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Shingle symptoms gone in just two EFT sessions

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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,

Joanne Harvey helps her 80 year old client with a severe case of shingles (herpes zoster). While the National Institutes of Health website tells us that the pain typically lasts 3 to 5 weeks, Joanne used EFT to collapse the pain in one session and the itching left the next day. Give this article to your physicians. They should find it quite interesting.

Hugs, Gary

By Joanne Harvey, MSW

Connie woke up one morning with shingles.  She knew she had shingles because she is 80 years old and she has seen many friends suffer with them.  The blisters broke out on the top of her head and cascaded down her forehead through her right eye brow, down her right cheek and on to her chest.  They were very painful so she rushed to the doctor’s that morning and he prescribed antibiotics and told her that they were going to get a lot worse before they got better.  She had just better prepare herself.

Her daughter called me that afternoon and told me the unfortunate news about Connie.  She said Connie’s shingles were very painful and itched terribly.  I’m a hospice social worker and I have used EFT for the last year on my dying patients and grieving survivors to relieve their suffering.  I have used EFT on many issues, but I hadn’t tackled shingles.  I had just read, Angela Treat Lyons e-book, I Dare You Get Free! and one of her articles addressed herpes.  Since herpes and shingles are basically the same thing I decided to try EFT on it.

I called Connie up and asked if she’d like to give it a try.  She was very receptive and basically just asked what she had to do.  Since she had not ever been exposed to EFT or meridians, and we were talking on the phone, I had her take a piece of paper and draw a circle for her head and one for her torso, then I gave her the tapping points.

She rated the level of intensity of her pain at 10 plus on a scale of 0 to 10 and her itching was even worse.  Her biggest fear was not sleeping since she was so uncomfortable.  We started tapping, both karate chop spots together.  We first addressed psychological reversal with a little humor involved; 

I love these shingles, I was wondering when I was going to get them, everyone I know has had them, I was feeling left out, I love these shingles and all they represent, and I totally and profoundly accept and love myself as I am today.  She was laughing.  Then we started tapping seriously on her pain and itching.  

Even though I have these shingles…

Even though I have the pain and itching associated with these shingles…

Even though I have these symptoms associated with shingles…

Reminder phrases:

These shingles … itching … pain … this pain is a 10 … itching … terrible itching … these shingles on the top of my head, cascading down the right side of my face and landing on my chest … these shingles … this pain and itching, … pain and itching.

I could hear her yawning so I stopped and had her take a deep breath and evaluate her pain and itching.  Her pain was at zero and her itching was down to a 3 out of 10.  She was so thrilled she wanted to stop and go to bed right away but I persuaded her to give me a little more time.  We went after the itching, with a full round of this remaining itching. I heard her sigh  and I had her take a deep breath and tell me how she was feeling.  Her itching was now a zero too. 

She was determined to go to bed right away.  The next morning I called and Connie reported that she had slept like a baby.  She had no pain but some of the itching had returned.  I asked her about the level of intensity of the itching and she stated it was 4 out of 10.  She apologized, insisting that she could live with these symptoms.  I encouraged her to try EFT again, and she agreed.

I asked why she thought the itching had returned; amazingly she said it was guilt.  She felt guilty for feeling so good when so many of her friends had suffered for weeks and sometimes months without relief.  We tapped on her guilt

Even though I’m itching because I’m guilty…

Even though I’m guilty because my friends suffer…

Reminder phrases:

Itchy guilt … quick recovery guilt … why should I be so lucky guilt … guilt … oh this terrible guilt. 

Then she started laughing and reported that she has was feeling very silly about her guilt and had no itching.  We did a round on healing energy, which she loved.  While tapping the karate chop point,

I have healing energy coursing through my body, healing energy flowing through the top of my head, healing energy swirling throughout my body, healing flowing into my body

We ended with a full round of tapping the points while repeating, golden healing light healing me … I choose to be healthy … I choose to let any and all stress go … I choose to let go of all illness and replace it with wonderful healing energy. 

She loved that part and wrote some of the affirmations down to say later.  I asked her to tap on those affirmations one full round three times daily and I would call her on later in the week to see how she was doing.

At that time she reported that she had a few dark marks on her head and face where she thought the shingles were but had not broken out.  She reported that her pain hadn’t returned after the first session and all the itching was gone after the second EFT session.  She reported that her joints felt a lot better too, which apparently was a secondary benefit.  She also honestly told me that she had completely forgotten to tap on her own.  She was very happy with the results and thrilled to tell her doctor how she had not suffered after her first introduction of EFT.

One month later I called Connie and she has had no re-occurrences of her shingles or the symptoms associated with them.  Her daughter reports that she thought she was wearing makeup recently because not only had the red marks from the shingles cleared up nicely on her face, the rest of her complexion looked great too.

Joanne Harvey, MSW


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