July 13, 2023

Emotional Freedom Technique: Research supports benefits of tapping for mental health

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as “tapping,” is a method that some individuals have found helpful in managing their emotions. During EFT, individuals tap certain points on their body – similar to the points used during acupuncture. Tapping was first introduced in the 1990s by Gary Craig, a Stanford graduate and certified master practitioner of neurolinguistic programming.

An article titled “What Is Tapping for Anxiety?,” provided by BetterHelp, gives details on the practice.

In November 2022, the Tapping School shared an article titled “Why tapping should be avoided: Are the rumors true?” In short, the article debunks the myths surrounding avoiding tapping as a method to help certain behavioral health issues and concerns. Furthermore, the article shares details on what EFT is, what it can help with and how individuals can make EFT tapping work for them.

The Tapping School reports research showing that EFT can help with certain conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Additionally, EFT International’s Free Tapping Manual, a comprehensive guide that introduces EFT, provides even more ways EFT can be helpful, including:

  • Improving some types of physical pain
  • Fostering better sleep and sleep patterns  
  • Diminishing cravings
  • Maximizing creativity
  • Improving performance

There are apps available to help individuals with EFT, including The Tapping Solution, which is available to download in the App Store and Google Play. Individuals can also research EFT more and/or talk with a counselor or therapist about the method and whether it would be helpful for them to implement into their self-care practices.

More information on EFT/tapping


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Review the Mental Health Resources webpage for a variety of available resources for faculty and staff, including behavioral health resources for all Purdue campuses and information on Purdue’s health plan coverage for mental health and substance abuse.  

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Faculty and staff who work with students or have a student at home can direct them to the resources below for behavioral health assistance. Note: United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR) – medical plan provider for students and graduate students – offers 292 unique mental health providers serving at various locations that are in-network with UHCSR within Tippecanoe County. The list is available here. Additionally, students have access to HealthiestYou, which provides virtual access to mental health care as part of UHCSR’s plan. All services are free for students covered under the UHCSR insurance plan. 

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