EFT Research

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques and is commonly referred to as “Tapping”. The developers of EFT see it as being similar to acupuncture without the use of needles.  For handouts on EFT see here.


Current EFT Research 

Peta is currently conducting the following clinical trials:

  • Online EFT Treatment for Weight Management in Obese Adults
  • EFT for Bariatric Patients 1 year Post Surgery
  • EFT for Chronic Pain in Adults
  • Neural changes (fMRI) after EFT in chronic pain sufferers
  • Neural changes (fMRI) after EFT in overweight/obese adults

Past EFT Trials and Research

In 2008 Dr Peta Stapleton and Terri Sheldon conducted a research study in conjunction with, Griffith University School of Medicine Logan Campus in Queensland Australia. This was a world first clinical trial in the area. The research was based on a grant received from the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (USA). It was conducted to investigate whether food cravings play a role in the field of weight loss and if willpower over food cravings is important in weight loss. A Randomised Clinical Trial investigating the effectiveness of The Emotional Freedom Technique versus a waitlist was conducted for food cravings. 96 obese adults attended a 4 week group based program run by EFT practitioner Mr Brett Porter. The Program taught participants how to use EFT and how to apply it to their food cravings. You can read our research outcomes here.

EFT had an immediate effect on reducing food cravings, result in maintaining reduced cravings over time and impact upon BMI in overweight and obese individuals. The results were still significant a year later.

This program was extended to 8-weeks and a clinical trial between 2012-2014 compared EFT to the gold standard Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  The EFT treatment was as effective as CBT in increasing one’s power over food and restraint ability. It appears more superior than CBT to decrease food cravings and anxiety symptoms and maintain this over 1 year (in 89 obese adults). The results are all here.

We have also examined EFT for:

  • Clinical depression in adults
  • Cigarette smoking in adults
  • Eating behaviours and physical activity in 14 year olds
  • Stress, exam anxiety and academic fear in 15 year olds

To see some of the media reports please click on links below:

Also see In The Media

All published papers:  http://works.bepress.com/peta_stapleton/



Further Reading: Sunday Times Story | Australian Healthy Food Guide Story | Western Australian Story[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]