Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a non-invasive lab test that we often recommend for our patients. HTMA 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.
What is HTMA?
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.
What does HTMA test for?
HTMA tests for toxic elements like lead, mercury, arsenic and uranium, plus nutritional minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and iron. An HTMA report presents a comprehensive analysis of the minerals found with a metabolic profile of the individual with dietary and supplement recommendations.