Tapas Acupressure Technique


Category: Complementary and Alternative Therapies

What is it?

Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) is used to clear negative emotions and past traumas. It involves a series of steps that encourage the patient to vocalize the origins of their problem and ask for forgiveness and in essence releasing the emotions associated with the trauma.

How does it work?

It is thought that trauma leads to a blockage of energy in various organs. The application of light pressure to one of four areas (inner corner of either eye, between eyebrows, or back of head) allows this energy to be released and hence the trauma resolved. Throughout the process the patient concentrates on the related trauma and is taken through a series of statements.

Is it effective?

The use of TAT for PTSD has not been research adequately to measure its effectiveness.

Are there any disadvantages?

The voicing of one’s traumas can lead to some disadvantages. These disadvantages are reported under psychological debriefing as an intervention section.

Where do you get it?

The TAT life website offers a directory of trained professionals in this technique. While these strategies are pursued, it is also important that the person with PTSD is under the care of a certified health professional.

What are the evidence limitations?

There is currently no explicit evidence to support TAT as an independent intervention for PTSD. Much of the evidence base is derived from lower levels of evidence such as expert opinion and clinical experiences. Therefore interpreting this evidence should be undertaken with caution.


Based on the current lack of high quality evidence, TAT cannot be recommended as a first-line intervention for those diagnosed with PTSD. More research is required.

Key References

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health 2007, ‘Australian guidelines for the treatment of adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Practitioner Guide’ National Health and Medical research Council, viewed 11 December 2008,

Devilly, GJ, 2005, ‘Power Therapies and possible threats to the science of psychology and psychiatry’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 39 pp. 437–445.

TAT. Tapas Acupressure Technique Website, viewed 20 November 2008 http://www.tatlife.com

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