For Insomnia, Acupressure Tapping Technique May Out-Perform Drugs and Cognitive Therapy

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Six weeks of cognitive therapy treats insomnia better than prescription drugs, but EFT, a do-it-yourself acupressure tapping technique, may out-perform both -- and its results are both fast and lasting.

More than 82 million Americans have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Insomnia does more than put people in a grumpy mood; it contributes to errors and accidents in the workplace, disrupts hormone balance, accelerates the aging process, and is considered a risk factor for depression, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and other illnesses.

Prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids are among our most popular drugs, but drugs don’t always work and often have adverse side effects. One answer is cognitive behavioral therapy, which has been shown to treat chronic insomnia better than a prescription drug. In a study published in the June 28 Journal of the American Medical Association, those receiving six weeks of cognitive therapy increased the amount of time they spent in bed, increased the amount of time they spent sleeping, and spent more time in the deepest stages of sleep than did patients receiving a prescription sleep aid or a placebo. But a do-it-yourself acupressure tapping technique called EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), which can be learned from a free training manual at, may out-perform all of them.

Practitioners of EFT, who include medical doctors, psychologists, and other health care practitioners, have found that tapping on key acupressure points while focusing on insomnia or the conditions that contribute to it helps people of all ages fall asleep and stay asleep. Best of all, they don’t have to wait six weeks to see results, for relief can occur within minutes.

“It’s all a matter of working with the body’s energy,” says Gary Craig, the Stanford-trained engineer who developed EFT and who has received hundreds of reports from practitioners around the world. “Insomnia and other symptoms occur when the body’s energy flow is disrupted. Acupressure tapping and focused attention combine to restore the normal flow of energy and relieve physical and emotional symptoms that interfere with sleep.”

EFT is a new procedure, but already over 300,000 have downloaded its free manual from and an additional 10,000 download it every month. The manual is available in nine languages. EFT practitioners around the world, especially in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia, teach EFT classes and work with clients.

For additional information, contact Gary Craig at 707-785-2848.

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