The benefits of Tapping for Anxiety Relief
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), usually referred to as tapping, is a relaxation technique based on the principles of acupuncture.
But unlike acupuncture, there are no needles involved. Instead, you use your fingertips to tap on a sequence of specific acupuncture points.Tapping is a remarkably effective drug-free way to alleviate anxiety.
Let’s take a closer look at how tapping works and the many benefits tapping offers when compared with other anti-anxiety treatments.
How Tapping Works to Alleviate Anxiety
Hundreds of studies have found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for dozens of conditions, including anxiety.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture works by balancing the flow of the body’s vital energy, known as chi or qi.
Fine needles are inserted at very specific points along energy channels called meridians, altering the body’s energy flow and bringing it back into homeostasis — a healthy state of balance.
Tapping is a form of acupressure which uses fingertip taps instead of needles. The theory behind tapping is that all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system and that tapping can restore balance to this system.
Tapping purportedly neutralizes any judgment you have about your anxiety and removes limiting beliefs you developed in the past that contribute to your anxiety. For these reasons, proponents of tapping sometimes call it psychological acupressure.
Now, all this talk about chi, energy, and balance may sound a little far-out, but there are some scientific explanations for how acupuncture, acupressure, and tapping work.
There’s evidence that these treatments may address imbalances of neurotransmitters and hormones, increase blood flow, reduce muscle tension, and decrease inflammation.
It’s well accepted that acupuncture stimulates the release of painkilling endorphins, which is why it’s so popular for pain relief.
And, of course, these healing techniques excel at stress relief.
A single session of tapping can turn off the stress response and significantly reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that wreaks havoc on your health and mental well-being.
And finally, tapping may work by altering brainwave activity. One study hooked participants up to an EEG device and measured brainwave activity before and after a tapping session. After just one brief session, there was a significant increase in theta brainwave activity.
Theta waves are responsible for the mental quiet similar to that achieved during deep meditation