New Medical Treatments Tapping into Cures
By Kirsten McIntyre, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Believers claim Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, can cure all types of ills, from phobias to bad golf swings.
With a simple tap, aches and pains, both emotional and physical, can be a thing of the past.
It is based on traditional Chinese medicine, but it requires no poking or pricking. It's described as a needle-free version of acupuncture.
"If we're carrying around anger or grief's, guilt's or trauma, it shows up physically," said EFT founder Gary Craig.
According to his Web site, Gary Craig said by tapping on certain acupuncture points, EFT is able to reduce therapy time down to minutes or hours, instead of months or years.
From war veterans with post traumatic stress disorder to people suffering from migraines, snoring to diabetes, the self help tool claims to set people free.
Ben Higdom couldn't walk his dog, but after EFT, he's a believer in the medical treatment.
"After doing the EFT, I'm off the medication and my back is fine," Higdom said.
Higdom credits EFT with giving him back both his physical and emotional health. When his wife of 18 years died of cancer, he sunk into a depression.
"It's helped me so much with my grief and my sadness, my depression," Higdom said.
Jack Rowe is from Coweta, Oklahoma is psychologist who works with golfers. He hopes his book about EFT and golf will be published later this year.
"I believe EFT will be used in all athletic performance sports in the future," Rowe said.
There was an EFT study done by The National Institutes of Health where researchers, using animals, had some success reducing phobias.
The Oklahoma Medical Board and the Oklahoma Chiropractic Board said they don't know of anyone who practices the techniques.
Those who teach EFT don't have to be licensed.