Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is an analytical test that measures the mineral composition of hair. It is a safe and non-invasive test that reflects the level of nutrient and toxic elements in body tissue.
Hair is a body tissue made up of mostly dead, keratinized cells fused together. The shaft of the hair is the portion that projects from the skin’s surface. The root of the hair, below the skin’s surface, contains living matrix cells from which the hair grows. Matrix cells depend on the blood supply for nourishment and growth. As they grow and divide, minerals are keratinized into the growing hair shaft, creating a permanent record of metabolic activity and exposure to toxic elements.
Research has shown that hair tissue is useful in indicating nutrient imbalances and exposure to toxic elements. If your health, diet or environment has created a mineral imbalance or toxic mineral excess, it will be recorded in the hair shaft.
What can Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis help with?
- Mental health issues: anxiety, depression, Pyrrole disorder, bi-polar depression, OCD, ADHD, etc
- Children’s developmental disorders: anxiety, ADHD, violent behaviour, tantrums/temper outbursts, dyslexia, poor school performance
- Adrenal fatigue, including unexplained fatigue, aches and pains, sleep issues
- Thyroid conditions
- Weight gain/loss, appetite issues and blood sugar imbalances
- Hormonal dysregulation including: oestrogen dominance, unexplained menopausal symptoms, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, etc
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Immune disorders including long term infections such as Epstein Barr virus (glandular fever), hayfever and allergies, histamine dysregulation
- Children’s immune disorders: asthma, eczema, allergies, intolerances
- Anyone who has occupational or environmental exposure to toxins, eg: mechanics, painters, metal workers, glass workers, farmers, etc
Why I use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
Each client has the test done to assess immune function, thyroid and adrenal function and mental health, as well as nutrient deficiencies and toxic metal levels. It is an inexpensive way to receive a lot of information about your health, including metabolic functioning of organs that is not really possible to assess with other tests.
Not only does hair mineral analysis show the levels of your ‘good’ and ‘bad’ minerals over the long term, it allows us to look deeply at how your powerhouses of the body – the endocrine glands – are functioning.
Adrenal and thyroid function as well as the immune and digestive systems can be easily and quickly assessed via hair analysis and further tests such as blood and salivary tests can be ordered if necessary.
How does the testing process work?
Please take a sample following instructions below and mail it in PAPER only envelope (no plastic zip lock bags or foil) to my postal address.
How to take a hair tissue sample. Taking a hair sample is quick and easy if you follow these instructions:
- Cut hair with clean stainless steel scissors
- To make the sample less conspicuous, cut small amounts of hair from the nape of the neck and/or several other locations on the back of the scalp
- Cut hair as close to the scalp as possible- we need the most recent growth. Approximately 1 table spoon of hair is required.
- Note for men who shave their hair- collect 1 tbsp of shavings. The length of the hair is not important
- If the sampled hair is less than 4cm long, keep all of it for testing. If the hair is longer than this, cut off and keep the 4cm of hair that was growing closest to the scalp (discard the excess)
- Place the hair sample in a paper envelope and mail to my postal address (this will be in your consult notes).
Note: Please provide clean, well-rinsed, untreated and non-coloured hair. If hair is treated or coloured, wait six to eight weeks and take a sample from the freshly grown untreated hair.
For visual instructions, follow here https://interclinical.com.au/htma-pathology/how-to-take-a-hair-sample/
Your sample will be mailed to a laboratory in the US for testing. It takes about 3 weeks to receive the report after mailing.
Free Download : – HTMA Brochure.pdf