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Functional Summary


  • Mind and Body

Recitation of a positive phrase regarding one’s self, followed by tapping on “meridian points.”


  • Restoration

By tapping certain parts of the body, energy blockages which cause negative emotions are released and enable healing.


  • American

Inspired by the Chinese practice of acupuncture, but developed in the United States by Gary Craig


Topic Summary

Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT, was first proposed by Gary Craig in 1993 and was inspired by the concepts of acupuncture wherein certain areas of the body known as meridian points, when stimulated, can aid the flow of energy through the body and contribute to healing. While acupuncture and acupressure focus on the physical aspects of healing, EFT adds a focus on the effects negative emotions can have on one’s health.

EFT is presented as a process which can fix most mind/body problems. By focusing on a specific issue, while simultaneously tapping on meridian points, the technique claims to balance disturbances in the meridian system, reducing the need for traditional therapy procedures. EFT’s tapping techniques offer what is claimed to be a fast, easy, do-it-yourself way to address problems.


Research Summary

Though there has been significant research that shows encouraging results from EFT, studies have yet to conclusively prove its effectiveness, and many medical professionals are skeptical of its claims. In 2009 an article titled “A review of efficacy claims in energy psychology” was published in a psychology journal criticizing an article published by David Feinstein in that same journal, which had claimed EFT was the solution to a number of psychological issues. 

While many studies on EFT have not been executed up to the expectations of many medical professionals, numerous measurable effects have been shown. Whether or not EFT is actually psychologically effective, what its mechanism of action is and other questions remain open to study.



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