Can we dramatically affect our physiology by applying energy therapy techniques like EFT? In , physiotherapist Jan Sholtes persistently applied EFT along with asking the body to respond to support “Hans” in his desire to keep his leg. Hans starts off in dire shape:
… [He] has long been suffering from severely impaired blood circulation in his legs. When he was referred to the department by his surgeon, he had already had five bypass operations in a futile attempt to correct this situation and was experiencing continuous excruciating pain in his left leg. At a loss for any other solution, his surgeon had advised him to have his left leg amputated.
Not ready to agree to an amputation, Hans had then been sent to the Physiotherapy department for training that might conceivably stimulate revascularization. However, the training had turned out to be unsuccessful. Several months of it had done nothing for him. He still had to leave his bed four times each night because of unbearable pain and at that time his leg would feel “cold and stiff like a clump.” He walked with two crutches and could put hardly any weight or pressure on his foot at any time.
While EFT stands for “Emotional Freedom Techniques,” it can be applied to physical issues as well. When working with chronic degenerative disease, persistence pays. Hans has improved significantly:
With the use of EFT and the intensified exercise as the result of the changes in his legs, his condition began to improve, slowly but surely. At the present time Hans uses hardly any pain medication and is only taking 25% of the amount he needed before of the medicine designed to prevent coagulation of his blood. He is able to work in his garden if he sits down and rests once in a while during that task. He only uses his crutches when he walks long distances. He tells Jan that he can play some football by “shooting the ball to one another.” (His friends are letting him join in a portion of the game). He also sleeps the whole night through without any pain and his foot feels “nice and warm” all day. Measurements of his circulation show definite improvement, and his surgeon, who sees him several times a year, is astonished and no longer recommends amputation.
You know, we are a long, long way from the day when there are lots of scientific studies demonstrating through clinical trials that EFT and other energy therapies can be effective even when repeated surgeries have failed. Yet in the past ten years, we have seen thousands of cases where EFT has clearly provided significant support to the body’s healing system. It can be used as a self-care tool. As Hans’ case demonstrates, we can use EFT at home for OURSELVES, empowering our own ability to recognize our pains (both physical and emotional) and choose to do something about it.