What is EFT or ‘Tapping’?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a brief novel intervention combining elements of exposure and cognitive therapy, and somatic stimulation. It is often referred to as ‘Tapping’ as it uses a two finger tapping process with a cognitive acceptance statement. EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals.
Australian research has found EFT for obesity and food cravings and weight management to be extremely successful and durable over time. Effectiveness has also been established for phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, and pain.
How Does EFT Work?
EFT appears to affect the amygdala (stress centre in the brain) and hippocampus (memory centre), and both play a role in the decision process when you decide if something is a threat. EFT has also been shown to lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone. Too much cortisol can result in lowered immune function and ultimately affect our physical health. EFT has been shown to down regulate genes associated with the stress response, and improve immune functioning.
Because Tapping is a tool which is practical, hands-on, and easy to apply, it is a unique way to assist people from all walks of life. It has an immediate calming effect and can be used with children as young as 3-4 years of age.
Science and Evidence
EFT has been found to be an “evidence-based” practice for anxiety, depression, phobias and PTSD when measured against the standards of the American Psychological Association’s Division 12 Task Force on Empirically Validated Treatments. EFT is also currently under review with the American National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) for effectiveness.
For more research on the mechanism of how EFT works, please see EFT Research Bibliography