Psychological Acupuncture (EFT) Curbs Food Cravings for Weight Loss

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Food cravings are no stranger to anyone trying to lose weight. Research findings show that psychological acupuncture, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), helps curb food cravings for up to six months.

Psychological acupuncture involves gentle tapping on acupressure points while focusing on emotions and thoughts. Scientists studying the effects of emotional freedom technique say EFT successfully reduces food cravings that could lead to weight loss. The results were almost immediate as well as long lasting.

Tapping on acupressure points can be learned quickly and is promoted as a way to create positive life changing emotions. When it comes to food cravings, researchers say EFT creates changes at a subconscious level, potentially leading to weight loss.


Psychologist Dr Peta Stapleton, an academic title holder in Griffith University's School of Medicine, said the technique was painless and simple for study participants to learn. EFT successfully removed cravings for sweets, salty foods like potato chips, and biscuits, making Emotional Freedom Technique a potential tool for fighting obesity and weight loss.

"Food cravings play a big role in people's food consumption and ultimately their body weight. If we can beat the cravings without the need for willpower or conscious control of behaviour, then weight loss is also possible."

The effect of EFT on weight loss is still being studied, but because psychological acupuncture stopped food cravings for up to six months, the technique is expected to work for weight loss over time.

Individuals studied who were taught psychological acupuncture didn’t lose weight, but they did lose their food cravings. EFT could be an effective way to curb food cravings that ultimately should lead to weight loss. The study findings are scheduled for presentation at the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Melbourne in July.

Research Australia