Emotional Freedom Techniques reduce stress: Another study makes the point, and an APA journal publishes it

(by Sarah Murphy, LPC)  The journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy published a special issue on complementary and integrative approaches to trauma therapy a few months ago. The issue includes a study by Peta Stapleton and colleagues showing that EFT reduces physiological stress as demonstrated by significant decreases in the stress hormone cortisol.  Study methods This randomized controlled […]

The Science of Tapping: What happens in our brains while we’re tapping? Results of an fMRI study

(by Sarah Murphy, LPC) A German study presents another possible explanation for why tapping is effective: bifocal emotional processing. This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, conducted at Hannover Medical School in Germany by Dina Wittfoth and her colleagues, gives us a glimpse at what happens in our brains when we tap. The study adds […]

The science of energy medicine and energy psychology: A new direction

(by Rick Leskowitz MD) I went to medical school over 40 years ago, and its conceptual foundation was pretty straightforward: it was all about anatomy and physiology. First we learned about all the organs and cellular structures (it was called gross anatomy because the organs are so solid and tangible, not because dissecting them is […]