What is iridology?
Iridology is the assessment of the body according to the irides (the coloured area of the eye). The iris is one of the most complex structures of human anatomy. To an iridologist, specific areas of the irides correspond to specific organs, tissues and body areas; and colours and textures suggest biochemical changes. The topography of the iris as it relates to the rest of the body has been mapped by practitioners over the last 400 years. More recently physicians have been able to study patients before and after operations and confirm signs within the iris and compare with the tissues and organs by the use of autopsies.
"To an iridologist, specific areas of the irides correspond to specific organs, tissues and body areas; and colours and textures suggest biochemical changes"
How does iridology work?
Nerve pathways from all over the body are continually sending information to the brain via the part of the brain known as the thalamus and the hypothalamus. These parts of the brain are the basic monitors of all vital activities going on within the body. The thalamus and hypothalamus are connected by nerve fibres to the blood vessels, muscles and surface of the irides. From nerve impulses that are relayed from the thalamus and hypothalamus physiological changes develop in the iris tissue revealing information from all parts of the body that have a nerve supply.
What iridology is not
Iridology does not diagnose or name diseases but can identify areas or organs which may be weaker, be overactive or under active or have poor waste removal. Iridology does not involve psychic analysis, is not able to determine your lifespan or predict time of death. It does not reveal pregnancy or the presence of gall stones, kidney stones or cancer as these do not have any nerve supply feeding information to the brain. It cannot confirm the presence of viruses, bacteria, parasites or other pathogenic influences or identify the gender of a person.
Signs in the iris may show areas within the body that are inflamed, overactive, degenerating or under active. This will suggest an area of dysfunction that requires support. For example iridology is unable to confirm whether you have kidney stones, however signs in the iris may suggest that the kidneys are a weaker organ in relation to the rest of the body. The iris may show signs of inflammation or degeneration of the kidneys. Or the iris may show signs of darkening over the bowel area indicating metabolic wastes are not being removed efficiently compromising the functioning of the kidneys. Therefore even though the organ manifesting the disease may be the kidneys, the bowel will need to be addressed also to treat the underlying cause and prevent the problem reoccurring.