Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a therapeutic method which makes use of tapping on acupuncture points in combination with psychological techniques to help alleviate a variety of disorders.

Although the precise mechanism by which this tapping works is not completely understood, there is increasing evidence that it can work for a variety of conditions. For example, a pilot study which used EFT to help reduce trauma in army veterans, found that it was effective in reducing both the severity and duration of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with most of the gains lasting over time.

An article in the Daily Mail earlier this year described how studies carried out by researchers at Staffordshire University showed that EFT could be an effective and safe treatment for a range of mental health problems. The article quotes a patient who was treated for depression explaining his thoughts on EFT:

“I would describe the impact of these sessions like emotional first aid, it would allow me to refocus when I found myself hitting a bad patch and it brought me back into rational thinking. I would say it created a cognitive shift and allowed me to gain a better perspective on the things I had achieved and really helped me to see more clearly and become calm and rational.”

Another study the researchers carried out with 100 students showed that those who had received EFT remained calmer and were able to give a better marked presentation than those who had received an inspiration lecture beforehand.

A more recent Daily Mail article describes how EFT could be used to help people lose weight. The author of the book ‘Tapping for Weight Loss’ claims that by tapping on certain acupuncture points, cravings for certain kinds of foods can disappear. EFT here acts as a kind of mental support tool to help you at times of need (and greed!).

As with many alternative psychological approaches, research is still in its infancy and many of the papers currently published have small sample sizes and are not rigorous enough to convince mainstream psychologists. Yet interest in EFT continues to grow, and with the increased demand and pressure on mental health services in the NHS, the case for a self-empowering and simple-to-administer technique such as EFT is becoming stronger.

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Church, D., 2010. The Treatment of Combat Trauma in Veterans Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A Pilot Protocol. Traumatology, 16(1), pp.55–65.

Daily Mail, 2014a. Beat yo-yo dieting for ever – by tapping on your face. [online] Mail Online. Available at: <http://tinyurl.com/mp5663v> [Accessed 16 Jun. 2014].

Daily Mail, 2014b. New self-help technique could treat anxiety, depression and anger. [online] Mail Online. Available at: <http://tinyurl.com/kclvrvk> [Accessed 16 Jun. 2014].