There are many forms of alternative medicine and therapy available that provide patients with another option when traditional medicine may be failing them. Iridology is one of those options, but the negative press can dissuade people from trying it out. Does iridology have any worth as a secondary source of diagnosis and can it offer any form of help for long term sufferers?
What Is Iridology And Is It A True Scientific Practice?
Iridology is the study of the iris with the purpose of determining physiological imbalances and illnesses through tissue structure. The iris is split into a series of zones which correspond with different areas of the body and examiners will measure a patient’s eye against this chart (see below). Each organ has its own section, and there are also areas of the spine and different glands. The reasoning behind this is to isolate problems at the source.
If for example, there is an irregularity in the iris in the thyroid section, there could be an undiagnosed hormone problem. Iridology is safe and simple as is just involves this eye examination, but there are many that question the science behind this alternative form of health screening.
Is it easy to see why many people have immediately turned away from this approach when checking it out online? On one side of the fence, you have the supporters, whose websites mention the words “new age” and “alternative” quite often. On the other, there are those searching for the eye science behind the system and using words like “quack” and “fraud.”
The truth is that it is a form of pseudoscience with nothing but long-term use and faith to back it up. Some in the medical community would say that this is enough to ensure that patients avoid it entirely; however, it can be worth keeping an open mind and using this “alternative” examination as an additional tool, instead of dismissing it altogether. The methodology of this iris readings has been developed over hundred of years into something that is seen as a precise skill. Practitioners and medical professionals may argue over its worth, but there are some strong claims about its potential.
Can Iridology Be Used To Make A Diagnosis?
The idea of using the eyes as a way of understanding the health and function of the body has been quickly dismissed by many professionals because of the stability of the iris and the way that each iris is unique to each person. The biometric technology relies on this unchanging structure for identification, yet Iridologists say that subtle tissue changes and pattern alterations can highlight problems with different areas of the body. If opticians can diagnose brain tumors by looking at our eyes, can these practitioners see issues with hormone imbalances and organ function by looking at the iris? Also, if irises are unique, could they highlight personal problems and genetic disorders?
Supporters say that there are many different problems that can be diagnosed with iridology, many of which can be missed or misdiagnosed in other medical examinations. Chronic issues like fatigue, low energy, insomnia, depression, and migraines are all listed as conditions that can be aided with an iris exam. It is difficult to get to the route of these problems with traditional medicine.
A precise iris reading, however, can allegedly pinpoint the areas where there are problems and imbalances and point patients in the right direction. There is no immediate solution, but it can provide an idea to take to your doctor for further testing – if your doctor is willing to listen.
Iridology is seen as a preventative option, one where potential issues and underlying conditions can be picked up before they become problematic. With this guidance, patients can focus on any warning signals and decide what to do next regarding further testing or treatment.
In the end, there is nothing to lose from trying iridology.
There is a strong chance that a second opinion from a doctor won’t reveal any of the problems that are diagnosed by iridologists, but this method does offer an alternative viewpoint for patients that are unsatisfied with the actions and opinions of their doctor. Don’t dismiss iridology as fraudulent quackery just because of the lack of eye science.
If you are struggling with unresolved health problems and want to try something alternative for a possible solution, an iris reading can provide that secondary option.