What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)?
HTMA is a safe and non-invasive pathology test. It measures the levels and comparative ratios of nutrient and toxic minerals found in hair.
HTMA is regarded by many doctors, naturopaths and nutritional therapists as one of the most valuable screening tools available in everyday and preventative health care.
Why test for minerals?
Minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and well being. They provide structural support in bones and teeth, and they maintain the body’s pH and water balance, nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions. They are the basic ‘spark plugs’ of life.
Ideally we should get all the minerals we need from a balanced diet. Unfortunately today this is rarely possible. Modern farming techniques, fertilisers and depleted soils reduce the mineral content of foods. Environmental pollutants, chemical food additives and stressful lifestyles also have a detrimental effect on our nutritional status.
Many health conditions are aggravated by mineral imbalances and toxic metal excesses, including cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, learning difficulties and hyperactivity in children, to name just a few.
Consequently, we need to test and monitor our nutritional status more than ever.
Benefits of HTMA
- Safe, scientific, non-invasive pathology test.
- Reliable data on more than 35 nutrient and toxic minerals, and over 25 important mineral ratios.
- Valuable health information often not revealed in standard blood and urine tests.
- Discovery of nutrient mineral imbalances or toxic mineral excesses that may be affecting your health.
- Personalised patient and doctor interpretive test reports that assess your current mineral status, highlight areas of concern and recommend dietary changes and supplements for improved health and well being.
Profile 2 – Interpretive Report
This is our most popular and comprehensive report. It draws on all of our laboratory’s expertise and extensive experience in analysing and interpreting trace mineral patterns. The report includes two parts:
- A detailed, personalised patient’s report: easy-to-read test results for at least 36 essential and toxic minerals, including reference ranges; 27 mineral ratio results; discussion of nutrient and toxic mineral levels and ratios; individual metabolic type results and discussion; and personalised dietary recommendations.
- A comprehensive practitioner’s report containing a summary of the above, plus: disease trends and potential health concerns; medical discussion of mineral imbalances and toxins; contraindications; dietary suggestions and vitamin and mineral supplement recommendations.
HOW TO TAKE A HAIR SAMPLE
- Cut hair with clean stainless steel scissors. Thinning scissors can be used on short hair.
- 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.
- 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).
- The hair needs to be clean, well-rinsed, untreated and uncoloured. If hair is treated or coloured, wait six to eight weeks and take a sample from the freshly grown untreated hair.
- Place the hair sample in the envelope provided, or in a clean, clearly labelled envelope or sachet.
How much hair?
The laboratory requires 0.5gm (500mg) or about one (heaped) tablespoon of hair for testing.
What kind of hair?
Head hair from the back of the head is recommended for testing. Freshly grown hair cut from close to the scalp reflects the body’s most recent metabolic activity.
If head hair is not available, beard or pubic hair can be used. If there is no hair, clean fingernail clippings can be tested. These alternative tissue samples can be used to monitor toxic mineral levels, but may not always provide nutrient mineral data that is as reliable as head hair.
Can I send my hair if it is dyed?
If hair is treated and coloured, wait six to eight weeks and take the sample from the freshly grown (i.e. untreated) hair. Any hair treatment or colour, natural or otherwise, can potentially lead to less accurate results for some elements tested.
Do not mix different types of tissue samples, eg. do not mix head hair with pubic hair.
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