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The predecessor of EFT, Thought Field Therapy, was listed in the SAMHSA registry as an evidence based treatment in 2016

SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. NREPP provides review and registry for mental health and substance abuse interventions (National Repertory of Evidence Based Practices and Procedures). http://nrepp.samhsa.gov/ProgramProfile.aspx?id=60 

EFT is currently under review by NREPP in the U.S., and by NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) in the UK, and results are expected soon.


In 2017, the U.S. Veterans Administration added EFT to List 2, approving it as a “generally safe therapy.” This is a very big step as EFT was originally developed with Veterans, has shown solid, consistent results with their issues, and we have been working towards recognition from the VA for years. The ultimate goal is to make List 1 - "approved treatments".

Many find this report by David Feinstein, PhD, on the efficacy of methods using stimulation of acupuncture points informative and useful.

http://www.innersource.net/ep/images/stories/downloads/Acupoint_Stimulation_Research_Review.pdf 


Meta-Analyses and Systematic Reviews

Clond, M. (2016). Emotional Freedom Techniques for anxiety: A systematic review with metaanalysis.
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease J Nerv Ment Dis. 2016 Feb 18. [Epub ahead of print].

Nelms, J. & Castel, D. (2016). A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized and nonrandomized trials of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for the treatment of depression.
Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, (in press).

Kalla, M. (2014). The effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for improving the physical, mental, and emotional health of people with chronic diseases and/or mental health conditions: a systemic review protocol.
JBI Database of Systemic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 12(2).
http://journals.lww.com/jbisrir/Fulltext/2014/12020/The_effectiveness_of_Emotional_Freedom_Techniques.12.aspx 

Kim, S.Y., Yin, C.S., In, W., Kim, J-W. (2013). Trends in meridian-based psychotherapy: A review of researches on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry 24(1), 89-100. doi: 10.7231/jon.2013.24.Spc1.089

Boath, E., Stewart, A. and Carryer, A. (2012). A narrative systematic review of the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Staffordshire University, CPSI Monograph.
https://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/A_narrative_systematic%20_Review_of_the_effectiveness_of_Emotional_Freedoms_Technique_(EFT)_tcm44-45500.pdf

 

Randomized Controlled Trials with Potentially Strong Generalizability

Chatwin, H., Stapleton, P.B., Porter, B., Devine, S., & Sheldon, T. (2016). The Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques in Reducing Depression and Anxiety among Adults: A Pilot Trial. Integrative Medicine, in press.

Stapleton, P., Chatwin, H., William, M., Hutton, A. Pain, A., Porter, B. & Sheldon, T. (2016). Emotional freedom techniques in the treatment of unhealthy eating behaviors and related psychological constructs in adolescents: A randomized controlled pilot trial.
Explore, 12:113-122

Babamahmoodi, et al. (2015). Emotional freedom technique (EFT) effects on pyschoimmunological factors of chemically pulmonary injured veterans.
Iran Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunological Disorders 14(1), 37-47.

Church, D., Yount, G., Rachlin, K., Fox, L., & Nelms, J. (2015). Epigenetic effects of PTSD remediation in veterans using Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A randomized controlled trial.
American Journal of Health Promotion (in press).

Lee, J.W., Chung, S.Y. & Kim, J.W. (2015). A comparison of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT-I) and Sleep Hygiene Education (SHE) in a geriatric population: A randomized controlled trial.
Energy Psychology Journal, 7(1). doi 10.9769/EPJ.2015.05.1.JL

Nemiro, A., Papworth, S., & Palmer-Hoffman, J. (2015). Efficacy of two evidence-based therapies, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of gender violence in the Congo: A randomized controlled trial.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 7(2).

Rogers, R. & Sears, S. (2015). Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for stress in students: A randomized controlled dismantling study. Energy Psychology Journal, 7(2). doi10.9769/EPJ.2015.11.1.RR

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.
http://thescipub.com/abstract/10.3844/crpsp.2014.19.33

Bougea, A., Spandideas, N., Alexopoulos, E. et al. (2013). Effect of the Emotional Freedom Technique on Perceived Stress, Quality of Life, and Cortisol Salivary Levels in Tension-Type Headache Sufferers: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Explore, 9(2), 91–99.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2012.12.005

Church, D., Hawk, C, Brooks, A., Toukolehto, O., Wren, M., Dinter, I., Stein, P. (2013). Psychological trauma symptom improvement in veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A randomized controlled trial.
Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, 201(2),153–160.

Stapleton, P., Church, D., Sheldon, T., Porter, B., & Carlopio, C. (2013). Depression symptoms improve after successful weight loss with emotional freedom techniques.
ISRN Psychiatry, article ID 573532.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/573532

Church, D., De Asis, M., Brooks, A. (2012) Brief group intervention using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for depression in college students: A randomized controlled trial.
Accepted for publication in the Journal of Depression Research and Treatment.

Stapleton, P., Sheldon, T., & Porter, B. (2012). Clinical benefits of Emotional Freedom Techniques on food cravings at 12-months follow-up: A randomized controlled trial.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 4(1), 13-24. doi: 10.9769.EPJ.2012.4.1.P

Church, D., Piña, O., Reategui, C., & Brooks, A. (2011). Single session reduction of the intensity of traumatic memories in abused adolescents after EFT: A randomized controlled pilot study.
Traumatology. doi:10.1177/1534765611426788

Church, D., Yount, G. & Brooks, A. (2011). The effect of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) on stress biochemistry: A randomized controlled trial.
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 200(10), 891–896.

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).

Salas, M., Brooks, A., & Rowe, J. (2011). The immediate effect of a brief energy psychology intervention (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on specific phobias: A pilot study.
Explore, 7, 155-161.

Stein, P. & Brooks, A. (2011). Efficacy of EFT provided by coaches versus licensed therapists in veterans with PTSD.
Energy Psychology Journal: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 3(1).

Baker, A. H., & Siegel, L. S. (2010). Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) reduces intense fears: A partial replication and extension of Wells et al.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 2(2), p 13-30.
doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2010.2.2.AHB.LSS

Church, D. (2009). The Effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on athletic performance: A randomized controlled blind trial.
The Open Sports Sciences Journal, 9, 94-99.

Brattberg, G. (2008). Self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in individuals with fibromyalgia: a randomized trial.
Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, August/September 2008.

Wells, S., Polglase, K., Andrews, H. B., Carrington, P. & Baker, A. H. (2003). Evaluation of a meridian-based intervention, emotional freedom techniques (EFT), for reducing specific phobias of small animals.
Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59(9) 943-966.

 

Randomized Controlled Trials with Limited Generalizability

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. http://thescipub.com/abstract/10.3844/crpsp.2014.19.33

Fox, L. (2013). Is Acupoint Tapping an Active Ingredient or an Inert Placebo in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)? A Randomized Controlled Dismantling Study.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 5(2), 15-26.

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

Jain, S., & Rubino, A. (2012). The effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for optimal test performance: A randomized controlled trial.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 4(2), 13-24. doi:10.9769.EPJ.2012.4.2.SJ

Llewellyn-Edwards, T., & Llewellyn-Edwards, M. (2012). The effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on soccer performance.
Fidelity: Journal for the National Council of Psychotherapy, 47, 14 – 19.

Waite, L. W. & Holder, M.D. (2003). Assessment of the Emotional Freedom Technique: An alternative treatment for fear.
The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, 2 (1) 20-26.

 

Uncontrolled Outcome Studies

Patterson, S.L. (2016). The effect of Emotional Freedom Technique on stress and anxiety in nursing students.
Nurse Education Today (2016), 104-110.
doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.02.003
http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1SgnixHa58Cjf 

Baker, B. Hoffman, C. (2014). Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to reduce the side effects associated with tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitor use in women with breast cancer: A service evaluation.
European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 7(2), 136-42.

Church, D., & Palmer-Hoffman, J. (2014). TBI symptoms improve after PTSD remediation with Emotional Freedom Techniques.
Traumatology, 20(3), 172-181.

Lee, S-W., Lee, Y-J., Yoo, S-W., Lee, R-D., Park, S-J. (2014). Case series of panic disorder patients treated with Oriental Medical treatments and EFT.
Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, 25(1), 13-28. doi:10.7231/jon.2014.25.1.013.

Ortner, N., Palmer-Hoffman, J., Clond, M. (2014). Effects of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) on the Reduction of Chronic Pain in Adults: A Pilot Study.
Energy Psychology Journal, 6(2). doi 10.9769/EPJ.2014.11.2.NO.JH.MC

Song, S-Y., Lee, J-H., Suh, J-W., Kwon, C-Y., & Kim, J-W. (2014). Qualitative analysis of the influence of an Emotion Freedom Techniques (EFT) group treatment program for Hwa-Byung (suppressed anger) patients.
Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, 25(1), 29-38. doi:10.7231/jon.2014.25.1.029.

Boath, E. Stewart, A. Carryer, A. (2013). Is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Generalizable? Comparing Effects in Sport Science Students Versus Complementary Therapy Students.
Energy Psychology Journal, 5(2). doi:10.9769.EPJ.2013.5.2.EB.AC.AS.SU

Boath, E., Stewart, A., Carryer, A. (2013). Tapping for success: A pilot study to explore if Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can reduce anxiety and enhance academic performance in University students.
Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 1(3).

Church, D., & Brooks, A. J. (2013=). CAM and energy psychology techniques remediate PTSD symptoms in veterans and spouses.
Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 10(1),24-33.

Church, D., & Brooks, A. J. (2013). The Effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on psychological symptoms in addiction treatment: A pilot study.
International Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, 2(2).

Stewart A, Boath E, Carryer A, Walton I, Hill L. (2013). 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 2:71-84.

Boath, E., Stewart, A. & Carryer, A. (2012). Tapping for PEAS: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) in reducing Presentation Expression Anxiety Syndrome (PEAS) in University students.
Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 1(2).

Church, D., & Downs, D. (2012). Sports confidence and critical incident intensity after a brief application of Emotional Freedom Techniques: A pilot study.
The Sport Journal, 15.

Hartung, J. & Stein, P. (2012). Telephone delivery of EFT (emotional freedom techniques) remediates PTSD symptoms in veterans.
Energy Psychology Journal, 4(1), 33-40.

Llewellyn-Edwards, T., & Llewellyn-Edwards, M. (2012). The effect of EFT (emotional freedom techniques) on soccer performance.
Fidelity: Journal for the National Council of Psychotherapy, 47, 14 – 19.

Hodge, P. & Jurgens, C. (2011). A Pilot Study of the Effects of Emotional Freedom Techniques in Psoriasis.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, 3(2).

Lee, Jung-Hwan, Suh, Hynu-Uk, Chung, Sun-Yong, & Kim, Jong-Woo. (2011). A Preliminary study for the evaluation of the effects of EFT for insomnia in the elderly.
Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry. 22(4),101-109.

Palmer-Hoffman, J. & Brooks, A. (2011). Psychological symptom change after group application of Emotional Freedom Techniques.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 3(1), 57-72.

Temple, G., & Mollon, P. (2011). Reducing anxiety in dental patients using EFT: A pilot study.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, 3(2).

Church, D. & Brooks, A. (2010). The effect of a brief EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) self intervention on anxiety, depression, pain and cravings in healthcare workers.
Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, Oct/Nov 2010.

Haynes, T. (2010). Effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques on Occupational Stress for Preschool Teachers.
PhD Dissertation. UMI 3412819. UMI Dissertation Publishing.

Church, D. (2009). The treatment of combat trauma in veterans using EFT: A pilot protocol.
Traumatology, 15(1), 45-55.

Church, D., & Geronilla, L. (2009). Psychological symptom change in veterans after six sessions of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): an observational study.
International Journal ofHealing and Caring, 9:1.

Rowe, J. (2005). The effects of EFT on long-term psychological symptoms.
Counseling and Clinical Psychology Journal, 2(3):104.

Swingle, P., Pulos, L., & Swingle, M. K. (2005). Neurophysiological indicators of EFT treatment of post traumatic stress. Journal of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine. 15, 75-86.

 

Survey Studies of Practitioner Observations

Chalmers, J. S. (2015). An exploration of the experiences of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioners. Unpublished master’s dissertation.
University of Northampton, UK.
http://tinyurl.com/zfmyf4a

 

Clinical Case Studies

Sheldon, T., (2014). Psychological intervention including emotional freedom techniques for an adult with motor vehicle accident related posttraumatic stress disorder: A case study.
Curr.Res. Psychol., 5: 40-63.
http://thescipub.com/abstract/10.3844/crpsp.2014.40.63

Lee, K-S. (2012). The effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on students’ video game addiction.
Unpublished Master's Thesis, Korea National University of Education.

McCallion, F. (2012). Emotional freedom techniques for dyslexia: A case study.
Energy Psychology Journal, 4(2). doi: 10.9769.EPJ.2012.4.2.FM

Rotheram, M., Maynard, I., Thomas, O. Bawden, M. & Francis, L. (2012). Preliminary evidence for the treatment of Type 1 ‘Yips’: The efficacy of the Emotional Freedom Techniques.
The Sports Psychologist, 26, 551-570.

Burk, L. (2010). Single session EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for stress-related symptoms after motor vehicle accidents.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, (2010), 2(1), 65-72.

Connais, C. (2009). The effectiveness of emotional freedom technique on the somatic symptoms of fibromyalgia, 3372777 Psy.D.
United States e Colorado: The University of the Rockies.
Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.prospero.
murdoch.edu.au/docview/305082332?accountid¼12629. ProQuest Dissertations.

Craig, G., Bach, D., Groesbeck, G., & Benor, D. (2009). Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) For traumatic brain injury.
International Journal of Healing and Caring, (2009, May), 9(2), 1-12.

Lee, J-W., Cha, H-J., Seo, Y-M., Seo, D-W., & Park, S-J. (2009). A case report of Schizophreniform Disorder treated by Oriental Medical Treatment and Emotional Freedom Techniques.
Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry. 20(2), 207-216.

McCarty, W. A., (2008). Clinical story of a 6-year-old boy’s eating phobia: An integrated approach utilizing prenatal and perinatal psychology with energy psychology’s Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) in a surrogate nonlocal application.
Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health, 21(2), 117-139.

 

Systematic Observational Reports

Swingle, P. (2010). Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) as an effective adjunctive treatment in the neurotherapeutic treatment of seizure disorders.
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 2(1), 29-38.

Lubin, H. & Schneider, T. (2009). Change Is possible: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) with life-sentence and veteran prisoners at San Quentin state prison.
Energy Psychology:Theory, Research, & Treatment, 1(1), 83-88.

Green, M.M. (2002). Six trauma imprints treated with combination intervention: Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
Traumatology, 8(1), 18.

 

Anecdotal Reports:

There are several thousand anecdotal reports documenting positive results with EFT on EmoFree.com the Founder's website.
https://www.emofree.com/eft-article-archive.html