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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”

Depression Symptoms Improve after Successful Weight Loss with Emotional Freedom Techniques; Stapleton et al 2013

Stapleton, P., Church, D., Sheldon, T., Porter, B., & Carlopio, C. (2013). Depression Symptoms Improve after Successful Weight Loss with Emotional Freedom Techniques. ISRN Psychiatry, 2013, 573532. doi:10.1155/2013/573532 Click here to read Abstract and Full Paper http://goo.gl/Knpxuk Abstract Ninety-six overweight or obese adults were randomly allocated to a four-week EFT treatment or waitlist condition. Waitlist…

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Clinical Benefits of Emotional Freedom Techniques on Food Cravings at 12-Months Follow-Up

A 12 Month Follow Up Study on the Effectiveness of EFT on Food Cravings Reveals Significant Reductions in Weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), Food Cravings, Craving Restraint and Psychological Coping Ability Citation: Stapleton, P., Sheldon, T., & Porter, B. (2012). Clinical benefits of emotional freedom techniques on food cravings at 12-months follow-up: A randomized controlled…

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Brief Group Intervention Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for Depression in College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial; Church, DeAsis & Brooks, 2012

Four 90 Minute Group EFT Sessions in RCT Trial Reveals Significant Decrease in Depression Scores Citation: Church, D., De Asis, M., & Brooks, A. J. (2012). Brief group intervention using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for depression in college students: A randomized controlled trial. Depression Research & Treatment, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/257172 Click here to read Abstract and…

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A Randomized Clinical Trial Of A Meridian-Based Intervention For Food Cravings With Six Month Follow-Up

Food Cravings Reduced with EFT; A RCT Study Demonstrates the Effectiveness of EFT for 96 Obese Adults in Measuring Reduced Food Cravings and Increased Food Restraint Citation: Stapleton, P., Sheldon, T., Porter, B., Whitty, J. (2011). A randomized clinical trial of a meridian-based intervention for food cravings with six month follow-up. Behavior Change,28(1), p 1-16.Click…

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A Feasibility Study: Emotional Freedom Techniques for Depression in Australian Adults; Stapleton, et al 2014

Stapleton, P., Devine, S., Chatwin, H., Porter, B. and Sheldon, T. 2014. A feasibility study: emotional freedom techniques for depression in Australian adults. Curr. Res. Psychol., 5: 19-33. Click here to read Abstract http://goo.gl/bNZP8y and to read Full Paper http://goo.gl/KKQOo2 Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using Clinical Emotional…

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Practical Application of EFT for Food Cravings; A Case Study

Citation: Stapleton, P., Porter, B., (2012) Practical Application of Emotional Freedom Techniques for Food Cravings, Journal of International Healing and Caring, Vol. 12(3) Sept. 2012. Click here for Abstract and Full Paper https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265145082_Practical_Application_of_Emotional_Freedom_Techniques_for_Food_Cravings Abstract Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has been shown to have a lasting effect on food cravings, power over food and restraint ability,…

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Modulating Gene Expression through Psychotherapy: The Contribution of Non-Invasive Somatic Interventions

Paper Explores the Possibility that Non-Invasive Somatic Interventions (i.e. Tapping Techniques) Alter Gene Expression Citation: Feinstein, D., & Church, D. (2010). Modulating Gene Expression through Psychotherapy: The Contribution of Non-Invasive Somatic Interventions. Review of General Psychology,14(4), 283 – 195. © 2010, American Psychological Association. Note: This article may not exactly replicate the copy-edited version published…

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Evidence and Potential Mechanisms for Mindfulness Practices and Energy Psychology for Obesity and Binge-Eating Disorder

Paper Investigates the Use of Energy Psychology Tapping and Mindfulness as Potentially Effective Approaches of Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity Citation: Sojcher, R., Fogerite, S.M., Perlman, A. (2012) Evidence and Potential Mechanisms for Mindfulness Practices and Energy Psychology for Obesity and Binge-Eating Disorder Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 8(5), 271-276. Click here to…

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Your DNA is Not Your Destiny: Behavioral Epigenetics and the Role of Emotions in Health

Citation: Church, D. (2010). Your DNA is Not Your Destiny: Behavioral Epigenetics and the Role of Emotions in Health. Anti-Aging Medical Therapeutics, 13. Click here to download Abstract and Full Paper http://goo.gl/kjKjvo Abstract In a series of studies published in 2000 and later, researchers began to demonstrate the importance of epigenetic influences on gene expression.…

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Efficacy of EFT in Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial; Jones, Thornton & Andrews

Citation: Jones, S., Thornton, J., & Andrews, H. (2011). Efficacy of EFT in Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, Treatment, 3(1). Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/u4BEFW Abstract Thirty six volunteers with Public Speaking Anxiety (PSA) were randomly allocated into a treatment group and wait-list control group. Subjective self-report…

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Can Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Be Effective in the Treatment of Emotional Conditions? Results of a Service Evaluation in Sandwell; Stewart, Boath, Carryer, Walton, Hill

Citation: Stewart A, Boath E, Carryer A, Walton I, Hill L. Can Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) be effective in the treatment of emotional conditions? Results of a service evaluation in Sandwell. Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care 2013;2:71-84. Abstract Objectives: This service evaluation (pilot study) was carried out to establish the feasibility and effectiveness…

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The Effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on Psychological Symptoms in Addiction Treatment: A Pilot Study

Citation: Church, D., & Brooks, A. J. (2013). The effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on psychological symptoms in addiction treatment: A pilot study. Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, 2(2). To view Abstract http://goo.gl/2RKQmL and Download Full Paper PDF Abstract Objective: Studies have found a frequent co-occurrence of psychological symptoms such as anxiety and…

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