A little bit of history

Two European men who "rediscovered" the idea of iris analysis in the 19th century
are generally considered today to share the title of "father of  iridology".          
The first of these men is Dr. Ignatz von Peczely, a Hungarian physician.
Tradition holds that in 1837, Von Peczely looked into the eyes of an owl that had just broken its leg
and noticed immediately a spot that developed in the bottom part of the owl's iris. Von Peczely was 
about ten years old at the time and the event made a strong impression on him.
Later in his life, Von Peczely began studying the eyes of his patients and, as he noticed correlations
between markings on the iris and his patients' condition, he began "diagnosing from the eye" and
his fame spread rapidly over the country.
Von Peczely developed an iris topography in which every organ and body part had its specific place.


The other father of iridology is Nils Liljequist, a Swedish clergyman. Liljequist's interest
in the iris began in his youth, around 1864, when he became very sick and was treated
with external applications of iodine and was prescribed quinine. As years passed, Liljequist
observed the color os his eyes changing more and more. He came to realize that such
discolorations were associated with chemicals or drugs that were ingested or absorbed into the body.
Liljequist noticed that each drug or chemical, however taken into the body, eventually resulted
in a particular shade of discoloration in the iris.
The swedish pastor constructed what would develop into an elementary iris chart. The similarities
between his drawings and those of Von Peczely are striking, especially since neither man at the time
was familiar with the work of the other.

The iridology assessment     
Iridology involves the examination of the iris, the coloured part of the eye.
The iridologist is interested with the colour and texture of the iris
and with all the various markings present on its surface.
The iridology assesment permits to evaluate the weaknesses of the person
and her tendencies towards certain health issues as well as the presence
and amount of toxins accumulated in the body.
Iridology is a useful tool for the naturopath-iridolologist, particularly in elaborating his preventive
advices and in determining the cares that are most suitable to the individual.