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162 Emotional Freedom Technique Statistics

The emotional Freedom Technique is an alternative treatment for emotional distress and physical pain. EFT tapping has been used to treat patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] and anxiety. Today I have collected the most important and up-to-date list of EFT statistics going through various sources. 

On this page you’ll find handpicked stats about:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression
  • Physical symptoms and improvement
  • Phobias
  • PTSD
  • Weight Loss and Addiction

And a whole lot more.

Without further ado, let’s see the stats!

Emotional Freedom Technique Statistics

chapter 1:

Anxiety & Stress

Here I have covered EFT statistics related to anxiety and stress.

I went through various case studies and research-oriented statistics to give you up-to-date statistics.

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  1. The goal of the current study was to determine whether EFT could quickly reduce stress symptoms in college students, and to compare the efficacy of acupoint stimulation to the stimulation of sham points. Participants were 56 university students randomly assigned to either the EFT (n = 26) or sham group (n = 30). There were no significant differences in stress symptoms between the two groups at pre-test. Post-test, symptoms were reduced in the EFT group by 39.3% and in the sham acupressure group by 8.1% (p < .001), demonstrating that the stimulation of actual points is superior to sham points even when all other components of treatment remain identical. (Source)
162 Emotional Freedom Technique Statistics for 2024 emotional freedom technique statistics
  1. The current study assessed psychological indicators in business owners (N = 39) over 50 years old and whose companies grossed US$9 million or more annually. Consistent with the literature on Borrowing Benefits, EFT produced large reductions in stress symptoms when delivered in group format. As businesses seek methods of reducing stress in professional settings, Clinical EFT groups offer a fast and effective technique to improve both the physical and psychological dimensions of employee well-being. (Source)
  1. The study aims to investigate the efficacy of a brief online form the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in the prevention of stress, anxiety, and burnout in nurses involved in the treatment of COVID patients. Reductions in stress (p < .001), anxiety (p < .001), and burnout (p < .001) reached high levels of statistical significance for the intervention group. The control group showed no statistically significant changes on these measures (p > .05). (Source)
  1. To address student anxiety, a pilot study using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) was developed. The mixed-methods pilot study measured participants’ (n = 45) subjective distress and anxiety before and after using EFT. Subjective distress/anxiety was invoked through a 15-min assignment lecture. Twelve of the 45 students also participated in one-one interviews to elaborate on their experiences of EFT. Quantitative findings indicated participants reported significantly less subjective distress and anxiety after using EFT. (Source)
  1. The average decrease in experienced distress for treated participants was 74% or better, and the average amount of time needed to achieve the results was less than 6.04 minutes, which indicates that Thought Field Therapy (TFT) causes changes very quickly. TFT and EFT practitioners often find similar rapid results in their clinical practices. (Source)
  1. The pre-post effect size for the EFT treatment group was 1.23 (95% confidence interval, 0.82-1.64; p < 0.001), whereas the effect size for combined controls was 0.41 (95% confidence interval, 0.17-0.67; p = 0.001). (Source)
  1. Emotional freedom technique treatment demonstrated a significant decrease in anxiety scores, even when accounting for the effect size of control treatment. (Source)
  1. Across 12 anxiety-tapping meditations, the difference in emotional intensity ratings from presession (mean 6.66, SD 0.25) to post session (mean 3.75, SD 0.30) was statistically significant (P<.001; 95% CI −2.92 to −2.91). (Source)
  1. Across 11 stress-tapping meditations, a statistically significant difference was found from presession (mean 6.91, SD 0.48) to post session (mean 3.83, SD 0.54; P<.001; 95% CI −3.08 to −3.07). (Source)
  1. Statistically significant improvements in Total Mood Disturbance (p=0.005; p=0.008), and anxiety (p=0.003; p=0.028), depression (p=0.006; p=0.020) and fatigue (p=0.008; p=0.033) occurred at both 6 and 12 weeks, respectively, compared to baseline. (Source)
  1. Mean fatigue interference and global scores, numbers of hot flushes and the hot flush problem rating score decreased at 6 and/or 12 weeks. (Source)
  1. Meridian-based intervention (EFT) was more effective (mean = 33.78) than numerical cognition (mean = 45.35) in the reduction of mathematics anxiety. (Source)

  2. There was a significant main effect F(1, 109 = 21.00, p < 0.01), interactive effect F(2, 109 = 6.116, p < 0.01). Of mathematics efficacy and treatment of mathematics anxiety of the participants. (Source)
  1. There was a significant reduction in SUDS (p=0.002), HAD (p = 0.048) and HAD Anxiety Subscale (p=0.037). (Source)
  1. There was no difference in the HAD Depression Subscale (p=0.719). (Source)
  1. A significant reduction in Public Speaking Anxiety (PSA) as measured by Subjective Units of Discomfort was demonstrated within the first 15 minutes of treatment with EFT, with further significant reductions also demonstrated at 30 and 45 minutes. (Source)
  1. Before the administration of Breathing Therapy and EFT, the students’ median scores from the Subjective Units of Disturbance Scale, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, and Speech Anxiety Scale were similar. However, the median scores of the Subjective Units of Disturbance Scale, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, and Speech Anxiety Scale scores significantly decreased in both of the experimental groups after the interventions (p < 0.001). (Source)
  1. EFT (d = 3.18) was more effective than Breathing Therapy (d = 1.46) in reducing speech anxiety. (Source)
  1. Veterans were assessed using the SA-45, which measures 9 mental health symptom domains, and also has 2 general scales measuring the breadth and depth of psychological distress. Anxiety and depression both reduced significantly, as did the breadth and depth of psychological symptoms. Pain decreased significantly during the intervention period (– 41%, p < .0001). (Source)
  1. Subjects were followed at 3 and 6 months, revealing significant relationships between PTSD, depression, and anxiety at several assessment points. At follow-up, pain remained significantly lower than pre-test. (Source)
  1. The women in the EFT and BA groups were offered their intervention in the latent, active and transition phases of labour. There was no significant difference in the sociodemographic and obstetric factors between the groups (p > 0.05). The Subjective Units of Distress Scale in active and transition phases were significantly lower in the EFT group. (Source)
  1. The difference in the scores for the Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience Questionnaire (version B) between the groups was significant (p < 0.001). (Source)
  1. A statistically significant decrease occurred in the test anxiety scores of both the experimental and control groups. The EFT group had a significantly greater decrease than the PMR group (p < .05). (Source)
  1. The scores of the EFT group were lower on the Emotionality and Worry subscales (p < .05). Both experimental and control groups scored higher on the test examinations after treatment. (Source)
  1. There was a significant reduction in SUDS (p=p<0.001), HAD (p = 0.003) and HAD Anxiety Subscale (p<0.001). There was no difference in the HAD Depression Subscale (p=0.67). The qualitative data were analysed using a framework approach which revealed the following three themes: helpfulness of EFT in reducing anxiety and staying calm and focussed; Using other complementary therapy skills; and their reasons for not using EFT. (Source)
  1. Women admitted for OBG surgeries were selected through consecutive sampling. The two groups were similar at baseline. While there was no change in anxiety in the control group, anxiety scores in the EFT group dropped from 27.28 (± 2.47) to 7.60 (± 2.00) and were highly statistically significant (p < 0.0001). Reductions in both psychological and somatic anxiety subscales were also significant (p < 0.002). (Source)
  1. A computer-based random number generator was used to randomly assign the students into three groups (Music, EFT, and control). Before the interventions, the mean anxiety scores of the students were similar. After the interventions, however, the mean anxiety scores of those in both experimental groups were significantly lower (p < .05). The difference between the mean vital signs of the groups was not statistically significant, except the pulse rate in the EFT and peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SpO2) in the music group. (Source)
  1. Results showed a significant improvement in fear of failure, whereby fears were significantly lower from pre-intervention to 12-month follow-up. (Source)
  1. Findings indicated a significant main effect of time for emotional and behavioural difficulties, however post hoc tests indicated no statistically significant changes between the time points measured. (Source)
  1. No significant changes after EFT were observed in measures of self-esteem or resilience. (Source)
  1. Findings of the study depict that both intervention approaches produce significant reductions in anxiety and depressive symptoms. The EFT treatment produced marked improvement in depression after 3 sessions. After 8 weeks of intervention, the CBT group reported significant improvement in depression while EFT intervention therapy showed significant results after 1 month of follow up. Examination of individual cases showed clinically significant improvement in anxiety and depression across both interventions. The results are consistent with the previous studies by Hannah Chatwin et al. (2016). (Source)
  1. The study demonstrates that EFT is effective in reducing presentation anxiety in cohorts of students regardless of age or gender. The findings are remarkably similar to previous research (Boath et al., 2012a, 2012b, 2013). The results demonstrate a statistically significant reduction in anxiety level for different cohorts of students, as well as a clinically significant reduction in anxiety for the sports science students. (Source)
  1. Significant improvements were found on all distress subscales and ratings of pain, emotional distress, and cravings at post-test (all p<.001). (Source)
  1. Gains were maintained at follow-up for most SA-45 scales. (Source)
  1. The severity of psychological symptoms was reduced (-45%, p<.001) as well as the breadth (-40%, p<.001), with significant gains maintained at follow-up. (Source)
  1. Greater subsequent EFT use correlated with a greater decrease in symptom severity at follow-up (p<.034, r=.199), but not in breadth of symptoms (p<.0117, r=.148). EFT provided an immediate effect on psychological distress, pain, and cravings that was replicated across multiple conferences and healthcare provider samples. (Source)
  1. The study examined the effectiveness of group counselling sessions using two methods: systematic desensitization and emotional freedom technique (EFT). The two methods were each administered in two group counselling sessions. 16 students having high levels of public speaking anxiety were chosen from a group of 100 students by using purposive sampling. The results were analysed using mixed anova repeated measures tests. These showed that both systematic desensitization and EFT were effective in reducing public speaking anxiety when delivered in a group counselling format. Based on score and time, EFT resulted in greater decreases in symptoms than systematic desensitization. (Source)

  2. Anxiety and depression scores regarding food cravings and obesity significantly decreased from pre-to post-intervention for the EFT group, and was maintained at 6- and 12-month follow-up. (Source)
  1. Somatoform scores significantly decreased from pre-intervention to all follow-up points for the CBT group, while the EFT group did not report any significant changes in somatoform symptoms. (Source)
  1. Results revealed that EFT is capable of producing reductions in anxiety and depression symptoms for obese people, and may be comparable to gold standard approaches such as CBT. (Source)
  1. Decreases in anxiety as measured on both the STAI and PSS were statistically significant (p = .05). For PSS, STAI state and trait data, the reduction in self-reported stress was statistically significant with a mean difference baseline to week 4. Qualitative data suggested that nursing students experienced a decrease in feelings of stress and anxiety including a decrease in somatic symptoms. (Source)
  1. Pre- and post-intervention, all participants were interviewed using the Mini- International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) 6.0, and they completed the following validated questionnaires: (1) the Beck Depression Inventory, second edition (BDI-2) and (2) the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scales (DASS-21). Findings revealed that both treatment approaches produced significant reductions in depressive symptoms, with the CBT group reporting a significant reduction post-intervention, which was not maintained with time. The EFT group reported a delayed effect involving a significant reduction in symptoms at the 3- and 6-mo follow-ups only. (Source)
  1. The present study examined the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) on the reduction of stress for preschool teachers. The study was conducted according to a single-subject design (N=2), in which levels of stress and anxiety were measured before and after the five-week training of EFT. Following the completion of training, both participants in the study reported decreased levels of stress and anxiety. However, at six month follow up, results were more varied. (Source)
  1. The result showed significant differences between anxiety levels before and after the EFT intervention (p < 0.05) and significant differences in the intensity of anxiety after intervention between intervention and control groups (p < 0.05). The research conclusion is that EFT can reduce anxiety levels in patients undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). (Source)

  2. EFT is an efficacious intervention to significantly reduce anxiety for high-ability adolescents. EFT participants (n = 20; M = 52.16, SD = 9.23) showed significant reduction in anxiety levels compared with the waitlist control group (n = 21; M = 57.93, SD = 6.02) (p = 0.005, d = 0.74, 95% CI [−9.76, −1.77]) with a moderate to large effect size. CBT participants (n = 21; M = 54.82, SD = 5.81) showed reduction in anxiety but did not differ significantly from the EFT (p = 0.18, d = 0.34; 95% CI [−6.61, 1.30]) or control (p = 0.12, d = 0.53, 95% CI [−7.06, .84]). (Source)
  1. The study examined the anxiety levels of gifted students, as well as the effectiveness of two interventions: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT participants (n= 20, M = 52.163, SE = 1.42) showed significant reduction in anxiety levels when compared to the control group (n= 21, M = 57.93, SE = 1.39, p = .005). CBT participants (n= 21, M = 54.82, SE = 1.38) did not differ significantly from either the EFT or control groups (p = .12 and p = .18, respectively). (Source)
  1. The study explored test anxiety benefits of Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR (WHEE), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Despite small sample size, significant reductions on the TAI and HSCL-21 were found for WHEE; on the TAI for EFT; and on the HSCL-21 for CBT. There were no significant differences between the scores for the three treatments. In only two sessions WHEE and EFT achieved the equivalent benefits to those achieved by CBT in five sessions. Participants reported high satisfaction with all treatments. EFT and WHEE students successfully transferred their self-treatment skills to other stressful areas of their lives. (Source)
  1. There were significant improvements in the severity and breadth of symptoms pre- and post-workshop (p < .001), and following 3 of the 4 conferences there were significant long-term gains (p < .001). The results indicate that EFT may be effective at reducing psychological symptoms when delivered by individuals other than the method’s founder and that EFT may reliably improve long-term mental health when delivered in brief group treatments. (Source)
  1. Psychological symptom severity (GSI) improved post-workshop, demonstrating both clinical (raw score) and statistical significance (-56.43%, p=.043). Improvements (T score) (-50.67%, p=.002) were sustained at three 3-month follow-up (-50.54%, p=.001; -38.43%; p=.002). (Source)
  1. Symptom breadth (PST) improved post-workshop clinically (-49.24%, p=.005), and that improvement was sustained over time (-46.93%, p=.019). (Source)

  2. Skindex-29 scores indicated improvements in emotional distress (-41.56%, p=.002), symptoms (49.05%; p=.001), and functioning (-58.31%; p=.001) post-workshop, with changes over time to -80.56% (p=<.001), -74.95% (p=<.001), and -89.99% (p=.001) respectively, and at 3 months. (Source)
  1. The preliminary study aimed to explore whether Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) offers potential as a treatment to reduce fear of future panic attacks in women who suffer from panic attacks. Eight women participated in the study. Outcomes were measured using the Subjective Units of Distress (SUD) scale and the Panic and Agoraphobia Scale (PAS). Results indicated reductions in both SUD and PAS scores at pre- and post-intervention, though not statistically significant, likely due to the small sample size. Nonetheless, the findings of The study support preliminary evidence that EFT may offer potential as a treatment for women with panic disorder. (Source)
  1. Adult patients awaiting dental treatment were screened for self-reported anxiety using an 11-point Likert scale. Those in the higher half of the range (N = 30) received a 10-minute intervention consisting of a 4-minute EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) explanation and 6-minute treatment. All patients reported a decrease in subjective anxiety, with a mean pre-treatment score of 8.03 and a post-treatment score of 3.03. Paired t-tests revealed a statistically significant decrease (p<0.001). (Source)
  1. The pilot study explored the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) as a treatment for dental anxiety. The mean STAI-S(sf) scores obtained by the control group before (x = 62) and after (x = 59) differed by only 3 points (–6%). In contrast, the mean STAI-S(sf) score obtained by the EFT group before tapping acupressure points (x = 72) dropped 26 points (x = 46, –35%). An ANOVA revealed a statistically significant within subjects main effect of Time (F = 6.76, p = .04), and a Treatment Group x Time interaction (F = 4.42, p = .08), which approached statistical significance. (Source)
  1. The aim of The study was to examine if self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) leads to reduced pain perception, increased acceptance, coping ability and health-related quality of life in individuals with fibromyalgia. Upon completion of the program, statistically significant improvements were observed in the intervention group (n=26) in comparison with the waiting list group (n=36) for variables such as pain, anxiety, depression, vitality, social function, mental health, performance problems involving work or other activities due to physical as well as emotional reasons, and stress symptoms. (Source)
  1. Pain catastrophizing measures, such as rumination, magnification and helplessness, were significantly reduced, and the activity level was significantly increased. (Source)
  1. The main presenting conditions were anxiety, depression and anger and clients revealed up to 4 additional issues. CORE10, Rosenberg Self-Esteem, HADS Anxiety and HADS Depression scores showed both statistically and clinically significant improvements, with statistically significant improvement for WEMWBS (all p<0.01). Mean CORE10 scores improved from 20.16 (moderate severe) at start to 8.71 (normal) at end (SD difference=6.81, p<0.001). Improvements were seen in all but one client. (Source)
  1. Three patients with panic disorders were treated with oriental medical treatments which involved acupuncture, herbal medications, moxibustion and emotional freedom techniques. After treatment, both physical and psychological symptoms decreased. (Source)
  1. The effectiveness of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a treatment for anxiety and fear, was assessed. One hundred nineteen university students were assigned and tested in an independent four-group design. The groups differed in the treatment each received: applied treatment of EFT (Group EFT); a placebo treatment (Group P); a modelling treatment (Group M); and a control (Group C). Participants’ self-reported baseline and post-treatment ratings of fear were measured. Group EFT showed a significant decrease in self-report measures at post-treatment. However, Group P and Group M showed a similar significant decrease. Group C did not show a significant decrease in post-treatment fear ratings. These results do not support the idea that the purported benefits of EFT are uniquely dependent on the “tapping of meridians.” Rather, these results suggest that the reported effectiveness of EFT is attributable to characteristics it shares with more traditional therapies. (Source)
  1. The study seeks to determine the efficacy of a single brief intervention—Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)—to support the ability to shift attention appropriately to achieve optimal levels of both test anxiety and test performance. The sample consisted of 150 undergraduates from three universities in the Inland Northwest USA with debilitating test anxiety who were randomly assigned to 3 different groups. Group 1 learned EFT, Group 2 learned Diaphragmatic Breathing (DB), and Group 3 served as a no-treatment control. Subsequent ANOVAs revealed significant improvements in both the diaphragmatic breathing and EFT groups on most measures, with gains maintained on follow-up. (Source)
  1. Using a time-series, within-subjects repeated measures design, 102 participants were tested with a short-form of the SCL-90-R (SA-45) 1 month before, at the beginning of the workshop, at the end of the workshop, 1 month after the workshop, and 6 months after the workshop. There was a statistically significant decrease (p < .0005) in all measures of psychological distress as measured by the SA-45 from pre-workshop to post-workshop which held up at the 6-month follow-up. (Source)
  1. The symptoms of anxiety as measured by the DASS21 generally continued to reduce after treatment with Clinical EFT had concluded. The Stress scale of the DASS 21 indicated a mild improvement at a clinical level in some cases. (Source)

chapter 2:


Here are the statistics on EFT related to depression.

This section sheds light on case studies done on people of various stages in life struggling with depression.

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  1. The total intervention group (i.e., both the CBT and the EFT groups) consisted of 10 participants, composed of 8 women and 2 men. The community group consisted of 57 participants, including 45 women and 12 men. Baseline data also revealed that the majority of members of the 2 intervention groups reported significant emotional difficulties, with 80% indicating a clinically significant depression and 60% indicating a clinically significant anxiety. The average attendance rate at sessions was 6.64 sessions for the total sample. (Source)
  1. Demographic analyses indicated no significant differences between groups in relation to gender, age, marital status, or educational level. (Source)
VariableCBT Group (n = 4)
Mean = SD
EFT Group (n = 6)
Mean = SD
Control Group (n=57)
Mean = SD
DASS-21 (Baseline)7.75 = 4.996.67 = 4.131.93 = 3.16
BDI-2 (Baseline)30.00 + 9.2030.67 = 11.002.46 = 3.31
DASS-21 (Post)3.75 = 2.366.17 = 3.87
BDI-2 (Post)9.50 = 8.7021.83 = 14.86
DASS-21 (3-mo follow-up)2.75 = 2.753.83 = 3.54
BDI-2 (3-mo follow-up)11.00 = 12.0820.00 = 10.88
DASS-21 (6-mo follow-up)3.25 = 4.035.17 = 4.79
BDI-2 (6-mo follow-up)16.00 + 12.1922.50 + 12.14
  1. With the use of Wilks’ Lambda criterion, a significant multivariate main effect, was found for the two intervention groups of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques together: (1) group, F4,126 = 28.10, P ≤ .001, partial η2 = 0.47, power = 1.00; and (2) time, F6,59 = 242.49, P ≤ .001, partial η2 = 0.96, power = 1.00. A significant interaction between group and time was also found: F12,118 = 50.78, P ≤ .001, partial η2 = 0.84, power = 1.00. (Source)
  1. In the pre-test no substantial difference was found between the two arms (EFT and those usually treated) before the intervention in terms of the mean depression level score. (Source)
  1. After the administration of Emotional freedom technique, it was determined that th