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Iridology

It has been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Looking into the eyes of a person can reveal a lot about that individual. We can determine if a person is lying, if they are angry, sad or not feeling well (eyes are dull with no spark). Iridology states that the eyes are also the windows to what is happening to the body- they are a road map to our health.

What is iridology
Iridology (iris diagnosis), analyzes the structure and the colored portion of the eye, it is based on the belief that each area of the body is represented by a corresponding area in the iris (zones). Iridologists study the markings on the irises to diagnose various ailments or to identify potential problems from the color, texture and location of various pigment flecks in the eye. Iridology follows a system based on detailed diagrams of the left and right irises.

According to iridology the iris can be divided into zones, or rings related to the bodyís systems. The innermost zone relates to the stomach followed by the next zones, the intestines - the blood and lymph system - organs and glands - muscles and skeleton - the skin and elimination. In general, the upper half of the iris corresponds to the top half of the body, including the brain, face, neck, lung and throat, the lower half corresponds to the lower half of the body.

Iridologists say that degrees of light and darkness in the iris give clues to a personís health. A dark rim encircling the iris may indicate problems in the system of waste elimination that affect the skin, white marks may signify stress, overstimulation, or inflammation. Dark marks may indicate that nutrients are low, circulation is sluggish, and other problems. Iridologists also examine the texture of the fibers in the iris. A fine-grained pattern of fibers is said to indicate a strong constitution, while a loosely woven pattern indicates a weak constitution.

History of Iridology
The Greek physician Hippocrates was known to examine patients' eyes for signs of illness. It wasn't until 1670, however, that the first actual medical reference to iridology as a diagnostic tool appeared in German physician Phillipus Meyens' book Chiromatica Medica. In the late-19th century Hungarian physician Ignatz von Peczely and Swedish clergyman Nils Liljequist independently advanced theories connecting the markings of the iris with tendencies toward specific ailments. Both men's interests stemmed from experiences in their childhoods. These zones and their bodily connections were made by Peczely himself who published a book on iridology in 1866.

As a boy, Peczely accidentally broke the leg of an owl and then noticed a black mark that subsequently appeared in the bird's iris. Later, in his medical practice, he noted similar marks in the eyes of his human patients who'd suffered a fracture. For his part, Liljequist contracted malaria in his teens and was treated with quinine and iodine. As the drugs accumulated in his system, he noticed that his blue eyes were turning a darker color. After he later became a homeopath, he found similar reactions in his patients as well.

An appointment with an iridologist, what to expect
The iridologist will examine the irises of your eyes using either a slitlamp (a piece of equipment also employed by optometrists and ophthalmologists) or just a penlight and magnifying glass. Many iridologists will also obtain photographs of your iris with a specially designed camera, then considerably enlarge the photos so that the iris appears about the size of a dinner plate. This can be a rather dramatic sight, allowing you to appreciate the complexity of the iris's structure. With the numerous fibers and colors, the iris is as unique as your fingerprints.

The process is completely painless, safe, and noninvasive. While examining your irises, both in-person, and later when reviewing the photographs, the iridologist will look for subtle signs of developing illness, such as symptoms of stress or a build-up of toxins. The examination and consultation typically will last about an hour. Unless your iridologist is a licensed physician, you will not be diagnosed with any specific disease. You will, however, be told about any risk factors and given preventive health-care measures to follow. Many iridologists practicing in the United States are trained in another complementary medical specialty, chiropractic, homeopathy or naturopathy.

Iridology is not a treatment therapy, but rather a way of detecting underlying signs of developing disease, iridologists will let you know about your overall health as well as any trends you may be experiencing toward illness. In this way, their goals are similar to those of all preventive medicine -to recognize health problems at their earliest stages and to suggest ways to keep disease from developing.

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