Let’s start with an explanatory video, as many of you may not know what muscle testing is:
Diane Fuller is back with information on how we can be more accurate with our remedy selections through something called “muscle-testing”, which allows us to find out what foods, drugs, remedies, etc. are making us strong or helping us to heal, and which ones are making us weak.
I love muscle testing, Elaine! It helps me to determine where there are weak areas in the body, and which remedies will be most helpful.
I like to muscle test clients on their first visit. There are many versions of muscle testing. I use a simple test. I have the person extend one arm at shoulder level and resist my pressure on that wrist, while using their other hand to touch an area to be tested.
I find that when an area of the body is touched that has some kind of a blockage of energy (i.e. a bruise or pain or infection etc.) they will be unable to continue to extend their arm when it is pressed at the wrist.
If they are tested again while holding a remedy that will stimulate the body to unblock that energy or heal that area, on that specific point, they will be able to hold their extended arm very rigid and strong when it is pressed at the wrist.
I usually test lung, liver, spleen, adrenals, small intestine, colon, lower pelvis, and kidney areas, as well as any area where there is pain or difficulty.
Areas of pain make the extended arm instantly weak! There is always a look of astonishment after muscle testing and finding several very weak areas that go strong immediately when an appropriate remedy is held on them.
I always test the areas of the body before giving a remedy because the instant a remedy is taken, all the weak spots test strong. This happens when a remedy is inhaled or taken by mouth. If the person is already taking a homeopathic remedy that is helping, their weak points will be strong and the muscle test will not show them. They will, however, test weak or strong with any remedy you are testing, even though testing their body for weak spots will not give accurate information.
You can also muscle test to discover how often the remedy should be taken and to find the best potency. I encourage clients to learn to muscle test so they can test before each dose of the remedy to see if they need it that day, and how often they need it.
I won’t give a remedy unless it tests strong on all the weak points… that is, each area that has tested weak without the remedy, tests strong when the remedy is held on it.
There are also two points that I like to use to confirm the remedy and they are on the cheek and the knee. I don’t know why, but in my experience, if a remedy tests strong on those points, it seems to test strong on all the other points.
I guess to test the knee, the patient has to be sitting down? Is he standing otherwise?
Normally I test patients standing. Most people can test the knee spot while standing by bending slightly and touching the remedy to their knee. If that is too awkward for them, they can sit.
There are several simple muscle tests that can be done by an individual without having to have another person to press down on their arm. The one I find the best is the “leaning test”.
If you hold whatever it is you want to test (food, vitamins, herbs, or remedies etc.) on the chest or solar plexus, close your eyes and ask the question, “Is this good for me?” then, keeping the question in mind, stand quietly until you begin to sway. Normally, people lean forward, toward what they are holding if it is good for them, and backwards, or away from the item if it is not good for them.
Some people don’t lean in the usual directions – one man went around in circles for “Yes” and sideways for “No” which was simple to figure out using the regular muscle test on the same items he tested himself on.
Oh wait! I just found a youtube video on the sway test! Go to youtube and type in “sway test” and many of these videos will come up. In this video, the expert is showing us how to select the right essential oil using the sway test but it could just as easily be a homeopathic remedy or food supplement or anything else:
Some people become very good at muscle testing themselves and it makes taking remedies much easier and more effective because they are taking them according to their body’s needs, and not somebody else’s ideas of what they need. But, some people just don’t seem to get the knack of it and can’t seem to make it work.
Diane, how do you muscle-test an uncooperative child, a bed-ridden person, an unconscious person, etc.?
Testing of very ill people who are not able to extend their arm, as well as testing babies, small children and animals or plants can be done through another person. For example, the mother can, with one hand, touch the areas to be tested on her baby while her extended arm is pressed down at the wrist to see if the areas are weak or strong. Over ten years ago, this method worked very well on my infant granddaughter who was suffering from colic. By testing the different areas of her body we could find the exact spot on her abdomen that was painful. Testing several different remedies on that spot led us to the one that was the most helpful. As a new remedy was needed, the first one would test weak, and then it was time to look for a new one.
When a baby is screaming and unable to tell the parents where the pain is, it can be a very frightening experience. Parents using muscle testing as a tool, can test the different areas of the body and discover if the pain is from an earache, a chest problem or an abdominal ailment by touching those areas.
My daughter, Catherine, is a great believer in muscle testing. She told her doctor she wanted to muscle test herself on some pills he wanted her to take. When she muscle tested weak, she said she didn’t want them. He didn’t object.
There are many different ways of muscle testing or kinesiology. This method is one that I have developed over the years since I first discovered that it could make such a difference with Catherine.
We should probably impress upon our readers that the “sway test” is another way to test someone who will not hold still and allow even a surrogate to touch their body while you muscle-test the surrogate. You can simply stand and ask the question, as shown in the video above, “Does my daughter need this remedy?” Yes/no. “Does she need it more than once a day?” Yes/no. “Twice a day?” Yes/no, or any variation of that question–“Does she need the dose in water?” yes/no. “Does she need the dose in the first cup?” yes/no. “Does she need more than 2 succussions?” yes/no. And so on until you’ve learned everything you need to know about the remedy and the dosing schedule for that particular day or week–you have to specify, be very careful with your questions or you will get confusing answers.
Muscle testing has served me well, and I am very thankful for having learned it those many years ago.
Do you try to get a baseline first by saying, “Just extend your arm and let me see how much strength you have by resisting my efforts to push your arm down at your wrist.”?
You can do that. I normally don’t have to do that, but in the beginning I did. With small children around 3 years old, you might want to do that – I make it a game with them to “see how strong you are”. Then you need a very minute pressure – I would use one finger and gently press on the arm. It is surprising how strong even a child can be when they are testing a good remedy. I find that you can test children as young as 3 years old if you make it a game, although some children at that age don’t get it and you have to test them through an adult.
Then, I take it that you ask them, if, for example, they have a headache, to touch their head with their free hand while you again try to push down their arm?
Yes, I ask them where the pain is in their head, and tell them to put their hand on that spot. They can’t hold their other arm up with their hand on that spot.