What are your eyes telling you?

Iridology is the science whereby a practitioner can tell from the markings or signs in the iris of the eye the reflex condition of the various organs of the body. A skilled practitioner is able to see inflammation in an iris, where it is located and in what stages it has manifested.

An iris reveals a number of aspects of the human body including; constitution, inherent weaknesses, levels of health and the transitions that take place in a persons body as a result of their lifestyle.

There is a number of stories throughout history about beginning and progression of iridology. A story that particularly interested me, was in Budapest during the early 1800s, Ignatz Von Peczely as a boy, caught an owl in his garden. When he caught the bird, the bird struggled in an effort not to be captured, as a result the owl ended up with a broken leg. Ignatz and the owl stared into each others eyes, when Ignatz noticed a black stripe rising in the owls eye. The boy bandaged the leg and nursed the bird back to health and released it; but the bird continued to hang around the garden for years after. Ignatz observed the owls eyes as the years past, noticing that a white crooked line appeared where the black stripe had been and then progressed to some dark spots and shaded colouring in the same area. Never forgetting the incident, when Ignatz Von Peczely grew up he became a physician. From then on he took opportunity to observe of the irises of his patients and began to study the changes after a trauma, accident or surgery. His notes highlighted a patterned between various markings on the iris and corresponding body parts. He was certain that the iris mirrored tissue changes of other body parts.

Thus Ignatz Von Peczely created the first iris chart of his findings.

Since then, the progression and development of thoughts and opinions surrounding iridology have become controversial. As a qualified naturopath i use iridology as a visual insight into the inner working of my patients, find that the iris holds truths about how well an individual is coping with their lifestyle. I do not use iridology as a diagnostic tool as i believe without a full client history you are not getting the whole story. The iris chart i use was developed by Bernard Jensen, who i feel offers the most comprehensive and accurate iris charts available.

What am i looking for?

Below are some common signs that practitioners are on the look out for…

  1. Lesions, lacunae and crypts – depending on the area of the iris they are located, they indicate acquired or inherited weakness in the body. They are recognised by their shape, however the may differ in size and degree of darkness. An open lacunae indicates to practitioner that this tissue is active in nutrients, circulation or metabolic function are flowing through the tissue, although at a reduced rate. Closed lacunae may indicate the condition is encapsulated.
  2. Radii solaris – are the elongated dark lines reaching out of the pupil into the iris. This is a sign of a toxic, slow moving-bowel.
  3. Nerve rings (or stress rings) – you guessed it! They indicate nervous stress. The iris fibers have been cramped together buckling them into concentric circles. The excessive nervous stress has often forced its way into the muscular system causing anxiety and storage of tension.
  4. Acid wash – the white over lay you can see over the top of an individuals natural iris colour. An acid wash indicates inflammation.
  5. Lymphatic Rosary – visually these look like white beads on the circumference of an iris, this area is the lymphatic zone. An iris sign like this illustrates a slow, congested lymphatic system that really needs so help!

Iridology is an incredible tool that can offer so much insight into a persons health. However, it is important that your practitioner is trained and qualified to be able to give you the appropriate reading.