Iridology is the study of the color, pigments and structure of the iris as it relates genetically through reflex responses to the strengths and deficiencies of the bodies systems. A camera is used to takes photos of the iris for assessment.
Iridology is a non-invasive technique used in humans and animals to assess inflammation, congestion, toxicity, inherited tendencies, constitutional strengths or weaknesses, and personality through the iris of the eye. The iris can be assessed by photographing the colored part of the eye or using a light with magnification. Sometimes sunlight can be used.
This system dates back thousands of years to the early Chaldeans, ancient Egypt, China, and India. It is popular in Europe, especially in Germany. Our practice here is mainly based on research and experience from a few German physicians known for their valuable contribution in preventive medicine with the possibility of revealing health challenges.
The iris contains a unique pattern that represents a energy/reflex map to all systems and organs of the body. As the Bible says, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” We can all look in someone's eyes and see if they are bright and clear or dull and sad.
An iridologist looks at the tissues in the iris for color and markings. For example, white indicates an acute condition and dark a chronic state. Iridology does not diagnosis or reveal specific conditions, like cancer or insulin resistance. If you are thinking about buying a horse, Iridology can tell you about its genetic make up, overall constitution and any inflammatory process going on.
A grid of the horse’s iris is used to reflect the major tissue structure of the body. Each system of the body is mapped to a specific location in the iris. It aids us to understand the language of the iris as it relays messages about health and well-being in the mind/body.
Though iridology cannot diagnosis dis-eases or conditions, it can tell detect over-activity, white tissue, or under-activity, dark tissue in specific organs, tissues or glands. It can then warrant a physical exam by your vet. This early detection could help prevent a more serious condition.
Iridologists coach and educate the horse owner about inflammation, toxicity and unusual structures found in the iris. Based upon assessment, we can advise consulting your vet for further follow-up. If indicated, we can suggest a change in diet, a detoxification, or advising nutritional or herbal support.
To learn more about Iridology, read Latte's recovery story.
Bernard Jensen, DC, is known as the Father of American Iridology.
Mercedes Colburn, PhD, ND, a former student of Bernard Jensen, is the founder and researcher of Equine Iridology.