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7 step approach to migraines using eft tapping

Dear EFT Community,

Here, EFT Master Loretta Sparks offers her seven steps for using EFT with migraines and other physical pain. She emphasizes that treatments are individual–no two people need exactly the same thing–so listen to your intuition as you follow her steps.

– EFT Universe

By Loretta Sparks, EFT Master Practitioner

The way I work with migraine headaches using EFT tapping is the way I work with any physical pain.

Here is my Basic Seven-Step Approach to Migraines Using EFT Tapping:

1. Assess SUD Level.

I ask the client to rate the intensity (0-10 scale) of the pain and to tell me where the pain is specifically located.

2. The Setup.

My Setup is focused on my “intention,” not the client’s possible Psychological Reversal (PR). I muscle test (MT) myself, asking if my intention is in service of the client. If it is, I proceed with the client’s treatment.

If not, I treat myself for PR:

“Even though my intention is not in service of this client, I accept myself deeply and profoundly.”

I do this three times while tapping the Karate Chop [KC] point or rubbing the Sore Spot.

I MT again making sure the PR has been fixed. Then I open myself to whatever healing energy I may be in service of by holding that thought consciously. Note: If you do not know how to muscle test yourself, just assume PR and treat yourself for it.

3. Client Participation.

I ask the client to imagine their point of pain glowing a bright red (if there is more than one point, I ask them to pick the one that hurts the most to start with).

4. Specific Tapping sequence.

Tap the Karate Chop point 5-10 times; then tap the Gamut point rapidly and firmly for one minute or approximately 100 times; then have client tap collarbone point, both sides 5 times. Rate pain. Continue until pain is rated at 0. Then go to the secondary point of pain and treat the same way.

Editorial note: This method of repeated tappings on the collarbone point and the 9 Gamut point for pain is also taught by Dr. Roger Callahan as part of his pain algorithm. We have found full rounds of EFT to be equally effective, but readers are encouraged to try them both. See which one works best for you or the client. Nothing speaks louder than success.

5. If pain doesn’t respond or stops responding to treatment.

I inquire about trauma including physical, emotional (including witness trauma), and spiritual trauma (e.g., feeling forsaken or betrayed by God). I find that people with migraines often feel or felt at one time in their lives stuck in an intolerable and impossible situation.

This feeling of being “stuck” then becomes the focus of a new Setup.


“Even though I’m unable to make positive changes in my life, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

“Even though my marriage is intolerable, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

“Even though my job is impossible, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

The more intractable the migraine or other pain, the more aspects have to be addressed. Engage your client in a dialogue seeking possible aspects. Brainstorm using your knowledge of human nature and your client’s situation or life story. Don’t be concerned if your brainstorming is not 100% correct. An incorrect “guess” does no harm and it might bring to mind an aspect that is key to effective treatment.

6. Treat traumas and aspects as needed.

While focusing on trauma or aspects do the usual Setup.


“Even though I have this problem with_____, I deeply and ocmpletely accept myself.”

Then do the full EFT sequence (including the 9 Gamut Procedure) followed by the sequence again. When the trauma/aspect is cleared, treat the migraine/pain (Steps 1 through 4).

7. Be persistent.