Could your eyes offer a true insight into your health? Emma Bangay takes a look at Iridology.
We can thank the broken leg of a bird for resurrecting interest in Iridology - the alternative practice of looking into the human eye to tell the state of the internal organs - since recordings of its original origin in Ancient Egypt.
“In modern day it was discovered by a German doctor who broke an owl's leg while trying to free it and noticed a prominent marking appear in the iris at six o'clock, its body giving a clear indication of its pain,” explains Australian iridologist and President of the Australian Complimentary Medicine Association, Will Shannon.
Iridologists look at the tissue strength of the eye and placing of toxicity to uncover clues to internal wellbeing, he explains. “It is not used to identify or label diseases, but rather to ascertain how every major organ and system is working in the body and what can be improved."
Based on the belief that the iris is a mirror to the brain and each organ in the body is connected to the iris via the nervous system, this non-invasive alternative therapy can allow practitioners to peek into the functioning of the muscular skeletal system.
“The human eye has many nerves,” explains Will. “As body conditions - or more specifically tissue strength - changes it gets recorded in the human iris. Iridologists then examine the nerves in the eye to identify different conditions.”
This information can then be used to administer pharmaceutical or natural medicine targeted to those organs, or to help prevent organs from deteriorating behind a potential crisis point, he adds.
“Some of the large organs are very prominent in the iris such as the endocrine (hormonal) organs like thyroid, reproductive organs including the ovaries and uterus, and digestive areas such as stomach and bowel,” explains Will.
This means that it is a powerful indicator of how your gut is getting on in life. “Most people's insides are like a sewer,” Will surmises. “Their bowels are full undigested food, and stress hormones. As the average human body plays host to a variety of toxins this is reflected in people's eyes,”
Tightly entwined with the teachings of naturopathy, becoming a qualified Iridologist is usually part of a naturopathy or nutritionist course. “Look for someone who is also a qualified Naturopath, or is qualified to administer some sort of solution to problems they find, preferably natural, or willing to work together with your GP,” advises Will.
As with any alternative therapy, Iridology is not without its skeptics. But when it comes to leading a healthier, more in-tune life, it can never hurt to open your eyes up to diagnostic tools and preventative possibilities, right?