Simple Tapping Technique Found to Lower Stress, Boost Immunity

Simple Tapping Technique Found to Lower Stress, Boost Immunity

In the latest research on emerging energy healing techniques, one modality is quickly proving itself to be unusually effective in bringing about immediate psychological relief and is done with just the tap of a finger.

Emotional Freedom Techniques — or EFT — are a powerful self-healing practice that seeks to address psychological issues by working with energy channels in the body. Also known as tapping, it combines modern psychological therapies with ancient healing technology.

Specifically, EFT incorporates the principles of acupressure, which involves the application of pressure to specific points in the body — thought for thousands of years to clear blockages along energy channels or meridians.

Dr. Dawson Church is a health and science writer who has been researching, practicing, and teaching EFT for decades.

“EFT’s history goes back thousands of years. Researchers have discovered mummies from Europe that are over 5,000 years old with these tapping points tattooed on their bodies. And acupressure is simply pressure on acupuncture points like we would normally use needling on them. Instead, we use pressure or fingertip tapping on those points.,” Dr. Church said.

“What we do with EFT is we simply organize several of the most potent points of acupuncture into a little ritual so you can remember to tap. The research shows that if you take somebody who’s stressed, the emotional brain — the central part of the brain, the limbic system — is highly active. When you have them tap while remembering a painful incident, it simply calms the brain down in a few seconds.”

Just what is the mechanism at work here?

“We are energy beings. We may be physical beings on the outside, but we have electrons and protons and neutrons and photons and all kinds of energy in our bodies. Energy flows through the body and it flows in these channels. When we tap on our acupressure points, that produces a calming piezoelectric signal that travels through our tissue to the source of our stress and rapidly calms it down,” Dr. Church said.

Recent research has shown that EFT is remarkably effective for addressing psychological issues such as depression and anxiety and is especially helpful in cases of emotional trauma and PTSD.

“When you tap it, your energy flows, it shifts your brain, and you start to release all that emotion, so you’re now remembering all the bad stuff in your life, and you’re giving your brain two conflicting signals. The one signal is: freak out, get stressed, remember the car crash, remember going to war, remember the explosion, remember the terrible divorce, remember the horrible fight,” Dr. Church said.

“So, now your emotional brain is getting one signal from your memory, which is ‘Go into fight or flight.’ Now, it’s going to get the second conflicting signal from acupressure, which is ‘You’re ok, you survived and you’re correcting your energy flows right now.’ When faced with those two mutually exclusive signals, the brain prioritizes the physical signal of safety. When you do that you can remember the event, you’re holding the event still, but you no longer have an emotional reaction to the event, which is why we call it ‘Emotional Freedom Techniques.’”

Given the high rates of PTSD in military veterans, Dr. Church has done a great deal with this vulnerable population- with great success. In a recent study of veterans, EFT was found to have a profound effect on participants’ genes.

“One of the most exciting new fields of science is looking at these tiny molecules called micro-RNAs and they stick to genes. If they adhere to genes they silence those genes and that silencing can have effects on both body and your mind. We did one study of veterans and these veterans got 10 EFT sessions,” Dr. Church said. “We looked at their gene expression (and) we found that they had increased expression of genes that suppress inflammation and boost immunity. So these veterans were having an upturning effect from tapping. We looked deeper at the micro-RNAs and we found that there are little micro-RNAs that are associated with depression. If these micro-RNAs are sticking to the genes you’re more likely to be depressed. In that study, we found those micro-RNAs literally popping off the genes as the levels of depression in those veterans lifted.”

Another fascinating recent study looked at the effects of EFT on various physiological markers, including those having to do with immunity.

“We’ve done several studies with EFT on immunity and in one of them, we found that people meditating and tapping for a week had a dramatic drop in cortisol. Now when cortisol drops, all kinds of positive things in the body rise, and the thing we measured that rose the most was a molecule called immunoglobulin, and it protects you against bacteria and viruses. We found that levels of immunoglobulins in just one week of meditation and tapping rose by 130 percent,” Dr. Church said.

While the tapping technique can be learned through various online resources, Dr. Church cautions that those dealing with serious emotional trauma should work with a trained professional. For Dr. Church, the implications of EFT are far-reaching.

“As we deploy these psychological techniques — psychological therapies — widely, we’re going to see massive drops in anxiety, depression, PTSD, phobias, and other forms of stress, and that will produce an enormous liberation of human potential. Because then people aren’t then functioning with all those epigenetic emotional and physical weights on their lives,” Dr. Church said. “They will then become the people that they were meant to be. So we’re at the beginning of a huge shift in mental health now, just as we were at the beginning of a huge shift in physical health a century ago, and that change will produce massive shifts globally.” 

380 Trillion Viruses Live In Us; How Do We Live Symbiotically With Them?

380 Trillion Viruses Live In Us; How Do We Live Symbiotically With Them?

Interest in the microbiome has been steadily increasing over the past decade or so, and for good reason. The role of our internal ecosystem (gut flora) is one of the greatest scientific discoveries of our times, offering an insight into how we heal, fight off disease, and stay healthy — even in difficult times. In “Immunity and the Microbiome,” microbiologist Compton Rom presents a compelling argument for why we need to pay attention to the ecosystem of good bacteria in our digestive system. 

Once we realize the great implications of how remarkable the microbiome within us can make or break our state of health, then we can boost our immunity over viruses, bacteria, and infections. 

While the term “immune system” is relatively common in our daily vernacular, Rom does not limit it to the body alone. Rather, he has a holistic vision and ties the health of all life on this planet with the health of the Earth, including global warming, as well as the nature of disease-causing organisms. This holistic approach allows us to appreciate our unique role as conscious beings existing in various ecosystems that need to be recognized and respected. 

Rom discusses historical evidence, showing that humans have evolved to live symbiotically with the life not just around us, but within us. This becomes particularly relevant when discussing the role of our virome, or the trillions of viruses and phages that live within our body and its cells. This he says is a major facet in maintaining proper health, by promoting symbiosis with viruses, so they don’t cause disease and illness.

We can optimize our virome and microbiome by introducing probiotic fermented and anti-inflammatory herbs, as well as a diverse diet of fruits and roots, to lower risks of infectious disease. In fact, the bacterial cells within our microbiome outnumber our human cells by tenfold.

Rom suggests our immunity from illness, as well as our relationship with the planet, begins at home. The best place to start our journey to optimum health and ideal immune function is by improving our diets, meditating, doing breathwork, exercising, and most importantly, proactively diversifying our gut microbiomes. 

Compton’s philosophy is to take a non-chemical and non-pharmaceutical approach to healing, using natural herbs, and oils to eliminate pathogenic bacteria. 

Our bodies, he notes, respond “best to natural compounds that have evolved alongside us for millennia. Synthetic compounds are singular in nature, while whole earth compounds carry numerous micronutrients and co-factors necessary for growth, many of which scientists have yet to discover. 

This is why natural compounds are so much more effective. Modern medicine has yet to use them because they are impossible to patent; synthetics can be sold at a much higher profit than naturally derived and sustainably harvested herbs.”

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