Iris diagnosis - also known as iridology, eye diagnosis or iris diagnosis - is a method for the diagnosis of diseases, which is mainly used by non-medical practitioners. In alternative medicine, this method is often used in combination with other diagnostic methods. What exactly is behind it and whether the diagnosis of diseases using the eyes is actually possible, you will learn in the following.
An old art
Iris diagnostics is an old method of detecting diseases. Its beginnings date back to the 17th century, when Philip Meynes first laid down the basic principles.
In 1881, the idea that the iris is the mirror of the body and the soul, was taken up again and published by the Hungarian doctor Ignaz von Peczely in the textbook "Diagnosis of Organ Diseases from Color and Form Changes of the Iris".
How does the iris diagnostics work?
Among the advocates of this diagnostic procedure applies: The eye diagnosis is the art, with the help of which it is possible to determine from the color, the density and the many signs of the iris the physical and mental state of a person.
For this purpose - at least according to an irisdiagnostic doctrine - the iris is divided into 59 equally sized circle segments, which are to represent the organs and body regions. The diseases are diagnosed by the iris phenomena in detail on these sections of the iris. For example, there are signs of liver disease at 8 o'clock, throat and ear complaints between 10 and 11 o'clock and bile diseases at quarter to eight.
Gallstones can then be detected by dark pigment spots, while gallbladder inflammation produces white streaks on the iris. In addition, the iris diagnostics assumes that the right half of the body is completely in the right iris, the left half of the body is completely displayed in the left iris. Other iris diagnosticians use an iris card, which roughly corresponds to the foot reflex zones.