The History and Function of Iridiagnosis

By Hillary Hitt

As stated in the book: IRIDOLOGY – The Science and Practice In the Healing Arts, Volume II, by the late and respected Bernard Jensen, D.C., Ph.D:

Iridiagnosis “dates back to the time of the early Chaldeans. According to the German Iridologist Theodor Kriege, the first documented reference to iris analysis or iridiagnosis can be credited to the physician Philippus Meyens, who in his book Chiromatica medica published in 1670 in Dresden, described the reflexive features of the iris.”

Later, in 1695, the works of Johann Eltzholtz appeared, and nearly a century afterwards, in 1786, Christian Haertels published a dissertation in Gottingen titled Deoculo et signo (The eye and its signs).

The most recent history of Iridiagnosis—and the most well known in the world—was the discovery made by Dr. Ignatz von Peczely, a Hungarian physician; who at the age of 11 was trying to free himself from the trap of an owl’s claws in his garden. As the story goes von Peczely accidentally broke one of the owl’s legs. As this was happening he immediately noticed the appearance of a dark stripe in the lower part of the owl’s eye, the reflex point in the eyes for the leg. Von Peczely attended to the owl’s leg and was able to cure it. Cured as he was, the owl didn’t fly. It continued to live in von Peczely’s garden.

As years went by von Peczely noticed that the dark stripe in the eye had changed to white. This impressed von Peczely to such an extent that after graduating from college he became more and more interested in healing. People came to him for medical advice and he began to study the eyes of his patients. Observing an abundance of correlations between the markings of the eyes and his patient’s medical problems, he started diagnosing from the eyes. He is considered the “father” of Iridology. This was about 1861. Later he received a Doctor of Medicine in 1867 at the age of 41.

He went on to develop an iris map or iris topography which represented every organ and body part as well as every system of the body, placing them in specific locations on the map.

Iridology looks for a specific set of symbols, a language like no other; that can be practically and intuitively called upon, bringing forth a general and often quite wholistic medical portrait of the patient. It is a brilliant guide that can lead the patient into him or herself, determining weather alternative--including nutrition--or allopathic medical interventions are required. To be trained in the incredible universe of the iris is the most interesting and humbling experience any practitioner can have. Why? Because Iridiagnosis looks at the “whole person”, more so than any other medical method of diagnosis. (Maybe live blood analysis is similar)

Here are just some of the things a good Iridologist can see:

Central and autonomic nervous systems

Gastrointestinal tract, including stomach, duodenum, ulcers and hypo or hyper- chlorhydria, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, leaky gut, Worms and parasites, appendix swelling

It can see:

Candida Albicans
Kidney weakness and toxicity
Endocrine gland function, such as: hypo/hyper thyroid
Reproductive organs and birth control pills
Surgery and accidents
Under or over active organs,
Pituitary efficiency
Lymphatic congestion and stagnation throughout the body
Skin circulation
Arterial and venous blood circulation
Liver and gall bladder conditions
Blood toxemia
Digestion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins
Cardiovascular Diseases
Displaced Organs
Free Radical damage
Lung catarrh and the state of the sinuses and all three immune systems: the humoral, cellular and mucosal.
White and red blood cell state.
Inflammations, adhesions and tumors
Blockages of the Bile and pancreatic ducts
Organ Nutrition
Anemia and apoxia
Inherited tendencies and predispositions
The constitution
Emotional blockages and much more in relation to psyco/physio disturbances.
And the list still goes on . . .

Iridiagnosis reads the very special language of a person’s iris. It looks for all of the above represented in signs, markings, colors, textures, shapes, forms and structures. The reading reflects the present and past life history, predispositions and the possible future conditions of the individual. I am of the belief that every medical practitioner should study and practice Iridology in addition to their formal practice. The reading is non-invasive, requires no stress, is very revealing with little expense and effort on the part of the patient and practitioner. As a preliminary method of diagnosis, it is next to non other.

If you or someone you know is seeking a medical check-up an experienced Iridologist would be a good person to go see first; for example before major medical tests are administered. It might save you much time, emotion, effort and expense.

Each person receives an iridology reading towards the beginning of the fast. This will provide you with much needed information on your current state of health; and on the basis of this, suggestions for any changes in diet or lifestyle which you would benefit from in the future will be discussed.







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