Research Studies on EFT Tapping

EFT Tapping is an evidence-based strategy that calms the amygdala and nervous system while expanding the flow of energy through the mind-body system. It can be used as a self-care strategy (as taught in our book and programs), and is also used widely by mental health professionals as a clinical strategy for re-framing, elimination of phobias, relief from the effects of trauma, and more.

The State of EFT Research

EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals. These include distinguished top-tier journals such as Journal of Clinical Psychology, the APA journals Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and Review of General Psychology, and the oldest psychiatric journal in North America, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

EFT research includes investigators affiliated with many different institutions. The wide variety of institutions, peer-reviewed journals, investigators, and settings that have found EFT to be efficacious in independent research, are one indication of the breadth of existing research results.

Institutions in the U.S. include:

  • Harvard Medical School
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • City University of New York
  • Walter Reed Military Medical Center
  • Texas A&M University
  • JFK University

Institutions in other countries include:

  • Staffordshire University (United Kingdom)
  • Lund University (Sweden)
  • Ankara University (Turkey)
  • Santo Tomas University (Philippines)
  • Lister Hospital (England)
  • Cesar Vallejo University (Peru)
  • Bond University (Australia)
  • Griffith University (Australia)

18,556 Veterans get relief from PTSD....

“After EFT I feel released from an emotional prison. My severe hyper-vigilance has been dissolved. I now frequently experience joy and happiness. Mental blocks to creativity and prosperity have been removed.”

~ Sergeant, US Army Medic, Desert Storm 1/30/12

For more testimonials from Veterans who benefited from EFT via the Vet Stress Project, click here.

EFT for Anxiety: A Systematic Review With Meta-analysis

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204(5), 388-95.
“Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) combines elements of exposure and cognitive therapies with acupressure for the treatment of psychological distress. Randomized controlled trials retrieved by literature search were assessed for quality using the criteria developed by the American Psychological Association’s Division 12 Task Force on Empirically Validated Treatments.”
“Emotional freedom technique treatment demonstrated a significant decrease in anxiety scores, even when accounting for the effect size of control treatment.”

Studies reported in "Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing"
Click here to read abstracts.

  1. The Effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques in the Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Meta-Analysis. Sebastian, Brenda et al. Volume 13 , Issue 1 , 16 – 25
  2. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized and Non-randomized Trials of Clinical EFT for the Treatment of Depression. Nelms, Jerrod A. et al.  Volume 12 , Issue 6 , 416 – 426
  3. Pilot Study of EFT, Wholistic Hybrid Derived From Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing [EMDR] and Emotional Freedom Technique, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treatment of Test Anxiety in University Students. Benor, Daniel J. et al. Volume 5 , Issue 6 , 338 – 340
  4. The Immediate Effect of a Brief Energy Psychology Intervention (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on Specific Phobias: A Pilot Study. Salas, Martha M. et al. Volume 7 , Issue 3 , 155 – 161
  5. Effect of the Emotional Freedom Technique on Perceived Stress, Quality of Life, and Cortisol Salivary Levels in Tension-Type Headache Sufferers: A Randomized Controlled Trial
    Bougea, Anastasia M. et al. Volume 9 , Issue 2 , 91 – 99
  6. Emotional Freedom Techniques in the Treatment of Unhealthy Eating Behaviors and Related Psychological Constructs in Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial
    Stapleton, Peta et al. Volume 12 , Issue 2 , 113 – 122
  7. EFT and Resiliency in Veterans at Risk for PTSD: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Church, Dawson et al. Volume 12 , Issue 5 , 355 – 365

EFT Tapping for Depression is the focus of the following studies:

“I do a weekly Tapping (EFT) session, and it has been very helpful in changing old thought patterns in my life.”

“If a food craving crops up suddenly or unexpected pain flares up, this simple [tapping] technique can help keep it under control.”  Watch the video here.

“EFT is the most clinically-effective mind body practice out there.”

“[EFT Tapping technique can] clear emotional blocks from your body’s bioenergy system which can restore balance to your mind and body.”

“In a critical review published in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) journal, Review of General Psychology, researchers found that EFT “consistently demonstrated strong effect-sizes and other positive statistical results that far exceed chance after relatively few treatment sessions.

Other recent studies demonstrate how EFT can accomplish remarkable progress in a very short amount of time for people with a history of trauma.”

For example…

Teenage boys benefit...

A 2009 study of 16 institutionalized adolescent boys, with histories of physical or psychological abuse, showed substantially decreased intensity of traumatic memories after just ONE session of EFT.

Depressed students benefit...

A study involving 30 college students with moderate to severe depression was conducted. The depressed students were given four 90-minute EFT Tapping sessions. When evaluated three weeks later, the students who received EFT showed significantly less depression compared to the control group. Read more here…

Mindfulness vs EFT Tapping...

A study published in the Energy Psychology Journal confirmed that the benefits from EFT are the result of the tapping process, NOT a placebo effect. The study included 20 college students who were divided into two groups. One group did EFT while the control group received mindfulness training.

Before and after the sessions, positive and negative emotions were assessed.

 These included enjoyment, hope, pride, anger, anxiety, shame, hopelessness, boredom, and mindfulness. Overall, the EFT group experienced significantly greater increases in positive emotions, such as hope and enjoyment, along with greater decreases in negative emotional states like anger and shame.

The study concluded that: “No significant change was found for mindfulness. Tapping on acupoints, combined with the vocalization of self-affirming statements, appears to be an active ingredient in EFT rather than an inert placebo. The results were consistent with other published reports demonstrating EFT’s efficacy for addressing psychological conditions in students.”

EFT Studies for Anxiety related problems is the focus of these studies:

Reducing mathematics anxiety among students with pseudo-dyscalculia in Ibadan through numerical cognition and EFT: Moderating effect of mathematics efficacy

Tapping for PEAS: EFT in reducing Presentation Expression Anxiety Syndrome (PEAS) in university students

Efficacy of EFT in reducing public speaking anxiety: A randomized controlled trial

The effect of EFT and progressive muscular relaxation on test anxiety in high school students: A randomized controlled trial

Tapping for success: A pilot study to explore if EFT can reduce anxiety and enhance academic performance in university students

Is EFT generalizable? Comparing effects in sport science students versus complementary therapy students

The effect of a brief EFT self-intervention on anxiety, depression, pain and cravings in healthcare workers

Effectiveness of EFT on occupational stress for preschool teachers

Interventions to reduce anxiety for gifted children and adolescents

Psychological symptom change after group application of EFT

Reducing anxiety in dental patients using EFT: A pilot study

Self-administered EFT in individuals with fibromyalgia: A randomized trial

Can EFT be effective in the treatment of emotional conditions? Results of a service evaluation in Sandwell.

Assessment of EFT: An alternative treatment for fear

Case series of panic disorder patients treated with Oriental medical treatments and EFT

The effectiveness of EFT for optimal test performance: A randomized controlled trial.

The effects of EFT on long-term psychological symptoms

The treatment of combat trauma in veterans using EFT: A pilot protocol

EFT Tapping for Athletic Performance is the focus of these studies.

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Deepak Chopra endorses EFT Tapping

Great healing benefits…

“EFT offers great healing benefits. Deep breathing is the basis of mindfulness practice.”

Deepak Chopra, M.D.

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Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Deepak Chopra endorses EFT Tapping
“EFT offers great healing benefits. Deep breathing is the basis of mindfulness practice.”

EFT for Super Learning…

EFT is a simple, powerful process that in some sense engages like 'super learning'... [and] can profoundly influence gene activity,...

Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., Cellular biologist, Bestselling Author

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Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., Cellular biologist, Bestselling Author

EFT is a simple, powerful process that in some sense engages like ‘super learning’… [and] can profoundly influence gene activity, health and behavior.
Medical Director of Chopra Center says deep breathing reduces stress response

Deep breathing reduces stress…

In the medical community, there is a growing appreciation for the positive impact that deep breathing can have on the...

Sheila Patel, M.D., Medical Director, Chopra Center

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Sheila Patel, M.D., Medical Director, Chopra Center

Medical Director of Chopra Center says deep breathing reduces stress response
In the medical community, there is a growing appreciation for the positive impact that deep breathing can have on the physiology, both in the mind and the body. According to the research, many of these beneficial effects can be attributed to reducing the stress response 

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