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Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is an analytical test that measures the mineral composition of hair. It is a safe and non-invasive test that reflects the level of nutrient and toxic elements in body tissue. It is regarded by integrative doctors, naturopaths and nutritional therapists as one of the most valuable screening tools available in everyday and preventative health care.

Hair is a body tissue made up of mostly dead, keratinized cells fused together. The shaft of the hair is the portion that projects from the skin’s surface. The root of the hair, below the skin’s surface, contains living matrix cells from which the hair grows.  Matrix cells depend on the blood supply for nourishment and growth. As they grow and divide, minerals are keratinized into the growing hair shaft, creating a permanent record of metabolic activity and exposure to toxic elements.

Research has shown that hair tissue is useful in indicating nutrient imbalances and exposure to toxic elements. If your health, diet or environment has created a mineral imbalance or toxic mineral excess, it will be recorded in the hair shaft.

What minerals do we test for?

Nutritional minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus, Iron, Manganese, Chromium, Selenium, Boron, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Sulfur.
Toxic minerals: Aluminium, Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Uranium, Antimony*
Additional minerals: Barium, Geranium, Bismuth, Rubidium, Lithium, Nickel, Platinum, Titanium, Thallium Strontium, Tin, Tungsten, Vanadium, Zirconium.
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The cost for the test is $197. Click on the button below to purchase your HTMA test then come back to this page and read the HTMA Process below to find out what to do next.


1. Purchase test

Click button above to purchase HTMA test. 

2. Fill out request form & hair envelope

Click here to download and fill out the request form. 

Click here to download the envelope for hair sample.

3. Take hair sample

It is very important to correctly take a good hair sample. Please click here to read the instructions and watch the video. 

The hair sample needs to be clean and dry and placed in the paper envelope as it can ‘sweat’ in a humid plastic ziplock bag. 

4. Post hair sample

Post your hair sample and request form to:

Interclinical Laboratories
PO Box 6474
Alexandria, NSW, 2015.

Results are available 10-15 days from the date the lab receive’s your hair sample. 

5. Contact Kimballe to book for results

Once we’ve received your results from the lab, Kimballe will contact you to book for a review.