Iridology – The Eyes Have It

Iris Chart
Iris Chart

Iridology, or the study of the iris, is a branch of natural medicine that is based on the claim that every organ of the body corresponds to a part of the iris, to which it is connected through the nervous system. Consequently, the state of health of each organ can be assessed by examining the iris using special magnifying equipment and consulting a so-called Iris Chart.

Conventional medicine tends to regard iridology as a ‘pseudoscience’, claiming that the characteristics of the iris (patterns, colours, etc.) develop in the womb and remain unchanged all through life. Those who try iridology, however, are often surprised at how accurate its diagnoses can be. A friend of mine, for example, went to visit an iridologist to find out the cause of his continuing headaches, and not only did his irises reveal that the problem was his teeth, but the iridologist also remarked, “you didn’t tell me you had a hernia”. Fortunately, he did already know, but he hadn’t mentioned it.

It is not certain how far back Iridology dates, but the first written studies were published in the 1670 by the German Phillipus Meyens. Much later, in the 19th Century, a Hungarian physicist named Ignatz von Peczely was the first to link the different changes in the iris with the corresponding changes in the body’s organs.
Iridologists do not claim to be able to diagnose specific diseases, however, but recommend the examination for the purpose of revealing such conditions as inflammation, hardening of the arteries, toxicity, blocked lymph, etc, as well as hereditary tendencies.

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