What is Iridology?
‘What is Iridology’ is a question new clients and holistic practitioner students often ask. Iridology is the study of the iris (the colored part) of the eye. While references are made to iris analysis dating back to ancient Babylon, modern iridology began to come to the forefront in the 1800s. Dr. Ignatz Von Peczley, a Hungarian doctor, created the first iris map. Iridology is now widely used by medical doctors in Germany, Italy, Greece and Russia as an assessment tool. It is used even more widely by natural wellness practitioners, herbalists, nutritionists, homeopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, and massage therapists.
Over the past nearly 200 years, many iridology researchers, practitioners, and teachers have published and taught their findings to answer the question ‘what is iridology’. In the past few decades especially, with the aid of technology, modern iridologists have found ways to expand on earlier iridology teachings and discoveries, dispelling myths and many bad practices.
What can iridology tell us?
Initially, iridology was thought to reveal information about the physical body only. With time, careful study, and analysis of data, we now understand that the iris exposes genetic predispositions for physical wellness traits and patterns as well as emotional traits and patterns. We also understand that iridology is not a diagnostic tool. It does not give us disease names.
By looking at the iris and understanding the meaning of colors, fiber patterns, and other markings, we begin to understand where and what the inherited physical and emotional strengths and weaknesses are. When we combine this with what we know about the client’s nutritional status, stressors, thought patterns and interpersonal relationships, we begin to understand his/her health or disease predispositions. This leads to deeper insight of what natural options for change will be more effective for him/her.
Knowing a person’s genetic strengths means we can use natural means to sustain their strengths. Knowing a person’s weaknesses means we can take steps with food, supplements, lifestyle, stress management, and more to protect the weak areas from breaking down further. A person certainly may be able to avoid some of the health problems of his parents and grandparents when he understands how his body is programmed and what he can do to improve the programming.
As a practitioner of iridology, whether professionally or for your own family, you will be able to have a huge impact by educating people about their own constitutions. This is the power of what iridology can reveal.
Judith Cobb is a Certified Comprehensive Iridologist who teaches classes and offers private consultations.