Emotional Freedom Technique for Mesothelioma

Emotional Freedom Technique (ETF) may be helpful for patients diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer most often caused by exposure to asbestos. Some experts believe that a majority of health issues have a root cause in emotional problems. For example, a person with unresolved trauma from past experiences is more likely to become ill as this emotional pain gets trapped in the body and it registers in the meridian as a blockage. 

What are the Benefits of ETF

People who have had success with Emotional Freedom Technique (ETF) have described a couple of benefits they have experienced from this practice. These people report that ETF improved symptoms including:  stress response, anxiety, depression and other mental health factors.  ETC can help people to work through these emotional problems to improve physical health .

Emotional Causes

Experts of EFT propose the most common causes are resentment or unresolved anger. In addition, some ailments are reportedly linked to refusing to forgive. Sometimes, these negative feelings produce a physical sensation of clenching within the body that has to be worked out so that a physical manifestation of illness is avoided. Through the negativity, the body shuts down, and patients are unable to grow. 


Some of the criticisms of Emotional Freedom Technique (ETF) believe this is pseudoscience. In 2012, the American Psychological Association reviewed this form of alternative treatment as it meets some of the requirements for being defined as a form of therapy. However, the mechanisms through which ETF works are not fully understood. Before making any changes to a treatment plan, always consult your physician. 

Helping with Cancer-Related Stress

Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be burdensome both emotionally as well as physically. Some people report that using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) during times of stress can help to lower the impact that stress had on them as ETF can help to calm the body and mind. In this way, emotions experienced can be better processed. 


Cortisol is a hormone that is released during times of stress. Tapping is a form of treatment combining modern psychology and Chinese acupressure with the goal of better response to stress at the moment. When cortisol is produced in high amounts, it can have a negative impact on inflammation levels, the digestive system and the immune system. 

ETF and other forms of alternative medicine can sometimes be used in combination with a treatment plan to treat patients holistically.

However, before making any changes to your treatment plan, be sure to ask your doctor to ensure this is safe.  While ETF is not recommended to be the only treatment for mesothelioma, it can be a helpful part of a treatment plan to help lower stress, anxiety, depression and pain.