Homeopathy and Muscle Testing

Homeopath Diane Fuller shows us how learning various forms of muscle testing can help us select the right remedy, right potency, right number of cups, succussions and anything else we might need to know in prescribing.

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.

Elaine @ Sabrinas Elaine Lewis

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.

DianeFuller Diane Fuller

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.

About the author

Diane Fuller

Diane Fuller is a former Registered Nurse who studied homeopathy with Misha Norland from The School of Homeopathy and completed Lou Klein"™s Master Clinician course. She practices in Prince George, B.C. Canada and can be reached at

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Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

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    • Thanks Jim! The great part about it is that you can use it for allopathic medicines, herbs, foods and even things like pollen that you collect outside in a glass of water during allergy season.

      To antidote a food or medicine, put a few grains of the food or medicine in a glass of water and then dump and dilute until you get to the 12th or so glass (muscle testing can help you decide which glass to go to) before you take a dose.

      If you feel bad after eating, try spitting in a glass and dilute it the same way. Lots of people have had good results doing that as well!

      All the best,


  • Dear Diane,
    I have been on some homeopathic remedies years ago and on more than one occasion. From those experiences I concluded it is really beneficial to see a good practitioner. Often, the remedies simply do nothing at all if the practitioner has formulaically prescribed something without trying to understand your constitution. I’m rediscovering homeopathy after years and being treated for a very complex set of conditions/symptoms that are really a hodge podge of physical, emotional and mental symptoms.
    Well, I’ll stop rambling and come to the point, I am really really intrigued by muscle testing, I’d never heard of it before. I would’ve loved to consult with you but I’m based in the UK. Is there an institution/clinic/individual in the UK you can recommend to me? After 7 years of being on some very toxic medicines I am desperate to be my normal self again.

    • Thank you for your email Manish. I’m sorry, I don’t know of practitioners or organizations in the UK that do muscle testing and homeopathy, although, here in Canada, some naturopaths do both. You might want to phone some alternate practitioners and ask if they do some kind of testing for remedies.

      You may need to make some drastic changes in lifestyle if you have a lot of detoxifying to do. For this, you may get some help from Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride’s website – she is in the UK. Also, Dr. Jerry Tennant who is a medical doctor and also a homeopath in the US, cured himself from an “incurable” illness and has some excellent info on the internet.

      All the best in your search!


  • Hello,

    For several years I have been practicing muscle testing myself on foods and such because I am sensitive to many things. I have found you can use it for many things. Recently we found out my son’s room, in a house we just purchased is painted a bad color for him. So being kinda out there I had him muscle test color samples to find what would work in his room. Here is my question…on a few of the colors there was a distinct pull sideways to the right instead of back or forwards, does this mean anything? We both are curious as to why or what it means if anything. We did find two very positive colors for his room. Thank you for your time and help.


  • Thank you for your email Mary.

    I have seen some strange reactions when people try the leaning muscle test. One man, instead of going forward when something was good for him, swiveled around in a circle – the same man went sideways instead of backwards when something was not good for him.. Some people do go sideways instead of back or forward.

    Others, when they are being muscle tested by somebody else, get a pain in the arm being tested, or in some other part of the body as a reaction to whatever it is they are holding. One very sensitive lady can tell by just holding a remedy, what part of her body it will affect.

    We must remember that muscle testing is a way of finding the body’s reaction to what is being tested. Sometimes the message isn’t as clear as we would like it to be, and so we have to figure out ways of interpreting the information. Fascinating isn’t it?

    Maybe with your son, the color was ok, but the paint brand wasn’t? Maybe try testing the paint and the color separately.

    It is great that you are using muscle testing in such a creative way. It can be useful for so many things!

    God bless you,