Emotional freedom techniques
Emotional freedom techniques


Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a type of psychological therapy. It involves tapping specific acupoints on the body and repeating positive phrases.

EFT is based on the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It's intended to remove emotional blockages and restore balance in the mind and the body.

People use EFT for anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stroke, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
There isn't enough reliable information to know if EFT is safe. But there's no reason to expect safety concerns. EFT shouldn't be used in place of standard treatments or therapies.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough information to know if EFT might affect pregnancy or breast-feeding. But there is no reason to expect any harm as long as it isn't used in place of standard treatments or therapies.


There is interest in using EFT for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

EFT is based on the idea that negative emotions are caused by disruption in the body's energy system. During an EFT session, a traumatic memory or trigger is combined with a statement of self-acceptance, such as "Even though I have this problem, I deeply and profoundly accept myself." At the same time, specific acupoints are tapped, massaged, or held.

EFT may be applied by another individual with training or a client can be trained for self-use at home. Each session lasts from ten minutes to one hour.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.
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