Last summer a patient came in to get treated for her severe poison ivy allergy. She lived out in the country and often got extreme and lingering poison ivy reactions even from indirect exposures such as handling her children’s clothing.
She lived a few hours away and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to see her often enough to take her through our normal allergy elimination process. I gave her one bioenergetic treatment for the poison ivy, and then taught her how to do EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). EFT is an easily learned method of tapping the acupuncture points and it often works on physical as well as emotional symptoms.
She recently sent an e-mail, so I’ll let her speak for herself:
“I came to see you July 2010 asking to try treatment for responding to poison ivy.
I keep meaning to let you know that I did do the EFT for 2 weeks after the treatment and then went and brushed poison ivy on my arm. I covered
it for a day and watched it. I never got any reaction. Since then I have watched my kids go through poison ivy many times, knowing that I
would have to handle their clothes, take off their shoes…..etc. I myself have brushed up against it on trails with no reaction. I am
very glad about this outcome.”
We see allergy outcomes like this frequently; however it usually takes longer!
EFT is a branch of what is called Energy Psychology; psychologists discovered that they could clear a lot of emotional issues by simply tapping on acupuncture points while focusing on the problem. Later the methods were applied to physical symptoms as well, often with equally good results. EFT is similar in concept to much of the bioenergetic clearing work we do right in the office as part of our WholeHealth Wellness protocols: Identify the imbalances, then use various energetic clearing methods to neutralize the problem. We often teach the EFT techniques to patients as part of our normal course of treatment.
The highest form of medicine is teaching patients to take care of themselves!