What is Hair Mineral Analysis?

A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) simply stated, is a screening test that measures the mineral content of your hair. However, a hair tissue mineral analysis is much more than a test for minerals.

Providing a mineral blueprint of one’s biochemistry, a hair tissue mineral analysis can provide information about one’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity.

Once the hair sample is taken, it is sent over to the US and the analysis is done by Analytical Research Labs, Inc.  Their test screens for the level of 20 minerals and toxic metals in a sample of hair. It is a tissue mineral biopsy that is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive and extremely accurate. ARL uses sophisticated instrumentation – the Perkin Elmer Elan 9000 ICP Mass Spectrometer to assess mineral levels in parts per million or parts per billion.

Hair, like all other body tissues, contains minerals that are deposited as the hair grows. Although the hair is dead, the minerals remain as the hair continues to grow out. A sample of hair cut close to the scalp provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place over the past three to four months, depending on the rate of hair growth.

The consultation

During the Hair Mineral Analysis consultation your current health issues will be discussed.   A sample of your hair will also be taken from near the nape of your neck in order to get new hair growth.  About an inch of hair is required for the test.  If you are suffering from hair loss, underarm or pubic hair can be used – in these cases Nicola will provide you with the hair test kit and instructions to complete this at home and to return your sample to the clinic by post.  Your sample will be sent off to the ARL in the US, and will generally take around 2 weeks to be returned.

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The results

Test results are printed on an easy-to-read graph.  The printed graph includes the mineral results, major mineral ratios and the oxidation type.

A 15-20 page report from ARL is also included.  This describes one’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, immune system, autonomic balance, glandular activity and metabolic trends, a personal dietary supplement program, basic diet recommendations and other information that can be inferred from the test results.

Once the rest results are received, the clinic will be in touch with you to arrange a follow up with Nikki to discuss your results and the nutritional plan.  These plans usually cover 3 months, and clients often benefit from repeating the mineral test every 3-4 months to adjust their nutrition plan according to the body’s current needs.

Prices for Hair Mineral Analysis

£15 initial chat & brief form explanation 15-20mins

£45 – cost of Analysis & Report from the HTMA company in USA

You can then either pick up the Report & contact the UK centre to order the recommended supplements or schedule an appointment with Nicola to discuss the Report’s findings & test up the recommended supplements &/or homeopathic medicines. The appt is £65.

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Hair Mineral Analysis Therapy in Blackheath

Nicola Redmond provides hair mineral analysis therapy in Blackheath , and also serves the local community in South East London (including Greenwich, Charlton, Lewisham, Deptford, Maze Hill, Westcombe Park, Plumstead, Dartford). Nicola is at Blackheath Complementary Health Centre on Tuesdays and Saturdays.