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A systematic review by Australian and American authors suggests that acupressure is an active ingredient in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFTs), also known as ‘tapping’ therapy. EFT combines elements of cognitive restructuring and exposure techniques with acupoint stimulation. Previous meta-analyses have indicated large effect sizes of EFT on post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety, however, it was unclear whether these treatment effects were due to components that EFT shares with other psychological therapies. Six studies of 403 adults with psychological or physical symptoms were compared, and meta-analysis was carried out on three studies (102 subjects). Meta-analysis indicated that the acupressure component was an active ingredient and outcomes were not due solely to placebo, non-specific effects of any therapy, or non-acupressure components.

Is Tapping on Acupuncture Points an Active Ingredient in Emotional Freedom Techniques? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Comparative Studies. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2018 Oct;206(10):783-793.


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