As part of your Naturopathic Consultation and Treatment schedule, Autumn may complete or suggest one or more of the following diagnostic tests.
Blood pressure test
A blood pressure reading is regularly done in a consultation. For clients with heart problems it is recommended to monitor their blood pressure between consults, either at home or through a pharmacy.
pH tests measure the acidity or alkalinity of a substance, often saliva, blood or urine. The best time to test pH levels is about 1 hour before a meal and 2 hours after a meal.
Saliva pH Test:
A saliva test may be done in clinic within your consultation. It determines the ph-levels in your saliva which should remain between 6.5 and 7.5 throughout the day. pH levels in saliva show digestive enzyme activity in the body. These digestive enzymes are primarily manufactured by the stomach, liver and pancreas. A pH level below 6.5 in body is acidic, either by producing too much acid or by an inability to remove body acids through the urine. A low pH can over time increase your risk for diseases.
A pH level above 6.8 can lead to the body struggling with excess gas, constipation and production of yeast, mold and fungus.
Urine pH Test:
A pH test of your urine can also be done within your consultation. It will show how well your body is able to remove acids through the urine and how much your body is able to maintain optimal mineral status. Minerals like sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium are ‘buffer minerals’ which the body uses to keep pH levels within an optimal range. Unbalanced pH-levels whether too acidic or too alkaline, force the body to ‘borrow’ minerals from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid or the alkalis and to safely remove it from the body.
Urine pH levels in the morning should be between 6.0 and 6.5 and in the evening between 6.5 and 7.0.
Zinc oral test
Oral Zinc tests determine zinc status on a range from poor to optimal (grade 1-4) in your body. This test consists of taking a mild zinc solution into the mouth and rinsing for a number of seconds. The taste remaining in the mouth afterwards gives clarity about your zinc status.
According to your zinc test results a zinc supplementation programme can be worked out.
The naturopathic consult and heath questionnaire may pinpoint the need for a blood test. Autumn can fill in a blood test request form to be taken to the local Pathlab, with the required tests indicated. These tests are paid for individually. If many tests are indicated, Autumn can write a request letter to your GP to make a referral and so reduce the costs or fully fund the blood tests.
Regular Blood test requests are:
- lipids (Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL, LDL)
- Diabetes checks (fasting glucose, random glucose)
- full blood count check (CBC) incl. red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets etc.
- Iron Status: Ferritin (Iron storage)
- Folate and Vitamin B12
- Liver function test
- Kidney function test
- Thyroid Test
Food Allergy / Intolerance test – Hair test
With a sample of your hair tested by a EAV (Electro-acupuncture-According to Voll) Hair Analysis machine, your tolerance can be challenged against 200 allergens from foods and environmental substances.
The hair sample is sent away and test results take about 4 weeks until completed and sent back with your allergy/intolerance report.
Together with your naturopath the test results can be addressed and can make a great addition to the treatment plan.
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)
This test measures the mineral content of the hair and may provide indications of mineral imbalances, deficiencies, and toxic elements.
The essential minerals found in the body, such as Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, Iron, Selenium, Chromium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, cobalt and boron can be measured by a HTMA.
As well as testing levels of essential minerals, levels of toxic minerals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium can be tested.
Within 2 weeks the test results are sent back to your Naturopath, showing mineral imbalances, toxic overload or changes showing the effects of your own supplementation. After receipt of your test results Autumn will take these into consideration in your overall treatment plan.
Iridology is the study of the Iris, which presents different colours, pigments, and fibres.
Iridology can be used to determine constitutional physiology for the individual, which are inherent strength and weaknesses.
Iridology does not diagnose illnesses, but rather aids the recognition of functional disturbances in the body and can show tendencies in the individual towards imbalance in health as well as the results or consequences of health imbalances.
The Chinese Tongue diagnosis looks at the colour of the tongue body, its size and shape, the colour and thickness of its coating or fur, locations of abnormalities and moistness or dryness of the tongue.
Your overall health state can be revealed, specific organ functions and disharmonies can be pinpointed out of a Chinese medicinal view of the body. Not all tongue irregularities are indications of disharmony.