By Christine Wheeler, MA
Karen (whose name has been changed to protect privacy) attended an introductory Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) workshop with founder Gary Craig in hopes of getting some relief from her debilitating pain.
She had a badly degenerated hip and although she qualified for a hip replacement, she was only 57.
The doctors said she would likely outlive her new hip and thus would need another surgery when she was much older. Accordingly, she was advised to put off surgery as long as possible ... but in the meantime she was in extreme pain.
EFT addresses pain without using drugs or outside interventions. Instead, it borrows from the well established principles of Chinese medicine and simply balances the body's energy meridians by tapping on them with the fingertips.
Most Western patients are quite surprised ... and pleased ... with the results. It often works even when medications fail.
Karen is a perfect example of this. She was getting only partial relief with her medication and limped into the EFT workshop with a pain intensity that was persistently between 5 and 10 on a 10-point scale. Further, she had no previous exposure to EFT and had no idea what to expect.
Karen's Impressive Experience
Gary demonstrated EFT for the group, using Karen as a subject. Gary said, "I often look for emotional causes for physical ailments. I find them so regularly -- even for something so obviously physical as a degenerated hip." But in Karen's case, he started applying EFT with her on the specifics of her hip-related pain.
They did EFT while focusing on Karen's referred pain on the right side of her knee, the pain in her right groin, and the pain in her right inner leg. Finally they did EFT for the pain in her right hip.
After four applications of EFT -- or about 10 minutes -- "The pain was completely gone!!! I mean completely. She got out of her chair and walked around the room with no pain whatsoever. Her joy was obvious. It was the first time in many years that she was pain free. She even did a light jog around the room and still had no pain. It was magical. It defied all medical explanations and deserved the term "miraculous."
Part of the magic of this particular case was that this was EFT at its most basic level of application and produced symptomatic relief without ever getting to core emotional issues. Gary spoke to Karen a few days later and she said that she had been pain free for about 20 hours after the EFT session.
When the pain did return, it never reached its former intensity. Interestingly, EFT often eliminates pain completely and permanently. When its results are temporary, as was the case with Karen, it can be easily re-applied.
EFT does not claim to be a cure, but it is effective about 80 percent of the time. At the very least, Karen now has a tool at her fingertips to manage her pain and perhaps even to substantially postpone her hip surgery.
Is this kind of relief possible for you? Both newcomers and those experienced with EFT consistently report its effectiveness. In fact, the basics of EFT can be learned by anyone and can be self-applied (usually in minutes).
Be persistent using EFT for your pain -- there may be an emotional component that you haven't thought of yet.
If you are one of the many chronic pain sufferers who has a sense of hopelessness about your pain ... or you feel angry, overwhelmed and fearful of its intensity, EFT will likely help you calm your emotional suffering as well -- and without the need for antidepressants or anxiety medication.
If you are using EFT for your pain symptoms, but they don't seem to be shifting like you hoped, don't give up ... there might be an emotional component to your pain. Gary Craig has consistently witnessed the shifting of pain by weeding out the emotional roots of the physical problem.
In his experience, and the experience of hundreds of EFT practitioners, persistent pain regularly shifts when emotional factors that may be contributing to the pain are addressed with EFT.
For example, during Karen's session in front of other workshop participants, she indicated that she did have a history that was riddled with abuse. Should she so choose, her next steps with EFT would be to address and resolve her abusive traumas.
Gary said, "Although there is no way to say for sure, I suspect this might arrest, or possibly reverse, the hip degeneration. That, of course, might lead to a cure -- not to mention an entirely new way of thinking in the healing profession."
While a complete description of EFT is beyond the scope of this article, you can learn all the basics from the free EFT Get Started Package, including a free download of the 79-page EFT Manual. Those wishing to save time and dive right in can get the affordable five-star training DVDs.
More on EFT
Please note that in addition to relieving pain from a degenerative hip, EFT has been a consistently effective healing tool for hundreds of other physical, mental and emotional ailments. For more information, you can explore the EFT Web site and its numerous success stories regarding fears, phobias, emotional traumas and physical ailments.
Please consult qualified health professionals before putting EFT into practice for yourself or others.
Christine Wheeler is an EFT practitioner and freelance natural health writer. Christine and Dr. Carolyn Dean co-authored IBS for Dummies (Wiley Publishing) where they present EFT as one of the natural treatments options for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.