and CBT (n = 5) was conducted. Standardized anxiety measures included: the Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI) and Hopkins Symptom Checklist (HSCL-21).
Results: Despite small sample size, significant reductions on the TAI and HSCL-21 were found for WHEE; on the TAI for EFT; and on the HSCL-21 for CBT. There were no significant differences between the scores for the three treatments. In only two sessions WHEE and EFT achieved the equivalent benefits to those achieved by CBT in five sessions.
Participants reported high satisfaction with all treatments. EFT and WHEE students successfully transferred their self-treatment skills to other stressful areas of their lives.
Conclusions: WHEE and EFT show promise as effective treatments for test anxiety.
Swingle, P., Pulos, L., & Swingle, M. K. (2005). Neurophysiological Indicators of EFT Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress. Journal of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine. 15, 75-86.
This research study, conducted by Dr. Paul Swingle and his colleagues (Swingle, Pulos & Swingle, 2005), studied the effects of EFT on auto accident victims suffering from post traumatic stress disorder -- an extremely disabling conditioning that involves unreasonable fears and often panic attacks, physiological symptoms of stress, nightmares, flashbacks, and other disabling symptoms.
These researchers found that three months after they had learned EFT (in two sessions) those auto accident victims who reported continued significant symptom relief also showed significant positive changes in their brain waves.
It was assumed that the clients showing the continued positive benefits were those who continued with home practice of self-administered EFT.
Brattberg, G. (2008). Self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in individuals with fibromyalgia: a randomized trial. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, August/September.
The aim of this study was to examine if self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) leads to reduced pain perception, increased acceptance, coping ability and health-related quality of life in individuals with fibromyalgia. 86 women, diagnosed with fibromyalgia and on sick leave for at least 3 months, were randomly assigned to a treatment group or a waiting list group. An eight-week EFT treatment program was administered via the Internet.
Upon completion of the program, statistically significant improvements were observed in the intervention group (n=26) in comparison with the waiting list group (n=36) for variables such as pain, anxiety, depression, vitality, social function, mental health, performance problems involving work or other activities due to physical as well as emotional reasons, and stress symptoms.
Pain catastrophizing measures, such as rumination, magnification and helplessness, were significantly reduced, and the activity level was significantly increased. The number needed to treat (NNT) regarding recovering from anxiety was 3. NNT for depression was 4.
Self-administered EFT seems to be a good complement to other treatments and rehabilitation programs. The sample size was small and the dropout rate was high. Therefore the surprisingly good results have to be interpreted with caution. However, it would be of interest to further study this simple and easily accessible self-administered treatment method, which can even be taught over the Internet.
Imagine for a moment a healing modality that, in less than 10 years, has become a highly valued method of more than five thousand medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nurses and other members of the healing professions in dozens of countries.
Imagine further that no surgery, drugs or equipment are needed. There is such a healing modality, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Practitioners worldwide have marvelled at its simplicity, elegance and rapid means of healing. It has been clinically effective in thousands of cases for physical symptoms, trauma, stress, anxiety, fears, depression, addictive cravings, children's issues and more. Even in the hands of most newcomers, it often achieves either noticeable improvement or complete cessation of the client's problem. For those practitioners who learn the advanced work, there are much higher success rates. Many skilled practitioners get measurable results over 80% of the time.
For more than 10 years I have both witnessed, and used, acupuncture meridian methods as part of an integrated healing process that has proven valuable. There are too many proven successes to ignore the results. A very important book giving scientific validation in this field is Science and Human Transformation: Subtle Energies, Intentionality and Consciousness, by Stanford professor William A. Tiller, Ph.D. (ISBN: 09642637-4-2). The potential within these procedures is so far-reaching that we may have reached a new moment in science.”While there are several useful techniques in this field, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is clearly the leader.
EFT is sometimes called "acupuncture without needles" and generates its results by balancing the body's energy meridians while the client tunes into their problem in a gentle, conversational manner. In this way an important link is established between mind and body. It parallels acupuncture, except that needles are not used.
Instead, certain meridian points are stimulated by tapping with the fingertips while the client focuses on the issue they wish to resolve. A simple way to explain how the EFT strategies work is to use the analogy of a circuit breaker in your kitchen. Once the circuit is over-powered you cannot turn the lights on or get the refrigerator to cool until the circuit breaker has been reset. EFT resets the circuits in a person's body and mind. This acupressure-based healing modality was pioneered by renowned chiropractor, George Goodheart, furthered by medical doctor John Diamond and psychologist Roger Callahan and dramatically simplified and improved by Stanford engineer Gary Craig (pictured right).
With the initial aid of Adrienne Fowlie, Craig developed EFT and made the work elegant, efficient and affordable for almost anyone. Craig deserves the Legion of Honor award for making the work available at little or no cost to millions of people. Many people have achieved success using only the 79 page EFT Manual - download it free!
More in-depth training is available at modest cost through live seminars and EFT's 57 professional videos (Michelle adds: the training is now in DVD format). The favorite video of most practitioners is 6 Days at the VA. It displays full EFT sessions with Vietnam veterans and clearly shows how these hospitalized soldiers (with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) are freed from the horrors of war often in a matter of one or 2 sessions. I recently watched Craig demonstrate the value of EFT to an audience of over 350 people. Like many other EFT audiences they were initially sceptical. Emotional Freedom Technique EFT): A New Moment in Science © Copyright 2003 by Christopher Hegarty, Ph.D., USA.
How, they questioned, could tapping with their fingertips on various acupuncture points bring relief to both physical and emotional pain? Nonetheless, the audience members were soon tapping along with him as a means of bringing relief to their unwanted memories and physical discomforts. I witnessed more than 70% report noticeable relief. Back pains subsided, headaches went away and sinus problems vanished. In addition, the unrelenting traumatic memories emanating from war, rejection, rape and abuse were replaced, for most, by a sense of calm. Many of the attendees claimed they were able to eliminate issues that years of conventional counselling had been unable to resolve. To Craig, these results are logical and to be expected. In his words:
This simple fact is one of the most universally agreed upon findings in the scientific world but, to date, it has not been well integrated into western healing procedures.
For more details on EFT's results, visit the EFT web site on our News page. There you will find hundreds of cases where physical issues such as migraine headaches, carpal tunnel, lactose intolerance, strep throat and multiple sclerosis symptoms have gained complete or partial relief through EFT. These case histories serve as an aid for anyone wanting to master the subtleties of this process.
There are several features that set EFT apart from other such healing procedures. For example, it employs one basic tapping routine that is effective for both physical and emotional issues. That's why diverse audiences can achieve high percentage results even though each member may be addressing a different issue. Further, healthy belief changes often occur as the energy meridians come into balance.
The abuse victim, for example, may experience a belief shift from "My father hates me" to the healthier, " Dad doesn't know how to love. He needs help". Along with this more peaceful attitude, physical symptoms often subside. Also, EFT's results are often long term. Properly done, the process most often does not need to be repeated. I know a number of people, who received very successful EFT sessions more than 10 years ago, and have never had a relapse. This is particularly so with emotional issues involving traumatic memories, grief, fears and phobias. It is also true with many physical symptoms although highly skilled practitioners may be necessary in complicated cases. Many injuries, including sports injuries, tend to heal faster when EFT is part of the healing protocol.
My view of science is that SCIENCE IS THE BEST WE KNOW AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT. However, the best known is not always the best available. Valuable breakthroughs often take a long time before being accepted. For example, the doctor who discovered and proved the need for sanitary conditions when clients were being treated saw his proven work ignored for decades. EFT, by contrast, has already received international acceptance. Thanks to close teamwork between highly skilled practitioners, seminars and word-of-mouth, the EFT email list has grown over a thousand fold since it first started 6 years ago and it continues to grow at an impressive pace. Also, the EFT training videos are modestly priced and can be copied and freely distributed to your colleagues and to other professionals. It is estimated that over 1,000,000 people worldwide have received the benefits of EFT. A controlled study is now available in the September 2003 Journal of Clinical Psychology.
For historical perspective, let me also mention that I served as a special advisor for the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine at the time (1972) that it sponsored the first acupuncture symposium held in America. Dr William Tiller was head of the Materials Science Department at Stanford University at that time and played a major role in bringing the symposium to Stanford. It was conducted on the Stanford University campus one day before the American Medical Association opened its annual national meeting in San Francisco. The room was filled with M.D.s from all over the US. In an interview with Dr. Paul Dudley White, who had served as Dwight Eisenhower's personal physician while he was President of the United States, he stated "Christopher, I travelled to mainland China as a tourist after retiring from medicine. I went to a demonstration of acupuncture at a leading Chinese hospital and witnessed a number of major operations being done without anaesthesia that changed the rest of my life. I am now devoted to seeing acupuncture used in the U.S. It may take time to see the benefits utilized in the U.S., but it will happen".”
With that symposium as the starting point, acupuncture is now being widely used in America. EFT is a logical extension of that movement and, because of it's value and simplicity (and skilful use of the internet) is known around the world. EFT has come full circle and is now being used in China, the birthplace of acupuncture. I have not known of a healing breakthrough to reach so far, so soon. My observation is that EFT will likely be a global force in the field of integrated health and healing.
1. John was hit over the head with a lead pipe resulting in a metal plate being inserted into his skull. Afterwards he had daily migraine headaches. These headaches were effectively relieved with EFT in short order with the help of New York Therapist Dr. Carol Look. This report is available on the EFT web site in a case history entitled 18 -month migraine headache follow-up. You can read the article here ...
2. Josh, a 5-year-old boy, had ongoing anger and behaviour problems after witnessing his grandmother being accosted by thieves. He was relieved of this problem in one session at an airport... to his mother's delight. This report is available on the EFT web site in an article entitled, Josh: Building rapport with children -- anger and behaviour problems. Read the article here ...
3. Ken, a profoundly retarded man with autistic symptoms, was inflicting harm on himself by biting his arms (many scabs and bleeding). Thanks to the creative use of EFT by practitioner, Tom Altaffer, this biting behavior subsided and his wounds healed. This case history appears on the EFT web site in an article entitled EFT with a mentally retarded patient. You can read the article here ...
4. Patricia sought relief for her emotional issues but had no idea that she was also going to achieve relief for her asthma. However, within the first few minutes of her use of EFT she was breathing deeply and freely in a manner that her medications had never provided. She also suffered from low back pain and that, too, subsided within the same session. This full session is included in The EFT training video set known as The EFT Course
Christopher J. Hegarty, Ph.D. is an alternative medicine researcher/journalist, best selling author and an advisor to a number of organizations in the health and healing field. His major focus is to make proven, valuable healing and health products and services well known internationally.
View entire document here in pdf format. Explore! Volume 12, Number 6, 2003.
Some years back Richard Bolstad, a well-known NLP trainer and author from New Zealand (who also trained Michelle), compiled a list of "successful" research into the use of various NLP-related techniques.
A list (which incorporates Bolstad's review) can be found here.