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The Practice of Iridology

Iridology (“Eer-id-ol-o-gy”) is the science and study of the iris(colored part of the eye) that can reveal inflammation, its origin and stage it is manifesting. Amazingly, the iris is able to reveal your body’s overall constitution, inherent weaknesses and the progress of a person’s health based on his/her lifestyle.

The science of iridology analyzes the delicate structures of the iris. There are more than 30,000 nerve endings that float into the eye. The iris is a virtual communication highway capable of interpreting vast quantities of information. This remarkable fact makes studying the iris that much more important. Under magnification, the iris exposes the world of minute detail. It is said, the eyes are the window into the soul. We can now acknowledge them as mirrors into the body.

Dr. Bernard Jensen pioneered the science of iridology within the United States. One of Dr. Jensens major conclusions after 50 years of research is that nutrition and iridology are two inseparable partners. He crafted and perfected the most accurate iris analysis charts currently in use today.
Presently, many practitioners use this diagnostic technique in conjunction with other tests to develop a more comprehensive understanding of individual health care needs. Being able to get a glimpse at the state of someone’s well being without invasive procedures is extraordinary. Technically stated, your iris is a computer readout of bodily function and condition that deserves a honest and open minded consideration.

The application of iridology is straightforward. It compares an individual’s strengths to their weaknesses; a weak organ in a strong body manifests different characteristics, yet it is still a weakness for that person. Eighty percent of the diseases treated in our country are of the chronic nature. The tissue found in chronically afflicted patients can be monitored better in the iris of the eye than, possibly, by any other method of analysis.

The Way It Works

The eye is an extension of the brain, this most complex tissue of the body meets the outside world. The iris is connected to every organ and tissue of the body via the brain and nervous system. As mentioned earlier, the enormous amount of nerve endings, microscopic blood vessels and the sensitive tissue are linked directly to the rest of the body. Not only is every organ located within the eye; the parasympathetic and sympathetic systems are also located within the iris as well.
Unhealthy living, toxins from caffeine, prescription drugs and fried foods appear in your eyes in the form of yellow /brown discoloration within the colon. Creating a positive lifestyle can result in a visible change through the eyes. It is has documented the eyes can change colors directly in response to healthier lifestyle choices. An interesting fact to consider is eye color. Believe it or not, it is an important indicator of a predisposition to certain conditions. For example. Blue eyed people may be prone to inflammatory conditions while brown eyed people may be prone to congestive disorders. Additionally, the eyes are not a blank slate at birth. Rather, it can show genetically inherited weaknesses and chemical deposits from mother. The recommended age to reliably read the iris is 6 years old.

Benefits from Iridology

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Rather than treatments, there are ways of detecting signs of developing weakness or disease. An eye exam can let you know your overall health as well as spot an issue long before clinical symptoms appear. Prevention is the best medicine.

Benefits Include:

  • Your constitutional strengths and weaknesses
  • Nutritional deficiencies (malabsorption) and possible digestive and elimination conditions
  • Areas of Inflammation or degenereration
  • Accumulation of toxins
  • Emotional Issues

Four Principles that form the foundation of Iridology are:

  • The condition of the nerves
  • The condition of the blood and lymph system
  • Adequate circulation
  • Nutrition- rest quality, breathing-state of mind

Nature has provided us with priceless insight into the health status of the body via the eye.

Health Status = Physical Inheritance + Environment (diet, lifestyle, etc.) + Emotional/Spiritual Factors + Age

The nerve fibers, or trabecula, respond specifically to tissue and organ conditions with a corresponding physiological reflex manifested in the iris as lesions (pigment changes) and color variations. The pigment changes on the surface occur because of the capillary circulation bringing pigment to these areas.

Inflammatory areas can manifest as white signs. Dark markings are caused by loss of substance or deterioration of tissue created by atrophy and disruption of nerve and muscle fibers on the surface of the iris, or depressions, and holes (lacuna) in deeper tissue.

The Innermost Ring -The stomach
The Second Ring – The small & large intestines
The Third Ring – Relates to the blood & its circulation; the lymph glands
The Fourth Ring – The body’s organs & hormone-producing endocrine system
The Fifth Ring – To the musculo-skeletal system
The Outermost Ring The skin & organs responsible for elimination of toxins

Genetic strengths and weaknesses, levels of inflammation and toxicity, the efficiency of the eliminative organs and the state of the digestive system are easily visible in iridology.

Iridology analysis can help tune the treatment by Natural Medicine and help us understand their inherited strengths and weaknesses, thereby becoming more personally aware of how to support their present and future health. In Russia, a trial involving 800,000 patients found Iridology to be 85% accurate in diagnosis and is taught to medical students in some European universities.

Iridology is especially useful in assessing the state of the digestive system, being able to distinguish between an under acidic or over acidic stomach and clarify the state of bowel health and tension.

Iridology can often help establish the root cause of disorders and thus aids the choice of effective treatment without expensive laboratory tests.
The Iris displays, much like a television screen, every single stimulus from the body the brain receives. Since the nervous system connects the iris directly with the brain, the ability to not only view the quality of the connective tissue, but also the functioning of the nervous systems makes Iridology an extremely powerful tool. It is for this reason that any change in the body’s functions, or any disturbance in homeostasis can be seen and interpreted.

Why The Eyes?

The eyes – and the irises – are direct offshoots from the brain. Hundreds of thousands of nerve fibers make up the optic nerve and many of these end in the iris. Some iridologists say it is for this reason that the eyes – as a result of the information they receive from the brain – are like VDUs, giving an accurate representation of the state of the rest of the body. Others compare it to reflexology, in which the foot is said to be sensitive to what is happening through all the ‘zones’ of the body.

The various markings revealed in the iris include:
Areas of stress
Toxicity in your body
Lymphatic congestion
Your genetic predisposition to health and disease
Body constitution
Colon conditions
Digestion tendencies
How efficient nutrients are absorbed
Your ability to “bounce back” after illness
Effects of stress, and more!

What Your Eye Color Tells You

All eyes are categorized as either blue, brown or a mixture of the two.


Lighter eyes are easier for an iridologist to ‘read’. People with blue eyes are said to be more prone to breathing difficulties, while those with brown are more likely to have circulation problems. If your eyes are greenish (a mixture of blue and light brown) then you may be prone to digestive problems.
Iridology does often not reveal disease and Iridologists do not diagnose. While the iris can reveal some current conditions and stress affecting body systems, it is most useful for prevention and long-term health.
The iris is the “colored” part of the eye. It surrounds the contractile center, or pupil. Light enters through the pupil and is focused by the lens into an image on the retina. The nerves of the iris are connected to a part of the brain known as the hypothalamus. It should be noted that there is no evidence that any nerve in the iris is connected to any other part of the body (organ, bone, etc.).


The left eye is believed to correspond with the left side of the body and the right eye with the right side of the body. In general, the higher organs (brain, thyroid) are at the top of the iris and the lower organs (kidneys) are at the bottom.
In reading the iris to gain insight to the body there are several characteristics that are studied. These include, but are not limited to layers, colors, rings and spots.


A primary theory of Iridology is that the iris is constructed in layers that represent the four stages of tissue activity.

  • Acute changes
  • Sub-acute changes
  • Chronic changes
  • Degenerative changes

By visualizing which layer has the defect, one can then decide what the nature of the problem is.


There are 3 main physical eye types:


? Blue-Eyed Type (Lymphatic): At increased risk for problems with the upper respiratory tract, digestive tract, urogenital tract, lymphatic tissues, joints, kidneys and adrenal gland imbalances.

? Mixed-Eye Type (Biliary): This type has discolorations (usually light brown) on top of a blue background. They are at increased risk for liver related problems, digestive tract problems and allergies.

? Brown-Eyed Type (Hematogenic): This type is predisposed to blood disorders and imbalances of minerals, especially calcium. This type should pay attention to the circulatory system, liver, spleen, bone marrow, digestive system and endocrine glands.

Colors over certain areas on the iris correspond to the area of the body as indicated by the maps. You can then decide what types of changes are occurring.
White indicates an area of the body working hard to “maintain.”
Yellow-white indicates an area of the body losing a battle.
Yellow indicates poor kidney function; yellow sclera (white part of the eye) suggest gallbladder disease.
Orange indicates problems metabolizing carbohydrates and weakness in the liver and/or pancreas. Glucose levels should be checked.
Red-brown indicates deterioration.
Brown indicates poor liver function and “dirty blood.”
Black indicates dying tissue.


There are numerous rings seen in the iris. Here are a few of the main ones.
Scurf Rim or Ring of Purpose is a dark band around the iris, indicating that the skin is not functioning properly. These people do not sweat easily (lack of detoxification), have increased mucous production and kidney stress. They are “thick-skinned” emotionally.

Stress Rings or Rings of Freedom look like growth rings on a tree. They indicate neuro-muscular tension and stress. These people tend to be perfectionists and are highly active and accomplishment-oriented.

Lipid Ring or Ring of Determination is a heavy white ring partially or completely covering the outer edge of the iris. This ring is mostly found in older people, and it is indicative of arteriosclerosis and other cardiovascular problems. It can also indicate problems with the liver and thyroid, and an increased risk of Parkinson’s Disease. These people tend to be stubborn.

Lymphatic Rosary or Ring of Harmony looks like a tiny ring of clouds around the outer iris. These people have lymphatic congestion and swollen lymph nodes. Perhaps the person with this ring is not getting enough exercise for the particular body parts underlying the ring. These people internalize others’ problems to make everything appear harmonious, as they dislike conflict and tension in their environment.

Other ring types:

Radii Solaris- radiates out like spokes on a wheel. Where they occur they poison and inhibit cells. This was first noticed in sheep over 2000 years ago when they had parasites and thus is often linked with intestinal problems.

Sodium Ring- this is a cloudy white ring that often occurs over the circulation area. It may indicate aches and pains.
Nerve Rings-The more of these rings a person has, the more nervous the person is. They may need lifestyle changes such as decreasing stress and finding another person to open up to and share with.


Spots may “move” across the iris and are believed to indicate deficiencies or a “blocking” of awareness about a particular organ or system
With the phenomenal technical advances in Iridology equipment and the continuous new research, more insight have been gained into Iridology during the last five years than in the previous twenty.

What are the benefits of Iridology?

Children as well as adults benefit from an Iridology session.


  • Provides a starting point for lifestyle considerations and education
  • Partners with nutrition
  • Helps prevent unwanted conditions by showing areas that need support
  • Reflects your unique body type
  • Shows changes as the body heals
  • Your body wants to be in balance, and when you give it what it needs, it will respond and do what it can to regain balance, allowing you to make the most of your life.

How can Iridiology help me?

Iridology is potentially an integral part of preventive health care. It has the ability to forewarn of approaching difficulties or signs of “disease”. Iridology can be a powerful tool, allowing one to determine what is transpiring inside the body from a simple, painless, and economical external vantage point. In effect, iridology will reveal how well your body functions. Improper nutrition and lack of exercise undermines the body’s integrity until eventually it becomes unable to reverse damaging toxic conditions through its own natural self-healing mechanisms, becoming susceptible to ailments of a chronic nature. Therefore, nutrition and iridology are inseparable in one’s pursuit of a healthy way of life and holistic health care program. Iridology helps us understand our weakness so we may strengthen and cleanse our bodies to obtain our maximum health potential. It brings to us an awareness of how to prevent illness, thus allowing us to earn our most precious earthly treasure–vibrant physical, mental and spiritual health!
Iridology can play an important role in preventative medicine at the bioelectric level, which is well on its way to becoming the medicine of the future.

The main aim of iridology is to keep you healthy by recognizing early signs of possible problems and recommending holistic and natural treatments to prevent them from developing into more serious problems.

The greatest benefit of iridology over other forms of health screening is that changes appear in the iris before the physical symptoms develop. Hence a preventative action can be taken early to improve your health and can avoid those diseases which might appear.
Iridology can help to diagnose the disease and potential ill health by studying the iris of your eye. It dose not concerned with named diseases. It can help in restoration and maintenance of health through building up your immunity and life force.

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In summary, while iridology has no scientific basis, and studies have not been able to prove its inherent value, empirically it has demonstrated a host of benefits. Not only is it a quick, painless and relatively cheap way to obtain information about the body, a skilled practitioner would be able to do this with merely a simple, Iris Scope. And though it is not a diagnostic tool, at the very least, iridology is helpful in giving the user a starting point from where to detect a problem. Moreover, since the main goal of iridology is not treatment but rather prevention, there is also no inherent harm in the use of iridology. Iridologists are aware that this practice should not be used alone, but in conjunction with other medical sciences and wholistic arts. To date there is not sufficient evidence to disprove iridology, and till that day comes; iridology remains an invaluable tool for obtaining information on a person’s overall health potential.