Introduction to Iridology (By Rhea Baluyut, C.IR.)
History of Iridology
Iridology is an ancient practice that can be traced back over thousands of years ago. From clay tablets Chaldeans left behind, hieroglyphs from Ancient Egyptians, to Hippocratic writings from the Classical Greeks on signs within the eye indicating internal health and state of the body. In 1670, Philippus Meyens published “Chromatica Medica” in Dresden in which he shared his studies of the eye and how it relates to the body. In 1786 Christian Haertels published “De Oculo et Signo (The eye and it’s signs).
The birth of modern iridology as it is known today, really began in the 1800’s, by a Hungarian scientist, physician and homeopath named Ignatz von Peczely whom after decades of comparative studies determined that there is a direct correlation between the state/changes to our health and how that appears in our eyes. This led Dr. Peczely to create a chart in which he utilized throughout his examinations with patients. Overtime as the practice progressed, various scientists and physicians have revised the chart and improved upon it.
Today, there are various different forms of iridology practiced. The European practice of iridology provides a quick and fairly accurate assessment based on the European constitutions. Australian iridology focuses on emotional states and there is also the practice of Sclerology, focusing on analyzing the white part of the eye surrounding the iris. North America practices traditional iridology and was pioneered by a physician in the 1900’s named Bernard Jensen. Dr. Jensen specialized in various areas of health including homeopathy and nutrition and created the original North American iridology chart. Although revised by practitioners, still today the foundation of the chart remains similar to that of what was initially created by Dr. Jensen (below). The chart represents two eyes (the right and left) and within each eye are organs and areas of the body. Around the periphery of the eye are numbers similar to that of a clock
Taking into consideration hundreds and thousands of nerve endings and blood vessels that come from the back of our eyes and connect to various areas of our body, these connections provide a communication highway, communicating changes in our body systems through our eyes. Changes are observed through splitting of fibers, colour changes within the iris or blood vessels laid out within the sclera.
What Iridology can reveal
- Primary nutritional needs of the body
- Inherent strengths or weaknesses of organs, glands and tissues
- Constitutional strengths and weaknesses
- Toxic settlement in organs, glands and tissues
- Inflammation within body and tissue health
- Colon health and condition
- Pressure on heart
- Circulation / skin health
- Nerve depletion
- Hyper/Hypo activity within organs, glands, tissues
- Lymphatic system congestion
- Assimilation of nutrients and minerals
- Physical or mental fatigue on body
- Inherent or acquired weaknesses
- Preclinical stages of diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and other autoimmune diseases
- Healing signs indicating increased strength in organs, tissues and glands
- Probable allergies to wheat
- Adrenal Exhaustion
- Sources of infection
- Nerve energy in body
What to expect in an iridology assessment
An iridology assessment is considered non-invasive. A common tool utilized is a hand held scope, held up to the eye during an examination to provide a closer look. Some practitioners will take a picture of their patient’s eyes with a high-resolution still camera. An assessment can focus on the top three observations noticed within the eyes, or an extensive examination can provide insight on everything observed during analysis. Nutritional recommendations and/or protocol will typically follow to work towards improvement of health.