What is Iridology and how can it help me gain control of my health?
The Definition of Iridology.
I have two favorite definitions of Iridology.
Dorland’s Medical Dictionary: Iridology is a diagnostic technique based on the premise that early pathologic changes elsewhere in the body are reflected in the iris before disease becomes clinically apparent; an analysis of a person’s state of health may be made by visual examination of the iris, with the color, density, and position of deposited pigment helping to identify the pathologic process and the organ involved.
From the person I received my training from puts it this way: Dr. Ellen Tart Jensen: Iridology is the study of the color, pigmentations and structure of the iris or colored portion of the eye as they relate genetically through reflex response to the strengths and deficiencies of the body systems.
History of Iridology
Iridology dates back more than 6000 years. Ancient China practiced it as well as the physician Hippocrates in Ancient Greece. The Chinese and Japanese have used the whole eye for thousands of years to detect diseases of the body. Findings and study about the eyes were discovered in King Tut’s tomb. The Chaldeans had recorded writings of iris analysis in 1000 B.C.
In Europe, in the late 1800s, there began the interest in Iridology. Dr. Ignatz Von Peczely of Hungary, when 10 years old, while playing with an owl, accidentally broke one of its legs. At that moment, while looking into the owls eyes, he noticed the appearance of a dark stripe in the lower region of the iris of the bird. He later realized that this darkened area corresponded to the location of the broken leg. As the leg healed, the black stripe became a black spot with white lines and shading. This left a lasting impression on the future doctor. As a college intern, while working at the hospital, he took the opportunity to observe patients who were in accidents and had surgeries. From these findings, Dr. Peczely constructed his first iris chart in the early 1860’s and wrote his first book on Iridology in 1866.
Pastor Nils Liljequist of Sweden, made many improvements to iris diagnosis. What was interesting was that here were two men who lived miles apart, did not know each other yet wrote similar books at the same time, some even being word for word! He brought his work to America.
Pastor Emmanuel Felke, Rudolph Schnabel, Joseph Angerer and Josef Deck, all from Germany, did much in furthering the science of Iridology.
In the United States, Henry Lindlahr, Dr. Bernard Jensen and Ellen Tart-Jensen have helped to further the science of Iridology to what it is today.
Dr. Jensen has been considered the “father of iridology”. Ellen became Dr. Jensen’s protégé and is the only person who has written permission to place his seal on his iridology certificates and sign for him. She is internationally known and has written several books and has taught thousands of students on iridology. Iridology is a science and an art, and like all sciences, new research is being done all the time. I received training and certification in 2011 from Ellen Jensen.
What an Iridologist looks for
There are four main areas Iridologists look at when conducting an Iris analysis.
The first is the main iris constitution. The colors of the iris are brown, blue and green/hazel. Each color carries a set of genetic markers, for example, a person with a brown iris will genetically have more symptoms to do with the blood, thereby being called a Hematogenic type iris. Blue and Green carry other genetic symptoms and are called Lymphatic and Biliary types.
The second area an Iridologist looks at are the two different Sub-types.
The first sub-type is by color. The blue iris has the most subtypes by color because the pigment is lighter and more can be seen in the lighter colored iris. Subtypes such as Overacid, lymphatic and scurf rim can be seen in a blue iris. A green or hazel iris only has two subtypes by color and the brown technically has one, although some Iridologists say that there are no subtypes by color.
The second, is subtype by structure. The tighter the fibers are in an iris, the stronger physical integrity the body, whereas the looser the fibers, the weaker the physical integrity. Another way of saying that is the stronger the constitution, the stronger the physical integrity.
The third area is the Iridologist looks at is the collarette (which represents the autonomic nerve wreath) and fourth are the various markings in the iris. The iris is a map, so to speak, that lays out the body-its organs and systems. Where the markings are, relates to a certain area of the body.
I have looked at hundreds of pairs of eyes. What I can tell you is that they are all beautiful and unique! Each pair of eyes teaches me something new! Every person that lets me analyze their eyes are amazed at what I can see. When I analyzed my own doctor’s eyes, he was impressed when I was able to let him know of areas that needed to be strengthened. Generally, I have the client fill out an intake form with their history. He didn’t get a chance to. Usually, I am telling them symptoms and weaknesses they already know. What is good, though, is then I can let them know what herbs and supplements help those areas of weakness. If they are generating bad habits, the eyes will show where those bad habits are damaging which organs.
I first learned of Iridology when I was a teenager. An Iridologist looked into my eyes and told me that my kidneys and colon were weak. She also told me that if I didn’t take care of myself in the way of learning how to relax, I could have a nervous breakdown later in life. I did almost have a nervous breakdown, but remembered what she said and took measures to improve my health and well-being. My kidneys started showing signs of weakness, but because I make my own tinctures, I took one that strengthend them. I have also been taking a tincture and a super green food to keep my colon healthy. At age 50, when I had a colonoscopy, the doctor said I had a colon as pink and healthy as a 16-year-old! Yeah!
With my studies, I have also learned that the iris can tell you much about the emotional and characteristics of a person as well, giving the individual a true picture of what inherent tendencies they have been given through their parents, grandparents, up through seven generations. The eyes really do become the windows to the soul!
Let me know if you have any questions, or would like to add your own experiences of getting your eyes analyzed by an Iridologist. If you would like to learn how to get your analysis, I can definitely help!
Good Health to You