Trends of Meridian-Based Psychotherapy - Review of Researches on Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

감정자유기법(EFT)의 연구를 중심으로 본 경락기반심리요법의 동향

  • Kim, Sang Young (Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung-Hee University) ;
  • Yin, Chang Shik (Acupuncture & Meridian Science Research Center, Kyung Hee, University) ;
  • Choi, In Won (EFT KOREA) ;
  • Kim, Jong-Woo (Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung-Hee University)
  • 김상영 (경희대학교 한의과대학 신경정신과학교실) ;
  • 인창식 (경희대학교 침구경락과학연구센터) ;
  • 최인원 (한국 EFT 협회) ;
  • 김종우 (경희대학교 한의과대학 신경정신과학교실)
  • Received : 2013.04.04
  • Accepted : 2013.04.17
  • Published : 2013.04.30


Objectives : The purpose of this study is to investigate the researches about regarding Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and to understand the trends of Meridian-based Psychotherapy. Methods : Every article relevant to EFT was obtained from 'Pubmed' and Korean journal databases. Keywords used for searching included 'EFT' and 'Emotional freedom technique'. Results : 1) 5 reviews, 11 randomized controlled trials, 3 controlled trials, 1 single group comparative study and 4 case studies were searched. 2) Anxiety disorders were most frequently studied with EFT. Other studies included insomnia, depression and pain symptoms. EFT interventions were attempted in many different protocols and assessed with various tools. 3) Review articles indicated that meridian-based psychotherapies, such as EFT, are based on the meridian theory of oriental medicine. They evaluate EFT positively for its effectiveness on psychiatric diseases. Conclusions : EFT is increasingly studied and used in clinical practice of various fields. Objective evaluation tools and standardized intervention protocols are needed for the development of a new guideline for EFT.



Supported by : Ministry for Health and Welfare


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