This study on chronic pain reduction through the use of EFT was published in November 2014 in the Journal of Energy Psychology and revealed statistically significant reductions in pain severity as well as in “interference, life control, and affective distress.”
This paper should be read by anyone interested in understanding how EFT tapping may work as a counter-conditioning (think “re-wiring” of the brain as a means of having a new and different response to a stressful event.
fMRI study in normal subjects reveals that the stimulation of acupuncture points can reduce amygdala ad hippocampus arousal that is a critical component of the hyper-arousal and fear response.
Energy Psychology: A Review of the Preliminary Evidence. Energy psychology utilizes imaginal and narrative-generated exposure, paired with interventions that reduce hyperarousal through acupressure and related techniques.
This is an excellent review paper by David Feinstein exploring and addressing some of the controversies and skepticism among researchers and mental health care providers that has been raised regarding energy psychology and EFT tapping.
This is an excellent, thorough and perhaps the best review of the EFT/Energy Psychology research literature to date, authored by David Feinstein, PhD, psychologist/author, discussing research regarding tapping modalities for PTSD, specific phobias, public speaking and test-taking anxiety, depression, generalized anxiety and other psychological symptoms, pain/physical illness, weight control and athletic performance.
Boath, EH., Stewart, T & Carryer A. (2012) A narrative systematic review of the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Staffordshire University, CPSI Monograph.