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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Effects on Psychoimmunological Factors of Chemically Pulmonary Injured Veterans

Abdolreza Babamahmoodi, Health Management Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Zahra Arefnasab, Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, California, USA

Ahmad Ali Noorbala, Department of Psychiatry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Mostafa Ghanei, Pulmonary Diseases, Chemical Injuries Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Farhang Babamahmoodie, Infectious Diseases, Anti-Microbial Drug Resistance Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical
Sciences, Sari, Iran

Ahmad Alipour, Department of Psychology, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran

Mohammad Hossein Alimohammadian, Farhad Riazi Rad, Vahid Khaze, & Haideh Darabi, Department of Immunology, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran

Citation (APA Style): Babamahmoodi, A., Arefnasab, Z., Noorbala, A. A., Ghanei, M., Babamahmoodie, F., Alipour, A., ... & Darabi, H. (2015). Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Effects on Psychoimmunological Factors of Chemically Pulmonary Injured Veterans. Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 14(1), 37.

Abstract

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) as a new therapeutic technique in energy psychology has positive effects on psychological and physiological symptoms, and quality of life. In this research we studied the effect of this treatment on immunological factors.

This study tested whether 8-week group sessions of EFT (compared to a wait-list control group) with emphasis on patient's respiratory, psychological and immunological problems in
chemically pulmonary injured veterans (N=28) can affect on immunological and psychological factors.

Mixed effect linear models indicated that EFT improved mental health (F=79.24, p=0) and health-related quality of life (F=13.89, p=0.001), decreased somatic symptoms (F=5.81, p=0.02), anxiety/insomnia (F=24.03, p<0.001), social dysfunction (F=21.59, p<0.001), frequency and severity of respiratory symptoms (F=20.38, p<0.001), and increased lymphocyte proliferation with nonspecific mitogens Concanavalin A (Con A) (F=14.32, p=0.001) and Phytohemagglutinin (PHA) (F=12.35, p=0.002), and peripheral blood IL-17 (F=9.11, p=0.006).

This study provides an initial indication that EFT may be a new therapeutic approach for improving psychological and immunological factors.

Keywords: Emotion, Health, Immunological Factors; Lung Injury; Mental Health; Psychological Techniques; Quality of Life; Veterans

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