For those of you who are outside UK here is a transcript of yesterdays BBC NEWS with Tony Stewart talking about EFT.
Transcript of BBC Midlands Today report on Sandwell Evaluation of EFT in Primary Mental Health Service 14.01.14, 15 minutes into programme
Newsdesk: Patients with depression or psychosis are benefitting from a therapy called Emotional Freedom Technique. It involves tapping with fingers on acupuncture pressure points whilst giving a positive message. Early results are encouraging. Here’s our Health Correspondent, Michele Paduano.
Goes to visual with Tony Stewart tapping:
The anxiety I’m feeling (repeated by client)
corner of your eye now,
The anxiety in my shoulder (repeated by client)
Reporter Voice over visual of Tony tapping: Tony Stewart is a specialist in Public Health but he became interested in tapping and persuaded doctors in Sandwell to pilot the technique. He found all but one of his 36 patients got better.
Professor Tony Stewart, Staffordshire University: “What we found was that on average at the start, people were showing us clinical cases and at the end on average they were showing as normal on a range of things.”
Goes to visual of patient playing classical guitar with music in background
Reporter Voice over visual of patient with guitar: Patients like Mark Willetts, a classical guitarist, who has suffered with anxiety and depression for years; it was even affecting his ability to perform…
Mark Willetts, Patient: “Anyone with stress or depression can be a very difficult person to be around and maybe a slightly unpredictable person to be around. And it certainly, as a result of lightening my mood, I think lightens the mood in the entire house, so both professionally and personally I did feel tremendous benefit from it.”
Goes to visual of doctor interacting with receptionist in GP surgery.
Reporter Voice over visual: Doctors in Sandwell who sanctioned the research have developed the scheme, training another 20 therapists.
Dr Ian Walton, Sandwell Clinical Commissioning Group: “ I was really very cynical, but he proved me wrong! I don’t understand how tapping your acupuncture lines can make you feel calm and better, but it seems to work for patients, some of them very ill patients!”
Back to visual of Tony Stewart tapping, this time with the reporter
Reporter: “As well as acupuncture, it seems to work through positive thinking and perhaps mild hypnosis. I think if felt more like hypnosis than anything else. It was quite a strange feeling, but it was relaxing. This process is quite easy to teach people and it is also very effective – it seems to work on patients who have as few as 5 session.
Reporter voice over background of guitar music with patient playing guitar: With demand for mental health services increasing and finances tight, it could strike a chord with those who pay for care. Michele Paduano, BBC Midlands Today in Tipton.
Back to news desk: Isn’t that interesting! Dan’s here with tonight’s sport ….. — with Tony Stewart.