Iridology is the practice of studying the iris of the eye – such as patterns and colours – to determine information about a patient’s health as a whole.
While it has been practiced in various forms for hundreds of years, modern iridology takes advantage of both digital imaging and manual techniques to help determine a patient’s overall health level.
To make these observations, trained professionals called iridologists use iris charts. This divides the iris into zones that represent certain parts of the human body.
Iridology was first popularized in 1881 by Dr. Ignatz Von Peczley in his book Discoveries in the Field of Natural Science and Medicine, where he published the first iridology chart. Subsequently, Dr. Bernard Jensen compiled one of the first modern charts in 1950.
The practice is more commonplace in Europe than in North America, but is growing in its adoption. A study involving 800,000 patients discovered that iridology can be an effective form of diagnosis in as many as 85% of cases.
A trained iridologist can recognize and identify patterns in nerve bundles known as trabeculae which are pervasive in the iris. These nerves display information relayed by the oculomotor nerve from various organs and systems in the body to give an indication of their state of health.
When examining a patient’s eyes, an iridologist will generally look at ~
~Brightness (i.e. lightness or darkness)
~Placement and shape of the trabecular fibers
~Rings and other discolourations/shadings in the white part of eyes