Unlock Your Mind-Body Wellness with Emotional Freedom Tapping: A look at the evidence

Unlock Your Mind-Body Wellness with Emotional Freedom Tapping: A look at the evidence

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a holistic therapy used to treat a variety of psychological and physiological conditions. It combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with acupressure to reduce stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions. Recent studies demonstrate that EFT is both a safe and effective approach to healing.

A systematic review of the literature identified 56 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and eight meta-analyses that evaluated the efficacy of EFT treatment. Findings from these studies demonstrate that EFT can be used to treat a wide range of psychological and physiological issues, including anxiety, depression, phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, insomnia, and autoimmune conditions. Meta-analyses show that EFT treatments produce “moderate” to “large” effects on patient outcomes. Independent replication studies also found substantial success in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, phobias, sports performance, and cortisol levels.

The studies also reveal that EFT is a relatively quick and efficient form of treatment. Most people report feeling a reduction in symptoms within a few sessions. Treatment administered virtually has also been found to be just as effective as in-person treatment. In addition, the improvements achieved through EFT treatment tend to persist over time.

A key benefit of EFT is that it can produce tangible biological effects in the body. Research suggests that EFT can influence gene expression, brain synchrony, hormonal synthesis, and a wide range of biomarkers, which could potentially benefit patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairment.

Given the promising body of evidence for EFT, further research is needed to fully understand its potential as a safe, rapid, reliable, and effective form of treatment for mental and physical health issues. This research should include large-scale datasets made possible by mobile apps, as well as exploration of alternative delivery methods, such as virtual practitioner sessions, online courses, apps, artificial intelligence agents, and virtual reality platforms.

In conclusion, EFT is a mature and stable therapeutic technique with a robust evidence base. The findings of recent studies suggest that it is an effective treatment for a wide variety of psychological and physiological conditions. With further research, EFT could be a valuable tool for primary care settings in addressing both mental and physical health needs.


Church, D., Stapleton, P., & Vasudevan, A. (2022). Clinical EFT as an evidence-based practice for the treatment of psychological and physiological conditions: A systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology, 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.951451

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