Emotional freedom Technique (EFT) draws upon a variety of alternative treatment theories for relieving emotional distress and physical discomfort.
What it is.
Originally proposed by Gary Craig during the early 90s, EFT derives from the larger field of energy psychology or energy medicine. The idea rests upon the healer to channel healing energy throughout the person expressing discomfort. While there exists a number of schools which practice energy healing, the most common examples include therapeutic touch, Reiki, Qigong, and acupuncture. My novice understanding of these practices is that prana, qi, or energy flows through set channels throughout the body. Internally askew energy and their somatic results are thought to be caused sometimes by blocks within these channels. Similar in theory to acupuncture, EFT seeks to mitigate imbalances that deteriorate one's health.
While the lack of scientific explanation for most energy medicine might leave many with reasonable skepticism, positive results for energy psychology has yielded positive results insofar that they are practiced in tandem with some form of behavioral therapy and cognitive awareness.
Without substantive evidence, EFT should promise no wide-ranging, medical cures. Rather than treating it like a treatment, EFT seems to work best as a complimentary approach for enhancing emotional well-being, introspective awareness, and self-regulation.
How to free the emotions.
EFT works best in five steps.