Iridology excels at some very specific and useful applications. It providers markers that lead to important understandings of the state of health of our entire individual. It helps to discover imbalances that can lead to disease in the early stages of manifestation. All of this helps to optimize individualized preventive medicine.
Iridology does not diagnose diseases nor does it reveal specific pathology in the tissues. It does not show evidence of surgical procedures performed under anesthesia. It does not reveal pregnancy. We cannot diagnose gall stones or kidney stones, parasites, bacteria or viruses using Iridology. It cannot predict a person's life span or impending death, nor can it identify gender.
Iridology can identify the presence and location of inflammation
Acute, localized inflammation is identified by white markings
Systemic inflammation is identified by the entire iris appearing white
Inflammation in its advanced stages appears as gray (sub-acute), dark gray (chronic), or black (degenerative).
As stated by Dr. Bernard Jensen, DC, “Inflammation reveals the presence of irritants which are not being taken care of through the body's normal immunological defense system or elimination channels."
Identify inherent strengths and weaknesses – indicated by variations in the density of the weave of the fibers (trabeculae) of the iris.
Densely woven fibers indicate inherent strength in the corresponding tissues or organ associated on the map of the iris.
Coarsely woven fibers or crypts in tuberculae indicate inherent weakness and weaker metabolic function in the corresponding organs and tissues.
Inherent strengths and weaknesses are congenital and inherited. Areas of inherent strength will most likely not be in need of particular attention and care, while the inherently weak areas of the body will need to be more carefully nurtured and cared for through correct diet, nutrition, exercise and a healthy environment and life style.
Healing signs: these indicated by cross-hatching and filling in resulting in an increase in the density of the fibers in the iris. There will be a lightening in the dark areas or crypts in the iris. This provides for an objective analysis of patient's response to the healing course of treatment over time for any given individual.
Hering's Law of Cure: this is a profound and often useful law in natural medicine. It states that “All cure occurs from within out, from the head down, and in the reverse order that the symptoms have appeared.” With Iridology we can analyze the signs in the iris and observe Hering's Law of Cure as it progresses under proper care. Ultimately there may be a “healing crisis” which is indicated by what appears to be an acute illness lasting for a few days that is followed by an increase in the person's health status.
Preceding this event the iris will show many healing signs throughout and may appear more white as the acute stage of illness returns as the tissues and organs involved return to a more healthy state.
Drug accumulations: drug accumulations a marked in the iris by discolored areas with relatively defined edges. They may be yellow, red, brown, etc. These are believed to be drugs ingested by the individual or inherited from the parents and passed down from generation to generation.
Iridology indicates that not all drugs are passed out of the body after they are ingested. These drugs in the tissues compromise the function of the associated tissues
Health level and inherent constitution: allows for a quick analysis of the overall health of the individual as well as the constitution they inherited.
Acid levels: high acid levels are indicated by signs of inflammation in the tissues. Acid accumulation can be due to poor diet, low elimination functions as well as unhealthy life style.
Biochemical needs: by analyzing the weakest tissues and organs in the body we can determine a course of treatment that provides the needed nutritional and biochemical nutrients to strengthen these weaknesses.
Differences in the health of bilateral organs. Organs which are bilateral may have weaknesses on only one side that cannot be identified with normal medical testing.
Iridology is an important diagnostic and analytical tool when used by a knowledgeable practitioner. We do not need to wait until symptoms manifest in ordered to be able to correct underlying health issues. It is the only approach that allows us to understand the relationship of the state and function of all physiological processes and organ systems in the individual with respect to their health.
My next posting on Iridology will focus on how to read the signs in the iris to determine health.