EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is considered a holistic approach to wellness because it addresses the mind, body, and emotions as interconnected aspects of a person's overall health. EFT is based on the premise that emotional experiences and beliefs can impact physical health. By addressing these emotional and mental factors, a person can improve their overall well-being.
I truly share the same opinions as an orthopaedic spine surgeon Dr David Hanscom and Gabor Maté a Hungarian-Canadian physician, whose five books on the topic of trauma, ADHD, Addiction and Child Adversity are now bestselling books around the world.
In his book When the Body Says No, Gabor Maté argues that many chronic illnesses, including autoimmune diseases, cancer, and other chronic conditions, are linked to unresolved emotional trauma and stress. He suggests that the mind and body are intimately connected, and that emotional and psychological factors can have a significant impact on physical health. Throughout the book, Maté shares case studies and research that support his argument that unresolved emotional trauma can contribute to chronic illness. He writes:
"I came to see that all diagnoses, whether of cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or any other chronic condition, had a common denominator. All could be linked to patterns of stress and coping that had become ingrained in the nervous system and were manifesting in the body through illness."
Maté suggests that by addressing the emotional and psychological factors that contribute to chronic illness, individuals can improve their overall health and well-being. He advocates for a holistic approach to health care that takes into account the mind-body connection and acknowledges the impact of emotional and psychological factors on physical health.
EFT is a form of energy psychology that aims to address negative emotions and limiting beliefs by tapping on specific points on the body while focusing on the issue at hand. EFT is based on the idea that negative emotions and limiting beliefs can cause disruptions in the body's energy system, and that by tapping on specific points while focusing on the issue, these disruptions can be cleared.
Stress, Anxiety and Negative Emotions
David Hanscom in the book Back in Control highlights the role that stress, anxiety, and negative emotions can play in exacerbating chronic pain. He suggests that it's essential to address the root causes of pain to achieve lasting relief. Hanscom writes:
"Although many people believe that chronic pain is solely a physical condition, research shows that emotional and psychological factors play a significant role in its development and maintenance... Stress, anxiety, and negative emotions are powerful triggers for pain, which means that learning to manage these emotions is an essential part of any comprehensive pain management program."
To address the root causes of pain, Hanscom encourages readers to take control of their pain by learning to manage stress and address emotional issues. He suggests that techniques such as mindfulness and visualization can be effective tools for managing stress and reducing the impact of negative emotions. Hanscom writes:
"By learning to practice mindfulness and visualization, you can begin to manage stress more effectively and reduce the impact of negative emotions on your pain. These techniques allow you to tune into your body and mind, and identify negative patterns of thought and behaviour that may be contributing to your pain."
How EFT Can Help You During a Hospital Stay
If you're struggling with stress, anxiety, or other emotional issues during your hospital stay, consider learning EFT. This powerful technique can help you manage your emotions and promote your overall well-being, and can be practiced anytime and anywhere. By learning EFT, you can have a valuable tool at your fingertips to help you cope with the challenges of your hospital stay and recovery.
Please note that I am not a doctor, and I always inform my clients, that I do not diagnose or treat physical pain. Instead, I work on addressing the emotional and energetic factors that may be contributing to or preventing the healing of the pain. It is the body that does all the work in healing physical pain.
Kasia Halani is an accredited, certified EFT Practitioner.