This is the second of a series of blog posts teaching the theory and practice of Iridology to promote an understanding of this remarkable science. Iridology is the analysis of the condition of the tissues of the body by reading the signs in the iris of the eye. Iridology’s greatest strength and usefulness is in determining the inherent (present at birth) strengths and weaknesses of the tissues and organs. This offers a unique perspective into the practice of preventative medicine. Being able to ascertain our weakest organs and tissues allows us to strengthen and protect our weakest links through life style and diet choices. A health program can be developed which is tailored to the unique and specific needs of each individual as revealed in their iris. Keep in mind, the Iridologist does not diagnose disease but analyzes tissue conditions from the signs revealed in the irises. This concept of tissue condition is more basic than that of disease and lends itself to an entirely different approach to health care.
Having a working knowledge of our own weakest organs and tissues proves to be extremely useful when considering the concept of homeostasis. Homeostasis (1), a concept central to modern physiology, states that every organ has a functional dependence and inter-relationship with every other organ in the body, either directly or indirectly. The purpose of the physiological and biochemical homeostatic processes of the body is to maintain a constant and optimal cellular environment. When this cellular environment is not in a very complex balance abnormal or compromised cellular function occurs. This can lead to pathology, symptoms and disease.
One can conclude that any organ of the body will reflect, to some degree, the health of every other organ.
(1) Cannon, W., B., “The Wisdom of the Body”, Norton (1932)
Numerous clinicians have contributed to the map of the iris of the eye that is used in Iridology. This has been an international collaboration spanning decades. I studied Iridology in the1970’s and 80’s with one of the most contemporary and knowledgeable Iridologists in modern times, Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C. Below is his chart of the iris of the eye representing the organ correspondences as represented in the iris.
The theoretical underpinnings of Iridology are explained in depth in Dr. Jensen’s landmark text, “Iridology, The Science and Practice in the Healing Arts”. Volume II. Bernard Jensen, D.C., N.D. Published by Bernard Jensen in 1982. I will do my best to summarize these principles on this website. Keep in mind when reading these concepts that they are based in the following well accepted physiological understanding: “Scientific research has established that the posterior pigment epithelium and dilator muscle of the irises are EMBRYOLOGICALLY derived from neuroectoderm, the tissue from which the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) are also derived.” As a result, impacts on the brain and central nervous system are reflected in the responsive and changeable structures of the iris.
Underlying principles from Bernard Jensen’s text:
“The iris reveals, through changes in pigment and structure, abnormal conditions of tissue in the human body.”
“The anterior of the iris reflexly corresponds in the systematic organization of its topography to the major tissue structures of the body. Such that each organ, gland and tissue is represented in a specific location in the left iris, the right iris, or both.
“Organs and tissues on the left half of the body are reflexly represented in the left iris, while this of the right half of the body are represented in the right iris. Organs and tissues lying along the centerline of the body, the sagittal plane, appear in both irises, as do bilateral organs.”
“The anterior iris, including the anterior epithelium, the stroma, the muscle layer, the pupillary margin, the autonomic nerve wreath (collarette), and the sclerol-iris margin undergo specific physiological changes corresponding to pathological changes in specific organs and tissues in the body.”
“Inherent weaknesses, inherent strengths and the degree of nervous system sensitivity are shown in the iris, respectively, by crypts and separations in the trabeculae, by closely knit trabeculae, and by parallel, curved cramp rings concentric with the outer perimeter of the iris, all located in the ciliary zone outside the autonomic nerve wreath.”
WHAT IRIDOLOGY DOES DO: (each of these areas will be expanded upon in future blog posts)
Indicates the presence of inflammation by the presence of white makings. The inflammation may be systemic (in which case the entire iris will be abnormally white) or it may be localized to one area or organ.
It indicates inherent (present a birth) strengths and weaknesses in the body.
It shows healing signs when conditions and tissues are improving. This is very helpful in guiding effective therapeutic approaches.
It verifies Hering’s Law of Cure (more on this later) which states that “All cure occurs from within out, from the head down, and in the reverse order that the symptoms have appeared.”
Drug accumulations or chemical residues show up in the iris as discolored areas - yellow, red, brown, etc spots. They are believed to indicate chemical residues that have settled in the tissues and can be inherited or acquired.
Provides a quick assessment of the overall health of the person.
Determines the physiological constitution of the individual.
Can determine high or low level infection in the body or specific organs.
Indicates acid levels in the tissues.
Allows the Iridologist to analyze the response of the patient to treatment.
Ability to watch the important process of the entire health of the body improving while working on the healing of one specific organ.
Analyzing the biochemical needs of each organ and whether or not these needs are being met by a healthy diet.
Ability to read the differences in the health of each side of bilateral organs (kidneys, thyroid gland, ovaries, etc.).
WHAT IRIDOLOGY DOES NOT DO:
Iridology does not diagnose disease.
Iridology does not show evidence of operations performed under anesthesia.
It does not reveal pregnancy as this is a normal condition.
It does not reveal gallstones or kidney stones.
It is not a “psychic” analysis.
Iridology does not confirm the presence of parasites, viruses, germ life or bacterial invasions. However, it can show tissues conditions which would allow a “host” situation to develop.
Cannot predict a person’s life span or impending death.
Cannot separate the myriad umber of drugs taken or pollutants absorbed.
Cannot identify gender.
IN FUTURE POSTS I WILL BE GOING INTO FURTHER DEPTH ABOUT HOW TO ANALYZE THE IRIS AS AN IRIDOLOGIST WOULD AS WELL AS EXPANDING ON HOW TO READ THE SIGNS IN THE IRIS AND WHAT THEY MEAN.