Looking into the eye of healing

Iridology can be traced back to a medical doctor by the name of Dr. Ignatz von Peczely in 18th century Hungary. As the story goes, Peczely first discovered iridology as an 11-year-old boy when he came across an owl with a broken leg. Upon gazing into the owl's eye, Peczely noticed a black mark appearing as the injury worsened.

Peczely perfected his iridology skills at the Vienna Medical College, where he took every chance to study the irises of patients before and after surgery. From this research he created his very first iridology chart in 1880.

The time came to test his iridology skills in 1860. Peczely was called on to treat a sickly Swedish boy after he received a vaccination. Peczely examined the boy throughout his treatment, tracking the transformation in the color of his eyes. The boy, Nils Liljequist, went on to become a renowned homeopath, following his successful treatment.

Iridologists believe that a person's state of health, or the presence of disease, can be observed by examining the eye for spots, flecks and white or dark streaks. By observing the iris as a kind of map, iridologists are able to identify dietary deficiencies, as well as the accumulation of toxic chemicals in the body. It's in this way that an iridologist is able to identify illness and imbalance in the body - and correct them to put you on the road to optimal health.

Iridology has existed for well over a hundred years. It's based on the idea that stress in different parts of the body will manifest itself in the iris of the eyeball. Today iridologists use the same iris charts - which are similar to reflexology charts for the feet - to help them make these connections. So, if a certain feature of the iris is detected in a certain place, it will tell the iridologist about the organ or body part that matches that spot in the eye.

A typical iridology session lasts a little over an hour in length. Before the session, a photograph of your eyes is taken with a digital camera. It is then projected on a larger screen, most often a computer monitor, so that the practitioner can show the patient his or her iris as they analyze it. If deficiencies are found, the iridologist will recommend certain lifestyle changes to fix the problem. This can include dietary and exercise advice, as well as homeopathic remedies.

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