Tapping and the Emotional Freedom Techniques

tapping to get you to the topThere has been a huge amount of research done on EFT for psychological and physiological conditions, which is why the Emotional Freedom Technique is now recognised as an evidence based practice by the Australian Psychological Association.

Here is an abstract of one study and below it are links to some other interesting case studies and research pieces. 

Clinical EFT - An Evidence-based Practice for the Treatment of Psychological and Physiological Conditions

Citation (APA Style): Church, D. (2013). Clinical EFT as an evidence-based practice for the treatment of psychological and physiological conditions. Psychology, 4(8), 645-654. doi:10.4236/psych.2013.48092


Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has moved in the past two decades from a fringe therapy to widespread professional acceptance. This paper defines Clinical EFT, the method validated in many research studies, and shows it to be an “evidence-based” practice. It describes standards by which therapies may be evaluated such as those of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12 Task Force, and reviews the studies showing that Clinical EFT meets these criteria. Several research domains are discussed, summarizing studies of: (a) psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression, phobias and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); (b) physiological problems such as pain and autoimmune conditions; (c) professional and sports performance, and (d) the physiological mechanisms of action of Clinical EFT. The paper lists the conclusions that may be drawn from this body of evidence, which includes 23 randomized controlled trials and 17 within-subjects studies. The three essential ingredients of Clinical EFT are described: exposure, cognitive shift, and acupressure. The latter is shown to be an essential ingredient in EFTs efficacy, and not merely a placebo. New evidence from emerging fields such as epigenetics, neural plasticity, psychoneuroimmunology and evolutionary biology confirms the central link between emotion and physiology, and points to somatic stimulation as the element common to emerging psychotherapeutic methods. The paper outlines the next steps in EFT research, such as smartphone-based data gathering, large scale group therapy, and the use of biomarkers. It concludes that Clinical EFT is a stable and mature method with an extensive evidence base. These characteristics have led to growing acceptance in primary care settings as a safe, rapid, reliable, and effective treatment for both psychological and medical diagnoses.

Keywords: clinical EFT, evidence, psychological treatment, Emotional Freedom Techniques, EFT, physiological conditions

To download a pdf version of this abstract click here.

Other Studies on Clinical EFT

Acupoint Stimulation in Treating Psychological Disorders: Evidence of Efficacy by David Feinstein, Ph.D. of Ashland, Oregon. The study was discussed in the Review of General Psychology. Test taking anxiety, PTSD, phobias, depression, and generalised anxiety are some of the conditions addressed. 

An Assessment of the Emotional Freedom Technique: An Alternative Treatment for Fear. An article from The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, vol. 2, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2003).

The Treatment of Combat Trauma in Veterans Using EFT: An effective post deployment intervention. After EFT treatment, the group no longer scored positive for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the severity and breadth of their psychological distress decreased significantly.



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