Recently, I was working with a business executive, teaching him how to use EFT for releasing his stress. His specific issue was that he was responsible for a major international engineering project. Since some of the work had to be done through individuals in other divisions, he was afraid he had no control over the outcome and was fearful of losing his job. We used EFT to tap on several aspects. As we did, it was interesting to note the physical changes. His face brightened. He was more relaxed and said he felt “giddy.” Plus, there was another side benefit he didn’t expect. When he checked his blood pressure the next morning, it had dropped significantly.
My client has a very calm demeanor. It’s difficult to tell what he’s feeling. Although his intensity about the issue started high (a ten), after several rounds of EFT he was down to zero. EFT can be an effective self-help tool for getting at core emotional issues that might be triggers to blood pressure problems.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is an increasing public health issue in the U.S. and Europe, affecting approximately 25% of adults. If you have any doubts that stress and emotions affect your blood pressure, read the EFTzone article Science Linking Mind & Emotion to Physical Health. Specifically, see paragraph six referring to Dr. Don Colbert’s book Deadly Emotions, where he indicates that anger and hostility may trigger hypertension and coronary artery disease.
Here are some alarming statistics. According to data from the Center for Disease Control, hypertension among men and women between 20 and 70 years of age is equally about 25%. Here’s the shocker. Hypertension with African Americans in the same age group is 40% for men and 43% for women. You can read the details in this report (PDF file). Further, in 2002, the #1 cause of death in the United States was heart disease. Hypertension was ranked #13, ahead of murder, which ranked #14. I would urge anyone with hypertension to explore EFT as another valuable self-help tool to consider.
For actual case stories of how EFT has helped people with hypertension, read Using EFT for High or Low Blood Pressure. Also read the story about Nate’s Fear of Heights. Again, a side benefit for Nate was an improvement in his blood pressure. You can experience Gary Craig working with Nate on hypertension in the video set From EFT to the Palace of Possibilities. It’s in the Foundational EFT Workshop series.
Many people are finding that it’s well worth learning a simple, powerful, effective tool like EFT as a way to complement what they’re doing medically. As always, for medical issues we advise using EFT with the consent of a person’s physician.