Iridology: why the eyes have it

Iridology studies health by understanding your eyes. Its examination of the colour and structure of the iris, sclera and pupil is used to help detect potential health problems at their earliest stages. The eyes have it: if you can understanding what they say you can prevent illness and maintain optimum health.

Conventional science offers no explanation for this. Instead it continues to view the iris as just a sphincter and dilator muscle that regulates the amount of light entering the eye. Whilst the link between eye colour and heredity is acknowledged, it is very rare that structure or secondary pigmentation are given any consideration at all.

The eyes have not always been so overlooked. From the earliest eras of civilisation, they were used to impart information about a person’s health. The Chinese used Iridology_Right_Eye 295shape, set and size of eyes, and Indian Ayurvedic medicine based its observations on their colour.

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Modern iridology may have roots that stretch far back but it actually is a young science. Its intricate observations of the iris only became possible when technological advances that allowed a greater degree of magnification. Indeed the father of iridology, Ignatz Von Peczely, struggled to lay the first foundations of the subject, during the mid-19th century, with just 2x magnification. The later development of the optical and photographic sciences helped pave the way for the discipline to mature.

Here is what we now know.

The iris, like the fingerprint, is unique. It’s not just the colours, but also the myriad structural variations, which  offer genetically determined evidence of your uniqueness. There are believed to be 200 differentiating signs in an iris, and this is why there are eye level cameras at cash points and border controls for reliable bio-identification. The iris provides a means of identification that is ten times more secure than fingerprints.

Diagnosis or personal assessment?

Iridology rests on the principle that determining a treatment and lifestyle strategy for any individual requires a true assessment of their individuality and the forces that have shaped them. This combination of heredity and experience is referred to as your constitution, and it is this that the study of the iris can reveal. Iridology does not really give you a diagnosis: it offers a personal assessment. A diagnosis is the identification of pathology through the examination of the symptoms. What the study of your eyes gives you goes much deeper than this. It reveals the functional dynamics of the organism, mediated by individual fluctuations in both somatic and psychic response to the environment. The hereditary and embryologic patterns of organ response are critical in this, and this is what iridology reads.
It gets behind the symptoms, which are often little more than the body’s corrective response to various manifestations of stress. In doing so it pinpoints the underlying causes of disease: the failure to adapt to such conditions, which frequently ensues from innate insufficiencies or susceptibilities.

Iridology is not a treatment in itself, but it is often used alongside therapies such as herbal or nutritional medicine. It is a screening tool that can be used to detect inherent individual predispositions.  The colour and pattern of your eyes is a reflection of your unique genetic inheritance from three generations behind you. Whether you develop your dispositions to the best or worst case scenarios depends on the way you eat, drink, think, live and love.

By Oliver Barnett

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