How Brain Tapping Therapy Reduces Anxiety

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A popular alternative to drugs, brain tapping therapy is based on the theory that energy blocks in the brain can be unblocked through stimulating certain acupoints. The tapping method combines somatic stimulation of acupressure points with elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms. However, the mechanism through which this short intervention reduces anxiety symptoms is not yet fully understood. In this study, we used electroencephalography to investigate dynamic changes in neural correlates of emotion regulation induced by Tapping in anxiety patients. We found that Tapping significantly reduced anxiety symptoms after only one session. The effect on the emotional component Late Positive Potential (LPP) was particularly pronounced for fear-eliciting and angry stimuli. This suggests that the cognitive reappraisal aspect of the Tapping treatment might be responsible for this specific effect.

Exploring Brain Tapping Therapy: How It Works

To perform a tapping session, you place your hand on the top of your head and begin identifying an issue or fear that is bothering you. After assessing the intensity of your feelings, you then focus on that particular problem while you lightly tap on different acupoints. The tapping sends deactivating signals to the amygdala that override the activating ones triggered by exposing yourself to a negative thought or memory.

There are many apps available that teach you how to do Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). You can also seek out an EFT-certified therapist who can help you work through your concerns, especially with more serious issues like PTSD and trauma. According to Capanna-Hodge, EFT is known for helping individuals decrease their stress levels and regain control of their emotions. It can also help you rewire your brain and body’s reaction to certain triggers, so they become less arousing over time.

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