A person taking their pulse at the wrist

The Sanchez-Cuenca Test

The Sanchez-Cuenca Test for Allergic Tension is an overall indicator of general allergic tension in the body. It was developed by allergy researcher Baldomere Sanchez-Cuenca in 1954.

The premise is simple: stress causes the pulse to increase. Foods or environmental factors to which you are sensitive will cause stress in your body, and your pulse will increase as a result. Because it has a broader scope, it is generally the first test we recommend.

Performing The Test

Step 1.
Sit down, take a deep breath, and relax.

Step 2.
Take your pulse for one full minute. Mentally make note of the pulse (or jot it down).

Step 3.
Stand. Wait 30 seconds, then take your pulse again for one full minute.

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  • If your pulse raised 6 points or higher, then you likely have general allergic tension in your body. The higher the number, the higher the degree of allergic tension.
  • If your pulse raised lower than 6 points, or did not raise at all, then you likely do NOT have general allergic tension.
  • If your pulse DROPPED upon standing, you may have a “switched nervous system”, meaning that your sympathetic and parasympathetic states are reversed. Discuss this with your nutritionist or healthcare practitioner.


If the results from the Sanchez-Cuenca test indicate that you have general allergic tension, we suggest testing specific foods using the LNT Coca Pulse Test.

Take the Coca Pulse Test
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