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Iridology is the science and practice of analyzing the iris,
which is the most complex tissue structure in the human body

The iris is that portion of the eye which carries the colour. The word iris stems from the Greek word which means rainbow. The precept of Iridology is that valuable information concerning a person’s health and well-being can be obtained by the study of this rainbow.
Iridology provides a simple painless economical means of looking into the body.


The eyeA practitioner skilled in iris analysis can glean a lot of information using nothing more that a simple hand held torch and a small magnifying lens.

Iridology can reveal the presence of tissue inflammation within the body, where it is located and what stage it has reached. It can be a most valuable tool in tracing family weaknesses and could even predict future patterns of health long before they manifest themselves as symptoms.

The following is a brief list of the things a qualified Iridologist could reveal.

  • Inherent strength and weakness of organs, tissue and glands.
  • Constitutional strength or weakness.
  • Which organs are in the greatest need of repair and rebuilding.
  • The relative amount of toxic settlement in the organs and glands.
  • The stage of tissue inflammation and activity.
  • Underactivity or sluggishness of the bowel.
  • The primary nutritional needs of the body.
  • Lymphatic-system congestion.

As I explain to people, Iridology doesn’t cure anything, it is simply a tool to give us a good indication of what may be occurring in the body.

How did Iridology begin?

About 200 years ago an eleven year old Hungarian boy called Ignatz Von Peczeley caught an owl in a trap in his garden. In an effort to release the owl its leg was broken. As the youth and the owl glared into one another’s eyes the boy observed a black stripe instantly rising in the owl’s eye where six-o-clock would appear on a clock face. The boy managed to get a splint on the owl’s leg and bandaged it up. Over the coming weeks the boy nursed the owl back to health, finally giving him his freedom, but the bird lingered in the boy’s garden and they became good friends. As time went by the boy observed that the black stripe had faded and was now covered by white lines, and all that remained was a tiny black spot surrounded by the white lines.

Iridology Charts for the right and left eyesWhen the young Ignatz grew up he became a physician. His work in the College Hospital afforded him the opportunity to observe the irises of the patients after accidents and before and after surgery. He studied the changes in the iris coinciding with the injury, surgery or illness and this convinced him that there was a relationship between the various markings in the iris and all the other parts of the body. He created the first Iridology Chart based on his findings.

Iridology has progressed greatly since the early 1800’s. Numerous scientists and doctors have researched Iridology and have developed the most comprehensive charts of the iris, which are in use today.

Des Sheehan has been in healthcare for more than 20 years and practices Homoeopathy, Nutrition and Iridology in Rayleigh.

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