Based on the concept of internal energy fundamental to Traditional Chinese Medicine, muscle testing is a noninvasive way of evaluating the body’s imbalances and assessing its needs. Simply stated, the body has within it and surrounding it an electrical network or grid. If anything impacts your electrical system that does not maintain or enhance your health and your body’s balance, the muscle being tested is unable to hold its strength.
In a typical example of muscle testing, you’re given an herb or supplement to hold. You place the tip of the middle finger to the tip of the thumb and are asked to keep them together. The practitioner attempts to open the fingers with a steady pressure. If the herb or supplement is something you need, you’ll be able to resist the attempt to open your fingers. If the herb or supplement is something that will not create a strengthening of your system, your fingers will be easy to separate.
Muscle testing can help to provide information on pathogenic/microbiological invasions, energy blockages, the functioning of organs and muscles, nutritional deficiencies, and food sensitivities. It can also be used to test the body’s responses to herbs, vitamins, homeopathic remedies, emotions, foods, allergens, make-up and other personal care products. The same procedure can be used to determine how often you should take each supplement and how much each time.
Although muscle testing is simple, responses may be inconclusive if your energy is blocked. Testing your polarity before doing anything else reveals whether energy in the central meridian is flowing in the right direction. If not, it must be corrected before proceeding.
Muscle testing is often referred to as applied kinesiology, although the two are not the same. Applied kinesiology originated with the work of Dr. George Goodheart, a chiropractor, in the sixties, based on earlier work by others. Offshoots of this technique, referred to as “specialized kinesiologies,” have also been developed. Perhaps the best known is a program called Touch for Health (TFH), created by a colleague of Goodheart’s, Dr. John Thie, which is taught worldwide. (Thie’s illustrated book, Touch for Health, has sold over half a million copies. Another classic in the field is Your Body Doesn’t Lie, by John Diamond, M.D.) Touch For Health involves a specific series of tests with each limb in different positions, to ascertain how well each of the organ systems is communicating with the brain. It also involves balancing energy flow in meridians that are deficient, by holding pairs of points on the body and working lymphatic massage points. The International College of Applied Kinesiology, in Switzerland, promulgates the Touch For Health curriculum, which consists of several levels, and certifies instructors and their students.
By contrast, “muscle testing” often refers to a technique of testing points on the body to ascertain particular vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Donald Lepore, a naturopathic doctor, explains some of this in The Ultimate Healing System. It’s also possible to learn a simple technique for self-testing.
For more information:
Diamond, John, M.D., Your Body Doesn’t Lie (Illustrated book on techniques of muscle testing)
Hawkins, David, M.D., Power vs. Force (Discussion of philosophical issues arising from muscle testing and this technique’s transformative potential for society)
Levy, Susan, D.C., Your Body Can Talk (Illustrated book on techniques of muscle testing)
Thie, John, D.C., Touch for Health (Illustrated book on techniques of muscle testing)