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Iridology involves the examination of the iris (the coloured part of the eye.) Each iris is completely unique and is considered to carry the body's genetic blueprint.

People can acquire inherited physical weaknesses. These can often be detected through Iridology. By examining the eye, the Iridologist assesses a person’s overall state of health and well-being. They are also able to assess which conditions a person may have the potential to develop if they neglect their health.

During the consultation, the Iridologist uses a torch and magnifier to carry out the analysis. Iris analysis is a completely safe, hygienic and non-invasive process. It is the perfect method of analysis for people who may be anxious about undertaking other invasive tests.

Iridology can act as a useful early warning system. It can alert the Iridologist to the 'potential' a person may have for developing certain health conditions and used preventatively in these circumstances. Information obtained can ensure that corrective measures be put in place before a person would necessarily develop such 'potential' health problems.

A Brief History of Iridology

The recorded practice of iris analysis dates back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. But it was not until the 19th Century that the practice of Iridology as it is known today was established.

The story goes that a Hungarian boy named Ignatz von Peczely (1826-1911) was playing with an owl in his garden. The owl became trapped in shrubbery and as von Peczely tried to free it, the owl suffered a broken leg. Whilst nursing the bird back to health, von Peczely noticed a dark marking appear in the owl's iris. He continued to observe this unusual marking over the course of time.

During this time he noticed how the dark marking began to lighten, eventually becoming pale and almost unnoticeable. Today, this type of marking is recognised as showing the process of healing in the area of the eye in which it originated.

Ignatz von Peczely went on to become a successful physician. During the course of his time as a practitioner he continued to observe the irides of many of his patients. He developed one of the first truly accurate iridology charts. Crude in design, it is still used as the model upon which all modern iris charts are based today.

Whilst von Peczely was developing his theory of iridology, a young Swedish man, Nils Liljequist (1851-1936), was carrying out his own research in the field. During a bout of ill health, Liljequist was given medication to treat his declining condition. Liljequist observed as his once-blue eyes, turned progressively greener in colour. He also monitored the gradual development of red spots in his irides. He noted that the changes began to take place with the increased use of quinine and iodine medication.

After stopping the medication he noticed his eyes gradually coming back to their original colour. Liljequist was among the first to record such iris changes due to toxic build-up from drug use.

Since these early days in the history of Iridology there have been many noted pioneers in this fascinating field. Among them are the German, Joseph Deck (1914-1990) who founded the famed iridology research institute in Ettlingen, Germany; the American medical doctor Henry Lahn (circa early 20th Century); his student Dr Henry Lindlahr (circa early 20th Century) who was both a medical doctor and osteopath; and more recently, the late Dr Bernard Jensen (1908-2002), the acclaimed naturopathic practitioner who established the modern, American school of iridology.

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