The female hormone balance is an interesting thing. It relies on several endocrine glands, all of which are affected by genetics, nutrition, and stress. If one part of that equation is not quite right (nutrition levels, for example), the hormones can end up being downright loopy. As a woman or a holistic practitioner you know this to be true.
Whether it shows up as PMS, PCOS, menstrual cramps, acne, infertility, miscarriage, or any of the long list of menopausal symptoms, understanding iridology can often help us get a good idea of ‘why’ the hormones are behaving the way they are. When hormones are out of balance, iridology does not give us the answers. Instead, it gives us the questions to ask. The answers to those questions help us understand the backstory of why the hormones have become unstable, and that helps us find solutions.
It often ends up working like this: While we may see a lacuna in an ovary zone, we are more likely to find a variety of other markings in other endocrine reaction fields. Connecting these markers helps us ask better questions, and as a result we get more useful answers. It is most helpful to have at least a basic understanding of the function of the various endocrine glands.
Here are some of the more common things we see in irides of women who are prone to hormonal imbalances.
These concentric pieces of arcs tell us the owner spends most of her time functioning in the sympathetic nervous system mode, always ready to ‘fight, flee, or freeze’. The endocrine glands that are most severely stressed by this state of being are the adrenal glands. When the adrenals are stressed they burn through B-vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium at record speed. When calcium and magnesium are out of balance we see more cramps, poor sleep, and bad moods.
Black spokes that radiate out from the pupil’s edge suggest nerve impulse transmission issues and an increased ability to hold onto toxins in specific places. These spokes are known as radial furrows. When they reach out into endocrine reaction fields, e.g. pituitary, hypothalamus, thyroid, pancreas, adrenal, or ovary zones, they suggest impaired nerve feed to, and a greater risk of toxic overload in, those glands. Neither impaired nerve feed nor toxic overload help a gland to function with more balance.
Neither of these indicators alone suggests or creates a backstory to explain hormone imbalances, but when you see two or more, or mix in some of a handful of other specific markers, it becomes easy to see how asking questions about hormone balance would be a good track to pursue.
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