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What Does Tapping Do? | Meaning Of The Points

What Does Tapping Do?

What does tapping do?  If you’re like most people in Western civilization, introducing the idea of tapping on certain points on the body to help you feel better is bound to sound a little strange … if not downright stupid!

But since you’re much more interested in feeling better than in being right (about how stupid it is), it’s important to learn and/or remember that Eastern civilizations have been working with many such points with remarkable success for thousands of years!

These Points Are Special

Eastern medical practitioners work with a system in the body that the Western view of healing has yet to acknowledge and integrate:  The meridians that form an invisible matrix in the body and allow for delivery of a form of subtle energy to the major organs.  The Chinese call that kind of energy Qi or Chi (pronounced ‘chee’).  They have demonstrated for millennia how the flow (or blockages to the flow) of Qi can be manipulated and/or influenced where the meridians emerge on specific areas of the body – points on the skin where needles, tapping, and/or firm pressure can be applied.

These points of emergence are called acupoints and are associated with both physical health and specific emotional states.

But How Does It Work?

Tapping on these points releases the energetic blocks associated with unhealthy and/or negative feelings and behavioral impulses and encourages the free flow of healthier, more positive feelings and behavioral impulses.

Thanks to the internet, there are thousands of places you can learn more about Chinese medicine and subtle energy and how all of that’s different than anything we’ve been taught about health and healing of physical and emotional problems …

But you just want to feel better, right?  So here’s the deal:  Don’t believe what you’re reading here!  You’ve got to try this tapping stuff for yourself … then you’ll know what it does.  Try it … you’ll like it!


Meridian Lines


What follows is a description of the emotional states associated with each of the points on the body used in the EFT protocol, and what’s likely to happen when you begin tapping on them.

Point on the hand used for a karate chop (Small Intestine Meridian):

  • Releases: Feeling stuck, frozen, or frenetic, resistance to change; inability to let go; sorrow; feeling vulnerable; worry; obsessive thoughts
  • Encourages: Insight; intuition; focus and clarity; wisdom; discernment; spiritual connection

Point on top of the head (Hundred Meeting Points’ Meridian):

  • Releases: Self-criticism; spinning thoughts; lack of focus;
  • Encourages: Insight; intuition; focus and clarity; wisdom; discernment; spiritual connection; waking up entire system

Point at inner corner of eyebrow (Bladder Meridian):

  • Releases:  Trauma; hurt and/or sadness; restlessness; frustration; impatience; dread or excessive fears
  • Encourages: Peace; calm; emotional healing

Point on edge of bone at side of eye ( Gall Bladder Meridian):

  • Releases: Fear and resistance to change; rage; anger; muddled and/or jumbled thinking
  • Encourages:  Clarity; compassion for self and others

Point under the pupil on edge of bone under the eye (Stomach Meridian):

  • Releases:  Disappointment; worry; anxiety and nervousness; fear; emptiness
  • Encourages:  Calmness; peace; contentment and feelings of safety

Point under the nose (Governing-Large Intestine Meridian):

  • Releases:  Powerlessness; embarrassment; shame; guilt; grief; fears of ridicule and failure; psychological reversal
  • Encourages:  Self-acceptance; self-empowerment; compassion for self and others

Point in depression under the lower lip (Central-Stomach Meridian):

  • Releases: Confusion and uncertainty; shame and embarrassment; feelings of powerlessness in ‘second guessing’
  • Encourages:  Clarity and certainty; confidence; self-acceptance

Points in depressions below the collarbone knobs on either side of the sternum (Kidney-Adrenal Gland Meridian):

  • Releases:  General stress; feeling stuck; indecision and worry; psychological reversal
  • Encourages:  Confidence; clarity; ease in making decisions; ease in moving forward

Point under the arm in line with nipple (Spleen Meridian):

  • Releases:  Obsessive worrying; guilt; hopelessness; insecurity; poor self esteem
  • Encourages:  Compassion for self and others; clarity and confidence; relaxation

Points on insides of wrists (Heart, Lung, Large Intestine, Pericardium and Triple Warmer Meridians):

  • Releases: Anger; grief; controlling; self-absorption; fight-flight-freeze response
  • Encourages: Forgiveness; faith and inspiration; releasing; love; feelings of safety