Iridology is a science based on the analysis of one of the most complicated and remarkable tissue structures of the body, the iris. It is a method of assessment whereby the doctor or health practitioner can tell, from studying the markings or signs in the iris, the condition of various organs and systems of the body.
The markings in the iris represent a detailed picture of the integrity of the body, its constitutional strength, areas of congestion or toxicity, and its inherent strengths and weaknesses. Nature has provided us with an invaluable insight into the vital status of the health of the body by transmitting this information to the eye.
History of Iridology
The first explicit description of iridological principles can be credited to the physician Philippus Meyens, who, in 1665 wrote the book Chromatica Medica explaining the features of the iris and stated that the eye contained valuable information about the body.
The founder of modern Iridology is Dr. Ignatz Von Peczley, a Hungarian physician known as “The Father of Iridology.” In 1881 he published the book Discoveries in the Realms of Nature and Art of Healing. It was in this book, which served as a guide to the study and diagnosis from the eye, that Von Peczely built up the first accurate iris chart.
In 1950 an American, Dr. Bernard Jensen pioneered the science of iridology in the United States. He developed one of the most comprehensive iris charts showing the location of the organs as they reflect in the irid’s of the eye. His chart is still the most accurate one available today.
The Mechanics of Iridology
Iridology offers a unique perspective to the concept and practice of preventive medicine.
Orthodox methods of analysis and diagnosis must rely on the appearance of clinical symptoms. By then the disease is already established. Grouping a list of symptoms into a disease name, in order to identify and administer the drug that will suppress those symptoms, is not a satisfactory solution to the problem of health care and maintenance.
The iris, however, can indicate a problem in its earliest inception, long before disease symptoms are present. With this information, a qualified health care practitioner can develop a health program tailored to the specific needs of the individual, thus preventing the manifestation of disease.
Iridology, in its basic philosophy, stresses the treatment of the patient, not the disease. By identifying the underlying imbalances in the body that produce symptoms, it is an invaluable tool to detect, and assess weaknesses and formulate remedial therapies. Iridology is truly a science whose time has come.
Below is an example of an iridology chart. It shows the correlating areas of the left (and right) iris, as seen in the mirror, with portions of the left hand (and right hand) side of the body and changes in color or appearance of the iris indicates changes in the health of the corresponding section of the body.