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How Accurate Is Iridology?

Iridology is the study of the patterns and colours on the iris of the eye. This enables a person’s overall health condition to be determined. It is a non-invasive method of viewing the iris to determine existing or potential health issues. These potential health issues, when detected earlier can assist in faster recovery or prevention of the illness from getting worse.



There are various articles that state that Iridology is not supported by quality research studies and is considered pseudoscience. Pseudoscience means a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words and at the end of the day, results achieved are what really matters when one is trying to find solutions or answers to their health concerns. Naysayers and doubters can write and speak negatively all they want, however will never be able to challenge by proven results that Iridology is indeed accurate.



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Iridologists use iridology charts to make observations on the patterns and markings in the iris. The charts have been created after observation of a variety of irises over the years. Each marking and zone in the iris represents a different aspect or organ of the human body. Iridologists can discover some markers of inflammation in certain specific areas. For example, the brain area is between 11 o’ clock and 1 o’clock in the iridology chart and the feet at 6 o’clock in the iridology chart.

The history of Iridology started when an owl broke its foot and there was a noticeable mark at 6 o’clock on the owl’s iris.




The difference between going to see a Doctor or Organ Specialist and an Iridologist is, the former two Professionals will often greet you with the question “What is wrong with you?”. How can this make sense when you are the “Patient” and these Professionals are the “Experts”? When you visit an Iridologist, you will be told what is wrong with you and the root causes of the problems. Often the root cause is in major organs such as the liver, pancreas and lungs and also the Digestive System. Iridology can discover the following illnesses or weakness in the body systems, including lack of nutrition and hydration:



A blue tinge around the outer iris indicates anemia. This is a condition in which you lack sufficient healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body’s tissues. This causes tiredness and fatigue.

Very often, the patient will confirm that he or she is feeling lethargic or suffering from fatigue or constant low energy, even after many hours of rest and sleep.



When cholesterol builds up in the eyes, a white or grey ring can form around the iris. This is called arcus senilis, which is a common sign of aging. This can indicate high cholesterol and triglycerides, and a greater risk for stroke and heart disease.

Very often, the patient will confirm they consume lots of foods cooked in the wrong oils and deep fried.



Severe lack of Vitamin C

This is normally reflected by inflammed capillaries or burst capillaries in the sclera, which is the whites of the eyes. Persistent lack of Vitamin C can lead to a condition called Scurvy. Symptoms include easy bleeding such as nose bleeds, easy bruising, joint and muscle pains and constantly getting colds or flu as the immune system is weakened.

Very often, the patient will confirm that they hardly eat any fresh fruits or vegetables or if they do, these are poor quality or have been left to oxidate or have been cooked in high heat which destroys most or all of the vitamins and minerals.



A thick dark ring around the outer pupil area is an indication of too much processed sugar in the body. Iridology cannot confirm that one is Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic or how serious the condition is. However, these signals would result in the patient being recommended to undergo more specific tests to confirm the Iridology findings.

Very often, the patient will confirm consuming lots of processed foods and drinks which are high in white sugar and consuming other starchy foods.



Similar to Diabetes, whilst Iridology cannot confirm cancer, any unusually dark marks in the iris can indicate a possibility of early signs of cancer and the patient will be highly recommended to undergo further tests to confirm the Iridology findings.

Very often, the patient will confirm that they have smoked or not taken care of their wellbeing for many years. This includes hanging on to negative emotions such as anger and frustration.



Lymphatic System Weaknesses

This is common in those with blue irises.  A poorly working lymphatic system causes tissues to become swollen with fluid. This results in swelling in your arms and legs, although other parts of the body can be affected too.

If left untreated, cancer involving the lymphatic system can develop.

Very often, the patient will confirm they lead a very sedentary lifestyle.


Digestive Issues

Different darker tones in the iris, especially just outside the pupil indicates a toxic digestive system. This could be caused by constipation and constant intake of junk and processed foods.

Depending on the location of the darker tones, this could indicate blockages in the ascending, transverse and/or descending colon.

Very often, the patient will confirm they do not care much about what they consume. They eat more for taste and to manage hunger rather than consider the nutrients their body requires to remain healthy.


Stress Rings or Contraction Furrows

This indicates the level of stress in various parts of the body. For example, one ring all round the iris indicates that the person is at least 20% stress. The more rings, the more serious the stress and this could indicate severe depression and even suicida tendencies.


Very often, the person is already aware of the causes of stress and Iridology findings merely confirm the level.


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Weaknesses in various organs


This could include the lungs, liver, genitals, kidneys, arms and feet. Often, these weaknesses may not only be caused by lifestyle. For example, most brown and darker coloured irises would have tendencies for liver weaknesses, It may not necessarily be caused by alcohol consumption. Negative emotions such as stress, anger and frustration will also affect the liver. Likewise, sadness could affect the lungs.  A mark in the kidney area could indicate insufficient hydration or other kidney problems.


As you can see in the above non exhaustive examples, Iridology Can Discover many things. It is therefore highly recommended that you explore this non invasive tool as part of your regular health check.



To learn more about What Can Iridology Discover, check out our other related blogs:

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