Autonomic Response Testing (ART)


Autonomic Response Testing

ART was developed by Dr D Klinghardt who blended the muscle testing of Kinesiology with the understanding of the anatomy and physiology of Neural Therapy. ART is a non-invasive, simple but extremely effective biofeedback physical examination which assists in determining the root cause(s) of health dysfunction. The testing untangles the often conflicting and confusing cases using its advanced form of muscle testing, helping to indicate the path of treatment to be followed.


ART is used to evaluate the body’s response to a specific stressor(s) within the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS is the part of the nervous system that doesn’t need conscious thought in order to carry out its task. Its functions include; heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, sugar levels, digestion, hormone regulation, immune system and sleep patterns, to name but a few.


Stressors identified during ART are either the source or contributory to the causes of interference with the body’s ANS. Stressors come from many different sources, for example; unresolved infections, scars, toxins, undiagnosed food allergies, unresolved psychological stress etc.

During the first visit, Ariane Zappe using ART will evaluate and pay special attention to identifying any of the factors that are blocking ANS regulation. This is accomplished through a review of the patient’s medical and dental history and a physical exam that includes kinesiology and nervous system evaluation. Once the blockages have been identified, Ariane will select a treatment plan that will correct these problems.


A typical visit may reveal that a patient for example has severe wheat allergies, heavy metal toxicity from mercury in their teeth, and a scar from a past appendix surgery that are all causing stress on the ANS. The primary treatment for this patient would include scar therapy (using neural therapy, wheat germ oil, or cold laser), dietary advice (to avoid wheat and gluten grains) and a referral to a biological dentist to replace the mercury fillings. In addition, Ariane may suggest natural remedies including homeopathic remedies, vitamins, minerals, herbs, essential fatty acids, amino acids, exercise, and meditation.


Autonomic Response Testing can identify allergies, chronic infections, immune problems, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, depression and anxiety and chronic fatigue. Assistance with pre-mensural syndrome, menopause symptoms, cancer, diabetes, seizure disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, closed head injuries, sinusitis and digestive problems may also be experienced.


Autonomic Response Testing is a biofeedback enhanced physical exam which uses changes in muscle tone as primary indicator. It produces the most reliable & consistent responses over other forms of muscle testing, going deeper into the matrix and intercellular levels.


The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is the part of the nervous system that we cannot control with our mind. The ANS regulates breathing, heart rate, digestion, immune function, sleep patterns, and hormone regulation. It also controls blood pressure, blood sugar levels, tissue regeneration, and liver and kidney detoxification. Autonomic Response Testing (ART) grew out of the importance of detecting and correcting problems of the autonomic nervous system.


ART allows the doctor to correct the problems of the ANS. Autonomic Response Testing (ART) is a system of evaluation and treatment developed by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD and Lousia Williams, DC, ND. Dr. Klinghardt is a German-trained physician who also has a PhD in neurology. ART uses Applied Kinesiology, Electroacupuncture (EAV), O-Ring testing, Nogier pulse, Chinese pulse, heart rate variability, and other techniques to assess the health or dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system.


Dr. Klinghardt believes that many practitioners using kinesiology or muscle testing in their practice are often getting inaccurate information because the autonomic nervous system is not functioning properly. In ART, this condition is called blocked regulation and refers to the inability of the ANS to self-regulate and it is caused by 7 common factors, that include: undiagnosed food allergies, heavy metal toxicity, petroleum chemical toxicity, chronic unresolved infections and scars, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), unresolved psychological stress, and electromagnetic stress. Dr. Klinghardt has developed specific tests for these factors and treatments to correct them.