THE RESEARCH BEHIND EFT

EFT & Science

The stress release system Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT tapping) is a revolutionary process for healing and for human potential, according to long-time U.S. EFT researcher David Feinstein Ph. D.

Dr. Feinstein is a clinical psychologist and 9-time national award-winner for his books on consciousness and healing. He is a leader among many researchers in 10 countries who have contributed to 159 scientific studies (May, 2021), including 5 meta-analyses.

96%  of studies show results in EFT’s favor.  EFT tapping relaxes emotions, mind and body.

Meta-analyses of EFT for anxiety, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder indicate treatment effects that exceed those of both psychopharmacology and conventional psychotherapy.

Evidence-based EFT features applying acupressure, or tapping,  on several main acupuncture points.  Tapping on a point generates an electrical charge in the body that has great precision in the brain, guided by targetting words.   Tests with fMRI show increased blood flow in specific brain areas.

Harvard Medical School research:  acupressure calms the body’s fear centre, the amygdala.

Dr. Feinstein (June 2021) reviews in the journal Advances in Mind-Body Medicine the 245 clinical trials, meta-analyses, systematic evaluations and theoretical articles published on energy psychology protocols.  These include tapping on acupuncture points, the most frequently used and investigated intervention in energy psychology.

Dr. Feinstein’s ‘Six Pillars of EFT’, shown by research as well as personal experience, are:
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It Works

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It's Fast

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It has benefits if done correctly

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It is the tapping that makes the difference

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EFT sends targeted messages to the brain

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It has biological markers

Research shows beneficial body responses to EFT relating to cortisol levels, cardiovascular function, immune response, gene expression, brain patterns optimisation,  blood flow to target parts of the brain.

Genetic response:

A landmark study at Akamai University, published in the peer-reviewed journal Energy Psychology:  Theory, Research and Treatment, documents altered expression of 72 genes in individuals after 50 minutes of EFT.

Some of these genes relate to: tumor suppression, regulation of stress response, male fertility, insulin regulation, inflammation and immune response (i.e. anti-viral activity), enhancement of synaptic connectivity, and UV damage prevention.

CLINICAL EFT

Developed in the early 1990s, Clinical EFT can be defined as a psychophysiological intervention which combines psychological methods drawn from conventional therapies with somatic stimulation.

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The American Psychological Association (APA) has been providing continuing education credits for courses in EFT since 2011.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges EFT as a trauma resource
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In the U.K. the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, a governmental authority, has established a category for treating PTSD which includes EFT.
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The Canadian Psychotherapy Association approves EFT
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Australian Psychologist of the Year (2019), Associate Professor Peta Stapleton of Bond University has researched EFT for 10 years.

read about EFT

‘The Science Behind Tapping:  a Proven Stress Management Technique for the Mind and Body’ (Hay House Inc. 2019, foreword by Dr. Joe Dispenza) states, ‘EFT has profound effects on the nervous system, the production of stress hormones (particularly cortisol), DNA regulation, and brain activity.’ This book offers the missing piece of this self-applied stress management tool- how and why it works

tedx talks on eft

Dr. Stapleton’s Youtube TEDX talk on EFT is titled ‘Is Therapy Facing a Revolution?’, citing EFT as a leader in ‘the fourth wave of psychotherapy’.  Dr. Peta Stapleton has led the Australian research into Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or ‘tapping’, which is used to treat a number of conditions including chronic pain, obesity, anxiety and stress

mindheart connect

clinical eft improves multiple physiological markers of health

Bach, D., Groesbeck, G., Stapleton, P., Banton, S., Blickheuser, K., & Church. D. (2018).
Journal of Evidence Based Integrative Medicine. © Mind Heart Connect 2018.

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HAPPINESS UP

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IMMUNE SYSTEM MARKERS UP

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PAIN DOWN

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ANXIETY DOWN

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DEPRESSION DOWN

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PTSD SYMPTOMS DOWN

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CORTISOL DOWN

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BLOOD PREASSURE DOWN

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FOOD CRAVINGS DOWN

Medicial Professionals that use EFT

testimonials

Hospitals that use EFT tapping (2018)
  • EFT used within NHS in Scotland
  • Chesterfield NHS (Mental Health Service?)
  • Christie Hospital Manchester (cancer/palliative care)
  • Forth Valley NHS (Behavioural Therapy Service)
  • Beechwood Cancer Support Centre
  • Central Lancashire NHS (current pilot study at Stop Smoking Service)
  • Lincoln NHS
  • Pembroke & Tavistock NHS
  • EFT Training in University Hospital Beachwood, Ohio
  • Mater Dei Hospital  in Malta funds training in EFT for Midwives
  • Tapping Therapy Promoted in NHS

    At our clinic we are presently using EFT to help patients overcome negative emotions that undermine health, and to eliminate many forms of pain…We also use it to reduce food cravings that can sabotage healthy eating programs, and to implement positive life goals to support optimal health and well being…EFT is now a major component of our treatment program.

    Dr. Joseph Mercola
    Director, Natural Health Center

    EFT is the single most effective tool I’ve learned in 40 years of being a therapist.

    Dr. Curtis A. Steele
    Psychiatrist

    Some day the medical profession will wake up and realize that unresolved emotional issues are the main cause of 85% of all illnesses. When they do, EFT will be one of their primary healing tools…as it is for me.

    Eric Robins
    MD

    In my 50 years as a practicing psychiatrist, EFT has proven to be one of the most rapid and effective techniques I’ve ever used.

    Henry Altenberg
    MD

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