word "iris" is Greek and means "rainbow" or "halo." The iris
is the colorful portion of the eye that surrounds the pupil. When
we think of the eye, the most distinctive feature we visualize vividly
is none other than the iris. This science has some aspects of an
art because of the brilliant array of colors that the irides (plural
for iris) offer.
iridology is one of the oldest forms of alternative medicine. The
idea of iridology, if not its practice, is more than 2,000 years
old. The idea is found discreetly in the Bible in the sixth chapter
of the book of St. Matthew, verse twenty-two.
was "rediscovered" by two European men in the 19th century. Together,
these two share the title of "father of iridology." These men were
Hungarian Ignatz von Peczely and Swedish clergyman Nils Liljequist.
has it that in 1837, Von Peczely captured an owl in the family garden.
In an effort to escape, the owl fractured its leg (or perhaps Von
Peczely accidentally broke the owl's leg). Either way, Ignatz soon
noticed a streak or line begin to develop in the owl's eye after
it had been injured. According to the traditional story, this line
became a black spot at the 6:00 (six o'clock) position of the owl's
iris. The iris mark was in a position that the iris chart (both
Von Peczely and Liljequist made separate but strikingly similar
iris charts that matched eye markings with specific body parts)
said corresponded to the leg. Peculiarly, although the charts for
the left and right irides are similar, they are not identical.
Von Peczely examined a man with a similar marking in his iris, Von
Peczely suddenly recollected his encounter with the owl. Fascinated
by his findings, he began research and investigation into what is
now called modern iridology. Thus, a man's strange encounter with
an owl directly led to the onset of the formation of the science
represents a holistic approach to health care because it attempts
to analyze and diagnose weaknesses in all of the tissues of the
body. The eye is seen merely as an instrument unlocking the many
clandestine symptoms of the body. Just like a throat culture, thermometer,
or a sphygmomanometer (blood pressure instrument) reveal the body's
overall condition and can give clues as to what specific organs
are hindered, so too does the iris of the human eye. On the iris
chart, the brain areas are represented at the top while the feet
are at the bottom, and the bowel area is on the inside while the
skin is on the outside (see charts and diagrams).
iridologist really analyzes the iris, rather than making a full
diagnosis (this task is left up to physicians). There are no iris
markings or colors that are uniquely associated with a particular
disease state. By definition, iris analysis is: To discern by observation
of the irides the various stages of tissue inflammation-acute, subacute,
chronic, and degenerative-and where the inflammations are located.
is in sync with Hering's Law of Cure, which was deveoped by the
Homeopaths, This law states that 'All cure starts from within out,
from the head down, and in the reverse order as the symptoms appeared,'
in treating our chronic illnesses. Iridology uses iris analysis
to determine how a patient should go about enacting a reversal process
which involves a remission of the troubles and illnesses which exist
at the present in the patient's body and which have been exerienced
in the past.
iris contains hundreds of nerve ending which are attached to the
optic nerve, the base of the brain, and all of the tissues of the
body. Therefore, the neural circuitry of the eye is able to express
the continuity of the body, an integrated unit composed of various
cells which all communicate with the irides about their overall
wellness. Weaknesses in body tissues or organs often show up in
the eye before they show up in medical tests
map out a person's eye and compare this chart to the iris charts
developed by Von Peczely, Liljequist, and Dr. Bernard Jensen, a
renowned U.S. iridologist and nutritionist. The iridologist then
interprets the person's mapped out eye chart and analyzes the individual's
colors and markings. Indications of dangerous tissue alterations
are transmitted to the eye and can be discerned and interpreted
by an iridologist. An opthalmoscope is often used by an iridologist
to focus bright light in the eye.
Iridology is mainly a preventitive medicine because it can warn
a doctor of a person's apparent tendency toward disease. If a person
is potentially approaching an illness, this will show up in an examination
of his or her iris. A person's progress can also be expressed by
the iris. Cleansing and healing of the body can be verified from
changes in the iris. A patient who undergoes iridology should have
irides that look significantly different after analysis and treatment.
works conjunctively with nutrition, herbal medicine, orthomolecular
medicine to make sure that a patient is getting his or her appropriate
dose of nutrients, minerals, organic elements, enzymes, vitamins,
and the proper pH in the stomach. Every disease is considered the
result of a chemical shortage. There are certain mineral deficiencies
which are associated with specific markings in the iris, such as
zinc, calcium, phosphorus, as well as a lack in niacin or folate.
An iridologist might suggest what foods a patient should eat to
obtain the nutriens that he or she really needs; a person's diet
is discussed and may need to change in order for he or she to curb
certain risk factors. In addition, a stong constitution of the iris
can reveal a person's genetic factors that affect his or her likeliness
for developing a particular disease. It is valid that some portions
of a person's heredity can be revealed by the striations of the
to iridology, the main chemical needs of the body organs and organ
thyroid-potassium bowel-chlorine heart-oxygen, iron kidneys-magnesium
spleen-silicon adrenals-iodine liver-zinc (trace) pituitary gland-potassium,
chlorine stomach, digestive system-sodium, flourine, copper teeth,
bones-flourine, calcium tissues, secretions-sulfur, silicon, oxygen
lungs, respiratory system-sulfur, oxygen, iron brain, nervous system-phosphorus,
manganese skin, circulation-chlorine, sodium nails, hair-flourine,
X-ray photographs are used to clearly see the iris and computers
are now used in mapping out the markings and color of the eye. The
Iris Analysis Computer System triples image processing capability.
Computers can display the surface of the iris, show elaborate graphs
on the iris analysis and show heat zones on the iris. During the
examination itself, an iridologist might use a strong light source,
a magnifying glass, and possibly a mirror.
A major iris landmark is the autonomic nerve wreath. There are several
iris signs that can be visualized on the nerve wreath. They concern
the heart, thymus gland, and solar plexus. Several more iris signs
are found inside the nerve wreath. These signs represent a portion
of the intestinal area and the stomach. The stomach ring is an indicator
of the tissue integrity of the stomach wall. This integrity is related
to the stomach's acid output.
are basically blue, basically brown, or mixed. A miasmic iris is
also called a "dishwater eye" because of its murky, lackluster color.
The effect is often from some type of body pollution, such as a
medication or environmental toxin.