EFT Tapping is a powerful natural remedy for cough from stress, anxiety or nervousness. Tapping combined with Louise Hay affirmations will calm and neutralize the stress reactions in your body that make you cough.
Have you ever found yourself nervously clearing your throat? Or coughing for no apparent reason when you’re in a stressful situation? Most of us have.
Why does it happen?
Louise Hay, the internationally-celebrated mind-body teacher, believes that coughs are about change. She says you may cough when you’re going through a process of change or when you’re resisting change.
She also says coughing can be: “A desire to bark at the world. ‘See me! Listen to me!’”
The throat is the location of the fifth chakra – or energy center – which governs speech and self expression.
Is there something you’re trying to say that you’re having trouble expressing? Or do you feel that people are not noticing and appreciating you? Are you anxious about speaking out, or speaking up for yourself?
Here are some Louise Hay affirmations that are her natural remedy for chronic cough… “I am noticed and appreciated in the most positive ways. I am loved.” And “I am willing to change. I am changing.”
She recommends that you gently touch your throat while you repeat these affirmations and that you do this several times a day.
In my experience, when you use Louise Hay affirmations with EFT Tapping, you get faster results. I’ll explain how to do that, but first a few words about tapping.
EFT tapping is a simple-to-learn technique that’s based on the ancient science of acupressure. (No needles are used – that would be acupuncture.)
We all have a flow of energy or life force in our bodies – also called “chi” or “ki.” When that life force gets shorted out by upsetting thoughts or situations, you can react with emotional or physical symptoms – like anxiety or coughing – or both.
The purpose of acupressure – and EFT Tapping – is to restore the flow of your energy so those symptoms will stop.
If you’ve never used EFT tapping, you can read detailed instructions about how to tap. Then return to this page to learn how to use tapping as a natural remedy for your cough.
Or you can look at this image of where the tapping points are located…
…and tap gently on each point 7 or 8 times (or more or less as needed) while you use the “tapping scripts” that follow.
The words in the scripts are designed to keep you focussed on the issue of coughing and/or stress, but you don’t need any special words from me. You can use your own words.
Okay, let’s get started…
1) First tap on the Karate Chop point – the side of your hand where you would hit someone if you were karate chopping them, and repeat these words:
Karate Chop: Even though I’m coughing from stress [or anxiety or nervousness – use whichever word has some intensity for you], I’m ready to relax
KC: Even though I have this stress cough [or anxiety cough or habit cough], I accept myself anyway
KC: Even though I’m coughing, I love and appreciate myself
2) Now, start tapping on the Eyebrow point, then tap on each of the other points in turn while you say the words that go with them:
Eyebrow: This annoying cough
Side of Eye: I’m coughing because of stress [or anxiety or nervousness]
Under Eye: I’m tired of coughing
Under Nose: It’s irritating and uncomfortable
Chin: This cough
Collar Bone: This chronic cough
Under Arm: This stress [anxiety/nervous/habit] cough
Head: I’m ready to release this cough along with my stress/anxiety/habit
Repeat the tapping and words from Eyebrow to Head for a second round.
Now take a deep breath and let it out.
For this tapping to work well as a natural remedy for cough, it’s wise to use it every day or several times a day. Repetition helps to change old patterns – because it retrains your brain.
If you know what’s causing your stress or anxiety – perhaps a situation in your life – it’s a good idea to tap on that, too.
Just think about the situation and tap through the points. Even if you don’t say any words, when you keep your focus on the problem while tapping, your body will get the benefit.
EFT founder, Gary Craig, says that if you tap several times a day while saying or thinking “All these problems. All these problems,” you will get better over time, no matter what your emotional or physical symptoms are.
The Louise Hay affirmations are great to use when you’re not really sure what situations or thoughts in your life are making you cough.
In Louise Hay’s wonderful book, You Can Heal Your Life, you’ll find a list of health conditions. For each one, she gives you a probable cause, based on information gathered from many years of working with thousands of clients.
Next to the probable cause, she gives you the new thought pattern (affirmations) that will help eliminate that cause. I’ve given you the ones for cough, below.
The new thoughts are natural remedies for cough that work by changing old brain patterns. Where your thoughts go, your body follows. Or, as Louise puts it, "Your thoughts create your life."
To use Louise Hay affirmations with EFT tapping, I repeat the words of the probable cause (example below) while I tap on the points. I start with the Karate Chop point, then continue from Eyebrow to Head.
Then I tap in the new thought pattern.
This gives your brain a healthy new direction to go in and starts to crowd out the old negative pattern that leads to the cough. (Remember, it’s our negative thoughts or situations that disrupt our energy and lead to symptoms like anxiety and coughing.)
For cough, Louise Hay says the probable causes are:
“resisting change, not feeling seen or listened to, and a desire to bark at the world.”
Karate Chop: Even though I don’t feel seen or listened to, I accept myself anyway
Karate Chop: Even though I’m resisting change, I’m willing to change
Karate Chop: Even though I want to bark at the world, I am loved and appreciated.
Eyebrow: I don’t feel seen or listened to
Side of Eye: I’m resisting change
Under Eye: I want to bark at the world
Under Nose: I want to be noticed and appreciated
Chin: I’m afraid of change
Collar Bone: See me! Listen to me!
Under Arm: Notice me! Appreciate me!
Head: I feel as if I can’t change
Eyebrow: I’m resisting change
Side of Eye: I don’t feel seen or listened to
Under Eye: I want to bark at the world
Under Nose: I want to feel loved and appreciated
Chin: I’m afraid of change
Collar Bone: But I’m willing to change
Under Arm: I am willing to be seen and listened to
Head: I am noticed and appreciated in the most positive ways. I am loved.
Take a deep breath, and let it out.
Repeat the tapping as needed.
And there you have it. Try the EFT tapping as a natural remedy for cough – especially when you’re coughing from stress.
Gary Craig suggests, you… “try it on everything.” I have and it has changed my life and health for the better in more ways than I can list here.
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