Many are familiar with the statement:  “Your eyes are the window to the soul.”    The statement:  “Your eyes are the window to your health,” may actually be more accurate or scientific.  Iridology is a science that reveals inflammation, body constitution, genetic weakness, levels of health and the transitions that take place in a person’s body.

The iris is connected to every organ and tissue of the body by way of the brain and nervous system.  Nerve fibers in the iris respond to changes in body tissues.   Every cell, tissue and organ has its nutritional requirements.  When the body is not properly fed, certain nutrients become depleted and the body begins to suffer illness and/or disease.
An iridologist uses a special magnifying glass and/or camera to analyze the iris and determine weaknesses in the body.

Iridology can be used as a natural early warning system alerting one to over activity and degeneration.  An iridologist cannot diagnose a medical condition.  Iridology helps a practitioner look at the body as a whole instead of treating individual symptoms.  Our body is made of cells.  When disease or an illness occurs, it is due to cellular malfunction.

Holistically, iridology is used to accurately assess the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual patterns and weaknesses for a complete health analysis.  It is completely painless, non-invasive, and economically viable while providing valuable information
for restorative and preventive health care.

The effort to understand changes in the eyes and to correlate such changes to alterations in the human body is said to date back to the time of ancient civilizations.  Babylonia iride markings with the relevant anatomical reflexes painted onto stone slabs have been dated back to 1000 BC.  The first published reference to iris analysis can be credited to the physician Phillippus Meyens, who, in his book Chiromatica medica, published in 1670 in Dresden, described the reflexive features of the iris.

The true originator of Iridology was Dr. Ignatz Von Peczely (1826-1911), a Hungarian physician.  At the age of 11, Von Peczely happened to catch an owl in his garden.  The boy clearly saw a black line rising in the owl’s eye after accidentally breaking its leg during the struggle. He kept the bird until it had regained its health and then observed the appearance of crooked white lines across the black area in the owl’s eye. Von Peczely later became a physician and had the opportunity to study the irises of many patients.  He grew certain that there existed a reflex relationship between tissue changes in the body and iris markings and developed the first iris chart, which has been continually researched and revised over the years.

Iridology has progressed tremendously since the mid 1800’s.  Numerous doctors and scientists have researched iridology on humans over the past 125 years, and it has become a respected practice, used by many doctors and naturopaths worldwide.  Dr. Bernard Jensen, renowned Iridologist and Nutritionist, pioneered the science of Iridology in the United States.   Dr. David Pesek has continued and expanded upon his work and developed one of the most comprehensive iris charts used today.   With current technology and the use of microscopes and fine digital imaging, many medical doctors, naturopaths, and psychologists from England, Germany, Italy, France, United States, Australia, Canada, and Russia have been advancing the field of iris analysis.

I believe in iridology as the “eye” of the natural healing arts, the window through which the wholistic perspective on health becomes understandable.  Iridology is a wonderful means of demonstrating the rewards of choosing a healthy way of life and the ideal tool of preventive medicine.

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