Jun 09

Meridian Tapping

The ability to change your state of mind when negativity creeps in is extremely valuable.   Prayer and meditation would be at the top of that list but sometimes it helps to take physical action.  Meridian Tapping is a simple method for changing your state that provides immediate relief in most cases.  It’s something you can do yourself without any equipment and very little practice.

“Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.”   ~ Norman Cousins

Releasing negative emotions and unhealthy thought patterns is a critical factor for physical and emotional well being. Tapping is especially useful for balancing energy.  Just the physical act of tapping combined with some slow deep breathing can create some very noticeable effects on the condition of the body and mind within minutes.

When we combine the effects of tapping on the energetic meridians of the body with affirmations it becomes EFT.  The Emotional Freedom Technique was created by Gary Craig based on Dr. Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy for using the basic principles of acupuncture to create tapping points on the body that stimulate, move and balance energy.  EFT incorporates the release of emotions.  By naming the negative thought or condition and then affirming the positive alternative the emotional aspect is addressed as we tap on the physical points bringing both the body and mind into balance.

EFT can be used to promote healing in relationship to nearly any emotional or physical condition but here is a short list of common subjects for release and relief through tapping:

  • Negative thoughts
  • Traumatic memories
  • Low self esteem
  • Guilt
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Weight loss
  • Headaches
  • Physical Pain

Overview of the Points and Process: 

Most of the information that follows is absolute plagiarism on my part. I see no value in trying to restate what others have already put so concisely.  I would dearly love to give credit to all the websites where I originally read this information but it’s been on my computer for so long that I can’t seem to track them down.  So a heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed and to those who are learning about Meridian Tapping and EFT for the first time I encourage you to visit other sites devoted to the subject.  The chart and instructions below explain the basics as the process is really quite simple but I highly recommend watching the videos below and conducting your own web search for more information from the experts.

As for my personal practice I use the tapping points with and sometimes without using the official version of EFT.  Both Meridian Tapping and EFT are beneficial and so closely related that you will soon know what works best for you in different situations. If you find that you don’t connect with the EFT verbiage at first don’t give up, give it some time to become more natural.  You can also consider writing your own affirmations or tap with a specific intention in mind.  Even tapping with the simple purpose of releasing the negative and connecting with all that is good can have profound effects so stay open to the possibilities as you experiment.


  1. KC (1) Karate Chop Point – The Karate Chop point is mainly used for the EFT setup statement, psychological reversals and simple tapping techniques (STT). It is an alternative for the sore spot EFT point.
    The karate chop point is located on the soft fleshy part of the non-dominant hand, between the base of the pinky finger and the wrist. We would use this is the part of the hand break a board… ‘karate chop’ style.
    Releases: Psychological reversal (feeling stuck or frozen), inability to let go, resistance to change, sorrow, feeling vulnerable, worry, obsession, compulsive behavior.
    Allows: Ability to move forward, letting go of the old, healing from grief, finding happiness in and connecting to the present moment. (Small Intestine Meridian)
  2. TH (2) Top of Head Point – This point (set of points) is lo Cated at the top of the head and was added several years ago at an EFT conference. Since then, it has been widely accepted by Gary Craig and many of the others in the EFT community.
    This is an important energy center since many meridians meet at the top of the head. It is also in the area of the 7th. Or Crown Chakra, which is a spiritual energy center. Some say that stimulating this area wakes up the entire energy system and encourages the body-mind to pay attention to what we are about to address. This point is highly sensitive and its important to be very gentle when tapping!
    Releases: Inner critic, ‘gerbil wheel’ thinking, lack of focus.
    Allows: Spiritual connection, insight, intuition, focus, wisdom, spiritual discernment, clarity. (‘Hundred Meeting Points’ Meridian)
  3. EB (3) Eyebrow Point – This point is located on the dominant side at the beginning of the eyebrow, just up and over from the bridge of the nose.
    Releases: Trauma, hurt, sadness, restlessness, frustration, impatience, restlessness and dread.
    Allows: Peace and emotional healing. (Bladder Meridian)
  4. SE (4) Side of Eye Point – Located on the dominant side at the end of the eyebrow, this point falls on the boney protrusion at the leading edge of the temple.
    Releases: Rage, anger, resentment, fear of change and muddled thinking.
    Allows: Clarity and compassion. (Gall Bladder Meridian)
  5. UE (5) Under Eye Point – Located on the bone underneath the eye, directly under the pupil.
    Releases: Fear, anxiety, emptiness, worry, nervousness and disappointment.
    Allows: Contentment, calmness, and feeling safe. “All is well’. (Stomach Meridian)
  6. UN (6) Under Nose Point – Located under the nose, in the little crevice above the upper lip.
    Releases: Embarrassment, powerlessness, shame, guilt, grief, fear of ridicule, fear of failure and psychological reversals.
    Allows: Self-acceptance, self-empowerment, and compassion for self and others. (Governing Meridian)
  7. CH (7) Chin Point – Located just under the bottom lip, in the depression between the lip and the chin.
    Releases: Confusion, uncertainty, shame, embarrassment and second guessing decisions.
    Allows: Clarity, certainty, confidence, and self-acceptance. (Central Meridian)
  8. CB (8) Collar Bone Point – Just below the knob of the collarbone and next to the depression below the Adam ‘s apple.
    Releases: Psychological reversal, feeling stuck, indecision, worry, and general stress.
    Allows: Ease in moving forward, confidence, and clarity. (Kidney Meridian – Adrenal Gland Function)
  9. UA (9) Under Arm Point – About six inches directly below the arm pit (on the bra strap for the women).
    Releases: Guilt, worry, obsessing, hopelessness, insecurity, and poor self esteem.
    Allows: Clarity, confidence, relaxation, and compassion for self and others. (Spleen Meridian)

The Process:

  1. Tune into the problem area where you want to begin healing. Try to be as specific as you can in defining the problem. Rate the intensity of your negative feeling form 0 – 10 with 10 being the most intense.
  2. State an affirmation three times while tapping the karate Chop spot or rubbing the tender spot (see the chart of Tapping Points below) Examples #1 of an affirmation – “Even though, (state the issue you are workiing on), I completely, love and accept myself. Example #2 of an affirmation – ” I am releasing all of the (state feeling) in all the deepest roots and causes of this (name of issue).
  3. Tap the remaining energy points (top of head, eyebrow, side of eye, under eye, under nose, under lip, under collarbone, under arm) as you speak a reminder word or phrase.
  4. Take a deep breath. Take stock. Rate the intensity of your negative feeling now? Notice any new thoughts or memories and practice tapping on each one until it is neutralized.
  5. Return to the original problem and repeat Steps 3 and 4 until you reach zero or the problem is resolved. Zero means that you no longer feel any negative charge.


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  • CinderellaSue

    Excellent!  I’ve seen a bunch about this, and you’ve brought it together nicely!  Another action (as journaling!) that I’ve meant to start but haven’t yet to this point. 
    Thank you, Jane, for bringing these healing actions back to the forefront of my mind.

  • http://janedoerecovery.com/ Jane

    Thank you so much for your comments CinderellaSue.  It means so much to me to know that you’ve found even some small amount of inspiration here.  The whole point of this site, especially the point of the blog posts, is to get us all thinking and KEEP us all thinking about healing.  Hopefully we can motivate each other to take continous action on those thoughts.  Know that your comments inspire and motivate me to keep writing! 

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