By Christine Wheeler, MA
Fans of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) try it on everything as it regularly works when nothing else will. What's more, this new technique is gentle and non-invasive and it can be learned by anyone. Further, it can be self-applied (usually in minutes) ... AND ... it is without known side effects.
When you are in a crisis and nothing else has worked, EFT can frequently bring relief. Sometimes there is an added bonus with EFT in that people often use this innovative technique, intending to just "take the edge off" their symptoms ... only to find that the symptoms never return.
EFT is a new procedure that borrows from the much-heralded discoveries of Albert Einstein (everything, including your body, is composed of energy) ... AND ... from the ancient wisdom of Chinese acupuncture. In essence, EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture except that needles are not necessary. Instead, certain release points are stimulated by tapping them with the fingertips.
The following case illustrates EFT's use with hemorrhoid symptoms that are extreme and just won't budge.
By Gary Craig
Henry phoned me one night in profound pain. He was in tears. He was shaking. And all from what he believed to be hemorrhoids. He'd had them for about two weeks and they were just getting worse. Now there appeared to be a fissure and he was bleeding. The excruciating pain of a bowel movement made him fear he would faint.
He had tried all kinds of medications and nothing worked. So he called me. He had a doctor's appointment the next day but his pain was over the top ... he needed help ... NOW.
He feared the doctor's appointment and the pain of the medical exam, and he feared possible surgery. But right NOW, what he feared most was having a bowel movement with its accompanying agony. It was something that he couldn't put off. He was damned if he did (have a bowel movement) and dammed up if he didn't!
We started to do EFT together over the phone (many EFT practitioners easily guide clients through the process at long distance). Henry had some noticeable relief from the tears and the shaking but we just weren't getting at the hefty pain.
But we were persistent. Persistence is one of the biggest allies of EFT. Many people just give up after a few applications of EFT. This is usually a mistake because relief is frequently achievable with EFT even when logic tells you otherwise. The cause of Henry's distress appeared to be very physical. He had hemorrhoids. He had a fissure and he was bleeding. The pressure of an impending bowel movement was pressing on sensitive nerves and he was in excruciating pain.
Those were the facts, but Henry was not getting enough relief when we did EFT on these symptoms. So we took another approach, in keeping with EFT's persistence policy. I was curious about emotional causes and asked Henry if anything came to mind that was giving him an emotional charge.
As it turns out, Henry had spent the last several weeks taking care of his "Uncle Bugs," who was in failing health and both critical and ungrateful toward Henry. He felt trapped. It was as though he was in prison. There was no one else to do what had to be done. He'd had the thought that he wished Uncle Bugs would die. He didn't want to admit that, he felt horrible about it, but it was true. To say the least, Uncle Bugs was a pain in the behind.
Our next application of EFT focused on the emotional aspects of Henry's situation and as soon as we did so, the tears and shaking quickly subsided. Then the pain subsided and after about 20 minutes ... THERE WAS NO MORE PAIN ... NOTHING.
Pleased with that, Henry went to sleep and he called me in the morning after a completely painless bowel movement. But when he was not on the toilet, there was still substantial pain. Go figure. So he did some EFT on his own and that pain also diminished.
He went to his doctor's appointment and though the examination was painful, the pain never approached the heights of the previous night. The exam revealed not hemorrhoids, but an abscess. The doctor told Henry that the abscess needed to drain ... but that drainage was unlikely without surgery. In the meantime, he was taking antibiotics and waiting to see whether he would get drainage.
We talked on the phone again and did a little more EFT for the drainage problem. In the morning I awoke to a phone call from Henry telling me that the problem was gone. About an hour after we tapped for the drainage, he noticed a "mucus plug" in the toilet. More "mucus plugs" occurred during subsequent bowel movements and by this morning, the drainage was complete. At least to Henry, it felt complete. He felt back to normal.
This kind of result happens far too often with EFT for it to be a coincidence, and there is growing evidence that emotional disruption is a major contributing factor to illness. Most people just don't expect that an anal abscess would evacuate so readily. Emotional causes, however, are given increasing weight in medical circles. As Eric Robins, MD stated, "Someday the medical profession will wake up and realize that unresolved emotional issues are the main cause of 85% of all illnesses. When they do, EFT will be one of their primary healing tools ... as it is for me."
Please note that, in addition to improving anal abscesses with EFT, we have found it to be a consistently effective healing tool for hundreds of other physical, mental and emotional ailments.
While a complete description of EFT is beyond the scope of this article, you can learn all the basics by visiting my free EFT Manual. Those wishing to save time and dive right in can get the very affordable EFT DVD and Book.
Please consult qualified health professionals before putting EFT into practice for yourself or others.