Phobias and Clinical Hypnotherapy

Phobias are irrational fears of things, places, or situations that pose no true threat.  Millions of individuals suffer from a broad range of phobias from fears of heights, spiders or snakes or dogs, flying in an airplane or driving a car, the dark, bodies of water, the sight of blood or needles or even public places.  Phobias fall into the category of anxiety disorders.  Phobias and panic attack and the symptoms associated with them are all interrelated types of irrational fears that result in a fear and stress response within the body.  Phobias are classified by the DSM-5 as specific, anxiety disorders or agoraphobia, the fear of public places and people.  While anxiety is concerned with future impeding stressors, phobias while irrational exist in the moment when put into contact within the stressor, object or situation.

Phobias are irrational fears that learned behavior or from a traumatic experience. Clinical Hypnotherapy can help reduce their impact on one’s life


Particular phobia names include: Arachnophobia (spiders) , Ophidiophobia (snakes) , Acrophobia (heights) , Aerophobia (flying) , Amaxophobia (driving),  Cynophobia (dogs), Astraphobia (storms) , Mysophobia (germs), Trypanophobia (needles), Hemophobia (blood), Claustrophobia (close places), Nyctophobia (dark) , Pyrophobia (fire) and Dentophobia (dentist).

Many individuals will be triggered by a phobia and panic, cry, flee, overreact, or avoid situations associated with them.   Individuals may feel threatened or in danger or disconnected from reality.  This can cause physical symptoms of nausea, sweating, trembling, loss of breath, or increased heart rate.  When life styles are altered or severe restrictions to life occur, then a phobia is no longer mild and needs counseling and treatment.

Causes of Phobias

Phobias have numerous origins within the person.  Some are genetic while others are environmental and learned behaviors.  Many phobias generate from classical conditioning at a younger age via a traumatic event.  Within classic conditioning there is a conditioned stimulus and a unconditioned stimulus which results in a conditioned response.  The conditioned stimulus is associated with the unconditioned stimulus and hence is tied with the unpleasant event.  An example would include someone who was in a high place (CS) and experience an event where they fell or almost fell (UCS).  The conditioned response resulted in a fear of falling associated with the high place.  Hence a fear of high places becomes associated with the fall.   This can be applied to any type of phobia.

Phobias are classified as anxiety disorders. They are conditioned responses to conditioned stimuli that are not truly correlated with the event itself


In addition, an individual at a young age may experience an event of another person and emulate that same experience.  Vicarious conditioning occurs when the person witnesses a traumatic event and inherits the same fear.  Hence, if a child witnessed his/her mother scream and run from a spider or a snake, this imprinted fear carries on in life with the child.  Also, some may read or study a particular thing or event and inherit a fear of it although never associated with it at a personal level.

In regards to general anxiety and agoraphobia, the fear of public places, there is also studies that support genetic predisposition.

The Brain and Phobias

The Limbic system processes emotion.  The amygdala processes danger and fear and can invoke a response. In addition, the hypothalamus plays a key role in activating the pituitary gland in activating the fight or flight response.  Hence when emotionally charged situations emerge, as well as threats, the body prepares a response.  True fears and threat invoke the sympathetic system to produce cortisol and other hormones to raise blood pressure, tighten muscles and prepare the body to defend itself.  Phobias create the same tension and anxiety within the person but minus a true threat but only perceived threat.  The hippocampus which is essential in forming memories, receives impulses from the amygdala and hence imprints within the memory an event associated with distress.  These events are also stored in various areas associated with the cortex of the brain and interestingly enough, certain areas of disgust or fear within facial expressions correspond with those areas in the cortex.


Phobias, unless severely anxiety driven, are usually treated with exposure therapy.  This involves gradual exposure to the phobia in a safe and calm environment.  Hence if one fears spiders, the exposure will begin with simple thoughts, then led to pictures and possibly later interaction with a real spider.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can also be utilized to rationally discuss the phobia and reframe the illogical fear of it.  It will review the past trauma and logically try to understand the rational behind the fear.  Part of healing is understanding that the fear alerted within the brain is for something that is not a true threat.  Retraining the brain to respond in a normal fashion is the key within this therapy. Learning to calm oneself is also key in overcoming phobias.  Hence meditation can help reduce the arousal within a given moment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy can help reduce the impact of phobias on life. Many can also turn to EFT and Hypnotherapy


EFT or the Emotional Freedom Technique is also a way to help reduce the impact of phobias.  EFT looks to remove negative energy associated with trauma or thoughts and help the body remove that negative energy through a series of tapping.  The tapping looks to retrain the emotional arousal associated with the thought, object or animal.  The key is to reduce arousal correlated with the thought so that the thought or trauma becomes less intrusive to the individual when he/she comes upon it.

Hypnotherapy and Phobias

One of the least physically evasive and alternative ways to deal with phobias is through hypnosis.  Clinical Hypnotherapy can help find the root of the issue in a relaxing setting and under a slight subconscious relaxed state deal with the phobia and trauma.  It can help identify the root cause, the tension felt, and help learn to reframe it and lower arousal when in various situations.  Clinical Hypnotherapists can teach patients how to calm oneself when in the presence of a phobia and learn how to positively reframe it.  When flying, one can utilize self hypnosis and meditation to help alleviate the arousal state as well.  Self hypnosis can be utilized whenever enters into a stressful situation.  Special mantras and other ways to alleviate the arousal of the event can also be utilized


Phobias are irrational but real enough within the mind to cause anxiety and fight or flight responses.  Through identification of the root cause, cognitive behavioral therapies, gradual exposures and alternative methods, one can alleviate the intensity of them.  This is especially true for severe and crippling cases.  If one can even reduce severity to a point of functionality, this can be beneficial in reaction to situations.  Easier said then done but sometimes necessary for certain extremes and types of phobias.

Clinical Hypnotherapy and EFT can help individuals with phobias. Please review AIHCP’s programs


Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Program as well as AIHCP’s Clinical Hypnotherapy Program. Both programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals who are looking to utilize EFT or hypnosis in their practice.  While these two models of care do not require licensure, many licensed counselors still like to utilize them.  These types of certifications can  enhance a professional practice and resume.

Additional Resources

“Phobia” Wikipedia.  Access here

“Phobias”. Cleveland Clinic.  Access here

“10 of the Most Common Phobias”. Cherry, K. (2022). VeryWellMind.  Access here

“Using Hypnotherapy to Treat Phobias”. Jack, C. (20220). Psychology Today.  Access here

Benefits of EFT

Non evasive methods of relieving anxiety and trauma help individuals supplement counseling and find peace.  The Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping is a way individuals under guidance or even alone after training, can alleviate anxiety, trauma and even phobias.  Similar in concept to acupuncture points within the body, EFT looks to unlock certain meridian points throughout the body to process negative energy associated with anxiety or trauma.  Through words, thoughts and a calculated procedure of tapping points, one is able to move energy from within the body to an exit point to help achieve a state of calmness.  With each session, one is able to judge the level of anxiety dropping.

EFT has multiple benefits in helping individuals with trauma. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Program


The article, “The Benefits of EFT Tapping and How to Do It, According to Therapists” by Sara Youngblood Gregory reviews the procedure and benefits of tapping.  She states,

“EFT — sometimes referred to as “tapping” or “psychological acupressure” — is a somatic treatment meant to help soothe stress and strengthen the mind-body connection, Stretcher says.  Somatic therapies like EFT work by helping to release trauma and stress stored in the body, Stretcher adds, and often use a combination of body movement and thought practice to help people move through tension.  Like the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture, EFT uses meridian points — or energy centers — on the face and upper body to calm both your central nervous system and your mind. But instead of using acupuncture needles to access these meridians, EFT uses fingers to “tap” and apply pressure to the body.”

“The Benefits of EFT Tapping and How to Do It, According to Therapists”. Gregory. S.  (2023).

To review the entire article, please access here


Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as EFT or tapping, is a powerful healing modality that has gained popularity in recent years. It combines elements of traditional Chinese medicine, psychology, and neurology to address emotional and physical issues. EFT works by tapping on specific meridian points on the body while focusing on the negative emotions or traumas that are causing distress. This gentle tapping technique helps to release energy blockages and restore balance to the body’s energy system.

Understanding the Power of Emotions and Their Impact on Our Well-being

Emotions play a significant role in our overall well-being. They can affect our mental, emotional, and physical health. When we suppress or ignore our emotions, they can manifest as physical symptoms or create imbalances in our energy system. Emotional Freedom Technique recognizes the importance of acknowledging and addressing our emotions to achieve healing and transformation.

By tapping on specific meridian points, EFT helps to release negative emotions, such as fear, anger, sadness, or guilt, that may be stored in our body. This process allows us to process and release the emotional charge associated with past traumas or negative experiences. As a result, we can experience a profound sense of relief, inner peace, and emotional freedom.

The Principles Behind Emotional Freedom Technique

EFT is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and the concept of energy meridians. According to this ancient healing system, our body has a network of energy pathways through which vital life force energy, known as Qi, flows. When this flow of energy is disrupted or blocked, it can lead to physical or emotional imbalances.

Trained EFT Practitioners can help teach clients how to properly and successfully employ EFT in their day to day therapies


The tapping technique used in EFT helps to restore the flow of energy by stimulating specific meridian points. By tapping on these points while focusing on the negative emotions or traumas, we can release the energy blockages and restore balance to our energy system. This process allows the body’s natural healing mechanisms to kick in and promote overall health and well-being.

How to Perform Emotional Freedom Technique

Performing EFT is a simple and empowering process that anyone can learn. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

  1. Identify the issue: Begin by identifying the negative emotion, traumatic event, or physical symptom that you want to address. It could be anything from anxiety and stress to chronic pain or past traumas.
  2. Rate the intensity: On a scale of 0 to 10, rate the intensity of the emotion or symptom you are experiencing. This will help you track your progress throughout the tapping process.
  3. Setup statement: Create a setup statement that acknowledges the problem and affirms self-acceptance. For example, “Even though I feel anxious, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
  4. Tapping sequence: Tap on each of the following meridian points about 5-7 times while repeating a reminder phrase that focuses on the negative emotion or symptom.
    • Top of the head
    • Eyebrow
    • Side of the eye
    • Under the eye
    • Under the nose
    • Chin
    • Collarbone
    • Under the arm
    • Inside of the wrist
  5. Check the intensity: After completing a round of tapping, reassess the intensity of the emotion or symptom. If it has decreased, continue tapping until the intensity reaches 0, or you feel a sense of relief.
  6. Repeat as needed: You can repeat the tapping process multiple times to address different aspects or layers of the issue you are working on.

By following these steps and practicing EFT regularly, you can harness the power of this technique to bring about profound healing and transformation in your life.

The Benefits of Practicing Emotional Freedom Technique

The practice of Emotional Freedom Technique offers a wide range of benefits for our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Here are some of the key benefits you can expect to experience:

  1. Stress and anxiety relief: EFT is highly effective in reducing stress and anxiety levels. By tapping on specific meridian points, it helps to calm the nervous system, release tension, and promote relaxation.
  2. Emotional release and healing: EFT allows us to acknowledge and release negative emotions that may be stored in our body. This process can lead to emotional healing, increased self-awareness, and a greater sense of emotional freedom.
  3. Pain management: EFT has been shown to be effective in reducing pain levels, whether it is physical pain or chronic conditions such as migraines or fibromyalgia. By addressing the emotional component of pain, EFT can help to alleviate symptoms and improve overall well-being.
  4. Improved self-esteem and self-acceptance: Through the practice of EFT, we can work on releasing limiting beliefs, self-doubt, and negative self-talk. This can lead to an increased sense of self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-love.
  5. Enhanced performance and focus: EFT can be used to address performance anxiety, improve focus, and enhance overall performance in various areas of life, such as sports, public speaking, or exams.

These are just a few examples of the many benefits of practicing Emotional Freedom Technique. As you continue to explore and integrate EFT into your life, you may discover even more profound transformations and improvements in your overall well-being.

Case Studies and Success Stories of Individuals Who Have Experienced Transformation Through EFT

The power of Emotional Freedom Technique can be best understood through the stories of individuals who have experienced profound healing and transformation. Here are a few case studies and success stories that highlight the effectiveness of EFT:

  1. Sarah’s Story: Sarah had been struggling with anxiety and panic attacks for years. Through regular EFT sessions, she was able to identify and release the underlying emotional trauma that was causing her anxiety. As a result, her panic attacks diminished, and she regained control over her life.
  2. John’s Story: John had been suffering from chronic back pain for over a decade. After trying various treatments with little success, he decided to give EFT a try. Through consistent tapping and addressing the emotional component of his pain, John experienced a significant reduction in his pain levels and regained mobility.
  3. Lisa’s Story: Lisa had always struggled with low self-esteem and self-doubt. She felt unworthy of love and success. Through EFT, she was able to uncover and release the limiting beliefs that were holding her back. As a result, Lisa experienced a profound shift in her self-perception, gained confidence, and started pursuing her dreams.

These stories are just a glimpse into the transformative power of EFT. Each individual’s journey is unique, but they all share a common thread of inner healing and personal growth through the practice of Emotional Freedom Technique.

Integrating Emotional Freedom Technique into Your Daily Routine

To fully harness the benefits of Emotional Freedom Technique, it is essential to integrate it into your daily routine. Here are some tips to help you make EFT a regular practice:

  1. Set aside dedicated time: Allocate a specific time each day for your EFT practice. It could be in the morning, during lunch breaks, or before bedtime. Consistency is key to experiencing the full benefits of EFT.
  2. Create a sacred space: Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can practice EFT without distractions. Create a peaceful environment with soft lighting, calming music, or essential oils to enhance your practice.
  3. Keep a journal: Maintain a journal to track your progress, insights, and experiences with EFT. This can help you gain a deeper understanding of your emotions, patterns, and the shifts that occur over time.
  4. Explore guided EFT resources: There are numerous guided EFT resources available, including books, videos, and online courses. These can provide guidance, inspiration, and additional techniques to enhance your EFT practice.

Remember, the key is to make EFT a part of your daily self-care routine. Just like any other skill, the more you practice, the more proficient you become at using this powerful healing modality.

Combining Emotional Freedom Technique with Other Healing Modalities

While EFT can be highly effective on its own, it can also be complemented by other healing modalities to enhance its benefits. Here are a few modalities that can be combined with EFT:

  1. Meditation: Pairing EFT with meditation can deepen your practice and promote a greater sense of relaxation and inner peace. You can start your EFT session with a few minutes of meditation to center yourself and create a calm state of mind.
  2. Visualization: Incorporating visualization techniques can amplify the effects of EFT. By visualizing the desired outcome or a positive image while tapping, you can enhance the power of your intention and manifest positive changes in your life.
  3. Breathwork: Conscious breathing techniques can be integrated with EFT to further support emotional release and relaxation. Deep, slow breaths can help you connect with your body and deepen your tapping experience.
  4. Energy healing: EFT can be combined with other energy healing modalities, such as Reiki or acupuncture, to address deeper energetic imbalances. These modalities work synergistically to restore harmony and promote overall well-being.

It’s important to listen to your intuition and explore different combinations that resonate with you. By integrating EFT with other healing modalities, you can create a personalized healing practice that meets your unique needs and supports your healing journey.

Finding EFT Practitioners and Resources for Further Learning

If you are new to EFT or want to deepen your practice, it can be beneficial to seek guidance from experienced EFT practitioners or explore additional resources. Here are a few ways to find EFT practitioners and further your learning:

AIHCP certifies qualified professionals to help others utilize and learn about EFT and its many uses in easing anxiety and stress.


  1. Online directories: There are online directories that list certified EFT practitioners in your area. These directories provide contact information, testimonials, and sometimes even video demonstrations of their work.
  2. Workshops and training programs: Many EFT practitioners offer workshops and training programs where you can learn the technique in a group setting or in a one-on-one session. These workshops can provide a deeper understanding of EFT and offer opportunities for practice and feedback.
  3. Books and online courses: There are numerous books and online courses available that teach EFT techniques and provide in-depth knowledge about the practice. These resources can be a valuable addition to your self-study and can help you expand your understanding of EFT.

Remember to choose practitioners and resources that resonate with you and align with your personal goals and values. Trust your intuition and seek out individuals who have the necessary qualifications and experience to guide you on your EFT journey.

Conclusion: Embracing Healing and Transformation Through Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotional Freedom Technique is a powerful tool for healing, personal growth, and transformation. By acknowledging and addressing our emotions, we can release energy blockages, restore balance, and experience a greater sense of well-being. Through the practice of EFT, we can tap into our inner power and create positive changes in our lives.

Whether you are dealing with emotional distress, physical pain, or seeking personal growth, Emotional Freedom Technique offers a path to inner healing and transformation. By learning the principles and techniques of EFT, integrating it into your daily routine, and seeking guidance from experienced practitioners, you can harness the power of this technique and embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-healing.

Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.


So, why wait? Start exploring the world of Emotional Freedom Technique and embrace the healing and transformation that awaits you. Take the first step towards a life filled with emotional freedom, inner peace, and holistic well-being.  Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in EFT.

Additional Resources
“EFT Tapping”. Anthony, K. (2023).  Healthline.  Access here
“What Is EFT Tapping?”. WebMD Editorial Contributors. WebMD. (2021). Access here
“EFT Tapping: The Psychology Behind Tapping Therapy”. Beer, J. (2023). Positive Psychology. Access here
“Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health”. Bach, D. etc, (2019). J Evid Based Integr Med. 2019; 24: 2515690X18823691. National Library of Medicine.  Access here
“What Is EFT Tapping? A Detailed Scientific Guide on Emotional Freedom Technique”. Bedosky, L. (2022). Everyday Health. Access here

The Emotional Freedom Technique ( EFT ) For Better Sleep!

By – James M. Katz, BA

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as tapping therapy, is a powerful mind-body technique that can help you achieve emotional balance and alleviate stress. It involves gentle tapping on specific acupressure points on the body while focusing on specific thoughts or emotions. By doing so, EFT aims to release energy blockages and restore harmony to the body’s energy system.

Sleep is essential for our overall well-being, and emotional states can greatly impact the quality of our sleep. Stress, anxiety, and unresolved emotions can keep our minds racing and prevent us from achieving a restful night’s sleep. EFT addresses the underlying emotional issues that may be contributing to sleep disturbances, allowing us to release emotional burdens and find inner peace.

Research has shown that emotions play a significant role in sleep regulation. Negative emotions, such as fear, anger, and sadness, can activate the body’s stress response, making it difficult to relax and fall asleep. Emotional Freedom Technique can help to reduce the intensity of these emotions, allowing us to unwind and drift into a state of deep relaxation.

As seen in the article below, Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT can help you relax, reduce stress and clear your mind. This is accomplished through tapping techniques done on meridian lines across your body.

TikTok is great for lots of things: delicious recipe inspiration, style advice, cat videos and, of course, fitness challenges. From dance routines to viral workout videos, wellness trends regularly circulate TikTok. And while most are just harmless crazes (clearly meant to be taken with a pinch of salt), others – like brain tapping for sleep – genuinely make us stop and wonder whether they could improve our quality of life.

Brain tapping” is the latest TikTok wellness trend – and it promises to help you fall asleep within minutes. Alice Barralough. Marie Claire; June 2023.

 Full Article Here 

So, what is it? Basically, brain tapping is a methodic tapping technique designed to help you feel relaxed and clear your mind.

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The science behind EFT and its benefits for sleep

Emotional Freedom Technique combines elements of traditional Chinese medicine, psychology, and neuroscience. The technique is based on the premise that negative emotions and traumatic experiences disrupt the body’s energy flow, leading to physical and emotional imbalances. By stimulating specific acupressure points through tapping, EFT helps to rebalance the body’s energy system and promote emotional healing.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of EFT in reducing anxiety, stress, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These same benefits can translate into improved sleep quality. By addressing the root causes of emotional distress, EFT can help regulate the body’s stress response and promote a calm and peaceful state of mind conducive to sleep.

How to practice Emotional Freedom Technique for better sleep

To practice EFT for better sleep, find a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus on your emotions and thoughts. Begin by identifying the specific emotional issue or concern that is affecting your sleep. It could be stress, anxiety, or any other negative emotion that is keeping you awake at night.

Once you have identified the emotion, rate its intensity on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being no intensity and 10 being the highest intensity. This will help you track your progress as you tap.

EFT tapping points and techniques for sleep

EFT involves tapping on specific acupressure points on the body while repeating affirmations or focusing on the issue at hand. The main tapping points include the top of the head, eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, chin, collarbone, and under the arm. Use your fingertips to gently tap on each point while stating your chosen affirmation.

For example, if you are experiencing anxiety before sleep, you might tap on the side of your eye while saying, “Even though I feel anxious, I deeply and completely accept myself.” Repeat this process for each tapping point, focusing on the emotion or thought that is interfering with your sleep.

EFT affirmations for a peaceful night’s sleep

Affirmations are positive statements that help reframe negative thoughts and emotions. When practicing EFT for sleep, it’s important to choose affirmations that resonate with your specific concerns. Here are some examples of affirmations you can use:

“I release all tension and anxiety, allowing myself to drift into a peaceful sleep.”

“I let go of the day’s worries and embrace tranquility and serenity.”

“I am deserving of a restful and rejuvenating sleep, free from any disturbances.”

Repeat your chosen affirmation while tapping on the acupressure points, allowing the positive statement to sink deeply into your subconscious mind.

Combining EFT with other relaxation techniques for enhanced results

While EFT can be effective on its own, combining it with other relaxation techniques can further enhance its benefits for sleep. Consider incorporating deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, or aromatherapy into your bedtime routine. These practices can help calm the mind and prepare the body for a restful night’s sleep.

Case studies and success stories of using EFT for sleep

Many individuals have experienced profound improvements in their sleep quality through the practice of EFT. Case studies and success stories highlight the transformative power of this technique. For example, Sarah, a chronic insomniac, found relief from her sleepless nights after incorporating EFT into her nightly routine. She reported feeling more relaxed, calm, and able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night.

EFT resources and tools for better sleep

If you’re interested in exploring EFT further for better sleep, there are various resources and tools available to support your journey. Online tutorials, books, and mobile applications can provide guidance and structured EFT sessions tailored specifically for sleep-related issues. Additionally, seeking the guidance of a certified EFT practitioner can offer personalized support and ensure you’re utilizing the technique effectively.

Conclusion: Embracing EFT for a restful and rejuvenating sleep

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) offers a powerful and holistic approach to achieving a peaceful night’s sleep. By addressing the underlying emotional issues that contribute to sleep disturbances, EFT can help you release stress, anxiety, and unresolved emotions, allowing you to experience deep relaxation and rejuvenation. By incorporating EFT into your bedtime routine and combining it with other relaxation techniques, you can unlock the key to a restful and rejuvenating sleep. Embrace EFT and reclaim your nights for a more vibrant and fulfilling life.

If you’re ready to experience the transformative power of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for better sleep, start by incorporating tapping into your bedtime routine today. Explore online resources, books, or seek the guidance of a certified EFT practitioner to ensure you’re utilizing this technique effectively. Embrace EFT and unlock the key to a peaceful and rejuvenating night’s sleep. If you want to learn more about Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) then you might want to visit our online program here.


WebMD – What is EFT? 

Wikipedia – Definition of Emotional Freedom Technique 

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Comparing the effect of emotional freedom technique on sleep quality and happiness of women undergoing breast cancer surgery in military and nonmilitary families: A quasi-experimental multicenter study. Fatemeh Kalroozi PhD, Et Al. First published: 03 October 2022

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Feasibility and effect of emotional freedom therapy on sleep quality in patients with end-stage renal disease receiving maintenance hemodialysis: A pilot study, Xin Tang, Et Al. Geriatric Nursing, Volume 51, 2023, Pages 112-120, ISSN 0197-4572

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Comparison of the Effectiveness of Adolescent-Centered Mindfulness (MBCT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) on Self-Esteem and Sleep Disorder of Bereaved Adolescents. Taheri A, Et Al. QJCR 2020; 19 (75) :34-64

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Emotional Freedom Technique / EFT : How Does It Work?

By – James M. Katz, BA

Have you ever heard of the Emotional Freedom Technique / EFT or remote energy healing? These two practices may seem like new-age concepts to some, but they have been around for centuries. EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, is a type of energy psychology that involves tapping on specific points on the body to release emotional blockages. It is said to help with a wide range of issues, from anxiety and depression to physical pain and chronic illness.

Remote energy healing, on the other hand, is a form of healing that can be done from a distance. It is based on the idea that everything in the universe is connected through energy, and that energy can be manipulated for healing purposes. Practitioners of remote energy healing use various techniques to send positive energy to a person, even if they are not physically present.

In the article below, it goes into detail what remote energy healing really is. It explains how we are energy and how it can be used to benefit us. It differs from EFT. Emotional Freedom Technique much like acupuncture taps energy points to help release negative energy and promote balance.

“Every experience we encounter can leave an energetic impression on our biofield, and because the body has a natural ability to heal itself, we are able to brush most things off. But often, too much of the same stimulus—like everyday stress or traumatic events—can alter our natural way of being. We build defenses to adapt to our environment, getting further away from our purest expression, and our unique frequency gets distorted. Energy work seeks to remove that disruption in your energy and move you closer to re-alignment.

REMOTE ENERGY HEALING: Does It Actually Work? By POOSH. POOSH: Soul, April 2023.

 Full Article Here

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What is EFT?

EFT is based on the principles of acupuncture, but instead of using needles, it involves tapping on specific points on the body. These points are located on the meridian lines, which are the channels through which energy flows in the body. By tapping on these points, EFT is said to help release emotional blockages and balance the body’s energy.

The tapping is done while focusing on a specific issue, such as anxiety or pain. While tapping, the person repeats a statement that acknowledges the issue and affirms their self-acceptance. This is said to help release the emotional charge associated with the issue and lead to a sense of calm and peace.

Understanding Remote Energy Healing

Remote energy healing is based on the idea that everything in the universe is made up of energy, including our bodies. When our energy is out of balance, it can lead to physical, emotional, and mental health problems. Remote energy healing works by sending positive energy to a person, even if they are not physically present.

There are many different techniques used in remote energy healing, including Reiki, Quantum Touch, and Pranic Healing. Practitioners of remote energy healing believe that by sending positive energy to a person, they can help balance their energy and promote healing.

The Science behind the Emotional Freedom Technique and Remote Energy Healing

While EFT and remote energy healing may seem like mystical practices, there is actually scientific evidence to support their effectiveness. Studies have shown that EFT can help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. One study even found that EFT was more effective than cognitive-behavioral therapy for reducing symptoms of depression.

Similarly, studies have shown that remote energy healing can have a positive effect on physical and emotional health. One study found that patients who received remote energy healing had a significant reduction in pain and anxiety compared to those who did not receive the treatment.

While the exact mechanisms behind EFT and remote energy healing are not fully understood, some theories suggest that they work by promoting the relaxation response in the body. This response is associated with a decrease in stress hormones and an increase in feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.

The Benefits of the Emotional Freedom Technique and Remote Energy Healing

The benefits of EFT and remote energy healing are vast and varied. Some of the most commonly reported benefits of EFT include:

  • Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced physical pain
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Improved relationships

Similarly, some of the benefits of remote energy healing include:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved mood
  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Improved immune system function
  • Faster recovery from illness and injury

How EFT and Remote Energy Healing Work Together

EFT and remote energy healing can be used together to promote even greater healing. One way this is done is by using EFT to release emotional blockages that may be contributing to physical health problems. For example, if a person is experiencing chronic pain, EFT can be used to release any emotional trauma that may be contributing to the pain.

Once the emotional blockages have been released, remote energy healing can be used to promote physical healing. By sending positive energy to the affected area, the body’s natural healing processes can be activated, leading to faster recovery.

The Role of Emotions in EFT and Remote Energy Healing

Emotions play a crucial role in both EFT and remote energy healing. In EFT, the tapping is done while focusing on a specific emotion or issue. By acknowledging and accepting the emotion, it can be released, leading to a sense of calm and peace.

Similarly, remote energy healing works by balancing the body’s energy, which can be disrupted by negative emotions. By promoting positive emotions like love and gratitude, remote energy healing can help balance the body’s energy and promote healing.

Techniques for Practicing EFT and Remote Energy Healing

While EFT and remote energy healing are best done with the guidance of a trained practitioner, there are techniques that can be done at home. For EFT, there are many online resources and videos that can guide you through the tapping process. It is important to focus on a specific issue and to repeat a positive affirmation while tapping.

For remote energy healing, there are many different techniques that can be used, including visualization, meditation, and prayer. It is important to find a technique that resonates with you and to practice it regularly.

EFT and Remote Energy Healing Research and Studies

There is a growing body of research on EFT and remote energy healing, with many studies showing promising results. However, more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind these practices and to determine their effectiveness for different health conditions.

Finding an EFT and Remote Energy Healing Practitioner

If you are interested in trying EFT or remote energy healing, it is important to find a trained practitioner who can guide you through the process. Look for someone who is certified and has experience working with your specific health condition.


EFT and remote energy healing are two practices that have been around for centuries and are gaining popularity in the modern world. While they may seem like mystical concepts, there is scientific evidence to support their effectiveness. By tapping into the body’s energy and promoting positive emotions, these practices can help promote healing and improve overall well-being. If you are interested in trying EFT or remote energy healing, be sure to find a trained practitioner who can guide you through the process.

If you are interested in learning more about the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) then you should review our online video seminar here 

References: Remote Energy Healing

Wikipedia Energy Healing

Additional Resources:

Energy Healing and Pain: A Review of the Literature. Holistic Nursing Practice. Fazzino, Dolores L. DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CRNFA et al. 24(2):p 79-88, March 2010. | DOI: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181d39718

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Consciousness Energy Healing Treatment Based Herbomineral Formulation: A Safe and Effective Approach for Skin Health. Jagdish Singh et al. American Journal of Pharmacology and Phytotherapy > 2017 > 2 > 1 > 1 – 10

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A Consideration of the Perspectives of Healing Practitioners on Research Into Energy Healing. Sara L. Warber, MD et al 2015;4(suppl):72-78. DOI: 10.7453/ gahmj.2015.014.suppl

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Emotional Freedom Techniques for Anxiety: A Systematic Review With Meta-analysis. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.  Clond, Morgan PhD. et al. 204(5):p 388-395, May 2016. | DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000483

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The Danger of Negative Emotion and Its Regulation through Meditation and EFT

Studies show that management of negative emotions can have long term health benefits.  When anxiety and depressive thoughts are permitted to run freely, there are signs that it can lead to later neurodegenerative results such as dementia.  Individuals need to process emotions but do so in a healthy way without over obsessing and allowing anxiety and negative experiences to control their lives. Meditation and EFT are effective ways to help individuals better cope with negative emotion.

EFT can help the body remove negative emotion. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Program and see if it meets your goals


A recent study from Geneva looks closer at how negative emotions can affect the health of the brain as one ages.  The article, “Managing Emotions Better Could Prevent Pathological Aging” from reviewed this study.  The study exposed younger and older individuals to negative emotional videos and traced the brain’s reactions to it.  The way the brain reacts and the way one allows oneself to be affected long term can play a key role in brain health in later age.  The article relates that,

“Older people tend to regulate their emotions better than younger people, and focus more easily on positive details, even during a negative event. But changes in connectivity between the posterior cingulate cortex and the amygdala could indicate a deviation from the normal aging phenomenon, accentuated in people who show more anxiety, rumination and negative emotions.  The posterior cingulate cortex is one of the regions most affected by dementia, suggesting that the presence of these symptoms could increase the risk of neurodegenerative disease.”

“Managing Emotions Better Could Prevent Pathological Aging”. January 13th, 2023.

To read the entire article about the study, please click here


While negative emotion is a reality in life and something that cannot be escaped, one can limit the damage negative emotion incurs upon the brain by better coping skills with anxiety, stress and grief.  Cognitive reframing, positivity, and better responses to challenges instead of dwelling upon them are key ways individuals can move forward with negative feelings.  Those who instead struggle with processing negative events and dwell upon them without process can overtime allow these emotions to do more harm to their brain.  While the full understanding of emotions and their effects on the brain are relatively new, it is still points to the importance of while facing negativity in life to also push towards good mental coping and health strategies.

Meditation and Negative Emotion

Meditation and mindfulness are excellent ways to deal with negative emotions.  Meditation has been widely studied for its effects on reducing negative emotions. It has been suggested that meditation can help to foster a more positive emotional state as it is thought to promote a higher degree of self-regulation, allowing individuals to better process and manage emotional responses. Studies have indicated that mindfulness-based interventions, such as meditation, can be effective in ameliorating the symptoms of anxiety and depression. The practice of meditation is widely accepted as an effective strategy for the mitigation of maladaptive affect, such as anxiety and depression. This is often achieved through the cultivation of mindful awareness, which involves focusing one’s attention on the present moment while simultaneously becoming aware of one’s bodily sensations, thoughts and feelings.

EFT and Negative Emotion

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is an empirically validated psychological intervention that seeks to reduce negative emotion by utilizing a combination of exposure and cognitive reframing strategies. By engaging in the technique, individuals are able to process and reconceptualize their emotional experiences through a structured approach that involves repeated tapping on specific body points while simultaneously focusing on the associated thoughts, feelings, or memories.  The technique has been demonstrated to be efficacious in decreasing physiological arousal and negative affect associated with psychological distress.

Many negative anxieties or traumas can become trapped within oneself.  This negative energy and emotion as pointed out is unhealthy for the brain and body.  EFT through cognitive approaches and tapping look to move negative energy from the body and mind.  Closely associated with acupuncture, it understands that the body carries energy through various meridians.  Through effectively tapping and stimulating those areas, EFT Practitioners look to help individuals process this energy.

In concert with the physical tapping, the individual mentally and verbally identifies the stressor or negative emotion.  Furthermore through continuous cycles, the individual soon begins to replace the negative emotion or stressors with positive reframing.  This looks to help the mind and body both heal from the negative effects of trauma, stress and anxiety.


An EFT Practitioner can help one utilize EFT as a tool to remove trauma and anxiety


In conclusion, removing negative emotion from our lives can be a difficult task. It takes effort, self-awareness, and practice to achieve. However, the rewards and results of doing so are innumerable and far reaching. We become better leaders, better problem solvers, better communicators and better versions of ourselves when we take away the power of negative emotion and replace it with positive ones. Ultimately, we gain greater control over our lives so that we can more effectively reach our goals and realize our potential.

Tapping with EFT has been proven to be an effective way to reduce negative emotion and improve mental wellbeing. It is a simple, evidence-based technique that can be used by anyone, anytime, and almost anywhere. Additionally, EFT helps people to gain insight into the underlying cause of their distress and develop more healthy coping mechanisms. Therefore, EFT should be considered as a viable option for reducing negative emotions in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

Please also review AIHCP’s Meditation Instructor Program as well as AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Program.  Both programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification.  EFT Practitioners in particular can help many individuals dealing with trauma and negative emotion to find ways to heal and move forward.  Over time, individuals can be trained to utilize EFT on their own.


Additional Resources

“How Do Thoughts and Emotions Affect Health?”. Karen Lawson. University of Minnesota.  Access here

“Neural Circuits: How the brain processes negative emotions”. Gaowei Chen  Zijun ChenYingjie Zhu. March 17th, 2022. Elife. Access here

“What are Negative Emotions and How to Control Them?”. Eleane Mead. April 18th, 2019. Access here

“The effect of negative emotional context on neural and behavioural responses to oesophageal stimulation”. Mary Phillips, etc., al. Brain, Volume 126, Issue 3, March 2003, Pages 669–684. Oxford Academic.  Access here


How to Utilize EFT for Stress and Trauma Reduction

EFT or the Emotional Freedom Technique is gaining more notoriety in the world as a way to better reduce stress and remove negative energy.  It is simple and easy to learn and non evasive.  A certified EFT Practitioner can easily teach someone how to perform the various tapping points on the person’s face, torso and hand to help the person move energy, while also instructing the person on what to say and dwell upon while performing the tapping.  Whether it is a fear of spiders or snakes, overworked with stress, coping with past grief, or trying to better focus on life, EFT can help balance oneself and find inner peace and strength to deal with various issues.

If you wish to utilize EFT and its tapping points, you can learn from qualified EFT Practitioners certified from AIHCP.


The article, “How to Use Standard EFT Tapping, Plus Its Potential Health Benefits” by

“If you’re stressed, many mind-body practices can coax you back into a state of calm. One is known as emotional freedom technique (EFT), or tapping. Standard EFT tapping is a noninvasive, inexpensive method that most people can learn on their own to relieve stress and anxiety.”

“How to Use Standard EFT Tapping, Plus Its Potential Health Benefits”. Lauren Bedosky. November 8th, 2022. Everyday Health.

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The emotional freedom technique is a psychological treatment that is used to help people cope with psychological distress. The technique is based on the principle that emotions are stored in the body and that by releasing these emotions, people can feel better. The emotional freedom technique involves tapping on specific points on the body while focusing on a particular emotion. The theory behind the emotional freedom technique is that by tapping on these points, the emotion can be released from the body and the person can feel better.

The procedure is very much tied to the Eastern practice of Acupuncture.  With similar philosophical beliefs on energy points within the body, EFT takes a more empirical look at how these points play a pivotal role in the body regarding the process of energy itself.  Through mentally addressing issues, the belief is energy within the body can be better moved allowing stress to be faced and reduced through tapping and a series of repetitive words addressing the issue itself.  It is important if dealing with deeper trauma to consult a licensed professional who is certified in EFT.  AIHCP offers certifications in EFT to qualified professionals who would like to utilize this practice in their work.

How to apply EFT

To apply EFT, one would need to first identify the problem or issue that they would like to address. Once the issue is identified, the individual would then tap on various points on their body while repeating a phrase related to the issue. The tapping helps to release any negative emotions that may be associated with the issue. By doing this, the individual is then able to more effectively deal with the issue at hand.  The tapping on the pressure points open the body to release negative energy, but is only effective when tied with thought and words.  It is done in a series of cycles that upon completion of each is correlated to how one feels on a rating scale.   With each successive cycle, the rating scale should indicate less stress and more ease and relaxation.

There are a number of benefits associated with EFT, including the fact that it is a relatively quick and easy intervention to learn and administer. Additionally, EFT has been shown to be effective for a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and phobias. Furthermore, research suggests that EFT may also be helpful in improving physical health conditions such as headaches, chronic pain, and fatigue.

When used in a clinical setting, a counselor can who is certified in EFT can deal with far more complex issues than a mere certified EFT practitioner without a counseling license.  In these sessions, a counselor can utilize EFT to treat trauma and other more deep and pathological issues facing the patient.  After completing the courses and fulfilling the practicum of working with a volunteer patient, AIHCP will certify qualified professionals.  The program is also open to those only interested in learning how to self apply EFT to themselves.


EFT has numerous benefits related to stress, trauma and lack of focus


In conclusion, EFT has many benefits that make it worth trying for anyone struggling with negative emotions or stress. It is quick, easy to learn, and can be done anywhere. Additionally, EFT is backed by scientific research and has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. EFT can be a successful way to work through difficult emotions. It is important to find a certified practitioner, and to be patient as you work through the process. You may not see results immediately, but with time and commitment, EFT can be helpful for managing difficult emotions.  If you are struggling with negative emotions or stress, give EFT a try.

AIHCP also offers a comprehensive EFT certification program which can not only help individuals learn to use EFT for themselves, but also train qualified professionals how to properly use it and teach others.  The EFT certification program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification as an EFT Practitioner.

Additional Resources

“Assessment of the Emotional Freedom Technique :An Alternative Treatment for Fear”. Wendy L. Waite – Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge , etc. al.  Access here

“Effect of the Emotional Freedom Technique on Perceived Stress, Quality of Life, and Cortisol Salivary Levels in Tension-Type Headache Sufferers: A Randomized Controlled Trial”. Anastasia M.Bougea MD, etc, al.  EXPLORE :Volume 9, Issue 2, March–April 2013, Pages 91-99. Science Direct.  Access here

“Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health”. Donna Bach, ND, etc, al. February 19, 2019. Sage Journals. Access here

“Emotional Freedom Technique : An Alternative Therapy in Destressing”. Dr. Padmakalli Banerjee, Dr. Amita Puri , Dr. Nadeem Luqman. I nternational Journal of Application or I nnovation in Engineering & M anagement (I JAI EM ) Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2015 .  Access here

Energy Medicine: Its Future is Now

By: Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC,
       Master EFT Practitioner

The future is energy medicine (1). This is the medicine of the future that will allow us to heal ourselves and others with the power of our minds. It is a form of alternative medicine that is based on the belief that our bodies have an innate ability to heal themselves. Energy medicine is said to be able to promote healing by restoring balance to the body’s energy systems. This type of medicine is becoming more popular as more people are looking for alternatives to traditional medicine.

human body that shows energy scheme in various colors

Observational medicine has encountered several barriers when it comes to the treating of chronic conditions. This has encouraged some people to turn to energy medicine in order to treat their ailments. It appears like an alternative remedy that might sound unfounded in theory yet, in actuality, has proven its effectiveness.

Energy medicine is not a new fad. It has been around for eons. The Chinese have been practicing it over thousands of years as have other cultures. All living things have an energy field and emit and absorb electromagnetic radiation. A person’s health is dependent on the natural flow of this energy. When it is disrupted, imbalances can occur, resulting in disease and illness.

There are several energy modalities being practiced today, including emotional freedom technique and acupuncture and pranic healing. Others are qigong, reiki, therapeutic touch, and tai chi. We will explore these in more detail.

The Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotion Freedom Technique(2)  is another method that use acupressure to relieve energy blockage on key points and chakras of the body.  It can address the emotional reasons behind the illness or condition. By focusing on different aspects of the problem, and then tapping on key points on the face, hands and chest, blockage of energy can be relieved and symptoms can be alleviated. This method can be easily learned and applied with virtually no side effects.

The emotional freedom technique is a form of psychological acupuncture that uses the body’s energy meridians to relieve stress and negative emotions. The technique is based on the belief that emotions are caused by imbalances in the body’s energy meridians, and that these imbalances can be corrected by tapping on specific points on the body. EFT is a form of therapy that works by tapping on the meridians. The theory behind EFT is that when we tap on the meridians, we are able to balance the energy in our bodies and clear any blockages that may be causing us problems. By clearing these blockages, we are able to improve our physical and emotional well-being.

man tapping on facial meridian points doing EFT procedure

The meridian system is a network of energy pathways that run throughout the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, these pathways are responsible for transporting qi (or life force energy) throughout the body. Acupuncture and acupressure are two common modalities that work by stimulating these points along the meridians in order to promote balance and health.

The emotional freedom technique, also known as “tapping,” is a form of psychological acupuncture that uses acupressure points on the body to help relieve stress and anxiety. Tapping has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues, including depression, PTSD, and phobias. The benefits of tapping include improved mood, reduced anxiety, and increased feelings of well-being. The emotional freedom technique has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, and in improving mood and well-being.

There is a growing body of research that suggests the emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an effective intervention for reducing psychological distress and improving well-being. EFT is a form of energy psychology that uses acupressure points to help balance the body’s energy systems and alleviate stress. Studies have found that EFT is associated with reductions in anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms, as well as improvements in quality of life and positive emotion.

Roger Callahan is a psychologist who developed thought field therapy, a type of alternative therapy. The therapy is based on the idea that negative emotions are caused by disruptions in the body’s energy field, and that these disruptions can be corrected by tapping on specific points on the body. Dr. Callahan is famous for his dramatic cure of a client with a long-standing water phobia using thought field therapy. Our of thought field therapy, the emotional freedom technique was born. Thought Field Therapy remains a very popular and effective energy medicine modality today.


Acupuncture is another method that has become more mainstream and is based on the same principles as EFT. There are over 2000 acupuncture points on the body. Energy flows between those points. Needles are inserted into these areas and turned, which can correct the imbalances created by the energy blockages.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into the body at specific points. Although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, it is thought that acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system and, in turn, the release of chemicals in the brain that can help to alleviate pain.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests acupuncture can have positive psychological effects. For example, one study found that acupuncture can help reduce anxiety and depression in cancer patients (1). Other research has shown that acupuncture can help improve quality of life and reduce stress in people with various health conditions (2). Acupuncture may work by stimulating the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins.

Pranic Healing

Pranic healing(3) is a form of energy medicine that uses the body’s own life force to heal itself. It is based on the belief that the body is composed of energy, and that this energy can be used to heal the body. Pranic healing is said to be able to help the body heal itself by working with the body’s own energy. Life force energy is the energy that animates and sustains all living things. It is also known as prana, ki, chi, mana, and other names in different cultures. This energy is thought to be essential for life and health, and it is believed to flow through the body in specific pathways called meridians.

Pranic healing is a modality that uses actual physical sweeping of the hands to remove negative, contaminated energy from the body. Care has to be taken so that the healer does not absorb that energy into his own energy field or aura. Cleansing exercises must be practiced daily to keep the healer clear.  Pranic healers don’t use their own energy but act as a conduit and receive energy from outside themselves. They can infuse this energy into their patients and promote rapid healing. Everyone has the capacity to heal themselves. This is a method that can be learned in a few hours, and you don’t have to be a natural healer to get results.

Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic touch(5)  is an energy medicine modality that uses the practitioner’s hands to direct and balance the patient’s energy field. The goal of therapeutic touch is to promote healing by restoring the natural flow of energy within the body.

The practitioner’s hands are used to assess the patient’s energy field and then to direct and manipulate the flow of energy. The practitioner may also use light touch or other techniques to help balance the patient’s energy field. There are many benefits of Therapeutic touch. This type of therapy can help to improve circulation, reduce pain, and promote relaxation. It can also help to increase range of motion and flexibility, and to improve the functioning of the immune system. Therapeutic touch can also be used to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.


Reiki(6) is a form of energy medicine that uses the universal life force energy to promote healing. The therapist will place their hands on or near the client’s body in a series of hand positions. The therapist will then channel the energy into the client’s body to promote healing. Reiki can be used to help with physical, mental, and emotional issues.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that reiki, an energy medicine modality, can be effective in the treatment of various conditions. A number of studies have shown that reiki can be helpful in reducing pain, improving quality of life, and reducing stress and anxiety. While the exact mechanism by which reiki works is not yet fully understood, it is thought to work by balancing the body’s energy fields and promoting healing.

man laying on table receiving a Reiki healing treatment


Qigong(7)is an energy medicine modality that has been used for centuries in China. It is based on the belief that the human body has an energy field that can be manipulated to promote health and healing. Qigong practitioners use a variety of techniques, including body movement, meditation, and breath control, to balance the body’s energy.

Qigong is a type of energy medicine that uses specific movements and breath work to improve the flow of qi, or life energy, in the body. Qi is said to be the underlying life force that helps to maintain health and vitality. When qi is blocked or not flowing properly, it is believed to lead to illness and disease. Qigong practitioners use various techniques to help unblock and move qi through the body, thereby promoting healing and balance.

Tai Chi

Tai chi(8) is a martial art that originated in China. It is based on the principle of yin and yang, which is the idea that two opposing forces are interconnected and interdependent. Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion” because it stresses the importance of balance, harmony, and inner peace. The practice of tai chi involves slow, deliberate movements that are meant to be gentle and relaxing.

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that incorporates both physical and mental exercise. Though often considered a form of “energy medicine,” tai chi’s efficacy in treating various medical conditions has not been extensively studied. Some small-scale studies have suggested that tai chi may improve balance and coordination, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost overall well-being; however, more research is needed to confirm these claims.


Energy Psychology

Energy psychology (9) is a field of study that emerged out of energy medicine. Energy medicine is based on the idea that the human body has an energy field that can be manipulated for healing purposes. Energy psychology takes this concept one step further, and posits that the mind also has an energy field that can be impacted in order to achieve psychological goals.

energy psychology siloutte of brain with atoms swirling around
Mind Geometry series. Abstract design made of Human profile, math and design elements on the subject of reason, science, technology and education

Energy psychology is a field of study that explores the relationship between energy and psychological states. It is based on the premise that our thoughts and emotions are connected to our physical bodies through an energy system, and that imbalances in this system can lead to psychological distress. Energy psychology techniques aim to restore balance to the energy system, and thus alleviate psychological symptoms.


The future of energy medicine looks very promising. With advances in technology, we are able to harness more and more of the body’s natural energy to heal. Energy medicine has been shown to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, and as we continue to research and develop new techniques, we will only be able to help more and more people.

Whether you believe in energy medicine or not, there are many people that have been helped or even cured of their afflictions because of it.  Also, energy medicine doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. It can complement whatever conventional treatments you are doing. Everyone has the ability to heal, you just need to know how to tap into it.

Become an EFT Master Practitioner

Are you a health care professional who is interested in becoming a Master EFT Practitioner? The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. offers a full curriculum of online continuing education courses leading to Certification as a Master Practitioner in the Emotional Freedom Technique and Meridian Health Tapping. The program includes online video instruction on-demand, as well as  textbooks, handouts and a practicum course. It is a comprehensive program and students can earn 129 contact hours of continuing education which have Board approvals. To learn more, you may preview our program: access here.


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1. Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health. Donna Bach, et. al. Journal of Evidence Based Integrative Medicine. Feb 19, 2019. access here.
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EFT Practitioner Program Blog on EFT and Stress

Tapping points in EFT can help individuals de-stress and find more peace throughout the day.  Once one learns how to utilize tapping, one can calm oneself at any moment or any place by finding a quiet spot to practice EFT.

Tapping points in EFT can help individuals de-stress and find more peace throughout the day.  Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Program


The article, “9 Tapping Points For EFT That’ll Help You To De-Stress” by Carolyn Steber takes a closer look at the benefits of tapping to destress.  She states,

“EFT is based on beliefs from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and involves the use of acupressure to reduce emotional distress, says Hannah Kahn, an EFT tapping practitioner at Charm City Integrative Health. “Basically, you tap on the ends of a series of meridian points, which are the same energetic pathways [used in] other forms of Chinese medicine,” she tells Bustle. “By doing this, you allow your body to more easily process emotions and significantly reduce cortisol stress levels.” You just have to know the proper tapping points for EFT so you can turn to the method whenever you need a reset.”

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EFT can help individuals in a variety of ways.  If one experiences stress or even trauma, EFT can help.  To learn more about teaching others how to utilize EFT, please review AIHCP’s EFT Practitioner Program.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in EFT.

EFT Training Program Article on Effectiveness of EFT

EFT or the Emotional Freedom Technique is an excellent way to help with anxiety, stress, grief, or phobias.  It is an alternative therapy that is non evasive and can be done by oneself after taught how to utilize it.  It has had great success for many patients in alleviating their emotional disorders by removing displaced negative energy through tapping.

EFT can help alleviate anxiety and stress. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Training Program


The article, “I Gave EFT Tapping a Try-Here’s How It Works and How It Helped Me Destress in Minutes” by Jennifer Benjamin takes a closer look at how EFT is effective.  She states,

“For many of us, stress is pretty much a constant state of being, with emails coming in fast and furious, news headlines keeping us up at night, and to-do lists we can barely stay on top of. Of course, experts always warn about the dangers of having too much stress, but finding ways to combat it can be tough. While many try talk therapy, exercise, meditation and, well, wine, an alternative technique for stress relief has emerged in recent years. It’s called EFT, which stands for emotional freedom technique, also known as “tapping.”

To review the entire article, please click here

Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Training Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification as an EFT specialist.

EFT Certification Article on EFT and ADHD

EFT or the Emotional Freedom Technique helps individuals calm their nerves and remove  negative energy due to trauma.  It can help with numerous things as phobias as well.  Coincidentally it can utilized as way to help calm the ADHD mind.

EFT can employed in helping individuals with ADHD. Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Certification program


The article, “What is EFT Tapping, and Can It Calm the ADHD Brain?” by

“EFT tapping is a technique that aims to decrease stress and negative emotions. Considered an alternative therapy, it is increasing in popularity and has been used to treat a variety of mental health issues. As a wellbeing coach with ADHD serving other women with ADHD, I use tapping extensively in my work and personal life to address the symptoms of ADHD. Here’s how.”

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EFT is a innovative non evasive new therapy that is receiving high reviews.  The science supports it and many are utilizing it for numerous issues, including ADHD.

Please also review AIHCP’s EFT Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  Also, please review AIHCPs, ADHD Consulting Program.  Both programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification.