An introduction to iridology
    An introduction to iridology

    Iridology has developed over the years to become an increasingly valuable natural tool in learning more about the patient’s health through examination of the iris.

    The strange marking a young child saw in an injured owl’s eye, was to make lgnatz von Peczely world-famous. As a doctor, he recalled this experience and started observing his patients’ eyes, carefully recording his observations.

    Iridology today has outgrown its infancy years. It is a powerful diagnostic tool that provides many practitioners in the health care profession with important information about a patient’s body strengths, weaknesses and functioning.


    The power of iridology lies in its ability to view not only the quality of the connective tissue of the iris, but also the functioning of the nervous system. The iris is connected directly with the brain through the nervous system. It displays, like a monitor, every single stimulus from the body that the brain receives. For this reason, any change in body function, or any disturbance of homeostasis can be seen and interpreted.

    A skilled doctor, homeopath or naturopath will use this information to help a patient achieve optimal health. Such practitioners are interested in the constitution and functioning of the body and the changes that are putting their patients at risk of poor health. It is important to emphasise that iridologists do not diagnose disease or pathology, but look at risks.

    Contrary to popular belief, it is not only the dark spots that indicate problems. An understanding of the constitutional functions and the sum total of the combination of signs seen in the iris are also important.

    An introduction to iridology


    If we look at an iris photograph, we see the patterns of the fibre structure and colouration clearly. This combination is our own genetic imprint, placing us in a specific constitutional grouping. It is important for a patient to understand in which group he or she falls, in order to prevent illness, protect the body and improve health.

    If the iris fibres are tense, even-structured and give a contracted appearance, the person will likely be suffering from many muscular aches and pains, and poor sleeping patterns, and also be very sensitive to surroundings, noise, and interaction with people. If, in addition, there is any change in the colour in the iris, this will indicate an added stress from possible over-medication, and subsequent poor function of the organs.

    On the other hand if the structures in the iris are loose, and open with a big hole appearance and a white ring around the pupil, a person with such an iris will have a history of sprains, easy injuries, hernias, varicose veins, indigestion, and chronic constipation. The approach to this patient would be very different — acidity needs to be reduced and tissue-strengthening remedies need to be taken in the form of mineraloids. Toxic build-up because of lax fibre structure must be cleared. The iris constitution indicates the pathway to illness and how to regain health.

    This is only a brief introduction into the vast field of iridology. For more information, visit the Iridology Institute of South Africa.

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