By Christine Wheeler, MA
Are you or a loved one suffering with the unrelenting pain associated with cancer or other serious diseases? This type of pain can be a real challenge as each person's pain is unique in its origin ... intensity ... and location.
You likely have pain from the disease itself ... and may have pain from inflammation or infection ... or as a side effect of treatment. It is hard to keep track of this kind of pain ... and hard to manage. Can you even imagine being pain free?
Many cancer patients also have "breakthrough" pain, which can come on suddenly and severely and last from minutes to an hour. This pain is breaking through the medication ... and a cancer sufferer can have many such episodes in a day.
When you are suffering with pain and taking strong medication, having the added insult of drug side effects is unsettling. Side effects associated with some of the stronger opioids are vomiting, fuzzy thinking, constipation and breathing problems.
Doctors often offer even more drugs to counteract the side effects of the pain medication. And despite all the medications, you may still be experiencing considerable pain.
By contrast, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a drug-free approach for helping to reduce or eliminate pain of all kinds (including cancer) ... AND a treatment for the side effects associated with the drugs and treatments you are taking. Discuss this with your physician and the two of you may find a refreshing approach to pain management.
How it Works
From the perspective of EFT, excessive pain is a result of a disruption in your subtle energy system, or from unresolved negative emotions. This drug-free technique borrows from the principles of acupuncture and helps you to balance your subtle energy system ... and resolve negative emotions.
All you have to do is stimulate certain well established acupuncture points with your own fingertips -- no needles are involved. When this energy is balanced, pain tends to dissipate and disappear. The basics of EFT can be learned by anyone and you can self-apply it (usually in minutes).
The National Cancer Institute recommends that you become involved in your own pain management program. They suggest keeping track of your pain -- its location, intensity, and your emotional response to your pain.
EFT also encourages you to track your pain ... as part of a simple solution for dealing with -- even eliminating -- your pain. By tuning into your pain in this manner, you can achieve higher levels of relief by performing EFT.
If you are aware of your emotional response to the pain, you can effectively clear the anger, guilt, fear, worry and anxiety often associated with having a serious illness. You deserve to be free of this unnecessary burden. When the emotional burden is lifted, the pain tends to fade, often quickly and sometimes permanently.
You may be able to minimize your pain with just a few minutes of EFT work. Sometimes, however, collapsing intense pain requires persistence and detective work to figure out the emotional contributors to it. Other times, as with Krysti Wesley's story that follows, it requires being specific about the location of the pain.
Intense Pain From Cervical Cancer Disappeared After 20 Minutes of EFT
Krysti's client Mary (whose name has been changed to protect privacy) had intense pain associated with her cervical cancer. On a scale of 0 (non-existent) to 10 (intense), Mary described her cancer pain at a 20!
She was working with a pain specialist but so far was getting no relief for her pain. Her most intense discomfort struck when she was sitting down or using the toilet.
Krysti did EFT with Mary on the pain in her uterus but her pain remained intense. Krysti then changed her focus and did EFT on Mary's cancer pain in her vagina and immediately the pain dropped from a 20 to a 5.
They did two more applications of EFT and Krysti reports, "By round three she was pain free and the pain had disappeared from her face. There was a lightness to her whole energy." This entire EFT treatment took about 20 minutes.
Mary reported that the next day she had some stomach cramps and nausea that lasted for about an hour. It is unclear whether this had any association with her EFT pain relief but sometimes with EFT, the symptoms may briefly appear to be worse before they get better. In Mary's case, despite an hour of stomach cramps and nausea, her cervical cancer pain was still absent after six weeks.
This example illustrates the importance of being specific about the nature of the pain. Merely identifying the specific location of the pain seems to direct EFT's work to the right place.
Pain relief results are also significant when you address the emotional causes of the pain. I encourage you to explore the EFT Web site to learn more about treating the emotional components of pain.
More on EFT
Please note that in addition to eliminating pain, 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.
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 on the EFT Web site. This includes 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.
Please consult qualified health professionals before putting EFT into practice for yourself or others.