Iridology or iris analysis is a diagnostic tool which has been around for thousands of years and uses the iris to mirror out to us our internal state of well-being.

According to Robyn Merrilees, Iridologist/Herbalist, "When we're looking at an eye we see a reflection of the nervous system. The nervous system affects the whole body and the brain is the central processing unit. The eyes are an extension of the brain. So what's happening in the body is reflected all through the nervous system and you see it in the eyes in the different patterns that come out."

When you look closely at your iris you will see a pattern in the delicate fibres that make up the coloured part of the eye. This pattern is unique to you, rather like your fingerprint. After a consultation, the Iridologist takes a snapshot of an eye. Fifty years ago an iris map was developed which related each part of the body to an area in the iris. For diagnostic purposes, the iris is mapped into zones, like a clock face, each section relating to the organs, glands and functions of the body.

Robyn says that in a really good constitution the iris fibres are really close together giving an appearance of something almost like silk. An example of a weaker eye is one in which there are openings in the iris which almost form a net. This person tends to get sick more often. If discoloration or a mark appear on the zone, it could be a sign that something is wrong or it could be a marking inherited from your parents. Robyn says that the white areas in the iris are a sign of irritation or overactivity, while the darker areas/gaps are a sign of under-activity or that the organ isn't functioning to the level it should be. She says that it takes a while, but we can see changes in eyes. She also tells us that here are two naturally occurring eye colours; blue and brown.

Other eye colours are variations, for example, hazel is a variation of blue.

People who see iridologists range from those with low-grade annoyances to those with more severe, acute and chronic problems. Robyn says that in most situations she can prescribe herbs which will help alleviate the patients problems. However, if she feels that something needs to be investigated further or needs a different type of cure she will refer a patient to a GP or specialist. If you want to find an iridologist check out the Australian Traditional Medicine Society or The Australian Natural Therapists Association in the phone book. This will ensure you are getting someone with the right qualifications.

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