In this article I am going to present a healing procedure you can apply to yourself or anyone else who has any sort of discomfort or distress. Of course, no one can guarantee success with something this simple, but the results are often beneficial and sometimes quite amazing. You will not need any medical training or experience to use it effectively. It is that easy, once you learn it.
I will describe the steps in using it in enough detail that you can be effective with it pretty quickly. The comments section that follows this article will allow me to help anyone who begins to use it, should they have questions.
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The first thing you will need to do is become familiar with at least about 20 or so easy to locate acupuncture points. These are points on the human body used in traditional Chinese medicine to place acupuncture needles. They are believed to be arranged in linear groups around the body, called meridians, but this is not important for this method. It is only important to locate a number of acupuncture points you can readily locate and use.
Acupuncturists must be very precise in locating their needles, since they must go directly into the relatively small point to produce the needle’s effect. For acupressure tapping, though, the location need not be very precise since when you tap with your fingers the surface area you are tapping with is comparatively large. For my acupressure technique to work well, all you have to do is get close to the acupuncture points with your fingers. Many acupuncture charts are readily available to be copied off the internet. You can search “acupuncture charts” if you want to find your own favorite source. I am placing the links for a couple useful resources here. The first is designed for acupuncturists but they are the same points that you can use doing acupressure. Any of the over 400 acupoints on the body can be useful with this technique. The second link is to an EFT site that does a good job of picturing the standard EFT points (which are just of few of the standard acupuncture points). You should at least memorize these.
I typically use about 60 different points that are easy to locate, can be used with the patient sitting and completely dressed, and which I have found to be very useful for all kinds of problems. If you use this technique for a while, you will develop your own favorite group of acupressure points. Note that the points are symmetrical across the mid-line of the body: each point has an identical match on the opposite side of the body. Here are two links to get you started; many others can be easily located with an internet search:
The next thing to learn is how to select the kind of problems that often respond well to this kind of tapping technique. More complex techniques like EFT have been reported to be used successfully with just about any human problem you can imagine. The acupressure point procedure I am now describing is more limited, though, and is most efficient for discomfort or unpleasant feelings someone is actively and continuously experiencing as you are doing the tapping on these acupoints.
Obviously, you will need to introduce what you are about to do so your subject knows what to expect. I talk about Chinese acupuncture (which most people know about) and explain that I will be just tapping on those points without using any needles. (A big relief to many people.)
As your subject is sitting, have them focus their attention on their discomfort. It often helps their concentration to have them close their eyes, but it is not essential. I ask them to give their current level of discomfort an arbitrary rating of 0 to 10, with “10” being the worst it ever was and with “0” being no discomfort whatever.
Once the problem is targeted and rated, I explain that I will be tapping on acupuncture points lightly and they should expect that if a given point is helpful, they will begin to feel improvement within about two or three seconds of when I begin tapping a helpful spot. I then begin tapping on one or more points with four or five fingers of one hand grouped together to form a tapping surface. If a given point doesn’t help, I keep switching to other points. When I do find a helpful point, I will continue to tap on it for ten seconds or so, then I ask for a reassessment of the pain or discomfort level. The rating will invariably drop if the point is helpful. (Rarely, a given point might increase the discomfort. In that case, I just move on to other points.) I keep track of which points work and usually look to find two or more spots that help.
Once I find several useful points, I continue tapping on them until I either get the discomfort to zero or we hit a plateau that won’t decrease further. The improvement may just be short-lived, it may last for hours, or it may permanently remove the discomfort or permanently improve function. Alternatively, I may find nothing that helps at all. I know no way of predicting which points will be helpful for which kind of problem, but points closest to the site of the problem tend to be a little more likely to help than those more distant. For instance, points on the head neck and face are more likely the ones that help headaches. However, you can find some strange relationships. For example, you could find that a pain in the right ear is relieved by tapping on the left ankle. Things like this happen. I have used this technique thousands of times. If there were reliable rules to find certain points for certain kinds of problems, I think I would have discovered what they are by now.
How hard do you tap? I tap hard enough that I can just barely hear the sound of my tapping if I listen very closely. It shouldn’t be uncomfortable unless you are tapping directly on painful skin and tissues, but I usually try to avoid tapping directly on tender or injured areas.
I addition to using this technique for discomfort that is present at rest, you can also use it for problems that only cause pain or limitations when you do certain movements. It is a lot slower to use this method in this way, though. For example, you could use it to try to improve a “trigger finger” that hurts only when you flex the finger. For this kind of situation, you can tap a given point for thirty seconds or so and then reassess the pain having the individual flex their finger to see if it improved from that spot’s stimulation. You will need to tap the points a lot longer and reassess after trying each point to know if it helps.
Is it just wishful thinking that these procedures seem to work? Is it a placebo? I would say, unequivocally, it is not a placebo since I get no response from most points and then I get significant improvement at other points. When I do find a useful acupressure point, and I move on to different points, the improvement stops. When I go back to the effective spot, the improvement begins again. Most of my patients that have responded had little idea what to expect until their pain or disability improved. Why would so many show this same pattern (with no way to know how others reacted) if it is just a placebo?
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I suggest you give this technique a few tries on yourself or others. It is free. I know of no side effects. The only tools needed, our hands and our mind, are always right there when we need them. The time you spend learning this technique will be well spent.