3 Functional Lab Tests that are ESSENTIAL to Your Health

Empower yourself by discovering the roots of your symptoms and resolve them with simple changes. These functional medicine lab tests are typically not offered by your medical doctor because they are limited in what they can order based on the coverage of the insurance providers they work with. Acu-Na has the benefit of a direct relationship with our lab partners so you do not need a doctor’s order to receive these tests.

Don’t Guess; TEST!
As we have been faced with the coronavirus epidemic, people have been more concerned about ensuring their immune system is in order. It has never been more important to ensure that ALL your body systems are functioning optimally. Your immune system depends on all your organs working together and having the nutrients they need.
Oftentimes our bodies give us clues that something isn’t right—you may feel muscle tension, depression, fatigue, have trouble digesting food, or have multiple symptoms that are confusing. Your Acu-Na practitioners Mary Houge and Lily Gach work hard to help you determine the root causes of your issues, and one of the most valuable tools we use for this is lab testing.
More in-depth than the standard blood work you receive from your physician, the tests we offer give us specific information that help us create an effective holistic health plan that WORKS for you. In a virtual telehealth or in-person holistic health consultation, we can help you determine which of these tests is most relevant to your wellness goals and jump-start your healing.

SpectraCell Micronutrient Testing: EVERYONE should have this test.
Tired of spending money on a ton of vitamins? Research has shown that 50% of people taking multivitamins are STILL VITAMIN DEFICIENT! This means that they are not taking the correct supplements for their own unique needs. Or they are taking low-quality supplements with fillers and questionable ingredients. The only way to know what your body is actually absorbing is to test the levels of the nutrients in your cells. If you’re taking multiple supplements and vitamins (or none at all), you don’t really know how your body is using nutrients, and you may be spending too much on pills you don’t need.
Why does it matter? Vitamin deficiency means your body is less able to fight viruses, create energy, and combat inflammatory processes. You don’t have the key ingredients you need to fuel your physiological processes like cell regeneration, detoxification, energy production, and more. Your lab testing results will help you focus on YOUR individual needs instead of guessing, taking several pills a day, and feeling overwhelmed with all the options of what to take for your wellness.
SpectraCell Laboratories specializes in patented intracellular testing. The tests measure how micronutrients are actually functioning within your white blood cells over time (you get a picture of your nutrient status over the past 3-6 months). This test is more advanced than other lab tests, which only measure one-time serum levels of limited nutrients. Those levels are not accurate for assessing cell metabolism. In contrast, Spectracell’s test measures the levels of nutrients INSIDE the cell, and your detailed report makes it easy to see which nutrients are deficient, borderline, or adequate.
Antioxidant status (included in micronutrient test): The total antioxidant function test assesses the ability of cells to resist damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. Why does this matter? The detrimental effects of oxidative stress lead to aging, cardiovascular disease, proliferation of cancer cells, and decline of organ function.
Immunidex (included): This score evaluates your immune system performance. It measures T-cell lymphocytes to determine how well your body can respond to viruses, pathogens, allergens, and tumors. If your immunidex score is low and you have micronutrient deficiencies, your holistic health consultation and report will help you make critical changes that will reduce your susceptibility to viral infections and illness.
It’s Easy to Test: Your simple blood-draw can be performed quickly at your home or in our office. Your results come in about 2 weeks.
You Receive our Guidance: Once we receive your results, you can schedule a virtual or in-person holistic health consultation where your Acu-Na practitioner interprets the findings and provides a specific plan for you. This will include our recommendation for the highest quality and best value supplements that we’ve come to trust through our years of clinical experience. You can then order what you need through our easy-to-use online dispensary.
YOU WILL FEEL A DIFFERENCE: Some patients feel a difference within days of starting the supplements we recommend based on the micronutrient test. In our experience, significant improvement is felt in 4 weeks of supplement treatment, and by 6 weeks your white blood cells would show improved micronutrient levels if you re-tested. We recommend testing every 6 months to keep an up-to-date picture of your health over time and determine if your treatment approach needs to be modified.

ALCAT Food and Chemical Sensitivity Testing: Alleviate chronic conditions
The ALCAT test is a comprehensive panel that uncovers foods and other substances that trigger chronic inflammation and related health conditions, such as gastrointestinal, respiratory, and joint issues as well as migraine, dermatitis, fatigue, and metabolic disorders. This test measures cellular reactions to over 370 substances including 250 food items, 50 functional foods and medicinal herbs, 30 food additives/colorings/environmental chemicals, 20 antibiotics/medications, and 20 molds.
Chronic inflammation commonly has roots in the digestive system, even if there are no overt digestive symptoms present. We often use this test for patients who have chronic conditions (joint disorders, chronic fatigue, digestive, chronic pain, autoimmune) with stubborn symptoms that are difficult to resolve. We have found that some complicated cases were resolved surprisingly quickly after taking the ALCAT test and eliminating the reactive foods. Scientific studies using the Alcat Test to guide dietary changes have shown significant improvement of many common symptoms.
After a simple blood draw in your home, ALCAT laboratories goes through a multi-step quality assurance process. Your white blood cells are tested against foods and other substances in a process using an impedance methodology based flow cytometer. This is a very accurate way to determine if your immune cells react to the test substances. Your results are easy to understand and include degrees of reactivity for every substance tested. You will clearly see which items cause severe, moderate, mild, or no reaction.
In a virtual holistic health consultation, your Acu-Na practitioner can help you interpret your results and make a concrete plan of action to resolve your symptoms. This plan will include dietary adjustments as well as recommendations for treatment modalities or supplements to help you reach your wellness goals.

Sanesco HPA Axis Profile: Your nervous system communication
86% of Americans have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels. These chemical messengers are the basis of communication between the brain and the nervous system. Known as the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis, the neuro-endocrine system produces and regulates neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, GABA, epinephrine) and hormones (cortisol, DHEA, sex hormones). These biomarkers (and many more) are foundational to your stress response, energy levels, and psychological health. When they are out of balance, you may experience depression, anxiety, fatigue, weight gain, and insomnia. In order to reverse the effects of imbalance, we need to know exactly which neurotransmitters and hormones are deficient or excess. The results of your HPA axis test guide the treatment protocol and restore your body’s ability to regulate the nervous system.
Simple collection process: You will receive a collection kit from Acu-Na that contains all the instructions for providing a urine and saliva sample. You drop it in the mail, and your test results are promptly returned to Acu-Na to be evaluated by Mary Houge.
In a virtual holistic health consultation, Mary will explain the science of the neuro-endocrine system in easy-to understand terms that apply to your unique presentation. You will come to understand the root of your symptoms and learn how to bring your nervous system back into balance. This will include a prescription for targeted non-drug neurotransmitter therapy. These formulas contain safe, natural ingredients based on amino acids that support the building blocks of neurotransmitters in your body. These supplements are available for pick-up at Acu-Na.
Results you feel: You will likely notice significant improvement in your feeling of wellbeing within weeks of beginning your supplements. These are some of the most in-demand and effective supplements we carry at Acu-Na. We have seen incredible changes in patients (and ourselves!) who now feel more at ease, less stressed, and happier. You absolutely deserve to feel the sense of wellbeing that comes when your internal communication system is functioning optimally.
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EMPOWER yourself by learning about how your body is functioning on the cellular level. Having knowledge about your body is the first step to healing and feeling VIBRANT health.
Your Acu-Na Team (Dr. Mary, Lily, and Sadhvi) are here to support your journey of wellness. We are eager to answer questions and get you started with these exciting lab tests. Email us today at clinic@acu-na.com!

 

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