Hair tissue mineral analysis or HTMA is a soft tissue mineral biopsy that uses hair as the sampling tissue.  The test of the Analytical Research Labs,  the only Lab we recommend and use, measures the levels of 21 minerals in the hair, including common toxic metals.


  • The metabolic type and metabolic rate.  This helps to understand dozens of physical, mental and emotional symptoms, and to guide the dietary and supplement recommendations.
  •  Energy and vitality level. Adequate energy production is a necessary condition for health.  If one’s energy is low, hundreds of symptoms can occur. Hair analysis excels in evaluating the reasons for lowered energy and vitality, and guides us how to increase real energy production that can be used for healing.
  •  Gland and organ insights.  Hair testing provides indirect and direct indicators for the cellular effect of the thyroid and adrenal hormones.  It can also be used indirectly to assess the activity of the liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines and perhaps other organs as well.
  •  Assessing carbohydrate tolerance.  Hair analysis can be used to screen for hypoglycemia and, at times, diabetes. it can usually guide us to correct Type 2 diabetes and some Type 1 diabetes without the need for most drugs.  Mineral imbalances, chronic infections, toxic metals and chemicals are nearly always involved with these conditions.
  •  Toxic metal assessment. Hair analysis is helpful to assess heavy metal toxicity. Equally important, the test can provide indicators of hidden heavy metal toxicity.
  • Reducing guesswork in recommending diets, nutritional supplementation and detoxification methods.
  • Trends or tendencies for many disorders.  This is a great benefit because it enables a practitioner to predict health problems that may arise in the future, and thus help prevent their occurrence.
  • Quick screening. Hair analysis is an easy way to screen for tendencies for diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, cancer and many other serious conditions.
  • Progress monitoring.  Hair analysis can help monitor a person’s healing progress.  Symptom changes alone are often inadequate to know if a person is progressing on a healing program.  However, the hair test can detect subtle changes in body chemistry, which is another major benefit of this test.
  • Stress patterns. Hair mineral analysis can assess the stage of stress and some 20 to 30 stress response patterns of the human body.  This type of analysis and interpretation is based on the stress theory of disease, first put forth by Hans Selye, MD, in the 1950s. However, it is most useful to help reverse many types of pathology that do not respond well to other methods of care, either traditional medical care or alternative health care.
  • Autonomic nervous system assessment.  A properly performed hair mineral test can assess many aspects of the functioning of the autonomic nervous system.  This is critical imbalance today in people and leads to hundreds of symptoms ranging from digestive problems, to inability to eliminate toxic metals, sleep disturbances, blood sugar problems, heart disease and even cancers.
  • Psychological/emotional illness assessment. Among the most interesting use of the hair mineral analysis is the assessment of causes for mental and emotional symptoms such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ADD, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, dementia, violence, bipolar disorder and several others.