Iridology: A Brief Introduction, Short History & FAQs

Iridology is an alternative medicine modality that studies the color, pigmentation and structure of the eye to determine information about a person’s fundamental health. Each marking reveals a person’s individual physical, mental and emotional health conditions. Like fingerprints or faces, no two set of eyes are exactly alike, making iris analysis one of the best tools available for analyzing and identifying the areas of the body that are genetically strong, along with determining the areas of potential deficiencies.

blue eyes closeupIridology is the Study of the Eyes Iris

A Short History About Iridology

Iridology has been in practice for thousands of years with its oldest recorded evidence from as far back as the 16th century. Physicians like Philippus Meyeus who, in 1665, published “Physiognomia Medica“, described the relationship between the iris and organs of the body.  Later in the 1800’s, a Viennese Ophthalmologist named George Joseph Beer (1763-1821) published in 1813 the “Textbook of Eye Disease” discussing how everything that affects the individual has an influence on the eyes.

Dr. Ignaz von Peczely (1822-1911) was a Hungarian scientist and a renaissance of Iridology, who in 1880 published his findings and research in his book, “Discovery in Natural History and Medical Science, a Guide to the Study and Diagnosis from the Eye”.  He is known as the “Father of Iridology” and created one of the first organ mapping iris charts.

Throughout history there were many great scholars and pioneers of Iridology, such as Reverend Nils Liljequist, 1851-1936 (Sweden), Pastor Emmanual Felke 1856-1926 (Sweden), Henry Edward (Lahn) Lane 1873-1900 (Germany), Henry Lindlahr 1862-1924 (American), Dr. J. Haskel Kritzer 1885-19xx (American), Rudolph Schabel 1882-1962 (Germany), Joseph Angerer 1907-1994 (Germany) and Josef Deck 1914-1990 (Germany) are just to name a few Iridology practitioners, who dedicated their lives studying, recording, teaching, practicing, mapping charts and publishing books on the science of Iridology.

It is during the latter half of the 20th century, in the 1950s that Iridology became better known in North America and Dr. Bernard Jensen (1908-2001) who is known as the “Father of North American Iridology” began practicing and educating others the science and teachings of Iridology. He taught more people about Iridology over the last 70 years than many of his predecessors combined.

Dr. Bernard Jensen was the longest living Iridologist of our time and is truly a historical figure and mentor in the realm of natural medicine, nutrition and Iridology.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Since Iridology is not as widely known as compared to other conventional health assessment methods, as a result, people have now become curious to know more about it.  I am often approached with questions about what Iridology is, how it works and a many more.

Here are 5 few FAQs that I usually come across during my FREE Introductory Phone Information Session:

1. What is Iridology?

Iridology by definition is primarily the study of the eyes’ iris. In clinical terms, it is a method whereby a health practitioner is trained to identify the meaning of each color, the markings in the iris, the reflex condition of various organs, and the functional condition of your overall body system.

The information gathered through an assessment gives Iridologists an overview of the functional veracity of your body, including areas of congestion and toxic accumulations. Combining your family history, diet, lifestyle, mental, emotional and physical conditions along with the information gained through the assessment, a Clinical Iridologist can get an understanding of your potential health conditions.

2. How does Iridology work?

Iridology is a science-based assessment tool that takes a holistic health approached concept to provide you with information about your current state of health and any genetic predispositions that you may have inherited.  Information gathered through your assessment, would be used to help you find solutions for your current state of health and suggest other preventive measures to deal with any genetic predispositions.

Today, there are many various practitioners practicing Iridology and each practitioner would use their own expertise based on their studies of the principles of Iridology to determine the type of program they would use.

3. You can really see my health in the eyes?

As per the Iridology Chart that most Clinical Iridologists refer, the right eye reflects the right side of the body and the left eye reflects the left side of the body. This map helps us to locate the areas of the strengths and weakness within the body.  Using this iris map we are able to see the pieces of the “health puzzle” clearly, and by placing these pieces all together, we are able to see the big picture and get to the root cause of your health.

Bernard Jensen Iridology ChartBernard Jensen Iridology Eye Chart

For more information check out the 10 health issues that can be detected by Iridology.

4. What do the markings in my eyes mean?

To keep things simple and to give you an idea, the markings we look at are classified into 3 main areas of your eyes, – the surface, the pupil and the sclera.

In the Iris Surface, we study the iris fibers or trabecula, their patterns, colors, and depth. We observe markings such as lymphatic congestion, contraction furrows, lacunas, epidermis, corneal arcus, and radial furrows just to name a few. We also study metabolic pigments which are the colored spots that are present on the surface of the iris.  These pigments are further classified according to their color and in the surface area in which it is detected.

In the Pupil, we study the size, alterations such as ovalization, flattening, decentration and inner pupillary border irregularities. The pupil is surrounded by the neuro-spinal ring and helps us in determining the status of the nervous system.

In the Sclera, we study the various features of sclera vessels and pigments that can provide useful information and help us detect early signs of health warnings.

5. Why does my eye color change?

There are only 3 basic eye colors – Blue (Lymphatic), Brown (Hematogenous) and a mixture of both brown and blue called (Biliary).  Your eye color is formed from pigmentation and the color of your eye is determined from the genes that you inherit from both your mother and father.

Eye color can change with age, and this phenomenon is most commonly noticed in newborn babies as they get older. Babies born with blue eyes can develop darker eyes if melanin (a brown pigment usually not present at birth) develops with age. Light can also change the perception of eye color.  Pupil size can also result in eye color shifts.  It is often said that you are what you eat (holds quite true in case of the eye color). It is found that the food you consume very often might influence the color of your eyes.

Sometimes sudden eye color changes can be a warning sign for serious illness, and if this happens, it’s best you consult with an eye doctor. Genetics, life experiences and lifestyle can definitely have an impact on eye color; this is why we can have such a “rainbow” of beautiful iris colors which makes every eye perfect.

Summing it up…

Iridology has come a long way over the years, and today we have Iridology organizations in place that promote the ethics and standards in the practice.  Organizations such as the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) and the International College of Iridology (ICI) continue to promote excellence in education, continuous sharing of information and research worldwide and to ensure that all Iridologists practicing are well trained and educated, creating the highest of standards.

Iridology is not a diagnoses tool, rather an effective assessment technique that assesses the whole body and naturally addresses the root of potential health conditions. The fundamental goal of Comprehensive Clinical Iridology and Holistic Clinical Iridology (which we will discuss further in a future blog), is to bring awareness to the current status of an individual’s health and to naturally assist and support the body.

Iridologists work with the body’s own inherent healing system providing natural solutions that may include a healthy diet, nutritional herbs and supplements and other alternative physical, mental and emotional therapies. To fully understand Iridology, visit a Certified Clinical Iridologist today and discover your health path.


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