Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT as it is commonly called, is an Alternative Medicine energy therapy that is directed toward problems of an emotional nature. This therapy, first developed in the early 1990s by Gary Craig, a student of Roger Callahan, PhD, is based on the concept of balancing or influencing the subtle energy levels upon which the body functions, using a needle-free version of acupuncture.
This energy psychology therapy, and the many adaptations of it that have sprung up in the last 10 years, is based on recent discoveries and enlightened understanding concerning the close relationship between the body's subtle animating energy fields that run not only internally, but externally, the emotions of the individual, and the expression of health that is the result of both. Emotional Freedom Technique, applied by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health workers of all types, in clinical and hospital settings, has been documented and reported successful in many thousands of case studies, covering a diversity of emotional, health and human performance issues. What is perhaps most remarkable, and a testament to its efficacy, EFT of works where and when nothing else has previously been successful.
Further, making EFT even more valuable therapeutically, in this era of rising health care costs and limited insurance participation, anyone can learn and use EFT regardless of formal education in the mental health arena. EFT does not concern itself with diagnosis or therapy directed toward a diagnostic entity, hence that level of expertise in irrelevant. EFT concerns itself facilitating the full and free movement of the energy that animates the healthy body, and heals and repairs the unhealthy body (and mind).
Besides the non-technical nature of EFT opening the door to application of EFT principles to all people, another aspect of EFT makes it even more attractive as a therapeutic tool: EFT can be self- administered. The assistance or perspective of another individual is not always necessary to achieve success in this method of treatment. An individual who has taken the time and opportunity to learn EFT well, and understands the intricacies and appreciates their own idiosyncrasies, can often do a credible job of applying EFT self-help therapy.
For anyone attempting to learn and apply Emotional Freedom Techniques, it is imperative that all progress and potential physiologic and psychological changes that ensue are brought to the attention of any treating physician(s) who is involved in such case. It might be appropriate to re-evaluate the need for medications, surgery, radiation, counseling, and similar therapies, on the basis of improvement gained from EFT therapy. It is always important to note that no comment or educational concept contained within this article, concerning Emotional Freedom Technique, should be considered a medical claim or medical advice.
Dr. Theodore Herazy is a prolific writer on a wide variety of Alternative Medicine topics; he has authored hundreds of articles and two books in the area of men's health and nutrition. He primarily has used EFT on a daily basis to treat his patients for the last 10 years, and is considered an expert in the field of energy psychology. Visit http://www.EFTbyTelephone.com for additional information on many EFT topics and information about doing EFT by phone.