Unlocking emotional well-being: a comprehensive review of the emotional freedom technique (eft)

Research Article
*Subhajit B, Dr. Sujitha M and Dr. D. Santham Sweet Rose
Nursing Sciences
Emotional Freedom Technique, Tapping, Acupressure, Self-help, Psychological well-being, Cognitive therapy, Meridian points

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), commonly known as tapping, has emerged as a promising self-help tool for managing emotional distress and improving psychological well-being. Originating from the integration of cognitive therapy and acupressure techniques, EFT involves tapping on specific meridian points on the body while focusing on targeted emotional issues. This review article provides a comprehensive examination of the current state of knowledge surrounding EFT, including its history, mechanisms of action, empirical evidence base, clinical applications, safety profile, and future research directions. Drawing upon a synthesis of clinical trials, meta-analyses, and systematic reviews, the efficacy of EFT for various conditions, such as anxiety, PTSD, phobias, and chronic pain, is evaluated. Comparative effectiveness with other interventions, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based approaches, is also explored. The review concludes by discussing implications for future research and practice, highlighting potential avenues for further investigation and integration of EFT within therapeutic settings.