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Iridology is the science used to detect diseases by means of the appearance of the eyes: whether the eyes are very sunken or bulging, whether the white of the eye has changed colour or has yellow flecks, whether the capillaries are visible; all of this can be used to identify diseases. The back of the eye is the only part of the externally visible body where it is possible to see whether there is sclerosis of the arteries.

The most important part for this diagnosis is the iris, the coloured part of the front of the eye. According to old documents, up until the end of the Middle Ages, eyes were examined in order to diagnose certain diseases.

Hungarian medical researcher “Von Pèczely” rediscovered iridology and proposed, after a long study ending in 1881, the theory that each part of the iris corresponds to a part of the body, noting that observation of the former can demonstrate specific signs of organic disease. This method has been continually updated by other doctors.

Since its inception, iridology has been derided by the medical establishment and even bitterly opposed. Pastor Emanual Felke, a great iridologist, was accused in a tribunal in 1909 of being a charlatan; and, before a panel of eminent doctors, was made to visit 20 patients. He was acquitted after producing highly accurate diagnoses.

Unfortunately, the raging controversy between parties for and against this diagnostic method has dragged on to the present day, though it seems that the argument is moving in favour of iridology.

Dr. Walter Lang, in 1954, after careful studies at the anatomical institute of the University of Heidelberg, provided evidence that all connections of nerves throughout the body, and all the organs of the human body, have a link with a well-defined area of the iris. This explains why diseases originating from the nervous system cause changes to the area of the iris to which the sick organ is connected. To substantiate this, in 1954, Vida and Deck, one a clinician and the other an iridologist, published their book “Klinische Prüfung von und Organ Krankheits-zeichen in der Iris” (“Clinical Investigations of Organic Disease and Signs of Disease in the Iris”) which published the results of 640 cases that were observed in the Karlsruhe clinic.

In 75% of cases, there was a correlation between the iridology diagnosis and the clinical assessment. This was an astonishing result for the opponents of iridology. Application of iridology involves many aspects. There are signs of genetic and congenital diseases, and predisposition to diseases to be found in the iris. An iridologist can diagnose which diseases a patient is predisposed to, and then take preventative measures.

Even organic diseases cause changes to the iris long before they manifest themselves in severe form. Prior events irritate the corresponding part of the body and, by means of the nervous system, cause changes to the iris.

What do you see while looking calmly into the eyes of others? You see two blue eyes, possibly with a tone in the direction of grey or green, or light brown to darker brown. It is a matter of two very different constitutions.

If you look in the mirror, you can see various details. Specialists talk of pigments (colour changes from light yellow to brown or the colour of tea), signs of substances, bends, bumps, hollows, transverse scratches, veins, irritations, etc. Each sign has its own meaning.

Only people of great ability are able to recognise them and know how to interpret them. To be a good iridologist, it is not enough only to thoroughly study the subject, it is also necessary to have long and extensive experience. This is often forgotten by those who criticise the method. To someone competent in medicine, iridology is an invaluable aid, alongside other diagnostic methods.

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