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What is a Hair Mineral Analysis?
This is a screening test that measures the mineral content of your hair for 20 specific healthy minerals and toxic metals. According to ARL:
"The test reports significant mineral levels and ratios and provides pertinent information related to the patient's metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, immune system, glandular activity, autonomic balance, metabolic trends, and a dietary supplement program designed to assist in balancing body chemistry."
Hair contains minerals that are deposited as the hair grows. A sample of hair cut close to the scalp provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place over the past three to four months.
The test results are printed on an easy-to-read graph and come with a thorough booklet that explains all of the results and the recommendations.
ARL Hair Mineral Analysis
A hair mineral analysis performed by Analytical Research Labs, Inc., maybe be added on to any acupuncture visit or any herbal consultation both for new or returning patients.
Why get a hair mineral analysis?
Get another perspective on your overall health trends.
The body tends to keep blood levels maintained in a very narrow range, so imbalances can often be difficult to detect in a typical blood test in the beginning. Many patients come in feeling frustrated because they feel symptomatic yet their blood and other medical tests show everything within normal limits. Blood levels change frequently, day-to-day, hour-by-hour, but hair levels reflect the state of the body over a 3 to 4 month timeframe.
Get more accurate supplement and lifestyle recommendations.
Stop guessing at which supplements to take based on TV commercials and family & friends' advice. The recommendations provided by ARL are specific to your body's biochemistry at the present time.
Important Disclaimer: A hair mineral analysis is NOT a substitution for a medical blood test and does NOT provide you a medical diagnosis. This is to be used for health insights but is not a replacement for your doctor's advice.
How does it work?
Contact us to arrange a time to stop by to pick up the kit. We can help snip your hair sample or you can take the kit and have someone at home or at your hair stylist do the snipping - the instructions are easy to follow. Mail the hair sample, short questionnaire, and a check for the payment to Analytical Research Labs.
The results will be mailed back to me within about 10 business days of their receiving the kit. You and I will go over your results during a clinic appointment - either acupuncture or herbal consult depending on your preference.
New patients: it will be most efficient if we have your results available at the time of your appointment, so it's best to mail the kit in about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks PRIOR to your first visit.
Follow-up patients: we can go over the results are your next scheduled appointment once the results come in.
What does it cost?
Analysis cost + appointment fee.
Analysis cost: A first-time analysis is $75. A follow-up comparison analysis is $72.
Appointment fee: $65 - $100 depending on if you are a new or return patient and if you are scheduling an herbal consult or also getting acupuncture at the same visit.
Supplements are an additional charge if you choose to purchase them at the clinic.
Where can I get more information?
Give us a call, or browse through ARL's website: http://www.arltma.com/FAQ.htm