Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is an analytical test which measures the mineral content of the hair. The sampled hair, obtained by cutting the first inch and one-half of growth closest to the scalp at the nape of the neck, is prepared in a licensed clinical laboratory through a series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results.
Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. It is easily and painlessly obtained plus there are limited special handling requirements. Clinical results have shown that a sample of hair can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term or even acute exposure. A hair tissue mineral analysis reveals a unique metabolic world: intracellular activity, which cannot be seen through most other tests. This provides a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring during the period of hair growth and development.
The hair mineral analysis test shows harmful toxic substances, nutrient deficiency, and trace minerals. Trace minerals are vital for normal health which the body can’t produce or regulate by itself.