Is EFT Tapping a Scam? | The Truth Revealed

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Do you tend to put everything new to you under doubt?

In general, are you a believer or a skeptic? To be honest from the beginning, that will have a big impact on how you will deal with the answer to the popular question ‘is EFT tapping a scam’.

In this article, I will provide you with some good information about the so-called emotional freedom techniques in an unbiased way. In addition, I will give you my honest opinion backed up by my own experience and the well-known facts related to this profoundly intriguing energy psychology method.

If you want to get really detailed information on the topic, I refer you to the books The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner and Unblocked by Raniere & Raniere. But for a quick summary, and my own personal experience and research, read on…

To begin, however, I have to shoot another question – how open-minded are you when you bump into something liked and admired by many people but you know very little about? If you are like me, then you tend to be rather skeptical about it, especially when it comes to something that looks as wacko as this bizarre tapping technique.

Let’s put it straight – seeing someone breathing deeply with closed eyes and continuously tapping different parts of his body while repeating an affirmation may seem a bit…peculiar, right? And people claim that changed their lives! But does it really help? In what way? What does the science say about it?

Without further ado, let’s start dealing with these questions. It all starts with understanding…

What is EFT Tapping?

E.F.T. stands for emotional freedom techniques. It is an energy psychology method that heavily relies on the principles of ancient Chinese alternative medicine and more specifically – acupressure. According to that method, all problems that come to us – both physical and psychological are due to the emotional stress that we suffer which results from the distorted energy balance in the body.

Such stress is often caused by traumatic past experiences, negative thoughts and emotions, and pretty much everything that severely disturbs our inner peace.

Acupuncture claims that life energy also known as ‘chi’ flows through the body via meridian points. The focused pressure on these points while mentally concentrating on a specific issue (pain, anxiety, etc.) helps in releasing the blocked energy which is the main reason behind the emotional distress and the highly problematic energy imbalance.

The Technique Explained

So how does EFT tapping exactly work? It requires you to concentrate on a specific problem (physical or psychological) while using your fingertips to gently apply pressure on the 12 acupressure points – see image below.

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Preferably, you have to be in a quiet environment where you feel comfortable and nothing could potentially disturb your peace. The technique also implies that you focus on a specific statement, or better to say, affirmation.

For example, let’s say that you feel anxious about an upcoming exam. In order to apply the EFT technique, and release the stress, you have to start tapping in sequence on the above-mentioned points on your body while repeating the affirmation: “Even though I have stress in my life right now, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

You also have to determine your stress level from 0 to 10. If it is still high, you need to continue the process until you reach a point where your problem is almost or entirely gone and you feel much more relaxed.

In brief, the entire technique relies on deep relaxation and positive thinking but most importantly, on your own acceptance of the problem or the pain that you experience. Often, this is the toughest part because we tend to rebel against what is wrong with us and try to subconsciously reject it. Why? Because the very fact that we may feel uncomfortable makes us feel even more uncomfortable.

What about the meridians and the acupressure points, you’ll ask? Do they really exist? Let’s see about that.

What Does the Science Say?

It’s not a surprise that modern science doesn’t have sympathy for anything that falls under the umbrella of alternative medicine. This is the case with the emotional freedom techniques as well. To this day, there is no medical proof that can back up the existence of meridians or acupressure points in the human body.

The entire concept of traditional Chinese medicine is based on beliefs and ancient knowledge. That is why modern science considers E.F.T. as a pseudoscience and rejects it by stipulating that its often undisputed ‘victories’ are entirely due to the placebo effect.

And no one could blame the scientists for fiercely disputing something that simply cannot be explained by the exact disciplines.

With all that being said, there are plenty of proven track records showcasing the powerful efficiency of acupuncture and the EFT.

The Statistics in Favor of the E.F.T.

In the past several years the research has gone through the roof. If you search online about the benefits of EFT tapping you will find millions of people who swear that practicing emotional freedom techniques has helped them find a better life – an emotionally balanced life.

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EFT tapping has put smiles back on the faces of millions of people.

Believe it or not, the EFT is known to treat physical or psychological conditions that medications and traditional hospital therapy fail to heal. Such illnesses include depression, anxiety, chronic pain, various addictions, disorders, etc.

Even though energy psychology is not entirely backed up by science, many pieces of research show that it is something that doesn’t deserve to be overlooked. EFT tapping emerges as a modern, yet untraditional but effective practice that many people turn to.

One of the strong adherents of EFT tapping and creator of the Eco Meditation – Dr. Dawson Church writes about his astonishing experiments with the E.F.T. in his book ‘Mind To Matter’. (This is a great read, and available in audiobook as well as paperback or hardcover). Several years ago Church established the so-called ‘Stress Project’ in which he tested what is the effect of the tapping on war veterans suffering from PTSD.

The controlled results showed that the levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline dropped by an impressive 63% for some of the subjects just after several tapping sessions. When the facts talk, even the gods are silent.

My Own Experience with E.F.T.

To be honest, I was very skeptical about the EFT tapping method. I consider myself as an open-minded person who doesn’t judge a book only by its cover and who likes to explore different things. That is how I got acquainted with sensory deprivation, for instance. Nevertheless, the whole concept looked too unusual for me and I was deeply prejudiced against it.

However, I remembered that a couple of years ago the acupuncture literally healed my father’s lower back discopathy when he was already utterly disappointed with the results of traditional modern medicine. That is why I decided to give it a chance and also because at the time I had huge stress in my life coming from my work environment.

So I started tapping first thing in the morning for 10 minutes while concentrating on the anxiety I was feeling. The first 2-3 days were a disaster because I felt no change at all and I had trouble concentrating on my affirmation. It all seemed so uncomfortable to me. I decided to give it a chance for a few more sessions because I believed that I didn’t execute the tapping correctly, so I continued.

After a few days, I started to feel differently. I began to realize that the stress diminished. It was a strange feeling because I still could notice it and I realized that it was there but somehow it didn’t bother me anymore.

I felt untouchable and I got excited. After a few more sessions I noticed that the stress was entirely gone. Also, I discovered that all it took is some practice. After a while, it was so much easier for me to concentrate that with time the tapping started to feel natural for me.

Now I use it every time when I feel anxious about something and I have used it several times while trying to lessen my chronic shoulder pain (I have several fitness traumas). Honestly, I have to tell you that it provides huge relief and I don’t care if it is the placebo effect or not.

Is EFT Tapping a Scam – Final Verdict

Even though the exact science cannot explain the means by which the energy psychology and the EFT tapping work, the proven track record of its many benefits are undeniable. That is why the EFT tapping is not a scam.

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Not only that but it is transforming into a worldwide phenomenon that gives hope to millions of people around the globe who seek relief for a plethora of physical and psychological conditions. What’s curious is that the statistics show that it helps many athletes improve their mental discipline, gain confidence, and faster cure physical traumas. And these are not just statements but statistically proven facts resulting from real case study research.

What makes E.F.T. so alluring is that, unlike many other “miraculous” methods preached by new-age gurus, it is free, accessible, and easy to use. And the positive results come almost immediately.

So my advice to you is to try it and see it for yourself. I promise that you will be surprised.

Remember, that you don’t have to know how a car works in order to drive it. Don’t let your prejudices stand in your way and become an obstacle for exploring new things that can better your life. The world is not only composed of hard matter and stones. Energy is at the origin of it all and, believe it or not, this is a scientific fact.

What do you think of the EFT tapping? Have you ever tried it? Speak your mind in the comments below!

Books on EFT

Main reference: Our information comes from The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner which you can read for even more details.

Another good book on EFT tapping is Unblocked by Raniere & Raniere.

If you want to introduce the idea of tapping to children, a great kids book on EFT is Tapping Your Way to a Great Big Smile by Ana Cybela.


19 thoughts on “Is EFT Tapping a Scam? | The Truth Revealed

  • August 31, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I know I have used EFT tapping to help with some ailments I was having. It was short of a miracle really, how it totally helped me. I can’t really say enough good about it. It is definitely not a scam and worth the consideration.

    • August 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Hey there,

      I really appreciate your feedback. I am sure that it will help a lot of people who are wondering whether eft tapping is legit or not.

  • August 31, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    This is very interesting and a big eye opener for me. My aunt has lower back pain and as you say, it worked for your father because traditional medicines weren’t cutting the mustard and that is the exact same problem with my aunt. I’ll be sending her to this article right now. I can’t wait for her to see the alternative method!

  • September 9, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Now this is interesting. I’m very open to try alternative treatments even though I have a very scientific world view. Modern western science is great at treating “real” illness like diseases, tumors and skeletal trauma. How ever many ailments we suffer from are in a way caused by a placebo effect. The placebo effect of stress. Things like heart burn, fatigue, back pain, stiff neck, migraines and digestion issues are in many cases psychosomatic and they get worse the more you think about them. Of course this is not always the case, but many times it is.

    I have noticed physical labor and low intensity steady state cardio like walking are excellent cures for many ailments. I wouldn’t be surprised if the mechanism behind EFT would be something similar. Our bodies and mind like repetitive motion. It’s like combining exercise and meditation essentially.

    I have heard about EFT before but have never tried it. After reading your post I think I’ll give it ago. I suffer from stress and low level depression because of it. I also have several fitness related traumas like yourself and your experience shows this might be beneficial for me. Like you said, it doesn’t matter if it’s placebo when it works.

    Thanks for the post and keep up the good work!

    • September 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Hello Jukka,

      I really realte to your point of view regarding the repetitive motion and the healing effect. It is well documented that applying repetitive pressure on specific sitesof the body is known to have miraculous effects for pain and anxiety. Thank you for reading!

  • September 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    So, this Emotional Freedom Technique has to take place in a quiet and undisturbed place.
    Despite disbelief by Modern Science, I am sure if all of us can implement with whole heart, body and mind, this ancient belief and knowledge(EFT) will bring incredible results.

    After all, the ultimate truth lies with, “Man is what he believes.”

    Scam is so far away from EFT and I do agree this.

    Thanks for sharing this useful article.

    • September 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Maring,

      Thank you for visiting the website and reading my article. EFT tapping is surely not a scam. Take care and see you around!

  • September 9, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    My father is a believer to the traditional Chinese treatment, and EFT tapping sounded like one that he will love to do. I’m sure he will like your article.

    My father also like to ‘clap’ his hands by touching all the ten fingers because it is believed to increase his health. Do you have another suggestion for traditional Chinese treatment to maintain general health?

    Thank you very much

    • September 10, 2018 at 5:02 am

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for sharing this with us. This thing with the clapping sounds interesting.
      In regards to your question – I have tried acupuncture several times and it wrked for me like a charm.

  • September 9, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Hello Asen,

    I have had a panic attack 4 months ago, tried a couple of things searched on web like silencing your mind, meditation, and they didn’t work.

    Found EFT tapping on youtube, I was skeptical at first, finally tried and felt a bit relieved. One day early in the morning I suddenly woke up terribly panic, I did some tapping and went running for a while, that made me feel much better. So I continue to use tapping plus running for a few weeks and the panic attack vanished.

    I’m not sure if this method tapping plus running or some other physical exercise will work for others, just want to share my experience to see if it can help.

    Thank you for this article.


    • September 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

      Hello Brian,

      That’s an interesting experience that you share. I believe that EFT tapping combined with some form of a physial exercise can really do wonders.
      I have always said that training the mind and the body at the same time is the best choice. I go to the gym three times per week and I feel great. So the physical activity is a great addition so to speak to the meditation.

  • July 6, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Tapping is definitely a scam promoted by Nick Ortner to sell his books and enroll folks in his seminars. Any perceived benefit can be explained by the placebo effect. New agers will lock onto it, as they do to 50 other nonsense parapsychology schemes. Let them throw their money to Nick Ortner. It won’t cost me a cent.

    • May 11, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Not quite: it was started by Gary Craig long before Nick and his sister, Jessica stumbled upon it. Anyway, I have been using EFT for years, for a number of different conditions and on a number of different people. I have yet to meet one person who has not been helped when I take them through a round or three of tapping. Better yet, the reversal seems to be permanent – but even if it isn’t, they now know what to do tog et relief, for free.

    • June 9, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      this is incorrect. Tapping began with Gary Craig, who has released a TON of information for free online. He explains how to do EFT from start to finish. It’s still there, and while you can purchase an expensive course if you want, there is a huge bulk of complete info available to the public so anyone can learn to do EFT themselves.

  • July 21, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    just a comment regarding your earlier comment in the introduction about acupuncture (“… To this day, there is no medical proof that can back up the existence of meridians or acupressure points in the human body …”). This is not so as there is a quite wide body available of clinical trials comparing Acupuncture (use of meridians) to placebo and allopathic “Western” medicine, showing extreme efficiency for many ailments. I have a document I can send but otherwise you can research the summary “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials (2003; 87 pages)”; other studies have been done since and with careful research you will see how it completely contradicts usual assertion that it has no proven efficiency.
    Thank you for your report, very interesting! A friend of mine who is super critical and skeptical, nothing new-agey in her, has had quite astonishing results with EFT …
    Best regards.

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