Meridian Stress Assessment

Frequently Asked Questions about MSA Testing
  1. What does MSA stand for?

    Meridian Stress Assessment. Meridians are a network of energetic pathways which pass through the organs and tissues of the body. Bioelectric energy, essential for human life, flows through each meridian and the associated organs and tissues. In Chinese medicine, this energy is called Qi (pronounced chi).

    There are many acupoints along any meridian. Acupoints are specific locations where the meridian intersects with the surface of the skin. These acupoints can be used to access data about the meridian and the functional status of its associated organs or tissues.

  2. What is MSA Testing?

    An MSA test is an analysis of your body's functional health. Each meridian is like an electrical circuit. Readings are taken at specific acupoints on the hands and feet using a highly-sensitive ohmmeter to determine the functional status of each meridian. The readings will indicate whether the meridian and its associated organ and tissues are balanced, stressed, or weakened.

    Remedies are then found which will return stressed or weakened meridians to a balanced state. This, in turn, will promote optimal functional health.

  3. Is it going to hurt?

    No. You will be holding a brass rod in one hand while the technician uses a probe to take readings at specific locations on your hands and feet. There is only the possible discomfort of having the probe tip pressed against your skin.

  4. How will MSA testing and balancing benefit me?

    An MSA test will indicate the status of your functional health. It will tell which meridians in your body are in balance, stressed or weakened.

    The MSA can then be used to select specific remedies that will return your meridians to balance. The MSA sends out an electromagnetic signal to your body which represents different remedies. Your body's response to these signals is measured. In this way, your body is able to “choose” which herb, homeopathic, or nutritional supplement will aid in restoring balance to your meridians.

  5. How does this differ from regular medical treatment?

    MSA testing and balancing does not take the place of qualified medical diagnosis and treatment. You are responsible for your own medical needs and must determine which type of medical care is best for you.

    Conventional medicine is exceptionally effective in health crisis management and in diagnosing disease and in prescribing medication that will diminish symptoms.

    MSA testing is a way to address patient concerns that don't show up in other tests. It is helpful for patients who want to improve their general health as well as those with chronic problems that lack a specific diagnosis or that have not responded to other treatment.

  6. Will MSA testing be harmful to me in any way?

    This equipment is classified by the FDA as a “non-significant risk” device. The amount of current used in MSA testing is in the range of millionths of an amp. This is so slight that you will not even feel it.

    MSA technology can be compared to polygraph, EKG (electrocardiogram), EEG (electro-encephalogram), EMG (electromyelogram), and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and other technologies that measure electrical response on the surface of the skin. Because this is a topical evaluation, it is non-invasive and completely safe.

  7. Will this procedure cure me of disease?

    The MSA-21 system is not a diagnostic tool. The primary purpose of this system is to evaluate the energy flow through the body. It is not meant to make a medical diagnosis or replace medical intervention.

    The purpose of using the MSA System is to narrow down the huge number of choices (of products) that will support your body in functioning at a healthier level. When your body functions at a healthier level, you will be better able to cope with the challenge of disease. In this way, cure is enhanced.

  8. How often do I need to have MSA testing and balancing done?

    Once-a-month visits are advisable in the beginning. Many people achieve a more balanced meridian profile after three visits (although this varies with the individual). Once an individual's meridians are operating at an optimal level, follow-up appointments are recommended every six months.

  9. Can I still take my prescription medications while taking homeopathics or herbal remedies?

    We cannot advise you to stop taking a prescription medication. We do however have the ability to test that medication and see whether it weakens, balances, or stresses your system.

    By testing your medications, it is possible to identify whether you are overdosing, or using products that are not helping.

    You can take your conventional medication 20 minutes away from homeopathic remedies.


  10. How does MSA allergy testing compare to conventional allergy testing?        

    One MSA user states: “For one year's growing season, we did both scratch allergy tests and MSA tests on all new allergy patients. This amounted to several hundred patients. Our experience was that the MSA gave us the most reliable information overall. The scratch test was very good at determining pollen allergies. With the MSA, we were able in 10-15 minutes to do a “sensitivity” test on 120 items. The results from the MSA correlated the best in giving the doctor and dietician useful data in setting up a treatment protocol. The patients who experienced the MSA sensitivity test and scratch test strongly preferred the MSA test experience as well as the results.”