It often takes pioneers to champion ideas that are before their time, before the rest of us follow.

To that extent I extend a BIG THANK YOU to Dawson Church, David Feinstein and others for their enormous efforts to prove scientifically what so many of us already know through years of experience – that Energy Psychology changes lives, often in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods.

And, of course, Gary Craig, who started the whole thing!

Thankfully, Energy Psychology techniques like EFT are becoming more ‘conventional’ by the day. 

Energy Psychology research

Watch the clips on the right:

  • learn the results of a study where 90% of those with PTSD were symptom-free after 6 sessions of EFT
  • see a BBC report on the results of an EFT trial in the UK National Health Service by Dr Tony Stewart
  • hear from a first grade teacher how EFT has transformed his school

Then scroll down for an ever increasing number of research results – all proving that EFT works.

Here is a table of research that you can sort, or search.

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TitleDescriptionAuthors/Researhers
A Randomized Clinical Trial for Food CravingsA study of 96 overweight or obese adults show that EFT can have an immediate effect on reducing food cravings (maintained over time) and impact upon BMI in overweight and obese individuals.Peta Stapleton
A Systematic Clinical Demonstration of Promising PTSD Treatment ApproachesA study with 39 research participants shows that TFT (the pre-cursor to EFT) had some immediate impact, and appear to also have some lasting impactCarbonell, Joyce L., Figley, et al
Acupoint Stimulation in Treating Psychological DisordersReview of General Psychology, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Psychological Association (APA) (in press)Dr David Feinstein, PhD
Biological and psychological measurement of EFT for depression Dawson Church’s showing how Anne’s depression reduces with EFT tapping, and the effects on plants via a bioassay.Dawson Church
Breakthroughs in Energy Psychology: A New Way to Heal the Body and Mind Various findings on the effect of EFT ("Tapping") on the body and the brainDr David Feinstein, PhD
Dr Dawson Church
Brief Group Intervention Using EFT for Depression in College Students A study shows that, in a group of 238 first-year college students with moderate to severe depression, those who had EFT applied had significantly less depression than the control group.Dawson Church, Midanelle De Asis, Audrey Books
Can Matrix Reimprinting Be Effective in the Treatment of Emotional ConditionsA study supports the potential of Matrix Reimprinting as a cost-effective treatment to reduce the burden of a range of physical and psychological disorders.Stewart, Boath, Carryer, et al
EFT/Tapping for Stress Relief in Classrooms
Kids these days have tremendous amounts of stress. Just imagine a time when you're really stressed, now put that stress on an 11 year old child and then send them too school.
By implementing EFT/Tapping these kids can relief some of the stress and anxiety and spend their energy on the important things, such as learning.
The Tapping Solution
Clinical EFT as an Evidence-Based Practice for the Treatment of Psychological and Physiological ConditionsA paper (based on 23 randomized controlled trials & 17 within-subjects studies) concluding that Clinical EFT is a stable & mature method with an extensive evidence base.Dawson Church
Matrix Reimprinting Pilot Study Dr Craig Weiner on a Matrix Reimprinting Pilot StudyDr Craig Weiner
Dr Liz Boath and Prof Tony Stewart on the treatment of PTSD with Matrix Reimprinting Dr Liz Boath & Professor Tony Stewart write about overcoming PTSD with Matrix ReimprintingDr Liz Boath
Prof Tony Stewart
Efficacy of Emotional Freedom Techniques in reducing public speaking anxietyIn a study of 36 people with Public Speaking Anxiety, EFT was found to be “a quick and effective treatment”.Jones, Thornton, Andrews
EFT as an Effective Adjunctive Treatment in the Neurotherapeutic Treatment of Seizure DisordersA study on the EFT procedure on brainwave functioning that have been found to be beneficial in the treatment of seizure disorders.Paul Swingle
EFT vs EMDR Controlled StudyThis controlled study with 46 PTSD participants shows that EFT and EMDR produces significant therapeutic gains at post treatment and follow-upKaratzias, Power, Brown, et al
Elimination of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Ex-Navy Seal Vietnam veteran with PTSD and diagnosed as 100% disabled by The Veteran’s administration, completely recovers after 3 sessions of EFT over 3 months.Judith A. Swack
Emotional Freedom Techniques Reduces Intense FearsIn a repeat of Well’s 2003 study, this 2010 study finds that “EFT showed significant decrease in fear of small animals immediately after, and again 1.38 years after, one 45-min. intervention, whereas the other two conditions did not.”A. Harvey Baker
Energy Psychology - A Review of the Preliminary Evidence A comprehensive overview by Dr David Feinstein of the research into Energy Psychology Dr David Feinstein, PhD
Evaluation of a Meridian-Based InterventionFindings suggest that a single treatment session using EFT to reduce specific phobias can produce valid behavioral and subjective effects.Wells, Polglase, Andrews, et al
Harvard study shows EFT helps overcome stress, depression and more.A Harvard study shows that EFT helps overcome stress, depression and moreDr David Feinstein, PhD
Is Acupoint Tapping an Active Ingredient or an Inert Placebo in EFT? A study showing that EFT participants experienced a significantly greater increase in “positive emotions” (p < .01) and significantly greater decrease in “negative emotions” (p < .01) .Louis Fox
Neurophysiological Indicators of EFT Treatment Of Post-Traumatic StressClients previously involved in a motor vehicle accident who reported traumatic stress associated with the accident received two sessions of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) treatments. All clients reported improvement immediately following treatment.Swingle, P., Pulos, Swingle, M. K.
Peta Stapleton - more proof that EFT reduces food cravings & weight From a Channel 9 report on 2 June 2015: Dr Peta Stapleton's research proves that EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), or 'tapping' as it's called, reduces not only food cravings but long-term weight loss.Peta Stapleton
Physiological and Psychological Effects of a Mind/Body Therapy on ClaustrophobiaA pilot study suggests that specific physiological and psychological changes occur for claustrophobic individuals after undergoing a 30-minute energy psychology treatment.Lambrou, Peter, Pratt, et al
Psychological and physiological symptoms of psoriasis after group EFT treatmentA study showing how participants with psoriasis experienced significant improvement in functioning and psychological, emotional, and physical symptoms. Relief often was immediate and sustained, and improved over time.Hodge, Jurgens
Psychological symptom change after group application of EFTA study with 102 participants indicate that EFT may be effective at reducing psychological symptoms when delivered by individuals other than the method’s founder and that EFT may reliably improve long-term mental health when delivered in brief group treatments.Palmer-Hoffman, Brooks
Psychological Symptom Change in Veterans After Six Sessions of EFT 6 sessions of EFT significantly decreases PTSD symptom severity by 40% (p<.001), anxiety by 46% (p<.001), depression by 49% (p<.001), and PTSD by 50% (p<.016). These gains were maintained at the 90-day follow-up.Dawson Church, Linda Geronilla, Ingrid Dinter
Psychological Trauma in Veterans using EFTA study where 86% of war veterans treated with EFT cleared of PTSD after only 6 sessions – and remained so on 3-month follow-up.Church, Hawk, Books, et al
Randomized Trial of Two Mind–Body Interventions for Weight-Loss MaintenanceA study shows that TAT is effective with weight loss.Elder, Ritenbaugh, Mist, et al
Rapid Treatment of PTSD A paper suggests that adding acupoint stimulation to psychological exposure is unusually effective in its speed and power because deactivating signals are sent directly to the amygdala, resulting in reciprocal inhibition and the rapid attenuation of maladaptive fear.David Feinstein
RCT: Effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) on Stress BiochemistryA study shows that EFT significantly improve both cortisol-related stress levels and self-reported psychological symptoms after a single treatment session.Dawson Church, Garret Yount, Audrey Brooks
Reducing anxiety in dental patients using EFTA study with dental patients shows that even ultra-short EFT sessions can reduce anxiety.Temple, Mollon
Scientific & Clinical Evidence for Energy Medicine like EFT by Dr Rangana ChoudhuriDr Rangana Choudhuri gives a comprehensive overview of recent Energy Medicine researchDr Rangana Choudhuri
Self-administered EFT in Individuals with FibromyalgiaStatistically significant improvements were observed in a group of 26 with Fibromyalgia for variables such as pain, anxiety, depression, vitality, social function, mental health, performance problems involving work or other activities due to physical as well as emotional reasons, stress symptoms. Pain catastrophizing measures, such as rumination, magnification and helplessness, were significantly reduced, and the activity level was significantly increased.Gunilla Brattberg
Single session reduction of the intensity of traumatic memories in abused adolescentsA randomised controlled trial shows even a single-session EFT as a fast and effective intervention for reducing psychological trauma in juveniles.Church, Piña, Reategui, Brooks
The Effect of a Brief EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Self-Intervention A study of 216 healthcare workers shows that EFT provided an immediate effect on psychological distress, pain, and cravingsDawson Church, Audrey J. Brooks
The effect of Progressive Muscular Relaxation and EFT on test anxiety studentsA study of 32 high school students shows a statistically significant decrease in the test anxiety scores after the use of EFT.Sezgin, Özcan
The effectiveness of EFT for optimal test performanceA study of 150 students from 3 universities show that EFT helps achieve optimal levels of both test anxiety and test performance.Jain, Rubino
The Effects of EFT on Long-term Psychological SymptomsA study with 102 participants show a statistically significant decrease (p < .0005) in all measures of psychological distress as measured by the SA-45 after attending an EFT workshop, which held up at the 6 month follow-up.Rowe, J.
The Immediate Effect of a Brief Energy Psychology Intervention on Specific PhobiasA study shows that EFT significantly reduced phobia-related anxiety and ability to approach the feared stimulus.Maria Salas, Audrey J. Brooks, Jack E. Rowe
The Neurological Foundations of Energy Psychology Approx 5000 patients diagnosed with an anxiety disorder received either EFT or CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

90% of the group that received EFT were judged as having improved (versus 63% of the group that received CBT).
76% of the group that received EFT were judged as symptom free (versus 51% of the group that received CBT).
Joaquin Andrade, David Feinstein
The results of Carol Look's eyesight experimentIn 2006, Dr. Carol Look conducted an 8 week study wherein over 100 people followed written instructions to use EFT for a variety of emotional and vision issues. Here are the results.Dr. Carol Look
The Treatment of Combat Trauma A study with 11 war veterans show that, after EFT treatment, the group no longer scored positive for PTSD, the severity and breadth of their psychological distress decreased significantly, and most of their gains held over time. Dawson Church
Treatment of PTSD in Rwandan Child Genocide Survivors A study with 50 Rwandan orphans who had been suffering with PTSD for 12 years after the genocide. Even after a single TFT session, their PTSD scores had significantly decreased, including symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, bed-wetting, depression, isolation, difficulty concentrating, jumpiness, and aggression.Caroline Sakai, Suzanne M. Connolly, Paul Oas
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