Did you ever ponder why "a twinkle in your eye" and "a spring in your step" go together? Iridologists and natural health believers might say it's because these are clear signs of vibrant health!
Since there are always two sides to every story, and a sparkle denotes health, can a lack of sparkle mean ill health? Some believe this is so and claim to be able to see: tendencies to heart problems, blood sugar imbalances, spinal misalignment, poor digestion, mineral deficiencies, constipation, high cholesterol and many other factors all by looking into your eyes!
The practice of looking into someone's eyes, studying the lines, markings, and colors of the iris to detect states of health, is known as IRIDOLOGY "eye-rid-doll-oh-gee". The iris is the colored part of the eye. Most iridologists only read the iris, although many iridologists take into account other parts of the eye; such as the white part of the eye called the sclera. Other areas surrounding the eyeball, such as the presence of bags under the eye or the condition of the eyelids reveals further information about a person's condition.
Iridology is a science mostly practiced in Europe by medical doctors, although it has gained much popularity with holistically oriented practitioners in the United States.
Many iridologists use this practice along with their particular modality of natural healing--most commonly herbs or other nutritional supplements. Chiropractors, nurses, massage therapists, reflexologists, colonic therapists, physical therapists or nutritionists may also utilize iridology.
The eye reading does not diagnose, however, it does reveal genetically weak areas. The benefits gained by locating a person's weaknesses are many. Iridologist's know that any toxins taken into the body if not immediately eliminated will affect and sometimes settle into the weakest tissues in the body. This process, iridologists believe, can lead to degeneration, possible disease, and at the least, irritation.