Naturopathic Diagnostic Tools
In the field of Natural Medicine today there are more options for alternative type of testing than previous years. The types of tests used by Naturopaths vary from practitioner to practitioner depending on, their beliefs, interests, preferences, clinical experiences, and their discernment with the many products cleverly marketed to them by companies that sell diagnostic products.
At Inbalance the diagnostic tools used regularly are Iridology, Accunect (muscle testing) and HTMA-Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, and most importantly, the information you provide in consultation that offers the pathway to identifying the causes for your health symptoms.
Blood tests, urine tests and hormone tests are available when necessary, however these can be expensive and are not always necessary. As research has identified, unless a person is in the acute infective stage, it is difficult to accurately test for the pathogen. Going forward advances in modern technology will enable more accurate testing.
What is Iridology?
Iridology is a method of assessing the body's state of health. Like Reflexology the iris is divided into segments like a clock and each segment relates to a particular organ or system. An iris torch is used to identify various shapes and colors in the iris which indicate the condition of organs and systems. Studying these markings in the iris and noting the changes in them forms the basis of an iris assessment. Like many diagnostic methods used in naturopathy, iridology is not new, it dates back to Egypt in 4000BC, also in Palestine and was rediscovered in the 20th century in Germany and North America.
Dr Bernard Jensen who spent his life studying and applying iridology states 'In the study of iridology we are dealing with a structure (eye) which is an extension of the brain... All we do is recorded in the mind and the mind records every disease, habit etc. These are directly reflected through the nervous system to the iris of the eye'.
Dorothy Hall who applied and studied iridology in practice for over 40 years says 'In my own practice as a naturopath and herbalist I listen to symptoms and case histories and make a general assessment of the patient. The eyes then provide me with the fine-tuning analysis of biochemistry and of emotional and circumstantial factors hard to determine by any other method. Illnesses past and present can still be visible, recorded in the iris; and other measures can be taken to prevent recurrence'.
Iridology is a valuable diagnostic tool to help identify the cause of health conditions, however it is best used in conjunction with a consultation. Iridology alone will not indicate which specific herbal remedy and treatment plan are needed unless all the facts have been obtained and more about the person is known.
Iridology applied in a consultation can help identify past, present and potential causes of health conditions. This enables an effective treatment plan to be tailored for each person, whilst identifying potential problems can save you future discomfort. Iridology is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic tool that is used in each naturopathic consultation.
HTMA: Hair Tissue Mineral Anaylsis
BALANCING YOUR BIOCHEMISTRY & DETOXIFYING HEAVY METALS
HTMA (hair tissue mineral analysis) measures mineral composition of hair and identifies certain toxic metals that may be stored in your body. It is a valuable analytical tool that has made much progress over the years. Hair is used by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and worldwide agencies to identify toxic heavy metals (for more information go to www.interclinical.com.au.
HTMA is recommended as an additional analytical tool when further diagnostic tests are necessary. HTMA will identify your biochemical profile indicating your predisposition to specific mineral imbalances that may be inherited and which mineral ratios need to be adjusted in order to treat an illness or prevent potential illness from developing.
Research has identified certain mineral patterns in diseases such as; schizophrenia, ADHD, autism, diabetes, migraines, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, learning disabilities, dyslexia, Parkinson's, kidney problems, skeletal abnormalities, arthritis, hypertension, high cholesterol, infertility, anorexia, cardio vascular heart disease, PCOS, PMT, Crohn's, obesity, cancer and more.
For example; zinc and copper are closely related to estrogen and progesterone. An imbalance between the two are often found in women suffering from menstrual irregularities/PMS, other symptoms such as headaches/migraines and severe morning sickness when pregnant. A copper imbalance is found in arthritis, anemia, infections, neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular disorders, some malignancies, post partum depression, gallstones, hair loss and fungal infections.
A manganese deficiency or toxicity is associated with skeletal disorders, postural defects, cartilage and connective tissue disorders, impaired reproductive function, dermatitis, anorexia, speech disorders, abnormal gait, hallucinations. Whilst toxic metals such as lead causes fatigue, abdominal discomfort, anorexia, muscle weakness, immune suppression and arthritis.
HTMA is gaining popularity because it works.