Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) & Depression

Emotional Freedom Techniques Depression

EFT also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques is an evidence-based alternative therapy with over a 100 clinical studies now verifying its potential benefit for mental health disorders such as depression and PTSD.

Emotional Freedom Techniques is fast becoming one of the most promising evidence-based alternative therapies for treating psychological disorders such as depression, PTSD, OCD, anxiety/panic disorder and many others.

Allopathic doctors and skeptics of alternative medicine often like to incorrectly claim that there are no such thing as evidence-based alternative medicine/therapies, however as we see here with EFT this is clearly far from the truth.

Clinical EFT is an evidence-based practice combining elements of cognitive and exposure therapies with the manual stimulation of acupuncture points (acupoints).

When measured against the standards of the American Psychological Association’s Division 12 Task Force on Empirically Validated Treatments, EFT is found to be an “evidence-based” practice for anxiety, depression, phobias, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). [1]

EFT’s efficacy extends across a wide sample of populations including war veterans, hospital patients, athletes, healthcare workers, chemotherapy patients and many others.

Its evident to me that most skeptics of alternative medicine are not even aware that the likes of EFT even exists, let alone just how much scientific evidence there is now supporting some of these alternative therapies.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) & Depression

EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques Depression

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) have been extensively investigated for anxiety and depression.

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2016 evaluated randomized and non-randomized trials on Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for the Treatment of Depression.

The systematic review and meta-analysis concluded:

The results show that Clinical EFT were highly effective in reducing depressive symptoms in a variety of populations and settings. EFT were equal or superior to TAU and other active treatment controls.

The posttest effect size for EFT (d = 1.31) was larger than that measured in meta-analyses of antidepressant drug trials and psychotherapy studies.

EFT produced large treatment effects whether delivered in group or individual format, and participants maintained their gains over time.

This meta-analysis extends the existing literature through facilitation of a better understanding of the variability and clinical significance of depression improvement subsequent to EFT treatment. [2]


[1] Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health

[2] A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized and Nonrandomized Trials of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for the Treatment of Depression

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