What Is Iridology?
Iridology (pronounced eye-ri-dology) is the art and science of analyzing the color and structure of the iris to determine tissue integrity throughout the body, thereby gaining valuable health information regarding strengths and weaknesses. Iridologists study the iris, particularly the color, markings, changes and other aspects, as they are associated with tissue degeneration. Iridology is one form of analysis that is non-invasive to the body…requiring no cutting, x-raying or use of any other invasive technique to complete the analysis.
What can you tell from Iridology?
By studying the iris of both eyes, a qualified iridologist can obtain information about all parts of the body simultaneously. The iris reveals our inherited health disposition, our tendency towards health problems, our current health conditions, and gives advance warning of what may occur in the future. This is powerful knowledge and can help us take care of our bodies so these tendencies do not become reality. Today, early detection of health imbalances and prompt correction is vitally important. Iridology is a tool of assessment for current conditions and for preventive healthcare.
How is Iridology performed?
A practitioner skilled in iris analysis uses either a hand held light source and a small magnifying lens, or for more extensive analysis a special camera is used for taking prints, slides, or digital pictures allowing the practitioner the ability to study the iris at length before completing the analysis. Iridology remains somewhat controversial because of its struggle for acceptance by contemporary allopathic medicine as a valid examination method. It is used by many doctors in European countries as a regular part of diagnosis. It is part of a larger family of the numerous branches of the natural healing arts. Its partner is the art and science of nutrition.
How long does a consultation take?
The initial appointment takes 45-60 minutes. This includes time for a brief client information session and then photographs are taken. A second appointment is scheduled to return after the film is developed and time is allowed for the comprehensive analysis to be completed and put into writing for the client.
Will this harm my eyes?
Absolutely not. You should not have any adverse effects from the iris examination or the taking of the iris photographs. In fact, the camera used does not use a flash system, rather it involves the use of fiber optics for lighting.
Why haven’t we heard more about Iridology?
Although the science of Iridology is at least 3,000 years old and is used worldwide, it is still essentially a “sleeping giant”, but it is coming out of seclusion. The oldest discovered records to date have shown that a form of iris interpretation was used in ancient China as far back as 3,000 years ago…1,000 B.C. St. Luke, in the Bible (Matthew 6:22-23) writes that Jesus Christ said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.” Two men “rediscovered” the idea of iris analysis in the nineteenth century and are both held to be the modern day “fathers of iridology.” These were Dr. Ignatz von Peczely of Germany, and Nils Liljequist, a Swedish clergyman. Throughout the years others have contributed greatly to the development of iridology.
Iridology and Natural Health
As a natural health practitioner, we take into account the whole person. We look beyond a “disease” to the whole person. We must remember that diseases do not create us, we create disease. And we must also remember that we don’t “catch” diseases. We create disease and disorder by breaking down our natural defenses by the way we eat, drink, think, feel and the lifestyle we live. The emphasis on healing must include the whole person, not just the disease. Iridology helps us look at the “whole person” and determine levels of health throughout the body.
Analysis, Not Diagnosis
Early day iridologists referred to iris “diagnosis.” Today we refer to the art and science as “analysis.” Making a diagnosis implies that you are a doctor duly licensed to diagnose. The term “analysis” is accurate when referring to iridology.