Iridology

Iridology


Practitioners: Alison Mitchell


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What is Iridology?
When should I see an Iridologist?
How is Iridology Performed?
Does it hurt?
Can I get rebates from my health insurance?
The History of Iridology


What is Iridology?

Iridology is the study of the colored part of the eye (called the iris) to determine potential health problems. The changing patterns and markings in the iris can be used to reveal emerging conditions in every part of the body and to identify inherited weaknesses that may lead to physical and emotional disorders.

Iridology cannot detect a specific disease,however, if an indication of a health problem is detected at an early stage, something can then be done to prevent it from becoming a full-blown disease.

A complete iris analysis will show whether a person exhibits a generally good constitution or a poor one, depending upon the density of the iris fibers. The patterns, structures, colors and degrees of lightness and darkness in the iris tell if an area of the body is inherently strong or weak. It also reveals the relative site of over-activity, irritation, injury or degeneration of the tissues and organs, or toxic accumulation of metabolic waste products.

The iris is the most complex organ in the human body. When a photograph of the iris is enlarged, you get a view of an ultrafine membrane of connective tissue that shows signs of degenerative diseases well before their presence is manifested in our larger organs.

Iridology texts have "mapped" segments of the iris to correspond with various internal organs and structures. Because thousands of nerve endings make up the iris, the eye can provide a system of connections to the rest of the body.

When should I see an Iridologist?

Because iridology is not a treatment therapy, but rather a way of detecting underlying signs of developing disease, it is generally used as a part of a Naturopathic or Herbal Medicine treatment.

The basis of iridology is the holistic concept that when examined correctly, each part of the body contains information about other parts of the body. In Chinese medicine, examinations of the pulse and tongue are regularly included in the diagnostic process. Iridolgists believe that as a degenerative disease slowly develops, the iris will reflect these changes.

How is Iridology Performed?

Iridology is usually part of a Naturpathic or Herbal Medicine consultation and as such your history will already have been taken.

Your practitioner will look into your eyes with the aid of a specialised backlit magnifying lens and compare the markings in your eye with a published iridology chart. The readings are then marked on a pictorial record.

In some cases specialised computer aided photographic equipment is used to observe and record your Iris findings. This will often give more detail for the practitioner but is not essential for your diagnosis.

Depending on the findings, an appropriate course of treatment will be chosen.

Does it hurt?

No it does not hurt. The procedure is completely non-invasive and usually quite quick.

Can I get rebates from my health insurance?

Most Health Insurance providers will cover Naturopathy if you have the appropriate cover and Iridology is covered along with that.

The History of Iridology]

Hippocrates and Philostratus used Iridology around 1000BC. lridology was taught at the Medical School of Salerno and even the Chaldeans of Babylonia left records of Iris markings, with the relevant anatomical reflexes painted onto stone slabs.

Descriptions of iridological principles (without using the word iridology) are found in Chiromatica Medica, a famous work published in 1665 and reprinted in 1670 and 1691 by Philippus Meyeus (Philip Meyen von Coburg).

Modern Iridology began in Hungary in 1861 when Ignatz Peczely found an owl with a broken leg. He noticed a stripe of black in the iris of the owl. After nursing the owl's leg back to health, he released the bird into the wild. At this time, he noticed the stripe of black was replaced with fine, crooked white lines.

Ignatz von Peczely qualified in medicine at the Vienna Medical College in 1867. He continued to study the irises of patients before and after surgery, systematically recording, correlating what he observed. He published his research in the book 'Discoveries in the Realms of Nature and Art of Healing'. His 'Iris Chart' was established in 1880.

Around the same time, a 14-year-old Swedish boy, Nils Liljequist, became severely ill following a vaccination. After he began treatment with quinine and other potent drugs he noticed a change in his iris color. Years later he broke some of his ribs and again noticed a change in his iris color.

In 1893 he published over 258 drawings in an atlas depicting his interpretation of the relationship between the iris and the body.

The two men's maps were turned out to be similar.

Since these early days in the history of Iridology there have been many noted pioneers in this fascinating field.

The German contribution in the field of natural healing is due to a minister Pastor Felke, who developed a form of homeopathy for treating specific illnesses and described new iris signs in the early 1900s. The Felke Institute in Gerlingen, Germany was established as a leading center of iridological research and training.

Another German, Joseph Deck (1914-1990) founded the famed iridology research institute in Ettlingen, Germany.

An American medical doctor Henry Lahn (circa early 20th Century), his student Dr Henry Lindlahr (circa early 20th Century) who was both a medical doctor and osteopath and more recently, Dr Bernard Jensen (1908-2002), the acclaimed naturopathic practitioner who established the modern, American school of iridology further developed the science of Iridology.

Jensen insisted on the importance of the relationship between Iris signs and the body's exposure to toxins, and the use of natural foods as detoxifiers to remove them.

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