Naturopathic testing generally involves analyzing body functions using non-traditional medical methods. Blood samples are sometimes taken for naturopathic tests, while analysis of heart function can be performed as well. Computerized instruments may be used to analyze the energy of the nervous system through acupuncture points, while other analyses can help determine food intolerances, immune problems, and toxins associated with specific organs. Digestive function is often part of naturopathic testing, as is the analysis of the body’s fat, water, and bone composition.
Many times, tests and sample analyses are done in-house with naturopathic testing. A specialist can also send samples out to a laboratory if necessary. This type of medical testing typically focuses on the body’s energy, including how it is thought to relate to systemic balance and the health of various organs. Testing often requires samples a patient’s blood. Sometimes this is done by drawing blood from a finger; microscopic analysis is often performed to find deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, as well as toxic levels of various substances.
Blood work can also find high fat levels and deficits in the liver. A test called Digital Pulsewave Analysis is typically able to measure the health of arteries as well as determine their biological age; risks of related diseases can be assessed with this test also. Naturopathic testing can not only monitor heart function in detail, but the function of the autonomic nervous system along with neurological systems that have to do with stress and resting states. Biological regulatory processes are often measured this way in naturopathic medicine as well.
Other procedures involved in naturopathic testing can include the analysis of the body’s biochemistry. Urine, saliva, and blood are often tested for enzymes and molecules, as well as amino acids that are required for normal function. Immunity and metal toxicity are sometimes analyzed by such methods to find excesses of potentially harmful elements. Electro Dermal Testing generally involves taking readings from acupuncture points, which is believed by naturopathic doctors to profile the function of internal organs.
Toxins and minerals can also be found by testing hair, because many of these substances are concentrated within it. Research in naturopathic medicine has found that certain eye, immune and liver, and pain treatments are often effective for various age groups. Testing for various body functions is often performed, and naturopathy as a form of healthcare continues to be studied by various research groups affiliated with large institutes and universities.