HTMA or hair analysis is a scientific test, which measures the mineral contents
of one's hair. A small sample of hair from the scalp is taken and sent to a
licensed laboratory for analysis. Highly sophisticated equipment at the
laboratory accurately identifies and measures the amount of minerals and
other substances in the hair. At the laboratory, the most advanced equipment
called ICP-Mass Spectrometer is used in a clean-room under strict quality
Biological Basis of HTMA
Hair is formed in the dermis from a cluster of matrix cells that make up the follicle.
As the hair is being formed, prior to extrusion from the scalp, it is exposed to
the blood, lymph, and intra-cellular fluids. During this time, it accumulates all
constituents present in this internal environment, including minerals and other substances.
As the hair protrudes from the scalp, the cortex of the hair shaft hardens and evidence
of this internal metabolic environment is preserved as a convenient record. Even
drugs consumed during this developmental process is captured in the hair.
Your hair contains all the minerals present in your body. It also reflects how much
of these minerals are in your tissues. Results from your hair analysis provide a
vivid picture of your body's internal environment. With this information, your internal
metabolic events can be interpreted. Not only can your nutritional status be viewed,
but you can also learn much about how efficiently your body is working.
Hair is the second most metabolically active tissue in the body. By the very nature
of its formation, it is a useful biological sample that provides a permanent record
of metabolic activities occurring within the body during its period of growth. The
first inch and one-half of hair closest to the scalp (nape region) can give a good
indication of the nutrient and toxic metal exposure over the previous six to eight
weeks. A mineral deficiency or excess revealed in the hair test can indicate a possible
deficiency, excess, or bio-unavailability of that mineral within the body.
Tissue mineral analysis is a good indicator of the metabolic
processes occurring within the cells (intracellular).
The Environmental Protection Agency (USA)
Hair is especially suitable for biological monitoring for exposure assessment as
well as global, regional, and local surveillance monitoring. The use of hair has
advantages over other tissues. Monitoring metals in the urine measures the component
that is excreted. Blood on the other hand, measures the component that is absorbed
and temporarily in circulation before it is excreted and/or sequestered into storage
depots. (EPA 600/3-80-089, 1980)
Investigators in Japan, Germany, Sweden, Canada, and the United States have shown
that concentrations of elements in the hair provide an accurate and permanent record.
A close correlation was noted between trace element levels in the hair and internal
What TEI's Hair Analysis Can Tell You
The Clinical Director of Trace Elements Laboratory had done extensive
research in correlating disease and behavioral conditions with hair
tissue mineral profile. Careful analysis of the hair contents, based on
these scientific studies can reveal the following information about you
and your body:
Exposure to and accumulation of Toxic Elements
Nutritional mineral deficiency or excess
Nutritional balance or imbalances
Possible physical symptoms you may experience
Possible causes of toxic element exposure or accumulation
Possible causes of nutritional deficiencies or excesses
Suggestions on foods to avoid until next evaluation
Suggestions on foods to increase intake until next evaluation
Food allergies, if any
Disease trends (in Doctor's report)
Recommendation of nutritional supplements according to hair analysis profile