Naturopathic Microscopy – How does it work?
Naturopathic Microscopy is the only technique available to natural health practitioners that will allow you to view and assess the dynamic interplay between health and disease at the cellular level. By analysing the blood you will be able to identify various underlying imbalances, known to lead to disease, while still at an early stage – when they can still be corrected with simple natural protocols. You will automatically improve compliance in your practice: compliance to follow the recommended program and to follow up regularly to assess the progress.
The history of live and dry blood analysis goes back more than 60 years and it is still developing today. Several independent researchers from across the world have spent hours behind their microscopes, analysing thousands of samples and making careful observations about the differences between healthy and unhealthy blood specimens, correlating their findings with clinical symptoms and conditions.
What we have gained from all their hard work is a technique unparalleled in its accuracy and unmatched in its reliability. It has steadily grown in popularity among natural health practitioners worldwide by virtue of the insight it is able to provide on the body’s internal environment, which we refer to as the ‘terrain’.
The analysis of both live and dry blood specimens provides us with valuable insight into the body’s internal terrain, which constitutes the blood, lymphatic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid and the interstitial fluid that surrounds every single cell in the body. Just like a fish swimming in unhealthy water will become unhealthy, so the cells in the body are poisoned by the toxins and acids in the fluid in which they are bathed. The purpose of looking at blood under the microscope is to determine the state of the terrain – whether it is in a state of balance or imbalance. This knowledge is of utmost importance because changes in the blood precede any physical manifestation. When the blood and terrain become compromised, disease is soon to follow, and by correcting the imbalance in the terrain we are able to re-establish a state of balance and health.
While conventional medicine is concerned with eradicating disease by killing bacteria, cancer cells or by replacing hormones and suppressing symptoms, natural medicine is concerned with the state of the terrain, because disease will only be able to thrive in a suitable soil. Just like plants that have been grown in poor soil and are subsequently weaker and more prone to disease, so are the cells in the body affected by the terrain.
By analysing a single drop of blood we are able to tell what you’ve been eating, drinking and doing. We can also identify potential problems years before conventional blood tests and investigations are able to detect any abnormalities. This makes blood analysis an incredibly valuable tool in preventative medicine.
The blood comes into contact with every living cell in the body. It carries vital nutrients and oxygen to the cells and carries wastes away from the cells.
“If we understand why the blood is sick we then understand why other cells in the body are sick and if we are able to improve the quality of the blood we will be able to improve the quality of almost every cell in the body.”
Too many resources are used on studying disease and treating disease (‘disease-care’), whereas we should be focusing our attention on studying health and understanding how to maintain health (‘health-care’). Instead of being concerned with the type of disease the person has, we should be concerned about what type of person has the disease.
This amazing technique allows us to also test specific treatment protocols and monitor progress. The effects of the newest supplement or natural medicine can be tested by looking at the changes brought on in the blood after using the medicine. Specific diets and other lifestyle choices can also be tested and the specific combination that works best for each individual can be determined. This can be done accurately because the blood doesn’t lie. Changes can be seen occurring in the blood after a specific treatment and it is living proof of the effect of that treatment on the body.
The visual impact this test has on people ensures that they stay committed to a treatment program and remain motivated to make positive, health-promoting changes in their lifestyles. Those unfamiliar with this test are always amazed at the degree of detailed information that can be obtained from a small sample of blood. In many cases hidden, sub-clinical conditions are uncovered that were not suspected, and would not have been tested for. Many clients who believe they are following a healthy diet and supplement regimen have hidden deficiencies that are impacting on their health. Other clients have vague symptoms that may be caused by a multitude of imbalances – with live blood analysis we are able to determine the cause of the symptoms and develop specific treatment protocols, tailored for each individual case, to address the underlying causes of symptoms.
The process is fairly simple and not very invasive. A small amount of blood is taken from a patient’s finger and analysed under high magnification using a specialized microscope. Various blood morphologies and abnormalities can be identified, which provide information on underlying imbalances, weaknesses, nutritional deficiencies and the health priorities of the individual being tested. The insights gained from the analysis, correlated with other clinical data, enable the analyst to understand his/her client’s individual state of health on a much deeper level.
In conventional laboratory blood analysis (peripheral blood smears) the sample is stained and essentially dead. Live blood analysis uses whole, unaltered blood viewed under higher magnification to assess the condition of blood cells, plasma, microbial activity and anomalies that are not typically ordered in conventional blood testing. We are looking at how your blood cells are behaving while they are still alive.
Conditions commonly observed in live blood include:
- Digestive disorders
- Poor protein/fat digestion
- Acidity / Latent tissue acidosis
- Oxidative stress / Free radical damage
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Mineral deficiencies
- Essential fatty acid deficiencies
- Liver stress
- Kidney stress
- Raised Cholesterol & Homocysteine levels
- Uric acid
- Yeast (Candida) / Intestinal dysbiosis
- Immune weakness / imbalance
- Blood sugar imbalance
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Bowel toxicity
- Cardiovascular risk
Another test used in conjunction with the live blood test to give us a more complete picture of the state of the terrain is the Oxidative Stress Test (OST). In this test we analyse a series of samples that was taken from one drop of blood and allowed to dry. Here we look at coagulated blood to give us information on deeper, more chronic imbalances and possible degenerative patterns. Through the different patterns of coagulation we are able to see the effect of acid wastes, toxins and other substances on the system and determine which parts of the body are holding toxins and therefore at risk of degenerative disease.
Analysing live blood in brightfield and darkfield, as well as dry blood is referred to as Naturopathic Microscopy. Practitioners utilising this powerful tool acquire a deep and holistic understanding of their patients’ health at the cellular layer. They are able to home in on the specific area that needs attention to restore the patient’s health, often without the need for expensive and invasive tests. The emphasis placed on long-term health-promoting lifestyle changes, as opposed to symptom suppression by medications, is another principle that resonates with the philosophy of natural health.
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