Do you ever suffer from anxiety? You may already be benefiting from acupuncture treatments for anxiety, but did you know that there’s a technique you can use to feel better in between acupuncture sessions?
It’s called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and it uses some of the same principles as acupuncture to alleviate feelings of anxiety and even stop panic attacks before they start.
Like acupuncture, EFT starts from the principle that the energy flow in our bodies (known as Qi in ancient Chinese medicine) affects many aspects of our health, including our emotions. EFT works by tapping on acupuncture meridians to release energy blockages that may be leading to negative emotions, such as anxiety. When you perform EFT, you’ll be tapping on many of the same points where your acupuncturist would insert needles during an acupuncture session.
While you tap, you’ll compose a “setup statement,” in which you acknowledge the problem you’re dealing with while affirming yourself as a person.
For example, you could think: “Even though I feel anxious and panicked right now, I love and accept myself unconditionally.”
EFT is simple, painless and easy to learn as shown in this video. Several studies have suggested that it is an effective technique for reducing anxiety.
Interested in trying EFT on your own? This comprehensive guide shows you the acupuncture meridians you’ll tap when performing EFT and offers a step-by-step guide for moving through the process.