National Institute for Integrative Healthcare, Santa Rosa, CA
Sufferers Report Less Pain, Anxiety, Depression
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. SANTA ROSA, CA. Many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as muscle pain, anxiety, and depression, can be relieved, according to recent research. A randomized controlled trial conducted by Dr. Gunilla Brattberg of Lund University in Sweden showed that fibromyalgia sufferers reported relief after an online course in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques).
Brattberg’s results, as well as the stories of dozens of patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are summarized in the book “EFT for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.” Compiled by Dawson Church, PhD, Executive Director of the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare, the book examines the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia and the closely related diagnosis of CFS and shows how EFT can be used to relieve the symptoms common to both conditions.
Many sufferers tell their stories in the book. Some describe complete remission of all their symptoms, while others point to partial successes, such as regaining freedom of movement and the ability to travel.
EFT combines acupressure with aspects of cognitive therapy. It has been shown to be efficacious for depression, anxiety and pain in many other studies, but the book represents the first time a systematic description of how to apply EFT for fibromyalgia has been available to healthcare providers and patients.
Says Church, “It’s particularly encouraging that EFT works this well when delivered online. Many of those dealing with this tragic condition can’t easily leave home, especially when their symptoms flare up. Whether they experience full recovery or partial relief, they are usually very grateful for the change.”
The National Institutes of Health web site describes fibromyalgia as “incurable,” making EFT a potential breakthrough treatment. An estimated 5 million American adults suffer from the disease, while estimates of the number of Australians are as high as 20% of the population. The lessons learned from patients and described in the book, combined with the principles from Brattberg’s study, are now also available in the form of an online self-help course called FibroClear.
Online self-help course: FibroClear
Brattberg, G. (2008). Self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in individuals with fibromyalgia: A randomized trial. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, 7(4), 30—35.
Church, D. (2013). Pain, depression, and anxiety after PTSD symptom remediation in veterans. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing (in press).
For more information visit the EFT research bibliography at www.Research.EFTuniverse.com. To schedule an interview with Dr. Dawson Church, please email support(at)eftuniverse(dot)com.