Anxiety and Anger Symptoms in Hwabyung Patients Improved with EFT

Anxiety and Anger Symptoms in Hwabyung Patients Improved with EFT

An EFT study has found that EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques had better results at improving patients with Hwabyung when compared to a PMR Progressive Muscle Relaxation Program.

Hwabyung is a Korean somatization disorder, a mental illness which arises when people are unable to confront their anger as a result of conditions, which they perceive to be unfair. Hwabyung is loosely used as the name of the disease, as it is actually more of a name regarding the cause. Hwabyung is known as a culture-bound syndrome. The word hwabyung is composed of "hwa" meaning "fire", "angry", and "byung" meaning "syndrome" or "illness".

Published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Anxiety and Anger Symptoms in Hwabyung Patients Improved More following 4 Weeks of the Emotional Freedom Technique Program Compared to the Progressive Muscle Relaxation Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Research Methodology

From the papers abstract:

The present clinical trial investigates the effectiveness of EFT as a new treatment option for Hwabyung (HB) patients experiencing anger and compares the efficacy to the Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), the conventional meditation technique. Methods. The EFT and progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) methods were performed on 27 HB patients, and their capacities to alleviate anxiety, anger, and emotional status were compared. After a 4-week program, a survey was conducted; patients then completed a self-training program for 4 weeks, followed by a second survey. Results. During the initial 4 weeks, the EFT group experienced a significant decrease in the HB symptom scale, anger state, and paranoia ideation (p < 0.05). Over the entire 9-week interval, there were significant decreases in the HB symptom scale, anxiety state, anger state, anger trait, somatization, anxiety, hostility, and so on in EFT group (p < 0.05). Conclusion. The EFT group showed improved psychological symptoms and physical symptoms greater than those observed in the PMR group. EFT more effectively alleviated HB symptoms compared to PMR. EFT group showed better maintenance during self-training, suggesting good model of self-control treatment in HB patients.

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