The question of how EFT works and why it’s so effective for so many things is an inquiry that is continuing to be explored and researched. Several theories have been suggested and it is likely that more than one of these processes occur simultaneously. At the time this is being written, a 2014 a paper published in the Review of General Psychology, showed that 51 peer reviewed reports or studies on EFT or tapping were published in scientific journals, of which 18 were randomized controlled studies, also known as the gold standard.
I think that every practitioner who uses EFT as a tool for helping another person heal, finds themselves being asked two important questions; what is EFT and how does EFT work? We each find our own way to build a bridge to describe EFT, either as a stress reduction technique, that it’s a form of emotional acupuncture without needles, or that it’s an energy healing technique or perhaps spoke of as a form of imaginal exposure that is paired with midbrain hyper-arousal and subsequent counter-conditioning through percussive acupoint stimulation. Well, maybe not too many use the latter explanation, though it certainly can be found described that way accurately.