Self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in Individuals with Fibromyalgia: a Randomized Trial

Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT), is a powerful tool that can achieve results surprisingly easily.

It’s simple to teach and once shown how to do it, a person can use EFT to treat many different conditions.

In recent years, the US military via the Department of Veterans Affairs has sponsored a study of EFT as a treatment for PTSD among returned service people. The results were overwhelmingly positive.

The great thing about EFT is that it is totally non invasive and side effect free.

Here is the abstract from a study investigating the use of EFT in the treatment of Fibromyalgia.

Brattberg, G. (2008). Self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in individuals with fibromyalgia: a randomized trial. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, August/September.


The aim of this 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. 86 women, diagnosed with fibromyalgia and on sick leave for at least 3 months, were randomly assigned to a treatment group or a waiting list group. An eight-week EFT treatment program was administered via the Internet.

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.

Pain catastrophizing measures, such as rumination, magnification and helplessness, were significantly reduced, and the activity level was significantly increased. The number needed to treat (NNT) regarding recovering from anxiety was 3. NNT for depression was 4.

Self-administered EFT seems to be a good complement to other treatments and rehabilitation programs. The sample size was small and the dropout rate was high. Therefore the surprisingly good results have to be interpreted with caution. However, it would be of interest to further study this simple and easily accessible self-administered treatment method, which can even be taught over the Internet.

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