What is Iridology

So, what is Iridology! Most people find it fascinating that an Iridologist can look into your eyes and tell you lots of things about your health, different body systems and something about the way you operate emotionally.

Lets see what it is all about

In the early 1800’s a Hungerian boy found an owl with a broken leg. He took it home to care for it. He noticed in the owl’s huge eyes a black line running from the centre down to the edge. He also noticed that the black line changed to white as the leg healed. This gave him an interest in taking up medicine which he did. His name was Dr. Ignatiz von Peckzely and he published his theories
in 1881. Iridology did not become really popular until it was taken up by Dr. Bernard Jensen in America in the 1950s. As well as what is known as the American System of Dr Bernard Jensen there is the more recent German system which is taught as a part of the curriculum for Medical students in Germany. The founders of this system were Drs Angerer, Kreige and Deck. A woman who did a lot to pioneer the study of Iridology in Australia was Dorothy Hall who wrote an excellent textbook in the 1970s.

Nowadays Iridology is part of the Naturopathic curriculum and in taught in all the private colleges and Universities that train Naturopaths. As a matter of interest Naturopaths at Australasian College of Natural Therapies do a four year full-time training program plus a degree, Bachelor of Health Science(Naturopathy) with the University of New England, so a Naturopath has been very well trained in Science as well as Natural Medicine modules.

Iridology is used as a diagnostic tool, it is not a therapy in its own right. After a case history has been take from a patient the practitioner will usually look into the eye with an Iris Torch in order to help confirm the location of the trouble the patient is experiencing. Quite often the eye will reveal something that is in direct contradiction to what the patient has said!

An important thing to know about Iridology is it is at its best indicating strengths and weaknesses. When an Iridologist talks about body systems or organs she is never speaking of a pathology, a disease. She is speaking of systems that are doing well and systems that are performing poorly for whatever reason. That is why it is needed in conjunction with a good thorough case history to pinpoint just where things are not reaching their potential and what can be done to correct the situation. Another important thing is that Iridology tells us the strengths and weaknesses we have inherited from our ancestors. Each one of us is the sum total of everyone who has gone before. If we know our weak points we can work to support them so they will function well throughout our lives.

There is not a lot of scientific evidence to support Iridology, but one explanation is that information is mirrored in the iris because the iris is connected to the nervous system through the third cranial nerve. The eye is made up of three parts, the white bit is the sclera, the coloured part is the iris, and the black part in the middle is the pupil. It is primarily the iris we are interested in although there are signs in the sclera that have meaning and relevance.

It may sound a little surprising that there are only two true eye colours, blue and brown. Every other eye colour is a build up on top of the base of blue or brown. For obvious reasons it is much easier to see the variation in colours that form from the base of a blue eye. The greys, greens, and hazel. It is like the base colour is a flat plate on which the other colours sit.

For the sake of convenience the eye is divided up like the face of a clock, 1.00 to 12.00, and we speak of the time as a way to describe position. For example we may see an inflammation in the lungs at 3.00 and 9.00 after a bad flu.

As well as times on the clock face of the iris, the iris is divided in to zones which are circles radiating out from the pupil. The first zone is about one third the way out from the pupil and is called the nerve wreath. The colour and shape of this gives clues to the state of the organs within this. The very outside zone is the skin zone and just inside that is the lymphatic zone. The skin zone would be of particular interest to a Beauty Therapist. This should look clear, a dark blue or brown. If one or more of the body’s systems of elimination are functioning poorly then the skin is used to get rid of toxins. This is a very important point to remember in difficult to shift skin conditions. Referring your client for Naturopathic treatment in conjuction with Beauty Therapy will soon bring
about the desired results.

The colours we see and the position they are in provide important information. For example how often have you seen a close up of a beautiful model and seen that surrounding the pupil is a circle of orange! What this would tell me is that this girl lived on the usual model’s diet of cigarettes and coffee and not much else and was adrenally exhausted and had low blood sugar levels. When the body receives stimulants such as coffee and nicotine some adrenaline is released. The blood sugar goes up, the pancreas springs in to action and secretes some insulin to put the blood sugar levels back down to normal again. If this happens many times a day and it does-when we think that everytime we experience anger, shock and fright we go through the same procedure- it is easy to see that both the pancreas and the adrenals are being overworked.

The end result of this is a feeling of exhaustion.

While this is not medical pathology as such it is non the less real and a good example of a time Iridology is very valuable in figuring out why someone says they are tired all the time.

The colour straw yellow when seen as a wash over the eyes may suggest bladder or kidney weakness.

If the area around the pupil is a dark sludgy brown, we would know that matters throughout the digestive system were taking their own sweet time from eating to elimination, and probably constipation was often experienced, as well as wind and bloating.

Lots of white overlay on a blue eye means inflammation is present or it can mean a system that is very quick to respond with inflammatory conditions.

The fibres of the iris have an important meaning as well. When the fibres all radiate out from the pupil in nice straight closely packed lines we know the owner of these eyes has the very best of constitutions – this is the person who burns the candle at both ends, eats, drinks and does whatever they like and still feels and looks fantastic.

As the fibres of the iris become less closely packed, more wavy and holey, so does the innate strength of the individual reduce. At the bottom of the spectrum of strength we see an iris with a very loosely woven structure –and this is the person who will be a wreck for three days after one late night, a person who will always have to work on their energy and strength.

So, are the eyes really the windows of the soul? What can we tell about a person emotionally. Well, quite a bit. The first give away sign is Cramp or Nerve Rings. These are either complete circles or parts of circles that seem to cut through the fibres of the iris. These are always signs of stress. There can be just one or there can be multiple rings. These usually belong to the chronic worrier, the perfectionist, the person who bottles things up inside.

If we see lots of brown in the iris between 10.00 and 2.00 we may surmise unresolved emotional issues.

When I said earlier that the eyes sometimes reveal things in direct contradiction to what the patient has said it is usually where the patient has described themselves as pretty laid back but the eyes reveal a terrible worrier. It is useful to have this information as a practitioner as it will form an important part of the treatment.

In the hands of an experienced and competent practitioner Iridology provides a valuable tool to differentiate between body systems and location of discomfort.