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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”

Potential of emotional freedom techniques to improve mood and quality of life in older adults

Citation: Harbottle, L., Potential of emotional freedom techniques to improve mood and quality of life in older adults | British Journal of Community Nursing, vol. 24, No. 9, published online 9/7/2019 https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/bjcn.2019.24.9.432 Abstract: Emotional freedom techniques (EFTs) are an innovative combined somatic and cognitive therapy. Derived from key principles within traditional Chinese medicine, they incorporate…

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Emotional freedom techniques and breathing awareness to reduce childbirth fear: A randomized controlled study

Citation: Vural P.I., Aslan, E., Emotional freedom techniques and breathing awareness to reduce childbirth fear: A randomized controlled study, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 35, 2019, 224-231, ISSN 1744-3881. Link to original paper and abstract: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2019.02.011 Abstract Background: Emotional freedom techniques (EFT) and breathing awareness (BA) are applicable during labour. The present study aimed…

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An Initial Investigation of Neural Changes in Overweight Adults with Food Cravings after Emotional Freedom Techniques

Citation: Stapleton P, Buchan C, Mitchell I, McGrath Y, Gorton P, Carter B. An Initial Investigation of Neural Changes in Overweight Adults with Food Cravings after Emotional Freedom Techniques. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2019;4(1):14; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901010. The full paper can be found at: https://bit.ly/2UaSX8H  © 2019 by the authors. This is an open access article…

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The Effectiveness of Spiritual Qur’anic Emotional Freedom Technique (SQEFT) Intervence Against the Change of Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) on Patient with Schizophrenia

Citation: Rosyanti L., Hadi I., Tanra J., Islam A., The Effectiveness of Spiritual Qur’anic Emotional Freedom Technique (SQEFT) Intervence Against the Change of Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) on Patient with Schizophrenia. Humanistic Network for Science and Technology. Health Notions, Volume 2 Number 8 (August 2018) ISSN 2580-4936. Link to Full Paper: http://heanoti.com/index.php/hn/article/view/hn20815 ABSTRACT Dimension…

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Energy psychology: Efficacy, speed, mechanisms

Citation: Feinstein, D, Energy psychology: Efficacy, speed, mechanisms, EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, Elsevier, Nov. 15, 2018 This paper has been published as Open Access and can be retrieved and freely downloaded by Clicking Here Abstract: The most well known forms of “energy psychology” combine cognitive and exposure techniques with the stimulation of…

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Emotional Freedom Technique: An Alternative Therapy in Destressing

Citation: Banerjee, P., Puri, A., Luqman, N., Emotional Freedom Technique : An Alternative Therapy in Destressing, International Journal of Application or Innovation in Engineering & Management (IJAIEM). Vol. 4, Issue 9, Sept. 2015, ISSN 2319 – 4847. 19-26. Link to Full Paper Abstract: In the present day competitive world, life is full of stress especially…

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Efficacy of Fifteen Emerging Interventions for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review

Citation: Metcalf, O., Varker, T., Forbes, D., Phelps, A., Dell, L., DiBattista, A., … & O’Donnell, M. (2016). Efficacy of Fifteen Emerging Interventions for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 29(1), 88-92. doi: 10.1002/jts.2207. Abstract: Although there is an abundance of novel interventions for the treatment of posttraumatic…

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Trends in meridian-based psychotherapy – a review of research on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Citation: Kim, S-Y., Yin, C-S., Choi, In, W., & Kim, J-W. (2013). Trends in meridian-based psychotherapy—a review of research on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, 24(1). 89-100. Abstract: Objectives: The purpose of this study is to investigate the research regarding Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and to understand the trends in meridian-based psychotherapy.…

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A narrative systematic review of the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Citation: Boath, E., Stewart, A., & Carryer, A. (2012). A narrative systematic review of the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Staffordshire University, CPSI Monograph. Link to Monograph Abstract EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a new and emerging energy psychology. This narrative systematic review aimed to identify and assess the quality of all published randomised…

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Acupoint Stimulation In Treating Psychological Disorders: Evidence Of Efficacy

Citation: Feinstein, D. (2012). Acupoint stimulation in treating psychological disorders: Evidence of Efficacy. Review of General Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0028602 Click here to read Abstract and Full Paper PDF http://goo.gl/brTBAQ (Note: This version may not exactly replicate the version published in the APA journal. It is not the “copy of record.”) Abstract Energy…

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The efficacy of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for treating trauma in a female population following earthquake in Indonesia

Citation: Rahmi, T. (2012). Efektivitas Emotional Freedom Technique dalam mengatasi trauma gempa Ibu Tumah Tangga [The efficacy of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for treating trauma in a female population following an earthquake in Indonesia]. Pedagogi, 12(2), 107-114. Source: http://ejournal.unp.ac.id/index.php/pedagogi/article/view/2212/1833 Abstract: This study aimed to describe the trauma that happened to Housewife in Teluk Bayur of…

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Stress and health: Symptoms and techniques of psychotherapeutic management

Citation: Panda, S., Stress and health: Symptoms and techniques of psychotherapeutic management, Indian Journal of Positive Psychology; Hisar Vol. 5, Iss. 4, Dec 2014. Abstract Link: http://iahrw.com/article.php?article=NDF5d0JLbHRRTmpjTFI5dnFqbFp0dz09 Abstract Only available Abstract: Stress is defined as a state of threatened or perceived by the individual as threatened homeostasis and it is reestablished by a complex repertoire…

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