Iridology for diagnosing and treating health issues

Iridology is a naturopathic technique used to examine and analyse the coloured part of the eye, the iris, to determine what’s going on inside of us for the prevention of illness and to further attain optimum health.

Having worked over the last twenty years with thousands of patients I have found the diagnostic tool of Iridology vital in being able to help patients.

It has enabled me to get to the source of the problems a person has rather than simply treating the symptoms each person I treat presents with. By using this to I am able to ascertain where the problem areas lie in a body, where the organs and systems are not functioning correctly and thus use herbal tonics to mend these areas so that the symptoms a person presents with go, and go permanently.

The other way Iridology has been so valuable in my practice is by showing me areas in a person’s body where imminent problems are scheduled, this being able to PREVENT illnesses rather than just dealing with current problems.


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How does it work?

There are so many things you can tell simply by the colour of an iris never mind all the lines, markings and contortions I have been trained to observe.

For example, a brown iris often indicates that liver function is compromised, toxins are starting to build up and this can lead to symptoms of digestive disturbances, headaches, sluggish energy and poor alcohol metabolism.

If the iris is blue then generally these people tend to build up acid in their bodies, symptoms of acid reflux, IBS, migraines and skin conditions can be present. Eventually arthritis will become a problem.

A green iris is usually a blue with yellow overlay, and this indicates a disposition to building up mucus in the body, hay fever, allergies, constant clearing of the throat and blocked sinuses may well be symptoms these iris types present with.

In all cases each iris tells its own story and I have never treated two people the same because each iris is unique.

The eyes truly are ‘the windows to the soul’, and record all information physical, mental and emotional due to the link of all the blood vessels that connect the irises to the brain, an organ which records all information in our body.

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Where did iridology come from?

There is no one culture, person or time period that can claim to own Iridology outright, its development being made possible by various lineages of pioneers, all adding to its vast database of wisdom and understanding. Modern Iridology is most popularly attributed to a young Hungarian Physician named Ignatz Von Peczely. Von Peczely carefully catalogued the Iridology phenomena by looking into eyes – this was the birth of modern Iridology.

The famous (somewhat apocryphal) story of ‘Ignatz Von Peczely’ as young physician trying to free a trapped Owl from his own garden seems to have perpetuated from each successive generation of Iridology schools to the next.The story tells of how in freeing the bird from its entrapment he himself (Peczely) inadvertently broke the animal’s leg. He then took it upon himself to heal the sick animal and nurse it back to health and in doing so noticed a dark lesion had formed in the owl’s iris. This area was catalogued and observed as the bird returned to health. As it did so it was then noticed that the lesion began to slowly knit and repair itself much like the broken bone in the Owls leg. Von Peczely seized upon the idea that the state of the bodies internal mechanism could be observed and charted from analysis of the Iris. As a physician and Homeopath in later life he had many opportunities to study this phenomenon in his patients and kept many journals over his years of practise, accumulating much knowledge about this new emerging science.


The Principles of Naturopathy were first used in about 400 BC in the Hippocratic School of Medicine, the Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person with regards to finding a cause of disease. He believed also in using the laws of Nature could induce cures and it is from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles. The healing power of nature – nature has the innate ability to heal our bodies, identify and treat the cause not the symptoms, whether it is physical or emotional. Do no harm, a Naturopath will not use treatments that may cause other harmful conditions. Treat the whole person, Teach the patient to enable them to take responsibility for their own health by teaching them self-care Prevention of the disease from returning or becoming a worsened condition. A Naturopath works with the understanding that the body has a unique capacity to heal itself given the right conditions, and so what Naturopathy aims to do is just give the body the right environment to be able to do this.

Written By Sarah Burt

Sarah has been qualified as a Naturopath since 1999, having studied at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies in Sydney, Australia.

Now working in the Dorchester area, UK, you can discover more about her and what she does on her website: SARAH BURT ND


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