Iridology is the study of the iris; it is believed that the iris is a map where each area is related to an organ or system of the body. The iris is comprised of the exposed nerve endings, which are connected to the brain and create the coloured part of the eye.
It is thought that in the 5th century BC Hippocrates may have used a form of iridology. However, our modern understanding dates back to an Hungarian Doctor in the 1800’s, Ignatz von Peczely
When he was a child he noticed a dark mark appear in the iris of an owl when it broke its leg as he was trying to release it from being trapped. He must have nursed the owl to health as he saw the dark mark change to white as the leg healed. This inspired him when he became a doctor to research the iris of his patients and record the details of markings and correspondences. He published his research in a book titled ‘Discoveries in the Realm of Nature and Art of Healing’, and his Iris Chart was established in 1880. A Swedish boy, Nils Liljequist, who became ill after a vaccination and ingesting the drugs quinine and iodine, also noticed markings appear in his iris. He created an Iris Chart which he published in 1893, which was similar to the Chart established by Ignatz von Peczely. The standard Iris Chart used today was constructed by Bernard Jensen, based on the research work done by the founder of the World Iridology Fellowship as well as much of his own.
 Three types of eyes
It appears a tremendous amount of information can be gleaned from the iris – from their genetic strength and weaknesses to levels of toxicity as well as the efficiency of the bodies systems. There are three main types each with their corresponding eye colour: Lymphatic is blue/grey, Haematogenic is brown and Biliary is a blue brown background which can appear hazel or greenish brown.
When seeing a practitioner they will often use a camera to make slides of your iris, although some practitioners may use a simple ophthalmoscope or a torch and magnifying glass.
There are mixed comments on the research and validity of iridology. Whereas many doctors may consider it unhelpful at best and misleading at worst, according to the Complementary Healthcare Information Service UK there has been research in several European countries with a trial in Russia of 800,000 patients which found 85% of the diagnoses to be accurate. Apparently orthodox medicine sees a 40% accuracy as reliable.
Iridology is a safe, unobtrusive and relatively inexpensive way of checking the predisposition of your body, and therefore highly useful as an aid to prevention of disease. CHIS UK believes iridology offers a truly holistic approach, allowing individuals to discover the root cause of any illness. As practitioners are well versed in many disciplines they are practiced in recommending suitable healing therapies and the patient may take responsibility for their own approach to health.
- Iris diagnosis
- Iridology in Practice