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EFT Tapping Research; The Science of Tapping

EFT, Energy Psychology and Tapping Studies, Abstracts, Papers, and Articles with Editor’s Note Summaries (by Craig Weiner, DC)

This is one of the most comprehensive collection of EFT/Tapping related published research abstracts and full papers in a single location. It is continually updated. Editor’s notes provided by Craig Weiner, DC, provide a brief synopsis of each paper and further details are best obtained by reading the full paper and if unable to obtain, then to review the paper abstract.

Articles/Papers listed may be found in multiple categories, according to relevant subject headings.

Articles/Papers may be available:

  1. As a Free Abstract
  2. As a Free Full Research Paper (Some are downloadable PDFs that require the user to have Adobe Acrobat Reader) or
  3. Commonly it is required that to obtain the full research paper you need to purchase it via the link to the publisher.

Abstracts/Papers appear in a wide variety of publications, many though not all of which are peer reviewed journals, not all of which can be found on PubMed searches.

Each research paper listed is on this Table of Contents Page with a Description of the Paper and its Citation (title, authors and publication information) with a link to a Unique Study Page.

Each Unique Study Page offers a study Description, Citation, Abstract and Editor’s Summary Notes (Based upon Abstracts or Full Papers (when available to this editor reviewer) and Original Papers when available.

Some full papers/PDFs have been made available as slightly revised editions by the author which may vary from the original journal publication rendition.

Milestones in Worldwide Acceptance of EFT and EFT Published Research

  • Nov. 2021 a select committee led by Peta Stapleton, PhD and approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) was created to evaluate EFT by the APA for inclusion on their evidence based psychological treatments website
  • 2020 EFT approved under the National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS) for therapy in Australia
  • 2020 Australian Psychological Society features EFT during National Psychology Week as emerging approach for pain
  • 2020 APA journal (USA) published EFT cortisol replication study
  • 2020 A major review of psychological treatments for PTSD – Energy psychology (combined somatic/cognitive therapies) was the 2nd most effective at reducing PTSD symptoms at the end of treatment to waitlist (after EMDR which was found to be most effective). Further, energy psychology had the greatest cost savings over no treatment, followed by EMDR, trauma-focused CBT and then other treatments
  • 2019 Blue Knot Foundation for (trauma) includes EFT in PTSD clinical guidelines in Australia
  • In 2019, EFT was approved for use within the South Korean medical system
  • 2018 – N.I.C.E. (UK) acknowledge the body of EFT research, deem it worthy of government funding and in economic modelling indicated it was highly cost effective
  • 2018 EFT was approved as “generally safe” by the US Veterans Administration
  • 2018 EFT International and ACEP (Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology) made a joint submission of the research evidence for EFT and TFT as treatments for PTSD to NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) in the UK. NICE has created a specific category for EFT, TFT and Somatic Experiencing called “CSACTS” (Combined Somatic and Cognitive Therapies) and acknowledged as “worthy of further research”
  • In 2017, the U.S. Veterans Administration (V.A.) added EFT to List 2, approving it as a “generally safe therapy”

Emotional Freedom Technique As An Intervention Tool In Dealing With Stress Among Mothers of the Children with Intellectual Disability

Citation: Pandey, N. & Mitra, P. (June 2020).  Emotional Freedom Technique as an intervention tool in dealing with stress among mothers of the children with intellectual disability.  Tathapi (UGC Care Journal) ISSN:2320-0693 19(4) Full Paper Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353512808_Emotional_Freedom_Technique_as_an_Intervention_tool_in_dealing_with_Stress_among_Mothers_of_the_children_with_Intellectual_Disability ABSTRACT Stress describes unpleasant emotion or feeling that affects one’s level of functioning. It is psychological discomfort…

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Effectiveness of EFT on suicidal ideation among young adults

Citation: Patel, V. & Pandey, N. (2021). Effectiveness of EFT on suicidal ideation among young adults. International Journal of Indian Psychology 9(3). ISSN 2348-5396.DIP: 18.01.192.20210903, page2image50281920DOI: 10.25215/0903.192 Full paper available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355456746_Effectiveness_of_EFT_on_Suicidal_Ideation_among_Young_Adults Abstract: The present study examines the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) as an intervention for suicidal ideation among young adults. Suicide has been…

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A randomised wait-list controlled trial to evaluate Emotional Freedom Techniques for self-reported cancer-related cognitive impairment in cancer survivors

Citation: Tack L, Lefebvre T, Lycke M, Langenaeken C, Fontaine C, Borms M, Hanssens M, Knops C, Meryck K, Boterberg T, Pottel H, Schofield P, Debruyne PR. A randomised wait-list controlled trial to evaluate Emotional Freedom Techniques for self-reported cancer-related cognitive impairment in cancer survivors (EMOTICON). EClinicalMedicine. 2021 Aug 19;39:101081. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2021.101081. PMID: 34466793; PMCID:…

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Trauma-Based Energy Psychology Treatment Is Associated with Client Rehabilitation at an Addiction Clinic

Abstract: Energy Psychology (EP) comprises a set of innovative and powerful techniques that can be used to enhance treatment progress and outcomes for addiction and co-occurring disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This article identifies the limitations of the current addiction treatment paradigm and presents a variety of ways in which one dual diagnosis treatment…

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Emotional Freedom Techniques EFT Research Summary for Food Cravings and Weight Loss; An Overview of the Clinical Research

Acknowledgment: We are indebted to Peta Stapleton, PhD and the support of Bond University for publishing this body of clinical research and for permission for us to post it on our site.

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Emotional freedom techniques on nurses’ stress, anxiety, and burnout levels during the COVID-19 pandemic: A randomized controlled trial

Citation: Berna Dincer, Demet Inangil, Emotional freedom techniques on nurses’ stress, anxiety, and burnout levels during the COVID-19 pandemic: A randomized controlled trial, EXPLORE, 2020, ISSN 1550-8307, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2020.11.012 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550830720303839) Full Paper is available for free access at the above first link. Abstract Background and Objective Infectious disease outbreaks pose psychological challenges to the general population,…

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The Science Behind Energy Psychology: Quick Facts

Source Over 200 review articles, research studies and meta-analyses have been published in professional, peer-reviewed journals. This includes: 65 randomized controlled trials 50 clinical outcome studies (All except one of the above 115 studies document EP effectiveness) 5 meta-analyses 4 systematic reviews of EP modalities 9 comparative reviews (EP & other therapies) (All reviews document…

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Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Reduces Anxiety Among Women Undergoing Surgery

Citation: Thomas, R.M., Cutinho, S.P., & Aranha, D.M.S., (2017) Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) reduces anxiety among women undergoing surgery. Energy Psychology; Theory, Research and Treatment. 9(1), 18-25. doi:10.9769/EPJ.2017.9.1. Source: https://energypsychologyjournal.org/eft-reduces-anxiety-among-women-undergoing-surgery/ Abstract: Background: Anxiety is common in patients awaiting surgical procedures. It typically begins as soon as the procedure is planned and continues to the day…

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Psychological and psychosocial treatments for children and young people with post‐traumatic stress disorder: a network meta‐analysis

Citation: Mavranezouli, I., Megnin‐Viggars, O., Daly, C., Dias, S., Stockton, S., Meiser‐Stedman, R., Trickey, D., Pilling, S. Research Review: Psychological and psychosocial treatments for children and young people with post‐traumatic stress disorder: a network meta‐analysis, J. of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 17 July 2019 Study Source Journal: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jcpp.13094 Abstract Background Post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is…

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Emotional freedom techniques (EFT) to reduce exam anxiety in Turkish nursing students

Citation:İnangil D., Irmak Vural P., Doğan S., Körpe G. Effectiveness of Music Therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique on Test Anxiety in Turkish Nursing Students: A Randomised Controlled Trial, European Journal of Integrative Medicine, Volume 33, 2020 Link to source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1876382019302501?via%3Dihub Abstract: Introduction Nursing education involves among other things tracking the learning process. Many students experience…

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Reexamining the Effect of Emotional freedom Techniques on Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Citation: Stapleton, P., Crighton, G., Sabot, D., & O’Neill, H.M., (2020, March 12) Reexamining the Effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques on Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000563 Advance online publication. Source Link: https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Ftra0000563 Abstract: Objective: In a direct replication of Church, Yount, and Brooks (2012), this study…

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Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health

Citation: Bach, D., Groesbeck, G., Stapleton, P., Sims, R., Blickheuser, K., & Church, D. (2019). Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health. Journal of evidence-based integrative medicine, 24, 2515690X18823691. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515690X18823691 Study Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6381429/ | Download PDF Abstract: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an evidence-based self-help therapeutic method and over 100 studies…

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