If you tap along doing EFT while watching the sessions of other people, your problems improve too! Several research studies have documented this phenomenon, called Borrowing Benefits. This series of videos shows clients working on their issues, and we invite you to Borrow Benefits with them. Instructions appear at the start of each session; you can skip through them once you're used to the procedure. What is EFT? EFT is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often re-balance itself, and accelerate healing. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems. Some 10 million people worldwide have tried EFT, and EFT Universe is one of the most-visited alternative health sites on the web, with some 150,000 unique visitors each month, and some 200,000 newsletter subscribers. Here's how you can experience EFT for yourself: Try EFT yourself by downloading our free starter package, The EFT Mini-Manual at http://www.eftuniverse.com. It gives you all the basics and allows you to test drive EFT on your own issues (although at a beginner's level). If you wish to dive right in, enroll for one of our workshops taught by EFT experts. You will also find clear and simple instructions in the EFT book series. Caveat: For people who are emotionally or physically frail, qualified health professionals should be consulted before using any health procedure, including EFT. Read some of the many studies and papers on EFT that have been published in peer-reviewed psychology and medical journals, summarized in our EFT Research section. They demonstrate the wide variety of conditions which EFT has been shown to improve, and ranks EFT studies using the "evidence-based" standards of the American Psychological Association's Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) Task Force. Read the exhaustive list of actual cases on this website. These are written by clients, therapists and physicians and allow you to see EFTs possibilities through the eyes of both newcomers and professionals. Note the wide variety of successes. This is why we encourage you to, "Try it on everything." EFTs Limitations Like any other stress-reduction method, EFT is not perfect. It is not a panacea, and it does not have a 100% success rate. But it usually works reliably for reducing stress, as you'll see if you read the research. The case histories on this site show that the results are sometimes spectacular. EFT can often achieve substantial relief with little or no pain. This is not true for everyone, however. Some people's issues are so intense that the mere mention of them causes emotional or physical pain. If you have emotional or physical problems it is essential that you consult your physician or licensed mental health practitioner, since EFT is not a substitute for medical or mental health treatment. Please share your experiences with EFT with your healthcare providers. Serious students can save time by diving right in: EFT, at its sophisticated levels, is easily learned by professionals and laypersons alike. Thorough and detailed instructions appear in our EFT books and workshops taught by EFT experts. Step by step, with each section building on the one before, our workshops systematically train you in "Clinical EFT" as validated in research studies and described in the EFT Manual. Each workshop contains many hours of hands-on EFT practice under the guidance of experts. To augment your learning, read the Free Tutorial. It contains many articles designed to refine your understanding of EFT and its many uses. You can also rent DVDs, and order a copy of The EFT Manual, which contains the basic instructions for EFTs core concepts and methods.