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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Research conducted by Dr Paul Swingle and colleagues studied the effect of EFT on auto accident victims suffering from PTSD an extremely debilitating condition that involves unreasonable fears and panic attacks, disabling psychological symptoms of stress, nightmares and flashbacks. The researchers found that 3 months after learning EFT (in two sessions) the auto accident victims showed significant changes in their brain wave patterns and self reported symptoms of stress. Swingle P., Pulos, L., & Swingle, M. (May 2000). Effects of meridian based therapy, EFT, on symptoms of PTSD in auto accident victims. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.


Paper scheduled for publication in Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, a journal of the American Psychological Association, which holds the copyright. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the “copy of record.” Rapid Treatment of PTSD: Why Psychological Exposure with Acupoint Tapping May Be Effective David Feinstein, Ph.D.

Abstract Combining brief psychological exposure with the manual stimulation of acupuncture points (acupoints) in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional conditions is an intervention strategy that integrates established clinical principles with methods derived from healing traditions of Eastern cultures. Two randomized controlled trials and six outcome studies using standardized pre- and post-treatment measures with military veterans, disaster survivors, and other traumatized individuals corroborate anecdotal reports and systematic clinical observation in suggesting that (a) tapping on selected acupoints (b) during imaginal exposure (c) quickly and permanently reduces maladaptive fear responses to traumatic memories and related cues. The approach has been controversial. This is in part because the mechanisms by which stimulating acupoints can contribute to the treatment of serious or longstanding psychological disorders have not been established. Speculating on such mechanisms, the current paper suggests that adding acupoint stimulation to brief psychological exposure is unusually effective in its speed and power because deactivating signals are sent directly to the amygdala, resulting in the rapid attenuation of threat responses to innocuous stimuli. This formulation and the preliminary evidence supporting it could, if confirmed, lead to more powerful exposure protocols for treating PTSD. Keywords: Acupuncture, Energy Psychology, Consolidation, Exposure, PTSD Citation: Feinstein, D. (in press). Rapid treatment of PTSD: Why psychological exposure with acupoint tapping may be effective. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training.

Weight Loss

Clinical benefits of Emotional Freedom Techniques on food cravings at 12-months follow-up: A randomized controlled trial

Peta Stapleton, PhD, School of Medicine, Griffith University
Teri Sheldon, Psychologist, The Lakeside Rooms
Brett Porter, Psychotherapist, The Lakeside Rooms

Citation (APA Style): 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.


This randomized, single-blind, crossover trial tested whether participants who used Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) maintained reduced food cravings after 12-months and updates previously reported 6-month findings. Ninety-six overweight/obese adults were allocated to a 4-week EFT treatment or waitlist condition. Degree of food craving, perceived power of food, restraint capabilities, and psychological symptoms were assessed pre- and posttest and at 12-month follow-up for collapsed groups. Significant improvements occurred in weight, body mass index, food cravings, subjective power of food, craving restraint, and psychological coping for EFT participants from pretest to 12 months (p < .05).  It appears EFT can result in participants maintaining reduced cravings over time and affect weight and BMI in overweight and obese individuals.