First, the “technical” explanation: Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a non-invasive laboratory test that measures the mineral content of a hair sample in order to determine, and assist in balancing your biochemical makeup. It includes a complete and comprehensive computerized evaluation of all of the significant mineral levels and ratios (including toxic elements) and the impact on body chemistry, a detailed explanation of metabolic type, and dietary and supplemental nutrient recommendations. This type of testing provides a blueprint of your biochemistry during the period of hair growth and development, approximately a three-month time frame.
What all of that means to you and me: Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis uses a small sample of your hair to figure out what minerals, and how much of each, are present in your tissues. Hair just happens to be the most simple tissue to test, but tissue makes up the organs, skin, bones, cartilage and nerves. The minerals that are in the hair are thought to be representative of the minerals found in other tissue, so what we find here can potentially tell us a lot about what is going on all over the body.