Muscle-testing (also called Applied Kinesiology) is a term that loosely refers to a variety of techniques that use a change in muscle resistance to obtain information about the body. It can be understood as a way to access information about healing via the innate wisdom held in each person's body. Some alternative health practitioners use muscle-testing regularly in their work with patients, and some practitioners don't use it at all. How and why it is used can vary considerably from practitioner to practitioner.
I use muscle-testing for four main reasons:
- to help me determine when a non-physical cause for illness is a priority of treatment. For example, a miasm is a vibrational problem that can't be detected with the diagnostic tools of orthodox western medicine. Muscle-testing enables me to quickly determine if a miasm needs to be treated and also helps me pinpoint which kind of miasm needs to be treated.
- to help me determine which "onion layer" is the top priority at the time of the office visit
- to test foods, supplements, prescription medications, jewelry commonly worn by the patient, and personal hygiene products used by the patient in order to determine if any of these things are creating weaknesses in the body
- to help me determine which gland is the weak link in the patient's endocrine system