How to Perform Muscle Testing

The Allergy Kit

Muscle Testing for Allergies


This tutorial will help you learn to perform muscle testing, a tool from applied kinesiology that allows one to identify allergies, both food and environmental, that are harming someone’s body.

Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, while Applied Kinesiology is an alternative method of medical diagnosis that employs muscle testing; it was originated by Dr. John Goodheart in the 1960s. Dr. Goodheart found that muscles in the human body instantly became weak when the body was exposed to allergens or harmful substances. Aside from Dr. Goodheart, chiropractors and acupuncturists built on the foundations of Chinese medicine to further develop kinesiology, which can be a very accurate system for balancing the body’s energy and returning it to health. Muscle testing has become the key tool of Applied Kinesiology in which allergens and harmful substances are identified by placing pressure on specific muscles.

The basis of Kinesiology is that the body is an electrical system that is continually in communication with each of its 600+ muscles; in fact it recognizes that there are connections between muscles, organs, and the Chinese meridian system. If a muscle is electrically in balance, the muscle remains strong when a stimulus is applied. If a muscle is out of balance, the muscle will become weak in the presence of an applied stimulus, such as when a practitioner applies a consistent force on a muscle in order to observe the body’s response.

Muscle testing therefore, is a system of obtaining feedback in order to examine the current functioning of someone’s body. By applying a degree of pressure to a large muscle, such as the deltoid muscle in the arm/shoulder, it is possible to obtain information relating to energy blockages, the health of organs, nutritional needs, and food allergies, in addition to other things. In our case, we will look at how to use muscle testing for the purpose of identifying food allergies.

getting "balanced" before muscle testing

Before muscle testing for allergies, it is important to do a preliminary test in order to determine if the results you are receiving are accurate. You can refer to this test as checking if you are “balanced,” checking if your energy is “organized,” or checking your polarity. Be assured, with a little practice, muscle testing for allergies is a simple procedure. However, if you test your subject when he or she is not balanced, your results won’t be accurate. Also, if you muscle test your subject when she is dehydrated, you can also get inaccurate results; it’s a good idea to have subjects drink some water before testing.

Personally, when I have had an allergic reaction on a given day, I have often found that I am unbalanced. So before testing for allergies, I like to check my polarity by doing the “Yes-No” test.


In the photo above, you can see the subject extend his dominant arm (right arm) horizontally. The tester places her right hand on the subject's left shoulder (so he doesn't fall or tip over) and her left hand (two fingers only) against the subject's right wrist as she says “Yes.” She pushes down on the subject's wrist area after saying yes and this normally yields a strong response. The tester repeats the procedure, pushing down on subject's right wrist area (with just two fingers) after saying “No.” If you are balanced, this will normally yield a weak response and your arm will lose strength (drop slightly). Your energy is therefore balanced and you are ready to proceed with muscle testing for allergies.

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muscle testing - the procedure

There are many ways in which to perform muscle testing for allergies. In this tutorial, I will introduce you to a method that has worked very well for me. I have learned this method from several NAET doctors (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique) and a Kinesiologist as well. Because I have one of the worst case of food allergies ever documented, I have had to learn to do this method myself because I use it several times a day as I test and eliminate the allergies that are making me ill.

how to perform muscle testing

• The subject and tester stand upright. Subject holds one arm out horizontal to the side; usually the dominant arm, but either arm will work fine

• In the photo above, the subject holds a suspected allergen in his/her other hand, against a specific point on the body (see illustration below)

• The tester places one hand on the subject’s shoulder and two fingers on the subject’s extended wrist, saying “resist,” and firmly presses down

if your subject’s extended arm remained strong and horizontal during the muscle test, then the substance he was holding was not an allergen in his case. Conversely, if the subject’s extended arm weakened during the test, even though you pressed down with the same amount of pressure, it means that the energy of the allergen being held by the subject has negatively impacted the energy of his body. In other words, the subject is allergic to that substance.

Of course, when muscle testing for allergies, the subject needs to be holding a suspected allergen, so we need to address two points here: what form of allergen does the subject hold during the test; when the subject holds the allergen, where does he place the hand with the allergen?

placement of the allergen

The Allergen – Professional allergy practitioners use energy vials that they purchase from different sources. These vials contain the exact energy signature of various allergens and their energy is magnified to make them easy to work with. I’ve used these vials and they are excellent, but they are not necessary. Instead, you can place a sample of food in a glass (don’t use plastic) or if that is not practical, you can write the name of the allergen on a slip of paper. I’ve had success with both of these methods.

Placement of the Subject’s Hand – When muscle testing, we want to cover the major energy meridians (in Chinese theory) in order to do a thorough job and get accurate results. To accomplish this, the subject should be tested when his hand containing the allergen is sequentially placed against four different points; so he will be tested four times for each allergen. This is important; I have often had to test three or four meridian points before discovering that a suspected substance is indeed an allergen for the subject.


In the illustration above, you can see that we are testing those points that represent the following meridians:

• Thymus (1)

• Liver (2)

• Pancreas/Spleen (3)

• Endocrine (4)

muscle testing the four points

In the following photos, you can see the subject holding an allergen against the four meridian points as the tester gets ready to muscle test each point:

Thymus-muscle testing

Liver-muscle testing

Pancreas/Spleen-muscle testing

Endocrine-muscle testing

have patience

Muscle testing is very valuable and it is definitely worth expending some effort to learn this useful skill; in fact for me, it has saved my life. My allergies were one of the worse cases ever recorded and they involved complex combination food allergies that can't possibly be identified through traditional laboratory allergy testing. There are days when I have muscle tested thirty or forty substances in order to identify an allergy or a combination allergy that was making me too ill to eat.

learning muscle testing sometimes requires a degree of patience as well as regular practice. It takes a while to recognize when a subject tests weak versus strong, and it can take some time to perform muscle testing reliably. For me, knowing how to muscle test has been a crucial skill; it has no doubt extended my life, as there were numerous times that I could no longer eat without experiencing severe allergic reactions. Those reactions ranged from nausea, diarrhea, pain, bloating, dizziness, brain fog, etc.

The range of food-related allergens I've identified through muscle testing is astonishing: every B vitamin, several minerals, every amino acid, brain transmitter chemicals, and even the five elements of protein-nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon, sulfer, and oxygen. Do you think a traditional medical lab would have tested me for these allergens?

I want to mention that although I now do much of my own muscle testing and energy treatments for allergies, I am greatly indebted to the NAET doctors who worked with me. They patiently helped me navigate through the complexity of my food allergies into some difficult and "uncharted waters,” as my allergies took them to a new and unfamiliar territory. My case is indeed an anomaly in the annals of NAET...Dr. John Erickson, Dr. Jacob Hoerr, and Dr. Samuel Bowman…I thank you.

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Advanced Tutorial

Once you become proficient with the techniques in this tutorial, we recommend that you view our advanced muscle testing tutorial. The techniques in our second tutorial can enable you to identify allergens more quickly, as well as accurately identify combination allergies; allergies which consist of several substances together which cause one allergy.

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