What is it about?

Acupoint tapping is developing a robust evidence base for positively impacting a range of psychological symptoms. We showed it can result in significant decreases in the stress hormone cortisol, and out perform other stress reduction methods.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show acupoint tapping as a self applied stress reduction technique, is efficient and effective as a brief treatment for reducing biological markers of stress.


This study was a replication of one done 7 years earlier by different researchers. The outcomes achieved were similar for two of the conditions, but for acupoint tapping it was substantially improved. This replication showed outcomes for both studies are likely due to the actual technique and not due to therapist characteristics.

Peta Stapleton
Bond University

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This page is a summary of: Reexamining the effect of emotional freedom techniques on stress biochemistry: A randomized controlled trial., Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, November 2020, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/tra0000563.
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