What is an EMB Blood Test?

The treatment

The EMB test is a blood test performed by naturopathic therapists to gain insight into the health of the body. "EMB" stands for "Energetic Morphological Blood Test".

The EMB test combines aspects of conventional medicine and complementary medicine and can be used to investigate a wide variety of health problems, such as digestive problems, hormonal imbalance, allergies and nutrient deficiencies.

During the test, a small amount of blood is drawn and examined for various parameters, including the shape and size of the red blood cells, the presence of inflammation, and the functional status of the organs. This information can be used to determine which therapies or lifestyle modifications may best help improve health and prevent disease.

The EMB test is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, both of which take a holistic approach to health and disease. The idea behind the EMB test is that the health of the body can be reflected in the morphology (shape and size) of the red blood cells.

The test can also be used to detect nutrient deficiencies and food intolerances. Using this information, recommendations can be made for dietary modifications or supplementation with nutritional supplements to provide the body with the nutrients it needs for optimal health.

It is important to note that the EMB test cannot diagnose a specific medical condition. If you are concerned about your health or experiencing symptoms, it is always best to consult a qualified physician for a full medical evaluation and diagnosis.


The EMB test can be used to investigate a wide variety of health problems, including:

  1. Digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.
  2. Hormonal imbalance, such as thyroid problems, menstrual problems, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menopausal symptoms.
  3. Allergies and intolerances, such as food allergies, lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, and other food intolerances.
  4. Nutrient deficiencies, such as iron deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, and other essential nutrient deficiencies.
  5. Chronic fatigue, stress, burnout and other stress-related problems.
  6. Inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), and other autoimmune diseases.

The purpose of the EMB test is to gain insight into the health of the body as a whole, not just looking at specific symptoms or conditions. As a result, the test can also be used as a preventive measure to detect and prevent health problems at an early stage.


There are no absolute contraindications to the EMB test as it is a non-invasive and safe test. However, there are some situations where the test may not be appropriate or additional measures may need to be taken, such as:

  1. If you are taking blood-thinning medications, this may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding after the blood draw. Your doctor may advise you to stop taking these medications prior to the test.
  2. If you have a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia or sickle cell anemia, taking a blood sample may require extra care and expertise.
  3. If you are pregnant, you should consult your doctor before having the test, as some aspects of the test may not be suitable for pregnant women.
  4. If you suffer from an infectious disease, the result of the EMB test may be biased. It is therefore advisable to wait until you have fully recovered before undergoing the test.

In general, the EMB test is safe and suitable for most people, but it is always wise to consult your doctor or a qualified health care professional before having the test, especially if you are taking any specific medical conditions or medications.

Aftercare & reimbursements

Aftercare laser treatment

An EMB blood test requires no further aftercare.

Reimbursements for laser treatment

At Clinique Elixir, only HBO certified skin therapists work, who are affiliated with the Dutch Association of Skin Therapists (NVH) and the quality register for Paramedics (KP). Unfortunately, the EMB blood test is not reimbursed by insurance.

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With the EMB blood test we measure certain values ​​in the blood with which we can determine whether there are health problems such as digestive problems, hormonal imbalance, allergies and nutrient deficiencies.

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