Autonomic Response Testing is a biofeedback-enhanced physical exam which uses changes in muscle tone as a primary indicator. It produces the most reliable & consistent responses over other forms of muscle testing, going into the intercellular levels. The physical technology of Autonomic Response Testing ART) is a method of communication that analyzes weaknesses or imbalances of the body through muscle testing, using acupuncture reflex points. Reflexes are evaluated at different acupuncture points that correlate to specific energy meridians. The meridians that flow through the body can easily be thought of as nourishing rivers that carry water (energy, life force, or chi) from the reservoir (an organ) to the surrounding area. When the flow of water is abundant, it nourishes all tissue it touches. When there is a block in the flow, similar to a dam in a river, the water (or energy) becomes stagnated, incapable of nourishing the tissues. ART is used to test the amount of energy flowing through each channel. The strength of resistance when the arm is pushed down indicates if the point the practitioner is touching is strong or weak.
ART was developed by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD. And is a comprehensive diagnostic system that has helped to transform many practices in the US and abroad into healing centers – and helped many practitioners to become accomplished holistic physicians.
The goal of ART is to help the practitioner restore balance in your body by determining weaknesses of specific energy meridians, good/substance intolerances, environmental allergies and general energy blockages so that the flow of life force can be restored. Once the areas of weakness have been located, therapeutic nutritional supplements can be taken to heal most imbalances.
Internationally known for his successful treatment of chronic pain and illness, Dr. Klinghardt’s technique combines non-surgical orthopaedic medicine with immunology, endocrinology, toxicology, neural therapy, hypnotherapy and energy psychology. His unique approach to diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders on both the physical and mental-emotional levels recognizes that good health is dependent on:
- A well-functioning autonomic nervous system
- A healthy mind that creates a balanced emotional state
- A supportive network of relationships within current and past generations of the family
To determine the best supplement, ART is used to test the body’s reaction to the supplement by placing the supplement into the body’s energy field. When the supplement enters the body’s energy field it will either signify, with a strong reflex, that it is helpful in supporting the body or, with a weak reflex, that it is further depleting the body’s energy. Similar to the way in which open dam gates increase the flow of water, nutritional supplements help to restore flow to energy meridians.
ART is a safe, effective, and precise way to analyze the body. Once we find the reflex points that are out of balance, we design a personalized nutritional supplement program to bring the reflex points back to strength. By following the program as precisely as possible, you are well on your way to correcting the underlying deficiency or imbalance that caused the reflex to be active, restore normal function and improve your health to be a better you!