What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)?

  • HTMAHair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is an innocuous and non-invasive pathology test.
  • It measures the levels and relative ratios of toxic and nutrient minerals found in our hair.
  • It can give reliable data on more than 35 nutrient and toxic minerals, and over 25 important mineral ratios that can aid in the discovery of nutrient mineral imbalances or toxic mineral excesses that may be affecting your health.

Why test for minerals?

  • Minerals are necessary for well-being, vitality healing and growth
  • They produce structural support in teeth and bones, as well as maintaining the body’s water and pH balance, muscle contractions, nerve activity, enzyme reactions and energy production.
  • They are often referred to as the basic ‘spark plugs’ of life.
  • Numerous health conditions are exacerbated by toxic metal excesses and mineral imbalances, including hyperactivity in children, learning difficulties, migraines, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease to name just a few.

How is the hair sample taken?
The hair should be clean, well rinsed, untreated and uncoloured.
Using clean, stainless steel scissors cut small amounts of hair from the back of the head.
Cut the hair as close to the scalp as possible. If the hair is less than 4cm in length, keep all of it for testing.
How much hair?
The laboratory requires 0.5gm (500mg) or about one (heaped) tablespoon of hair for testing.
Can I send my hair if it is dyed?
If hair is treated and coloured, wait six to eight weeks and take the sample from the freshly grown (i.e. untreated) hair.
Any hair treatment or colour, natural or otherwise, can potentially lead to less accurate results for some elements tested.