Here’s another long-term clinical study adding to the growing evidence-base for the efficacy of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or tapping on acupressure points while focussing on and talking about and gradually reframing an anxiety or issue).
In this one EFT was shown to be significantly more effective for anxiety disorders than CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) + medication as appropriate.
It was also shown to require less treatment time (an average of 3 sessions compared to 15 for CBT).
“More than 29,000 patients treated at 11 allied clinics during a 14-year period were followed for at least one year after the termination of the therapy. In addition to strong, lasting treatment gains, several preliminary sub-studies using randomized, blinded designs allowed comparisons of energy interventions and other treatments. In the largest of these sub-studies, 2,500 patients diagnosed with anxiety disorders and treated with an energy approach and no anti-anxiety medication were compared with a matched sample treated with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and medication as needed. The energy psychology treatments surpassed the CBT/medication protocol in the proportion of patients showing some improvement (90% vs. 63%) and the proportion of patients showing complete remission of symptoms (76% vs. 51%). In a related sub-study by the same team, the length of treatment was significantly shorter with energy therapy than with CBT/medication (mean = 3 sessions vs. mean = 15 sessions).”
The authors, who also used a range of other therapies over this period, state:
“Our conclusion, in brief: No reasonable clinician, regardless of school of practice, can disregard the clinical responses that tapping elicits in anxiety disorders (over 70% improvement in a large sample in 11 centers involving 36 therapists over 14 years).”