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Facial paralysis clears in one

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Here is yet more evidence from EFT that emotional issues are often at the root of physical ailments. It should be of particular interest to physicians. Thanks to Deborah Miller from Mexico for submitting this case. Note that she says about the client's problem, "The paralysis and pain began a few days before our appointment.  She was hospitalized but the doctors couldn’t find a reason for the paralysis.  The drugs they used didn’t help.  They even removed a molar that was thought to be affecting her facial movements but it didn’t change anything."

Hugs, Gary

By Deborah Miller


Here is a case where EFT helped a woman release the emotional issues blocking her. Hence releasing a physical block, i.e. facial paralysis, at the same time.


Deborah Miller, Ph.D.


I got a call from a woman struggling with facial paralysis.  When Sharon (not her real name) got out of the taxi, I could see that it wasn’t only her face that was the problem.  Her whole body was stiff and rigid.

Here is a brief history of what transpired in the past 3 years.  She finished medical school and was sent to do her obligatory social service work in another village.  This meant that she was away from her husband and son for long periods of time.  Before she left to work in the village her marriage was fine.  Even though her husband knew that she would be away, the distance took a toll on the marriage.  He asked for a separation.

About the same time, her brother and nephew were in a car accident.  Her nephew passed away and her brother was paralyzed.  She was put in charge of taking care of her paralyzed brother. Within six months he got partial mobility back in his arms and is now under the care of someone else.  Caring for her brother took a deeper toll on her marriage.  Her husband asked for a divorce a year and a half ago and she agreed without a fight.  Their son has been hurt deeply by the divorce since the father left him too.  He doesn’t come around or pay for anything for his son.  To top it off, she recently got a job at a school where some of her husband’s family works.  It is uncomfortable. 

Sharon was completely exhausted physically and within her heart.  The paralysis and pain began a few days before our appointment.  She was hospitalized but the doctors couldn’t find a reason for the paralysis.  The drugs they used didn’t help.  They even removed a molar that was thought to be affecting her facial movements but it didn’t change anything.

I began with her strongest emotion, resentment with her ex and his family.  A few tapping phrases we used were:

Even though I’m so angry with him for leaving…

Even though it wasn’t my fault that I had to go to work elsewhere…

You knew when I started med school that this would happen.

It wasn’t my fault for the accident that happened to my brother either.

My mother tells me that I don’t give her any support either.

And I need to take care of my son.

I throw all of my negative emotions in a fire and I burn them to remove them.

I throw in all of my resentment, anger, frustration, sadness, fear, hate.

Now that I got rid of those emotions, I fill my heart with love.

I fill it until it is completely full.

My heart pumps that love throughout my body. (I had her tap the names of all her body parts to fill each one)

I am worthy of love, attention and respect.

I receive love and respect.

When we stopped she told me she felt much relief and relaxed.  When I asked her how her face felt, she told me the pain had disappeared, but her face still felt somewhat asleep.  I asked her how much it had changed.  She said from 100% to 70% numb.  During these rounds of tapping we never said a word about her face or paralysis.   I asked what the numbness felt like and she said "heavy." We tapped: 

It is all so heavy, hurtful and painful.

I want to sleep through it all so I don’t have to feel it.

I don’t have to be paralyzed because my brother was.

I don’t want to feel the hurt of being abandoned by my mother, my husband and my in-laws.

I don’t want to feel any of the things that happened.

They are all too difficult, too hurtful, too painful.

I don’t want to remember or feel any of what has happened in the past years.

I throw the facial paralysis in the fire and burn it to remove it too.

She told me that her mother kicked her out of the house when she got pregnant and married her husband.  Her husband’s family became her family.  Since the separation they turned their back on her too.  She felt hurt that her mother left her, then her other family too.  She felt resentment towards them all. 

My mother kicked me out when I got pregnant and married my husband.

My in-laws kicked me out (metaphorically) when he chose to leave me.

They were my substitute family.

They left me too and I loved them as if they were my family.

Now I have no one except my son and he is so hurt.

I am so hurt and angry with my ex, his family and my mother.

They all left me. I feel so much resentment.

I burn that resentment so that I can be at peace.

At this point 70% of the numbness was gone.  I asked what the rest was.  She said it was her son. He wished he hadn’t been born so that he wouldn’t have to experience this pain.

I feel guilty, sad and desperate.

My son wishes he wasn’t born so that he didn’t have to experience this pain.

I wish I could go back in time but I can’t.

I can heal myself even if I can’t go back in time.  I choose to heal myself.

I am on a new path. I am on a healthy new path.

I throw all of the guilt, the sadness and desperateness in the fire to remove them.

Only 10% of the numbness was left.  I asked her what’s left and it was her work.  She felt ashamed to be there since everyone knew her ex.

I have a right to be there.  I am a doctor.  I have a job.

It is ok for me to show my face there.  I don’t have to feel ashamed.

It doesn’t matter if people talk, I’m on a new path. A path of healing.   

Now she felt 0% numbness.  She looked so relaxed, was leaning forward in her chair, smiling with a look of peace in her eyes.  In one hour the facial paralysis was gone and she felt deep relief from the emotional traumas of the past 3 years.  Wow!  EFT clears another deep emotional pain that had led to a physical problem.

Deborah Miller


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