Where do these EFT tapping points come from?
Significance of EFT points from an Acupressure/Jin Shin Do perspective
EFT has roots in the study of meridians that comes to us from traditional Chinese medicine. This includes acupuncture and acupressure and more modern adaptations such as Applied Kinesiology.
The goal, as in the ancient arts, its to remove disruptions to the flow of energy. It is different in that EFT works with psychological issues that manifest from these blockages and there are specific uses of language to access memories and emotions that these blockages are linked to.
This following index is presented purely out of interest. It is not necessary to know what the individual points contribute. They are almost always used together (like playing chords vs a single note melody) anyway but you may find particular benefit from one point. The point under the eye is often used to reduce a panic attack and the collarbone point to reduce anxiety symptoms such constricted breathing.
In some cases multiple points are stimulated by tapping a certain area (such as under the arm) and this is one reason why a broad area is stimulated rather than precise points.
Karate Chop - SI 3 Back ravine calms the spirit, reduces pain, headaches
Eyebrow: BL 2 - releases congestion in head and sinus, allows clearer thinking
Above the eye: GB14 Yang White – benefits clear thinking, emotional balance, memories, face/neck tension
Side of eye GB1 -Intersection Point of the GB, TH & SI Meridians, useful for pain relief
Under eye; ST1 - Intersection Point of the ST, CV & Yangqiao, Meridians, stomach meridian affects emotions such as fear and anxiety
Under nose GV27 – Water Trough, Intersecting Point of the Governing Vessel, Large Intestine & Stomach Channels, command point for increasing awareness
Under mouth – CV 24 Sauce Receptacle, Intersection Point of the CV, GV, LI & ST, Meridians. Dry mouth, thirsting significant in reducing desire/need
Collar bone K27 Elegant Mansion – directs all meridians - improves flow, opens the spirit
Sore spot – ST 16 releasing melancholia, depression, chest tension, insomnia
SI 11 - Emotional issues, anxiety
Under arm - Spleen 17 Armpit Abyss
PC1 • Tian C PC1 - Pericardium 1 Celestial Pool. Meeting Point on the Pericardium Channel with the Gall Bladder, Liver and Triple Energizer Channels. Minor Window of the Sky Point -.Unbinds The Chest
Side of thumb: Side of thumb: LU 11 revival, esp. wind – helps to balance emotions
Side of index finger LI 1 Shangyang alleviates pain, revives consciousness
Side of middle finger: PC 9 Jing Well – clears heat from pericardium area (tissues surrounding heart – this has a calming effect), revives consciousness, aids in talking freely
Side of little finger HT 9 – Revives consciousness, clams heat (emotions), regulates Qi (energy flow), calms the spirit, reduces mood swings,
Side of ring finger, Gamut point - TH 1 Jing Well, TH3 Shu Stream – could not find much info on these related to emotions.
Many points have been tried in TFT and EFT and related energy therapies - some tap on the crown chakra, the wrist and ankle points and so on. The simple EFT process, when applied correctly, works for 80 to 90% of problems but we’re always open to new things (it is powerful enough that it often works even if you are doing it “wrong”).
The hand points are part of the original basic method and you will still find them in some descriptions, but we find the simplified version works.
EFT has proved itself beyond a doubt, but it is interesting to get information from other disciplines as to why it works.