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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”

The Effect of Thought Field Therapy on Dental Fear among Saudi Women during Restorative Treatment

Citation: The Effect of Thought Field Therapy on Dental Fear among Saudi Women during Restorative Treatment, Alawdah, A.,  AlHabdan, A., Almejrad, L. EC Dental Science, Cronicon Open Access Research Article 2021  Link to free full paper: http://www.tftfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/ECDE-20-01660.pdf Abstract Background: This study aimed to evaluate the moderating effect of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) on dental fear…

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Uses of Energy Psychology Following Catastrophic Events

Citation: Feinstein D. Uses of Energy Psychology Following Catastrophic Events. Front Psychol. 2022 Apr 25;13:856209. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.856209. PMID: 35548526; PMCID: PMC9084314. Pubmed Link to full free Paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9084314/ Abstract: Energy psychology, as most widely practiced, integrates the manual stimulation of acupuncture points with imaginal exposure, cognitive restructuring, and other evidence-based psychotherapeutic procedures. Efficacy for energy…

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Energy Psychology in Disaster Relief

Citation: Feinstein, David. (2008). Energy Psychology in Disaster Relief. Traumatology. 14. 127-139. 10.1177/1534765608315636. Link for free full paper PDF: https://www.academia.edu/73123548/Energy_psychology_in_disaster_relief Abstract Energy psychology utilizes cognitive operations such as imaginal exposure to traumatic memories or visualization of optimal performance scenarios—combined with physical interventions derived from acupuncture, yoga, and related systems—for inducing psychological change. While a controversial…

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The Manual Stimulation of Acupuncture Points in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques

Citation: Church D, Feinstein D. The Manual Stimulation of Acupuncture Points in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques. Med Acupunct. 2017 Aug 1;29(4):194-205. doi: 10.1089/acu.2017.1213. PMID: 28874920; PMCID: PMC5580368. Pubmed Link to Entire Paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5580368/ Abstract: Background: The manual stimulation of acupuncture points has been combined with components of…

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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. Abstract Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35378497/ Abstract: Very few studies have investigated the neural underpinnings of bifocal-multisensory interventions such as acupoint tapping (tapping) despite…

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Comparing the effect of emotional freedom technique on sleep quality and happiness of women undergoing breast cancer surgery in military and nonmilitary families: A quasi‐experimental multicenter study

Citation: Kalroozi F, Moradi M, Ghaedi-Heidari F, Marzban A, Raeisi-Ardali SR. Comparing the effect of emotional freedom technique on sleep quality and happiness of women undergoing breast cancer surgery in military and nonmilitary families: A quasi-experimental multicenter study. Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2022 Oct;58(4):2986-2997. doi: 10.1111/ppc.13150. Epub 2022 Oct 3. PMID: 36192125. Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36192125/ Abstract Purpose:…

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Emotional Freedom Techniques for Stroke Rehabilitation: A Single Case Study

Citation: Fuller SA, Stapleton P. Emotional Freedom Techniques for Stroke Rehabilitation: A Single Case Study. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2021; 6(4): 038; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2104038. Full Paper available at: https://www.lidsen.com/journals/icm/icm-06-04-038 Abstract A 37-year-old female with a history of complex trauma, anxiety and depression was treated with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) supplemented with guided imagery within the…

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Corrigendum Supports Therapeutic Contribution of Acupoint Tapping to EFTs’ Observed Effects: Response to Spielmans (2021)

Citation: Church D, Kip K, Stapleton P. Corrigendum Supports Therapeutic Contribution of Acupoint Tapping to EFTs’ Observed Effects: Response to Spielmans (2021). J Nerv Ment Dis. 2022 Feb 1;210(2):143-147. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001439. PMID: 35080522. Source Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35080522/ Abstract We published a meta-analysis of studies that examined the various components of an evidence-based therapy called emotional freedom…

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Skinny Genes’ Six-week, Online, Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques Program: Durable Weight Loss and Improved Psychological Symptoms

Citation: Church D, Stapleton P, Raynor D. Skinny Genes’ Six-week, Online, Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques Program: Durable Weight Loss and Improved Psychological Symptoms. Adv Mind Body Med. 2022 Winter;36(1):13-21. PMID: 35476748. Access to Full PDF: https://eftuniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Skinny-Genes-Published.pdf Abstract Context: With obesity a mounting global issue, efficacious treatments can make a contribution to both personal and public…

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Neural changes after Emotional Freedom Techniques treatment for chronic pain sufferers

Citation: Peta S, Oliver B, Tom O, Bhuta S. Neural changes after Emotional Freedom Techniques treatment for chronic pain sufferers. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2022 Nov;49:101653. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2022.101653. Epub 2022 Jul 31. PMID: 35933806. Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1744388122001219?via%3Dihub Abstract This clinical trial investigated the effect of an Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) intervention on brain activation in chronic…

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Clinical EFT as an evidence-based practice for the treatment of psychological and physiological conditions: A systematic review

Citation: Link: Full Downloadable PDF: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.951451/full Abstract:  Background: Since the turn of the century, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has come into widespread use in medical and psychological treatment settings. It is also used as self-help by tens of millions of people each year. Clinical EFT, the manualized form of the method, has been validated as…

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Editorial: The future of psychology: Approaches to enhance therapeutic outcomes

Citation: Church D, Baumann O, Stapleton P. Editorial: The future of psychology: Approaches to enhance therapeutic outcomes. Front Psychol. 2022 Dec 20;13:1116204. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1116204. PMID: 36605285; PMCID: PMC9810337. Link to Editorial and PDF: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9810337/    A greater acceptance of mind-body approaches in psychology is emerging. Research indicates that supplementing established and evidence-based psychological techniques (e.g.,…

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