I have two favorite definitions of Iridology. The first is from Dorland’s Medical Dictionary: Iridology is a diagnostic technique based on the premise that early pathologic changes elsewhere in the body are reflected in the iris before disease becomes clinically apparent. An analysis of a person’s state of health may be made by visual examination of the iris, with the color, density, and position of deposited pigment helping to identify the pathologic process and the organ involved.
The second is from Dr. Ellen Tart Jensen, the person from whom I received my training: Iridology is the study of the color, pigmentations and structure of the iris or colored portion of the eye as they relate genetically through reflex response to the strengths and deficiencies of the body’s systems.
Iridology dates back more than 6000 years. The physician Hippocrates practiced it in ancient Greece, as well as the Chinese and Japanese who have used the whole eye for thousands of years to detect diseases of the body.
I am so happy to have been able to write about Iridology in the past several issues. By now, you should have a basic understanding of what to look for in the irises. Let’s do a recap. In the Nov/Dec 2017 issue, I explained just what Iridology was and a little bit of the history behind it. Starting exactly a year ago, I have explained the three main iris constitutions, subtypes based on color (that was in two parts), subtypes based on physical integrity, the nutritive zone, and the collarette. This article will be on the Ciliary Body and will complete this series. (Go to my column in NaturalLifeNews.com to find all of these Iridology articles.)
The Ciliary Body & the Way Iridologists Look at the Iris
The ciliary body is the area of the iris that covers the most area. It is located from outside the collarette (around the pupil after Zones 1 and 2), to the outside edge of the iris. Looking at the Zone Chart, it covers Zones 3 through 7.
First, Iridologists look at the iris markings based on what zone they are in. The second method is to look at where the markings are as if we are placing it on a clock. For example, when we see a marking in the lung area in the right eye, we will mark down on our notes that it is in the 9 o’clock area. The third way we place markings are by iris positions: Frontal or Superior (top), Superior Temporal, Temporal (temple side), Inferior temporal, Ventral or Inferior (bottom), Inferior nasal, Medial (nasal side), Superior nasal.
I hope you have been enjoying the last four or five issues where I have covered many aspects of how Iridologists conduct an iris reading. If you have, then you’re getting a good understanding of the basics of Iridology. (If you’ve missed a few—no worries, just go to the Natural Life News Archives to catch up.) In this issue, we are going to learn some of major ways iridologists look at the collarette in relation to the rest of the body. The collarette surrounds the pupil and is the dividing line between the Nutritive Zone and the Ciliary Zone. The collarette is also called the Autonomic Nerve Wreath, or the wreath for short.
The collarette tells us many things about the colon and the nervous system. If it is light or even white in color, it shows structural contraction, irritability and inflammation. The color of the wreath also suggests different tendencies to the corresponding organs. The iridologist breaks it down into two aspects or sections: Placement and Appearance. When we look at appearance, we break it down again into two sections: Quality and Shape.
First there is placement. Is it too close to the pupil, too far from the pupil, or is it balanced? When the collarette is in balance (approximately 1/3 the distance between the pupil and the outside edge of the iris), it means there typically is not any negative influence on bowel behavior.
If you have been keeping up with the last four or five issues, then you are starting to get a basic grasp of Iridology. If you have missed a few— no worries, just go to the Natural Life News Archives to catch up. In this issue, we’re going to dive just a little deeper in what we Iridologists look for in the “Nutritive Zone.”
Nutritive Zone vs. Ciliary Zone
What is the Nutritive Zone? Iridologists use two methods to find out where certain markings, organs and systems are. In this issue, we will learn about one of them, zones.
There are Seven Zones (see chart above):
1. Stomach • Digestive
2. Intestinal • Absorption
3. Blood • Distribution
4. Muscle • Utilization
5. Bones • Ultimate Utilization
6. Lymph • Detoxification
7. Skin • Elimination