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Energy Testing Food and Drugs; Preventing Side Effects
(based on the work of Donna Eden)

Vicki Matthews, ND


When energy testing, if an “indicator muscle” stays strong, this usually indicates an energetic balance. A test where the muscle goes weak usually indicates some form of energetic imbalance. Energy testing for substances follows the same principles. If the vibration of a substance is good for you and helps create a balanced condition when held near the body, the energy test will show that an indicator muscle has stayed strong. If the vibration of a substance is bad for you, thus contributing to an out-of-balance condition, the indicator muscle will lose its strength.

Most people new to substance testing start with a strong indicator muscle and use the test to see what might disrupt the energy flowing to that muscle. However, sometimes it is better to begin with a weak muscle. The reasons for beginning with one or the other follow.

Good vs. Bad

It is important to understand exactly what the results of an energy test with a substance indicate. Generally, an energy test can show whether a substance promotes a state of balance in the body’s energies, a state of imbalance, or does not affect the energies at all. That is, substances can be shown to have a good, bad, or neutral effect on the body and its energies.

If an energy test initially shows that the indicator muscle is strong, and then becomes weak when a substance is held near the body, it indicates that the vibration of the substance creates an energetic imbalance, or is “bad” for the person. However, if an energy test begins with the indicator muscle being strong, and it stays strong when the substance is held near the body, it does not mean that the substance is actually “good” for the person. The substance might be neutral, since the indicator test did not change.

To determine if a substance is actually beneficial, begin with a weak indicator muscle (it may be necessary to trace the corresponding meridian backward or flutter one of the meridian’s neurolymphatic points to weaken the muscle) and see which substances, when brought near the body, strengthen it. Substances that strengthen the muscle do so by creating a state of better balance (strong test). However, if the muscle does not gain in strength, this does not necessarily mean the substance is harmful. It could be neutral, as well, since the state of the muscle was unchanged.

Food vs. Drugs

Ideally, we would ingest only substances that strengthen us. However, there are times we need (physically and emotionally) substances which may not strengthen us. Substances that are neutral are usually not a problem, but sometimes we need to take in something that creates a state of imbalance in one area or system of the body because of the desired effect in another. Antibiotics are an example.

With medications, the guideline is that you want the overall effect to be positive. You want a weak general indicator muscle to become strong. There are ways to then determine if the medication will weaken specific systems (i.e., create side effects), and these will be discussed later.

With foods, the guideline is that you do not want them to weaken you. That is, you can safely get nutritional value from foods that are energetically neutral as well as from foods that clearly strengthen your energy system.

How would this look at a testing level?

Making You Strong

Testing to see whether a food makes you strong or is neutral to you is easy: just make sure it doesn’t weaken you. Start with a strong indicator muscle and make sure that the food does not weaken it. It is that simple.

However, testing to see if a drug strengthens you is a bit more complicated. You cannot start with a strong indicator muscle. The test must start with a weak one. You can find a muscle that is already testing weak, or you can weaken a muscle that is strong by fluttering its associated neurolymphatic point (for the spleen test, for instance, you would flutter your hand over the area under the bust on the left side of the body) or by tracing the associated meridian backwards. Once a weak indicator muscle has been located or created, if holding the drug next to the body makes it strong, the drug is promoting an energetic balance and will probably be helpful at some level. Generally, it is recommended for testing substances that the Spleen energy test be used, as this meridian works with assimilation (can you take in the substance and use it) and cannot be deeply affected by one’s thoughts or feelings about the substance (either positive or negative).

Substance Testing Protocol Outline

To test if a substance is good for you:

  1. Begin with a weak muscle when testing using the Spleen energy test (may need to artificially weaken the muscle).
  1. Hold the substance to the stomach area and test. If the muscle that was weak now energy tests strong with the substance held to the stomach, the substance is probably beneficial.
  1. If the muscle that was weak stays weak, the substance may be harmful to you or may simply be neutral.

Testing if a substance is bad for you:

  1. Begin with a strong muscle when testing using the Spleen energy test (do pre-checks to make sure muscle is strong and not frozen).
  1. Hold the substance to the stomach area and test. If the muscle that was strong now energy tests weak with the substance held to the stomach, the substance is probably harmful.
  1. If the muscle that was strong stays strong, the substance may be beneficial to you or may simply be neutral.

Testing and Correcting for Problems

With drugs and other potentially harmful substances, a substance can test as beneficial for the whole system, but can still have side effects in certain areas of the body. It is possible to use energy testing to determine which area might be prone to side effects, and then use Energy Medicine techniques to help to lessen, or even eliminate, these side effects. These same techniques are useful in addressing allergies and food sensitivities as well.

Even if a substance known to have potential side effects (basically any drug or allergy-causing food) tests strong in an energy test, it is wise to make sure that each of the meridians (as the energies which most closely govern the physical body) will tolerate the substance. This is done by placing the substance on each of the individual meridian alarm points and energy testing. The exception to this is the alarm point for Triple Warmer. For substance testing, the temple point of Triple Warmer (end of the meridian) is where the substance is placed, rather than the point below the navel). Remember, it is important to begin with a strong energy test, as the desire is to determine which meridian, if any, would be weakened by the substance.

If, when the substance is held against it, a meridian alarm point weakens an indicator muscle, that meridian (and the body systems it governs) will most likely be weakened by the substance, creating an area of potential side effect. The correction for this is to balance the meridian in the presence of the substance by placing the substance on the person’s body, ideally over the stomach, and balancing the meridian. This can be done using any number of familiar techniques (strengthening or sedating points, neuro-lymphatic points, neurovascular points, tracing or flushing the meridian, etc.) until, when tested again, placing the substance over the same alarm point does not weaken the indicator muscle. This indicates that the substance will no longer create a state of imbalance in that meridian.

If multiple meridians energy test weak when the substance is placed on their alarm points, it is possible that each meridian will need to be corrected separately using the above approach. However, it may be possible that correcting one or two key meridians will bring all the rest to a state of balance. For example, let’s say one of the “problem” meridians is Triple Warmer. If this is the case, one would probably always want to address Triple Warmer first. After correcting for Triple Warmer and rechecking for it, one would want to recheck the other meridians that energy tested weak when the substance was placed on their alarm points. It is possible that correcting for Triple Warmer may have brought them to balance as well. If not, then each meridian will need to be addressed one at a time and rechecked until all are brought to a state of balance in the presence of the substance.

Note: Energy testing medication requires a highly sophisticated practitioner working in close collaboration with the prescribing physician.

From the “Handout Bank” of the Energy Medicine Institute