Iridology is the study of the colour and patterns on the iris of the eyes. This technique has been in use for thousands of years and probably has its origins in the East. However, a Hungarian doctor, Ignacz von Peczely, studied the possibility of the iris being a mirror of the body’s health following changes he noted in an owl’s iris whilst repairing its broken leg.

Until recently, study of the iris and diagnosis has been made by practitioner observation, aided by a special magnifying camera that photographs the iris for study. Cameras can now be attached to computers, which do the diagnosis from thousands of comparable iris studies logged in their memory banks.

I was surprised to find that few studies have been done to compare the accuracy of iridologists or their computers with orthodox diagnosis. I would assume that this would be a simple comparative study and can only assume that finances are hard to find. I am sure that research will be done in the future to show firmly where iridology may be of benefit. As a diagnostic technique in conjunction with other tests and clinical observation, iridology can be a great eye-opener!


The Kirlian photograph technique takes ‘pictures’ of the aura . Initially created as a diagnostic technique by a Russian engineer, Semyon Kirlian, the original equipment consisted of an electric coil, an aluminium plate and photosensitive film covered by glass. Modern-day cameras, based on die same principles, send a high-voltage charge that measures energy release when part of the body is placed in contact with it. Whole-body auras are now taken without actual contact.

An individual’s aura will change depending upon their health and certain patterns are correlated with certain diseases. As with iridology, I wonder why a clear correlation has not been made between certain patterns and particular diseases but I do know that trials are underway in Europe and the UK. I suspect that auras will not correlate to specific diseases but will alter depending upon an individual’s response to a particular disease process. Until proven otherwise, Kirlian photography should only be used in conjunction with clinical assessment and other investigations. See also Aura Reading.