In preliminary clinical trials involving more than 29,000 patients from 11 allied treatment centers in South America during a 14-year period, a variety of randomized, double-blind pilot studies were conducted. In one of these, approximately 5,000 patients diagnosed at intake with an anxiety disorder were randomly assigned to an experimental group (tapping) or a control group (cognitive behavior therapy /medication). Brain scans are noted demonstrating the differences between groups.
This study was meant to explore the possibility that additional psychological issues often come into play when there is addiction and was used to see the effects of EFT on 39 participants who self-reported having addiction problems at an addiction focused EFT workshop in 2008.
After a 15 minute explanation of EFT and a single tapping round, on several subject scales, according to the authors “the results suggest that EFT may be a useful addition to curricula for courses that include oral presentations.”
52 third year university students were given a public presentation assignment known to generate anxiety. They then received a 15 minute introductory lesson on EFT and were led in a single round of tapping, with a focus on public speaking anxiety and were then instructed that they could use EFT on their own. SUDs (Subjective Units of Distress) and HADs (Hospital Anxiety and Depression) Scales were used pre and post. 46 students completed the study with results showing a statistically significant decrease in anxiety, with no significant decrease in depression.
This is the complete original paper by the eminent EFT/Energy Psychology researcher David Feinstein, PhD. He has given permission for this paper to be offered at EFTtappingtraining.com.
One of the primary life questions that drives me, is the question of what it takes to truly change, permanently. Obviously, I am not the only person challenged by the quest to find this holy grail. Apparently, Bruce Ecker has also been on this same journey. He is the author of Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation. Sounds intriguing right? But just what is memory reconsolidation? He describes it as the brain’s built-in process for profound change. I would call it the neuroplastic possibility for true change
I think that every practitioner who uses EFT as a tool for helping another person heal, finds themselves being asked two important questions; what is EFT and how does EFT work? We each find our own way to build a bridge to describe EFT, either as a stress reduction technique, that it’s a form of emotional acupuncture without needles, or that it’s an energy healing technique or perhaps spoke of as a form of imaginal exposure that is paired with midbrain hyper-arousal and subsequent counter-conditioning through percussive acupoint stimulation. Well, maybe not too many use the latter explanation, though it certainly can be found described that way accurately.
EFT has many lineages or precursors and perhaps one of the most important ones is the tapping stimulation of acupuncture points or acupoints. It is unlikely that there is someone who uses any of the myriads of Energy Psychology or “tapping” methodologies who does not refer to these meridian end points in describing what they do to create changes as a result of their methods.
Professor Tony Stewart recently found his image being shown around the world, literally. Suddenly, he was an EFT Research rockstar after a BBC and Daily Mail report was broadcast regarding the EFT Tapping work he was doing in a national health care clinic in the U.K. At first, the buzz was everywhere! Tapping sites lit… Read More »