The scientific evidence

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Matrix Reimprinting and Matrix Birth Reimprinting are relatively new therapies, which involve working with the body, emotions and thoughts in a unique and novel way.

In Western culture there is a strong belief in pharmaceutical therapies, so it is quite difficult to receive funding for research into non-drug treatments. Once results are available, it can be equally hard to publish the outcomes relating to new therapies in reputable journals.

Despite these limitations good scientific evidence in favour of these new approaches is emerging.

Evidence for EFT and Matrix Reimprinting

A large number of scientific studies and publications are already providing much evidence in support of beneficial effects for treating physical and emotional conditions with EFT and Matrix Reimprinting. Many more laboratory tests and clinical trials are currently being conducted by international research teams with the help of scientists, medical doctors and psychologists, to enable us to develop a better understanding of the modes of action and the exact therapeutic effects of EFT.

Here are some of the latest publications:

“The Science behind Tapping: A Proven Stress Management Technique for the Mind and Body”, by Dr. Peta Stapleton

This book was published in April 2019 and summarises EFT research findings:

“EFT researcher and author Peta Stapleton, Ph.D., brings together the history and cutting-edge research of tapping. She also shows how tapping can be used for a whole host of ailments, including anxiety, weight issues, depression, trauma and more. Dr. Stapleton’s own groundbreaking study involving food cravings in overweight adults helped establish EFT as an effective, valid form of therapy.” (

Sandwell EFT service evaluation

This UK research demonstrated significant improvements with Emotional Freedom Technique offered through an NHS-based service for a range of psychological conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, depression, low self-esteem, anger, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, phobia, bereavement, sadness, eating disorders, and problems following sexual abuse:

Stewart, A., Boath, E., Carryer, A., Walton, I., Hill, L.  (2013) Can Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) be effective in the treatment of emotional conditions? Results of a Service Evaluation in Sandwell. Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care, 2, 71-84.

2012 Systematic review of the effectiveness of EFT

This publication shows that EFT may be an efficient and effective treatment for a number of conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Fibromyalgia, Phobias, test anxiety and athletic performance:

Boath E, Stewart A, Carryer A. A narrative systematic review of the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Staffordshire University, CPSI Monograph, Centre for Practice and Service Improvement, Staffordshire University 2012.

Critical evaluation of 18 randomised controlled trials regarding efficacy of acupoint stimulation

This evaluation concluded that therapies involving the tapping of acupuncture points demonstrated statistically signficant strong effect size in relatively few treatment sessions:

Feinstein D (2012). Acupoint stimulation in treating psychological disorders: Evidence of efficacy. Review of General Psychology. doi:10.1037/a0028602.

Other scientific publications supporting Emotional Freedom Technique

Please have a look at this website, where a large number of scientific studies on Emotional Freedom Technique are listed systematically and updated regularly: