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Scientific Studies

For a comprehensive list of EFT studies, visit http://www.eftuniverse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18

For studies and review articles about energy psychology, visit http://energypsych.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=290

To find excellent articles on energy psychology written by Dr. David Feinstein go to the Innersource website at: http://www.innersource.net/ep/articlespublished/allarticles.html

To read an article called the Six Pillars of Energy Medicine by Dr. Feinstein and Donna Eden go to http://www.innersource.net/em/publishedarticlescat/283-sixpillarsofem.html

Assessment of the Emotional Freedom Technique, An Alternative Treatment for Fear By Wendy L. Waite - Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge, Mark D. Holder - Department of Psychology, Okanagan University College. The Abstract states: The effectiveness of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a treatment for anxiety and fear, was assessed. One hundred nineteen university students were assigned and tested in an independent four-group design. The groups differed in the treatment each received: applied treatment of EFT (Group EFT); a placebo treatment (Group P); a modeling treatment (Group M); and a control (Group C). Participants' self-reported baseline and post-treatment ratings of fear were measured. Group EFT showed a significant decrease in self-report measures at post-treatment. However, Group P and Group M showed a similar significant decrease. Group C did not show a significant decrease in post-treatment fear ratings. These results do not support the idea that the purported benefits of EFT are uniquely dependent on the "tapping of meridians." Rather, these results suggest that the reported effectiveness of EFT is attributable to characteristics it shares with more traditional therapies. Read the full article at: http://www.srmhp.org/0201/emotional-freedom-technique.html

A study titled "Visualized regional hypodermic migration channels of interstitial fluid in human beings: are these ancient meridians?" was published in the July 2008 edition of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The full abstract of this study can be found at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18684070?dopt=Abstract

Study: "Evaluation of a Meridian-Based Intervention, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), for Reducing Specific Phobias of Small Animals." The findings are largely consistent with the hypothesis that EFT can reduce phobias of small animals in a single treatment session. However, due to methodological limitations in the present study, firm conclusions about the efficacy of EFT must wait for confirmation from future studies. Further research is also needed to determine the clinical value of EFT when compared to existing techniques used for this purpose. The full study is available at: http://www.eftdownunder.com/docs/EFTStudy.htm

An article appeared in Florida State University's Traumatology: The International Journal for Understanding the Traumatic Processes and methods for Reducing, Preventing, and Eliminating Related Human Suffering. (Vol. VI, Issue 2, Article 5, August, 2000) The Power Therapies: A proposed mechanism for their action and suggestions for future empirical validation. By Michael Lamport Commons, PhD., Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School The abstract says: Power Therapies claim to achieve rapid results in reducing fear elicited by a large number of situations. This paper presents a theory of how competition among stimuli may be the basis for how the Power Therapies work. The compelling features of these therapies are that they all interrupt old habits and conditioned reflexes and provide new habits and conditioning. Therefore, many of the protocols involve overcoming prior-stimulus dominance. In addition to proposing a mechanism for these therapies, this article also reveals that, despite superficial differences, power therapies fundamentally accomplish the same thing. These therapies reduce the intensify of emotional responses elicited by stimuli associated with trauma. It is proposed that they accomplish this end through working at the subcortical level of brain activity to interrupt the negative emotional responses elicited by the trauma stimuli.