Research in EFT

Although Energy Psychology and EFT are considered to be emerging fields of psychology, research is gathering momentum that supports the efficacy of the techniques. Several studies have shown that EFT improves a number of conditions and symptoms.

Some Quick Facts on the research as outlined by the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) are:

Over 100 research studies, review articles and meta-analyses have been published in professional, peer-reviewed journals.

This includes:

  • 43 randomized controlled trials
  • 39 outcome studies 98% of the above 82 studies show positive results
  • 4 meta-analyses
  • 4 systematic reviews
  • Hundreds of case studies
  • 1 more meta-analysis is in press, and will be published in 2016. It analyzes a series of studies documenting the efficacy of EFT

The ACEP has further summarised the research on energy psychology into year intervals, showing the acceleration that has taken place over the years, noting also the improvement of the quality of research.

  • 2000 – 2012: 18 randomized control trials
  • As of 2016: 47 randomized control trials
  • 2014 – 2016: 3 meta-analyses show strong support for energy psychology
  • 2 more studies will be published in 2016
  • 2 randomized control trials using biologic or genetic outcome measures show positive effects for energy psychology

A comprehensive list of the research on Energy Psychology can be found at the ACEP’s page, Energy Psychology Hierarchy of Evidence.

The following is a list of categories supplied by the ACEP, that are supported by research:

  • Academic Performance
  • Addictions, Cravings, Eating Disorders and Weight Loss
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Gene Expression and Epigenetics
  • Learning Disorders
  • Pain and Physical Conditions
  • Phobias
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep and Insomnia
  • Sports and Athletic Performance
  • Stress and Quality of Life
  • Telephone and Telemedicine
  • Theoretical Articles, Reviews & Meta-Analyses
  • Work and the Workplace