11-Month Headache Vanishes with EFT TappingEFT for the Highly Sensitive Temperament

Dear EFT Community,

EFT practitioner Mara Protas takes you step-by-step through an intricate headache case that was resolved by applying EFT.

-EFT Universe

By Mara Protas

I wanted to share with you and your readers another story of someone who was in intractable pain (headache) for 11 months, despite medical interventions.

As you can see from her email below, she had been to numerous doctors and therapists, taken medications which made her gain weight and lose her hair, and only found relief after using EFT to deal with the emotional issues associated with the circumstances of her daughter's birth.

Teri was referred to me by her grandmother, who is a friend of my mom's. She had no knowledge of EFT and we were working by phone.

I had asked Teri to write about her experience to share with you and your readers.

Here is her email, followed by some specifics of what we worked on:

Hi Mara,

You can use my real name—Teri Tibbetts.

I had been experiencing a severe headache since the birth of my first child 11 months ago. I had an emergency C-section due to receiving an infection while in labor and getting a high fever. The pain was taking its toll on me, not only physically, but also emotionally. I felt as though my quality of life was disintegrating.

I tried physical therapy, acupuncture, and hypnosis. I saw numerous neurologists and was prescribed many different types of medication. Nothing was working for me and I was starting to lose hope that I would ever feel better again.

Then I tried EFT. I couldn't believe how fast it started working! My headache completely went away the first time I tried it! When I looked back at the birth of my child, the experience was dark, sad, and painful and I was bitter toward the doctor who gave me the infection.

After using EFT, I looked back at the birth of my daughter and there was light, love, and joy—amazing! I was able to let go of the anger toward the doctor that I blamed for my pain and headache. EFT truly was a life-saving experience for me. It lifted the pain and sadness off my shoulders and replaced it with hope. EFT was a wonderful positive healing experience.

I would highly recommend EFT, and plan on continuing to use the techniques I was taught.


In the course of an hour, we worked on several issues. We started by working on the pain of the headache, which was a 4 out of 10 at the time. This gave me the chance to coach her through the EFT process. The pain decreased to a 2 after the first round and stayed there despite subsequent rounds for the pain. So we started to work on the emotional issues.

Here are some of the things we worked on:

Even though I have anger at doctor for giving me the infection, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though I am tired of living with this pain and nothing seems to be working, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though I'm angry that no one listened to me about my symptoms and maybe they could have prevented this, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though the doctors didn't care and didn't come back to see me, (Her own physician didn't come to see her and she never had one doctor who came to see her more than once.) I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though I'm afraid I will never be pain free again, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though I am afraid to believe that the pain will go away and not come back, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though I feel hopeless, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though the doctors don't know what they are doing and can't tell me what is wrong, they were probably as frustrated as me and were doing the best they could, given their training.

We also did the Movie Technique for her experience after the C-section of her arms being tied down (to prevent injury from the IVs), shaking, in pain, feverish, the darkness, and the feelings of helplessness. We also used the Choice statements to remember this with joy and light instead of darkness and anger. After this, she was able to see that scene in light with curtains open and feel joy.

One of her neurologists gave her a medication that is no longer recommended and caused complications, and another gave her a medication that caused her hair to fall out.

We tapped for the anger about that:

Even though I'm so angry at her (the doctor) and she isn't even aware of it, it is hurting me instead, (This was a biggie.) I deeply and completely accept myself.

Teri's daughter has developmental problems attributed to the infection.

So we tapped for:

Even though I am so sad and angry that she has to go through this, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though I worry about what Sophia's life will be like and I want to prevent her from being teased by other kids, as I deeply and completely myself.

Even though I'm angry that I have had to spend all this money on this that I could have been spending on fun and happy things, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Teri's headache disappeared early in the session.

I communicated with her via email a few days later and she told me: "My headache, however, is back. It went away for about a day and half. That is a REALLY BIG DEAL that it went away for that long! I'm in the process of reading the manual very carefully so that I can continue to heal myself."

Note that Teri didn't use EFT for her headache right away when it reappeared. This is puzzling behavior on the part of some EFT clients and is not at all unusual.

However, when I subsequently asked her about whether or not she resumed tapping, she said: "Yes, my headaches are still much better—yea! I am using EFT and it is working wonders. I had a neurology appointment today and told my doctor that I want to stop taking my headache medicine because I feel so much better. He agreed!" 

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