Iris has the answers - a look at Iridology November 2008
Iris has the answers – a look at iridology
I first wrote about iridology over 25 years ago for a now defunct magazine called Girl About Town. There was a degree of scepticism about it in those days, and this has remained to this day. While some people believe iridology has been a fantastic tool helping them identify causes of various health problems; others refute its benefits and believe the whole thing is really a bit of a sham.
Personally I am still out on my decision. What I do know is that iridology is becoming more accepted in some circles and there is also increasing scientific research into iridologists and their work, although official findings have yet to be published. The following information has been provided by practicing iridologists.
Iridology is not a medicine but simply the study of the iris of the eye. But that is where the simplicity ends; for iridology appears to be quite a complex diagnostic science.
Basically, a trained iridologist will study the iris of your eye and look at the exposed nerve endings which make up the coloured part of the eye. At the embryonic stage the iris was part of the brain and the edge of the iris (the papillary) is an extension of the central nervous system. The iris is the only brain tissue to meet the outside world and it shows us the end result of the nerve transmission to the brain for all organs and systems of the body.
From a study of the iris, iridologists claim to be able to read the body’s genetic strengths and weaknesses; the levels of inflammation and toxaemia and the efficiency of the eliminative systems and organs. This can all provide a veritable microchip of information on your overall health.
Interestingly, iridology is also be used to pin point an immediate answer. For instance, a skin condition could be caused by different factors – it could be due to toxicity of the intestine peculating into the blood stream or perhaps congestion of the lymphatic system. Iridology is used to identify your constitutional tendencies and how your body progresses along the disease pathway.
Iridology can be used whatever your main eye colour, although the differences in eye colour themselves offer information. There are three main eye colours: blue, grey and brown. The iris colour is due to the distribution of the melanin and the way it reflects light. Brown eyes are historically associated with hot countries and are known as the haematogenic iris. Blue eyes are associated with northern European countries and are termed lymphatic iris. A mixed or biliary Iris is a blue eye with a degree of brown pigment.
Whatever the natural colour of your eye, problems can leave their imprint on the iris in the form of other colours or pigments. Just looking in a mirror and you may be able to identify some colour spots in your own iris. Do you have any yellow, orange or reddish brown spots, or can you see any little flecks? A darkening on the outside edge of the iris is associated with the skin and can represent a problem associated with medications or blood pressure.
The markings can be very varied and need a trained and experienced iridologist to identify. To become a trained iridologist, a typical diploma course covers an enormous range of specialist areas, from basic constitutions such as lymphatic, haematologenic and biliary to the structure of the iris and the anatomy of the eye. Iris signs such as honeycombs and cholesterol rings and pupil shapes are all included in the intense training received by a qualified iridologist.
There are a number of official bodies and training programmes for iridology in the UK. The British Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists sets down standards and enforces a professional code of ethics. Passing its diplomas and certificates in iridology means an iridologist can apply for full Guild membership and use the letters C H Ed Dip Irid after their name. Other qualifications to look out for are M.C.Ir.A (members of the UK Clinical Iridologists Association); Dip.L.S.I (graduates of London School of Iridology) and M.B.R.I (members of the British Register of Iridologists, graduates of The School of Natural Medicine).
Visiting an iridologist is of course easy and simple and practitioners say it usually only takes one or two visits to find an underlying cause for a problem plus gain an overview of the general state of your health. The iridologist will then provide some ideas to eradicate the problem, often through herbs, homeopathy or diet.
If you feel you might be interested in learning more about this, visit www.gni-international.org which also has a list of contacts.