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Did you know 85% of illness is stress induced? Chronic as well as unconscious stress upsets the natural balance of the nervous system, disturbing the body’s natural ability to maintain and repair itself, making the body vulnerable to the effects of poor diet, environmental toxins and microbes. This breakdown of the body’s natural ability may result in disease and illness.

A study by Kaiser Permanente involving over 70,000 individuals showed that childhood emotional trauma was a significant factor in the development of chronic disease later in life, specifically:

  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse 
  • Depression 
  • Illicit drug use
  • Risk for intimate partner violence 
  • Smoking 
  • Suicide attempts 
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Health-related quality of life issues – Liver disease – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – Ischemic heart disease – Sexually transmitted diseases

In addition 70 published studies from the community on nearly 70,000 trauma survivors showed a tenfold increase in depression as well as two studies following 11,000 people for up to 20 years revealed an increase in depression of up to tenfold. Childhood maltreatment has been shown to result in increased cardiovascular disease in women and depression in both men and women.

Emotional hurts and trauma can vary from person to person. For someone it may be a parent or teacher saying ‘shut up’ and for others it could be verbal or even physical abuse. Trauma is upsetting no matter what the severity.

Negative upsets can be experienced at school, home and workplace in the form of bullying, shouting, angry outbursts, overwhelm and feeling or being controlled by others. I wonder what hurts you are holding on to? What events have occurred that have cause emotional pain? What is it that you get stressed about? Clearing past emotional upsets, hurts and traumas and stress using clinically proven techniques like EFT can help.

Emotional stress and upsets can be cleared

Emotional Freedom Techniques, EFT, is now used worldwide by millions and clears emotional stress and upsets. The technique has been clinically shown to reduce depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, phobias, pain, cravings, negative emotions (for example anger, sadness, grief, fear, hurt, guilt) as well as negative memories. Once negativity is cleared it creates a feeling of well-being and calm.

EFT combines tapping on acupressure points while repeating specific phrases releasing stress and emotional traumas. The technique integrates ancient wisdom and the science of acupuncture with modern day psychology without the need for needles.

Negative emotions cause a disruption of the body’s energy system. By tapping on the acupuncture points and saying phrases out loud EFT re-wires the energy system creating a feeling of peace, calm and letting go. In many cases after EFT people experience a shift in thinking that is more empowering.

“After 6 sessions of EFT 90% of study participants were free from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.” 
PTSD Study, Dawson Church, 2010

Download a free booklet to get the full EFT tapping sequences to take the first step to clearing emotional upsets.


1.Psychological Stress and the Human Immune System: A Meta-Analytic Study of 30 Years of Inquiry. Segerstrom Suzanne , Miller Gregory. Psychological Bulletin, Jul 2004.

2.Trauma in the Addiction Family. Claudia Black, Dec 2010.

3.Childhood Maltreatment as a Risk Factor for Adult Cardiovascular Disease and Depression. Batten Sonja, Aslan Mihaela, Maciejewski Paul and Mazure Carolyn, Journal of Clin Psychiatry, Feb 2004.

4.Psychological Trauma in Veterans Using EFT: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Dawson Church, Crystal Hawk, Audrey Books, Oliver Toukolehto, Maria Wren, Ingrid Dinter, Phyllis Stein. Presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Seattle, Washington, April 7-10, 2010.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes and does not replace medical advice in any way. Please seek medical advice and diagnosis for any concerns or questions you may have about your health.

About the Author

Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD) is a scientist by background with a Doctorate in Cancer Research from Oxford University. She has been in business over 15 years and now is founder of Vitality Living College creating practitioners, trainers and coaches in EFT, NLP (Neurolinguistic programming), Hypnosis, Timeline therapy as well as presenting Journey work. (

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Good Article Rangana.

I would like to add that EFT is a mind -body technique that uses the ancient acupressure technique as well as the modern psycho-therapeutic techniques. 

According to David Feinstein, PhD, a clinical psychologist, 

"In Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) ... the core procedure is simple and straightforward: mentally activate a problem or a desired positive mental state while stimulating a set of acupoints. Targeted problems can range from simple phobias to severe trauma-based reactions to highly nuanced emotional responses, such as distrust of any man whose height is reminiscent of one’s tall father. Desired positive states that can be cultivated might include increased confidence when speaking to an audience, better eye-hand coordination on the tennis court, or an enhanced ability to express difficult feelings to one’s spouse. EP can be self-administered or integrated into virtually any existing clinical framework. " (2011)

Here's an excerpt from an article I wrote on this -

The actual tapping in EFT does have a significance from the neurological point of view -

When a person is anxious and engages in a task that is completely different from the anxiety state… like tapping, his anxiety automatically lowers… this procedure is similar to reciprocal inhibition. (Joseph Wolpe)

So tapping along with the verbal/ non verbal acknowledgement of problem acts as a deterrent to the anxiety. It also forms new neural associations in the brain.

Details are available here -

Reference: David Feinstien. Energy Psychology: Snake Oil or Designer Tool for Neural Change? In EFT free.Net. Retrieved Feb 16th, 2011 from,


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