The science of acupuncture is over 5000 years old and is based on the study of the body’s vital energy and electromagnetic fields. Applied kinesiology is a form of muscle testing in which the naturopathic practitioner monitors muscle reactions along the acupuncture meridians of the body. Observing these reactions allows the practitioner to assess the functioning of the vital organs associated with these meridians and muscle groups.
Muscle testing is also useful in determining which foods or substances will improve a patient’s health, and which will impede it. Subtle incompatibilities between a patient’s electromagnetic energy field and that of the substance in question can be detected by the naturopath merely by placing the substance in direct contact with the patient’s body and observing the reaction of the key muscle groups involved. If a patient is extremely ill and very weak, the naturopath may have to rely on surrogate testing to assess a patient’s health using muscle testing. A healthy individual’s muscle reactions will be monitored when he or she is in direct contact with the patient and again when he or she is not. By observing the subtle changes in the healthy individual’s muscle reactions, the naturopath may gather further functional diagnostic information about the patient.