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It’s Measurable: Tapping Reduces the Body’s Stress Hormones

Written by: Nick Ortner

Did you know your level of stress can be determined by your saliva? It’s true! But can it be used to determine the effectiveness of EFT Tapping? Keep reading to find out.

If you think of a time in your life when something stressful or frightening happened, you can probably remember physical changes in your body that went along with it.

The classic responses are increased heart rate, sweaty palms, shallow breathing, and often a tightening in the chest or stomach area.

But there are also changes that happen on a biochemical level. And if the stressful or fearful event is an extreme one, or if it recurs over time, those biochemical changes can lead to serious long-term health consequences.

One of the most important hormones in our body’s stress response is cortisol. This hormone actually regulates other hormones, and is therefore important to many critical aspects of a healthy functioning body.

When we are stressed, anxious, or frightened, our cortisol levels increase, and this spells trouble for our bodies. Prolonged high levels of cortisol impair the heart, immune system, sexual function, sleep, digestion, respiration, circulation, and can even be responsible for premature aging.

Can Tapping Change My Hormones?

Researchers have cited numerous studies concluding that EFT results in a reduction of anxiety symptoms in people across a wide spectrum of circumstances. This has led to the formulation of theories about what exactly is happening in the body during a Tapping session.

It’s well known, and can easily be experienced by anyone using Tapping, that outward physical changes take place after a series of tapping rounds. This could be noticed by a reduction of pain, the loosening of rigid joints, or perhaps the relaxation of muscles.

But there are those who believe that changes are also taking place at the level of cellular biology and genetic expression. These changes constitute the foundational work in the rapidly developing field of epigenetics.

To help prove this theory, the first step requires the gathering of physical evidence of such a change.

In previous studies, MRI and EEG readings that measure a person’s brain activity have shown that acupuncture or pressure on the acupoints result in visible changes (decreases) in hyper-arousal of the nervous system.

These researchers of this study wanted to take another step in this direction to see if there were corresponding dips in cortisol levels after EFT treatment.

Studying Saliva

Researchers recruited study participants (aged 18-80) from an online site advertising a free cortisol test; they were neither current patients nor did they have any clinical diagnoses.

They were then divided into three groups corresponding to the type of treatment to be received: tapping, supportive listening, and no treatment.

The cortisol levels of each participant were taken initially with a saliva kit, and all were asked to fill out one of the standard psychological questionnaires that measure anxiety & stress symptoms, rating their symptoms on a scale of 1-5.

The 3 groups then had individual 50-minute sessions of treatment.

The sympathetic listening group met with a licensed therapist who empathized with the person and challenged his or her negative thoughts. The tapping group had a session with a coach certified in EFT. The non-treatment group waited in the waiting room.

After the individual sessions were complete, a second saliva kit sample was taken and a second questionnaire filled out. All test sample kits were then sent to be analyzed at the lab.

Incredible Results: EFT Actually Lowers Cortisol Levels

After all the elements of the study were analyzed, the researchers found that the cortisol levels of the two control groups had been reduced by 14%, but the EFT group had been reduced by 24%.

For the psychological symptoms, one questionnaire showed a 42% decrease for EFT, a 13% decrease for the non-treatment group, and a 17% decrease for the sympathetic listening group.

On another questionnaire, EFT showed a 51% reduction vs 14% in sympathetic listening and 17% for non-treatment.

Your saliva doesn’t lie! 😊

The evidence that EFT actually leads to physical changes in the body is growing, thanks now to another piece of research.

Until next time…

Keep Tapping!

Nick Ortner


Have you experienced a shift in your physical symptoms after Tapping? I’d love to read your comments below!



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  1. tiko says:

    Hi I believe greatly and I’m interested to follow this method but I live far from you and in my country it’s not recognised yet so I try to watch videos and follow it but often there’s no. result becouse I do it from summer I also cann’t afford to buy books what videos would you regiment. Tiko from Georgia it’s not USA state

  2. Nick Ortner says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Gabrielle. I am honored to help you on your healing journey. 🙂

  3. Gabrielle says:

    Truly remarkable Nick!!!
    It’s encouraging to know there is a way to healing beyond just talking to a therapist which has never helped me move beyond the crisis point.
    Exciting times for so many people who’ve been inappropriately diagnosed and left untreated.
    I was amazed at how quickly Tapping brought me back from the out of control feelings of PTSD in literally minutes and in much less time than it normally takes to calm myself after feeling abused.
    It’s been a lonely road, a very long road but you bring me hope for the first time in 58 years knowing I can truly reshape my future.
    I can’t thank you enough.
    And to take this technique into schools to help our future generations is so wonderful. Finally human beings will recover from centuries of warring and move into a more peacefully free existence. What a gem you are.
    Much Love to you and Jessica,
    Gabrielle

  4. Nick Ortner says:

    Hi Walter, you can check out our Tapping 101 page to learn all of the basics: https://www.thetappingsolution.com/tapping-101/

  5. Nick Ortner says:

    🙂

  6. Nick Ortner says:

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  7. Nick Ortner says:

    Hi Bob, there is a link in the article, but you can find it by going here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22986277

  8. Nick Ortner says:

    Thanks for sharing, Ann. 🙂

  9. Nick Ortner says:

    Thanks for sharing, Sandra. Morning tapping is such a great start to the day!

  10. Nick Ortner says:

    🙂

  11. Nick Ortner says:

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  12. Nick Ortner says:

    Thanks wonderful to hear, Maryann!

  13. Nick Ortner says:

    🙂

  14. Nick Ortner says:

    You’re welcome Melinda. Tapping is great for “in the moment” relief. 🙂

  15. Nick Ortner says:

    Thank you very much, Sabrina! For certification options, you can check out our page here: https://thetappingsolution.com/eft-practitioners/learn-about-getting-certified/

  16. Sabrina says:

    Hi Guys,
    Love the article and I tap all the time. It’s amazing. I do it on my friends and their results are always magical too. I would like to do it more as a business. Its amazing. I was wondering if ya’ll do any courses or cirtifications? I’m very good at this but I would love to say oh, I’m cirtified by or have done courses with the Ortners etc.
    can you guide me accordingly.
    Thank you for bringing me this gift!! ❤️💕

  17. Melinda says:

    I have been going through a lot with my daughter, two hospitalizations for heart problems. I have been doing tapping, but not as much or maybe as regular as I should be doing. But, after calling the ambulance to put her in the hospital for the 2nd time is 3 weeks, I find I am much calmer than I thought I would be. And this is her Birthday!!! So, it is really hard. But I have been tapping for sadness and depression, however, I never thought I would be this calm and positive having to put her in the hospital again – I think that maybe when we tap we end up helping other problems that we don’t even realize we are doing – maybe by lowering the Cortizol any way we are helping other issues without even tapping on the specific problem. AGAIN, Thanks for all the info.

  18. joan cohen says:

    I would love to try the test.

  19. Maryann Guinra says:

    For a few weeks I had endured pain in my hip. I finally broke down and visited my chiropractor. The treatment helped, but didn’t completely relieve the pain. It finally dawned on my I ought to try tapping. . . . which I did. The pain has been gone completely and has not returned. YEAH!!! Obviously there was an emotional component to the issue causing the pain that chiropractic alone couldn’t address. Thank Goddess for EFT.

  20. Maria Fernanda Quann says:

    It does help relax!

  21. Blanca Mas says:

    Muy interesante

  22. Sandra says:

    I recently used tapping to take the edge off tension upon awakening. I was anxious about a situation I was facing and thinking about it was creating some anxiety, so I turned to tapping. I talked and tapped until something changed.I felt a dfference in my body. Taking the time to tap through my uneasiness released the tension and stopped the cortisol that anxiety causes. I felt normal again and wasn’t afraid anymore. Tapping really works!

  23. Walter Keene says:

    I know that this is not the first story about tapping that has been sent to me, but I have ignored and deleted the others so I am not aware of what the tapping process is. If you wish, you could send another email to me that does that. WeKeene

  24. nahid says:

    HI

    THANK YOU SO MUCH IAM SO SORRY IBELIEVE TAPPINGG BUT YET i couldnot begin it am

    I lazy No I can not focus on tapping yet whai do you order I need so much with respect Nahid

  25. Marianna Hartsong says:

    I am ever grateful to Gary Craig and the advent of EFT in my life in the early 2000’s. I use it daily. Blessings all the way around, 🙂 Marianna

  26. Bob says:

    Can you give the citation for the latest study, please?

  27. Ann says:

    I use tapping in 2 two areas of my life:-
    To reduce the effects of arthritis in my knees and leg muscles. I can straighten my leg more and get less occurrence of flare ups. It’s certainly less stressful! Winter will tell soon though, but I have every confidence that this approach will help me over the coming months. I also use an anti inflammatory gel when I do get a flare up to nip it in the bud ASAP and suffer less damage.
    I also use it to remove impediments to gaining wealth – all those given attitudes that poorer parents and people along the way give you, like “you’re not as good as you think you are doing such and such”. My immediate thought was, “how do you know how good I think I am at that?” but it left a lasting impression and barrier. Now I tap them away along with low self esteem feelings and hypers from my bipolar disorder. I take my medication but it only goes so far and doesn’t get to the root of anything.

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