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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.

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  2. As a Free Full Research Paper (Some are downloadable PDFs that require the user to have Adobe Acrobat Reader) or
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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 Techniques; An Effective And Efficient Tool For Integrative Cancer Care

Emotional Freedom Techniques; An Effective And Efficient Tool For Integrative Cancer Care. by Aga Kehinde and Bettina Falkenberg Original Source Paper: https://www.agakehinde.com/blog-1   Stress, anxiety, and emotional distress are present along the entire cancer care pathway. (Gary et al., 2022) Figure1 These factors impact the efficacy of treatments, patient outcomes, recovery time, and cost of…

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The effectiveness of emotional freedom techniques (EFT) on depression of postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial

Citation: Mehdipour A, Abedi P, Ansari S, Dastoorpoor M. The effectiveness of emotional freedom techniques (EFT) on depression of postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. J Complement Integr Med. 2021 May 19;19(3):737-742. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2020-0245. PMID: 34013673. Link to Pubmed abstract: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34013673/ Abstract Objectives: Postmenopausal women are at greater risk of depression. Depression may negatively affect the…

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Everything smells like poo, landfill, and rotten food: A retrospective case report using Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for parosmia following COVID-19

Citation: Boath, E., & Philpott, C. (2023). “Everything smells like poo, landfill, and rotten food”: A retrospective case report using Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for parosmia following COVID-19. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 15(2), 27–32. Link to Journal Abstract Abstract: Parosmia is a disorder of scent that has affected millions of people worldwide…

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Novel ideas: Evaluation of a brief trauma tapping taining and single session application

Citation:  Hamne G., Sandstrom, U., Stapleton, P., Novel Ideas: Evaluation of a Brief Trauma Tapping Training and Single Session Application. International Journal of Healing and Caring 2023, 23(3)22-28  September 2023 Volume 23 Number 3. ISSN:1538-1080 https://doi.10.78717/ijhc.202323322 Link to Full Paper: https://ijhc.org/2023/09/01/novel-ideas-evaluation-of-a-brief-trauma-tapping-training-and-single-session-application/ Abstract: A challenge in conflict resolution and peace building efforts for regions affected by war…

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Effect of Emotional Freedom Technique Applied to Patients Before Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy on Surgical Fear and Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Citation:Menevse, S. & Yavla, A.  (2023).  Effect of Emotional Freedom Technique applied to patients before laparoscopic cholecystectomy on surgical fear and anxiety: A randomized controlled trial.  Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 6 October 2023.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jopan.2023.07.006 Abstract Purpose No studies have investigated the effect of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) on the surgical fears and anxieties of patients before laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This…

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Six Sessions of Emotional Freedom Techniques Remediate One Veteran’s Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Citation: Minewiser L. Six Sessions of Emotional Freedom Techniques Remediate One Veteran’s Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Med Acupunct. 2017 Aug 1;29(4):249-253. doi: 10.1089/acu.2017.1216. PMID: 28874927; PMCID: PMC5576207. Link to Full Paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5576207/ Abstract Background: Reports show high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Veterans who served in the Gulf Wars. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)…

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Comparison of efficacy of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing of emotional freedom technique and cognitive-behavioral therapy in PTSD in covid-19

Citation: akbari, M., Aghdasi, A., Panah ali, A., Azemodeh, M., naghdi sadeh, R. (2023). Comparison of efficacy of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing of emotional freedom technique and cognitive-behavioral therapy in PTSD in covid-19. Journal of Modern Psychological Researches, 18(69), -. doi: 10.22034/jmpr.2023.16246 Source: https://psychologyj.tabrizu.ac.ir/article_16246.html?lang=en Abstract This study compared the effectiveness of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing…

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Bifocal emotion regulation through acupoint tapping in fear of flying

Citation: Wittfoth D, Beise J, Manuel J, Bohne M, Wittfoth M. Bifocal emotion regulation through acupoint tapping in fear of flying. Neuroimage Clin. 2022;34:102996. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2022.102996. Epub 2022 Mar 30. PMID: 35378497; PMCID: PMC8980501. Full Paper available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35378497/ Abstract Very few studies have investigated the neural underpinnings of bifocal-multisensory interventions such as acupoint tapping…

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Emotion regulation through bifocal processing of fear inducing and disgust inducing stimuli

 Wittfoth D, Pfeiffer A, Bohne M, Lanfermann H, Wittfoth M. Emotion regulation through bifocal processing of fear inducing and disgust inducing stimuli. BMC Neurosci. 2020 Nov 23;21(1):47. doi: 10.1186/s12868-020-00597-x. PMID: 33225884; PMCID: PMC7681990. Full Paper can be accessed at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7681990/ Abstract Background: We present first-time evidence for the immediate neural and behavioral effects of bifocal emotional…

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Feasibility and effect of emotional freedom therapy on sleep quality in patients with end-stage renal disease receiving maintenance hemodialysis: A pilot study

Citation: Tang, X., Wang, L., Ni, S., Wu, M., Hu, S., & Zhang, L. (2023). Feasibility and effect of emotional freedom therapy on sleep quality in patients with end-stage renal disease receiving maintenance hemodialysis: A pilot study. Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.), 51, 112–120. Advance online publication. Link to Publication and Full Paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0197457223000538?via%3Dihub Abstract: …

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The Effect of Emotional Freedom Technique on Fatigue among Women with Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Citation: Ghaderi Z, Nazari F, Shaygannejad V. The Effect of Emotional Freedom Technique on Fatigue among Women with Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res. 2021 Oct 22;26(6):531-536. doi: 10.4103/ijnmr.IJNMR_188_19. PMID: 34900653; PMCID: PMC8607895. Pubmed Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34900653/ Abstract Background: This study aimed to investigate the effect of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) on…

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Live psychotherapy by video versus in-person: A meta-analysis of efficacy and its relationship to types and targets of treatment

Craig’s Note: This paper did not include EFT as an intervention but is offered to address the therapeutic comparison of therapeutic measures in in-person vs over video-delivered mechanisms.   Citation: Fernandez E, Woldgabreal Y, Day A, Pham T, Gleich B, Aboujaoude E. Live psychotherapy by video versus in-person: A meta-analysis of efficacy and its relationship…

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