Decoding Health at a Cellular Level, through Live Blood Analysis

In the realm of wholistic health practices, Live Blood Analysis (LBA) stands out as a unique and revealing additional tool. Offering insights into one’s health at a cellular level, it has gained popularity among those seeking a deeper understanding of their well-being. Dr. Mari Jordi, a registered homeopathic doctor, whose practice is in Fish Hoek, recognizes the significance of LBA in uncovering underlying health conditions and guiding personalized treatment plans. Let’s delve into the purpose, merits, and a compelling case study showcasing the efficacy of Live Blood Analysis.

Image of the dark filed microscope
Photo: Dark-Field Microscope

Role of Live Blood Analysis in Wholistic Health

Live Blood Analysis, also known as dark-field microscopy, is a technique that offers invaluable insights into an individual’s overall health. By examining a pinprick of blood from a fingertip under a microscope, technicians can analyse various aspects of the blood sample, shedding light on potential health conditions and nutritional imbalances.

However, it’s crucial to understand that Live Blood Analysis isn’t a diagnostic tool in the traditional sense. Rather, it provides a window into the terrain of the blood’s health. Think of it as assessing the soil for a plant’s health – just as healthy soil is vital for plant growth, healthy blood is essential for overall well-being.

What are the Functions of Blood?

Blood performs several vital functions in the body, including:

Oxygen Transport: Carrying oxygen from the lungs to the cells and removing carbon dioxide for elimination.

Nutrient and Waste Transport: Delivering nutrients to cells and transporting waste products to the liver and kidneys for disposal.

Clot Formation: Playing a crucial role in the repair process by forming blood clots to prevent excessive bleeding.

Immune Support: Transporting white blood cells and antibodies to combat infections.

A Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image of red blood cells, platelets and white blood cells

Blood consists of various components, including:

Erythrocytes (Red Blood Cells): Responsible for carrying oxygen to tissues and removing carbon dioxide.

Leukocytes (White Blood Cells): Key players in the immune system, defending the body against infections.

Thrombocytes (Platelets): Essential for blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding.

Plasma: The fluid part of blood, comprising around 55% of its volume.

The pH of blood typically hovers around 7, reflecting its neutral or slightly alkaline nature.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Blood: A Visual Journey

In a healthy state, live blood cells exhibit a rounded shape, facilitating smooth movement through the plasma medium, as depicted in the image below.

Photo: Live blood cells in a healthy state
Protein Linking

Protein Linking serves as an indicator of potential challenges in protein digestion, attributed to factors such as dietary excess, enzyme insufficiency, inflammation, stress, and consumption of certain beverages and foods, including coffee, carbonated drinks, excessive meat, and refined sugar.

Photo: Protein Linking
Rouleau Formation

Rouleau Formation, described by the French term “Rouleau,” illustrates the stacking of red blood cells into string-like formations, often caused by an acidic environment, excessive protein intake, inadequate digestive enzymes, or mineral deficiencies. This stacking also interferes with the individual red blood cell being able to preform at its optimum as only part of the cell membranes surface area is available for gaseous exchange.

Photo: Rouleau Formation
Erythrocyte Aggregation

Erythrocyte Aggregation, characterized by the random piling up of red blood cells onto one another, also called clumping or smudging. This denotes a more severe state of digestive irregularities, acidic conditions, possible enzyme or mineral deficiencies. Signifying further loss of the negative charge on the red blood cells which automatically repels the red blood cells from each other.

Photo: Erythrocyte Aggregation
Red Blood Cell Rings

We have all experienced stress in our life at some time or other. When a patient has been under a great deal of stress over a long period of time their LBA might show rings of red blood cells arranged in closed circles. These RBC rings can indicate elevated cortisol levels resulting from this prolonged stress. Ways of dealing with stress could include mindfulness practices such as: meditation, yoga, walking in nature, singing and dancing. Remember good quality sleep and water are essential to healthy living.

Photo: Rings of Red Blood Cells

When a RBC looks like it has had a bite taken out of it, these cells are known as keratocytes. Keratocytes exhibit abnormal shapes resembling helmets with chin straps and are referred to as helmet cells. These abnormal shaped cells may signify splenic dysfunction, where red blood cells undergo breakdown processes. This anomaly can be associated with liver or splenic dysfunction or a history of splenectomy.

Photo: Keratocytes or ‘Bite’ Cells
Target Cells

When a RBC looks like it has a target appearance. This distinctive marking is caused by the increased surface to volume ratio of the RBC, this is due to excess membrane or decreased haemoglobin content. In my experience target cells are rather common in LBA and when a patient has a significant amount of target cells they generally report debility and tiredness.

Photo: Target Cells

Red blood cells can display different shapes and sizes, these cells are known as elliptocytes. Elliptocytes are mainly oval in shape and when found in the LBA they may indicate hormonal imbalances such as those occurring in PMS, pregnancy and menopause.

Photo: Elliptocytes

Merits of Live Blood Analysis:

1. Early Detection: LBA can detect health issues at an early stage, even before symptoms manifest, enabling proactive intervention and prevention of diseases.

2. Personalized Insights: Each person’s blood tells a unique story about their health. LBA provides personalized insights, allowing practitioners to tailor treatment plans according to individual needs.

3.Visual Feedback: Unlike traditional blood tests, LBA offers visual feedback in real-time, fostering a better understanding and engagement from the patient in their health journey.

4. Comprehensive Assessment: LBA doesn’t just focus on specific parameters but provides a comprehensive assessment of overall health, including immune function, digestion, and oxidative stress levels.

Uncovering underlying conditions in a quest for health: a case study in LBA

Let’s consider the case of Mike, a 22-year-old young man experiencing chronic fatigue, digestive issues and shortness of breath. Traditional blood tests showed no significant abnormalities, leaving him frustrated and without answers. Seeking a wholistic approach, Mike underwent Live Blood Analysis at Dr. Mari Jordi’s practice in Fish Hoek.

Upon examination, Mike’s blood revealed several abnormalities, including:

– Agglutination: Clumping of red blood cells, indicating poor circulation and potential nutrient deficiencies.

– Target cells: Presence of target cells within the blood, suggesting potential iron and other nutrient deficiencies.

– Immune System Stress: Reduced white blood cell activity, indicating immune system suppression.

Based on these findings, Dr. Jordi recommended a tailored treatment plan including dietary modifications, targeted supplementation, and lifestyle changes. Over the following month, Mike noticed significant improvements in his energy levels, digestion, and overall well-being, validating the efficacy of Live Blood Analysis in identifying and addressing underlying health conditions.


Live Blood Analysis serves as a powerful tool in the realm of wholistic healthcare, offering personalized insights and early detection of health issues. By examining the blood at a cellular level, practitioners can uncover hidden imbalances and guide patients towards optimal health.

Disclaimer: Please note this article is for information purposes only, it is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements or making significant lifestyle changes. They can provide personalized advice and ensure that your approach is safe and effective for your specific needs.

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