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EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) – Miracle or Hoax?

May 8, 2009

“Some day 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.”

– Eric Robins, MD

Well, (almost) everyone now, even the stubborn western scientists, recognize the value of acupuncture as an effective treatment for various health conditions.  However, there is a new family of techniques, closely related to acupuncture, which I caught wind of a year ago through my good friend and mentor, Bob Rigby, a psychologist and at-risk youth counselor who runs a successful therapy practice in Pennsylvania.  The most prominent of this family of techniques is called EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques.  According to its website, “EFT is an emotional, needle free version of acupuncture that is based on new discoveries regarding the connection between your body’s subtle energies, your emotions, and your health. EFT has been reported successful in thousands of cases covering a huge range of emotional, health and performance issues.”

I was a bit skeptical when Bob told me that I could learn these techniques myself and implement them in a fairly short period of time.  EFT has been labeled as pseudoscience in the Skeptical Inquirer magazine, based on what the journal describes as its lack of falsifiability, reliance on anecdotal evidence and aggressive promotion via the Internet.  Well, I am about to explore it for myself, and will report back on results.  There is a burgeoning community of EFT practictioners on Twitter, including @AffirmingSpirit,@EFTRadio @EFTCoachJane @emotionalengine @eftwithlinda @eft4adoption @ChipEFT @EFTSejual.  In the meantime, the video below, from the official EFT website – – featuring EFT Founder, Dr. Gary Craig, gives a good overview.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. colleenincairns permalink
    July 3, 2009 9:27 am

    Allow yourself to suspend disbelief and you may be pleasantly surprised ! Life is full of little mysteries…that’s what makes it exciting ! Best of Luck.

  2. July 18, 2011 8:25 pm

    Arman said, “Well, (almost) everyone now, even the stubborn western scientists, recognize the value of acupuncture as an effective treatment for various health conditions.”

    REPLY: On the contrary, the vast majority of medical professionals and scientists regard acupuncture as pseudo-science. In every rigorous clinical study done between acupuncture and a control group, acupuncture performs about as well as a placebo.

    Acupuncture is also based on various spiritual teachings about “chi” and “life force” which have no meaning in medicine, biology or physics. It’s not a science. It’s pseudo-science at best and, until it survives the Scientific Method, it’s quackery.

    • August 14, 2011 4:29 pm

      Tony, thank you for your comment. While I respect your right to an opinion, I differ with your view on this subject. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have thousands of years of evidence behind them, which cannot be disproven by a few, random experiments. Similar to the way Quantum Physics is proving the existence of God, sooner or later, the scientific method will grasp upon the wisdom of Acupuncture and related holistic health practices that take into account the interconnectedness of all parts of the Universe instead of viewing people and conditions as things that can be isolated. Part of what I believe to be limitation in your view has to do with the fact that systems like Acupuncture involve concepts that have no counterpart within contemporary medicine. This is a tough pill to swallow for those who doubt the mysteries of life or anything that cannot be factually explained; but yes, there are limits to the intellect, which Ancient cultures knew and respected and which a large contingent of modern science, to its own demise, seeks to compete with. All the best

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