How Tapping Relieved a Toothache

man with toothache reliefWhat is one of the most common types of pain almost all of us experience at some point in our lives? Toothaches! A toothache can quickly ratchet up to a 10 on a pain scale. And when it does, it can eclipse all other thoughts. You might assume that pain this acute and extreme would not respond to a technique as “soft” as meridian tapping, also known as EFT. However, toothache relief is one of the most frequent benefits reported  from the use of tapping. Here’s an experience that I encountered, which serves as just one testament to tapping for a toothache.

How I Saved a “Support Tech” from a Toothache


My computer had a meltdown (again!) and it was quite nearly nonfunctional. After much waiting on hold, I finally reached a friendly and knowledgeable tech support person. No sooner had I experienced the relief of connecting with someone who seemed to know how to fix my problem, he interrupted our session by announcing, “I’m sorry, but I’m not sure I can continue with this. I have such bad pain in my wisdom tooth, I think I may have to quit for the day.”

Before he could get off the phone, I quickly informed him that I am a specialist in stress management and asked him if he would be willing to try a simple tapping technique based on acupuncture that is often very effective for tooth pain. “I’d try anything!” was his answer.

I then instructed him where to tap and had him repeat the phrase, “Even though I have this severe pain, I choose to have my jaw and teeth feel normal and comfortable.” The Choices  Method, which I was employing here, seemed the ideal approach to use with a stranger, whom I’d just met on the phone, because sometimes the self-acceptance statements in the traditional form of EFT can throw off skeptics and  newcomers.

I then led him through one entire tapping sequence. After a complete round, when I asked him to check his wisdom tooth pain, he said with a note of surprise in his voice, “Well – actually, it’s better.”

I then led him through another round of tapping, at the end of which, I again inquired about the pain intensity. There was a several-second silence at the other end of the phone. Then he said, in an incredulous tone, “This is awesome!” It’s much better.” His pain was about a 3 on the 0-10 point scale of intensity.

We did one more round of tapping, which I explained to him was so that we could be sure his pain relief had a good chance of lasting. He tapped a round once more at my request and at the end of it he said about the pain, “I can hardly notice it now,” and exclaimed once more, “This is awesome!”

he felt he  didn’t need any more tapping and cheerfully resumed his tech support session with me (to my relief!). A  half hour later, when he had completely resolved my computer problem – he was an excellent technician – he was preparing to wind down the call and I said, “Just to check on where you’re at, how does your wisdom tooth feel now?”

“To tell the truth,” he answered rather apologetically, “I’d forgotten about it.” This is a familiar response of someone who has been doing meridian tapping. I instructed him on how to tap at home, if he needed it again, and that ended the incident. He simply muttered, “Awesome…” again, as he ended the call.

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