How to do EFT Tapping


Marelene Cameron demonstrating how to do EFT Tapping on the karate point

Tapping Basics

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is designed as a self-help tool to help manage distress, fear and physical pain. The most effective way to achieve relief is to bring the problem to mind – it must be a real situation rather than a general feeling. For example: “I feel worried about my upcoming presentation” is more effective than a general “I feel worried”.

Grade the level of distress or pain and give it a score from 0 to 10 with ten being the highest rating.


Start by tapping on the side of your hand (the karate chop point) and say the affirmation–
“Even though (whatever the problem is), I deeply and completely accept myself”

“Even though I am angry at my friend, I deeply and completely accept myself” or
“Even though I have this sharp pain in my knee, I deeply and completely accept myself”

Repeat the statement 3 times while tapping the karate chop point.

Chart showing how to do EFT Tapping points with EFT Tapping Success

Now tap the rest of the points while saying a short reminder phrase. Tap each point 7 to 10 times.

Example from above:
“This anger at my friend” or “This sharp pain in my knee”

EB – Beginning of Eyebrow

SE – Side of the Eye

UE – Under the Eye

UN – Under the Nose

CH – Crease in Chin

CB – Just below the Collar Bone

UA – Under the Arm

RC – Front on Ribcage

TH – Top of Head

Repeat this cycle two or three times

Re-evaluate the level of intensity of the emotion or pain.

Repeat the entire process until distress or discomfort is diminished to a level 2 or less.

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