You peepers aren’t just the window to your soul, they could also be the key to solving a multitude of mysteries about your health…

Your eyes, according to iridologists (specialists in iris analysis), could be the key to assessing your overall health. Individual patterns and colorings make up the structure of your iris (the colored part of the eye) and these alter in response to changes in your body. ‘Iridologists believe that your eyes are like a road map, showing you the direction you must travel to find health,’ says Laura Merie, naturopathic iridologist, medical herbalist and acupuncturist at Reharmonise in London (www.reharmonise.com).

Description: Total-body health check: The eyes have it

So, how does it work?

First, what color are your eyes? A person’s overall constitution is genetically predetermined by eye color so this is an iridologist’s first point of analysis. Blue eyes fall under the lymphatic category (see details on each category below), brown eyes are haematogenous and mixed eyes are biliary. The category you fall into indicates the health problems you might be prone to.

Then it’s time to take a closer look. ‘With a torch, a magnifier and a blown-up digital photo we correlate markings on the eye to an iris chart,’ says Laura. In iridology every aspect of your body is changes, that appear in this area of the iris and the marks, or color body part or system. The left eye represents the left side of the body, the right eye represents the right side.

‘Different marks such as streaks, white spots, arcs and rings indicate different types of weaknesses. It could be inflammation toxicity, blood sugar imbalances or genetic weaknesses of organs,’ says Laura. The aim is to detect health imbalances before they manifest themselves as symptoms. Each analysis is also coupled with a detailed case history, as well as a treatment plan.

What to look for


Description: The Iris Chart

In the digestive zone: Toxins impact on your ability to absorb nutrients (which can lead to excessive eating), so any changes in the color or shape of this area is key to determining the general health of both your body and your blood stream.

In the lymph zone: Imbalances are shown as patches of color. Grey indicates an underactive lymph system, yellow suggests a sluggish system any any brownish markings indicate a toxic condition.

In the skin zone: Various shades of grey and brown will appear when it is sluggish or has a build up of toxins. A dark and thick skin zone suggests that she skin is toxic and inactive.

In the kidney zone: Spots in this area need careful evaluation as they could mean congestion of the lymphatic system (which disposes of excess fluid and waste), insufficient blood circulation or a build up of toxins. ‘Lacuna markings, holes in a layer of the iris with a leaf-shaped appearance, show a weakness in the kidney area, which may mean alcohol intake should be limited,’ says Laura.

In the lungs zone: Weaknesses in your lungs show up as a lesions, rings or spots combined with colors ranging from white to black.

In the brain zone: This area, at the top of the iris chart, is responsible for the pituitary glands and the cortex, as well as your vitality and energy. Any hyperactivity shows up as whitening of the area, which could manifest itself in the form of headaches.

In the heart zone: An interruption in the continuity of a cramp ring here can be linked to cramp-like pains in the heart, which may indicate stress. Relax with exercise, yoga or meditation to combat it.

Cramp rings: Also known as stress rings, these relate to emotional issues, stiffness, insomnia and depression, or specific organs. ‘They tend to appear in the outer two thirds of the iris. Usually three or four are seen together, indicating circulatory disturbances in the tissue. They can also indicate mineral deficiencies,’ says Laura.

Cholesterol rings: A thick ring around the iris, they may indicate high cholesterol, meaning you may need to follow a low-fat, low-salt diet.

What’s your constitution?

Laura reveals what health secrets lie behind the color of your eyes…

Pure blue iris

Description: Pure blue iris

The lymphatic group: Prone to experiencing allergies, eczema, hay fever, IBS and skin problems. Regular exercise such as yoga, tai chi, qigong and swimming, as well as practicing deep breathing, all promote good lymph flow.

Top tip: Relax. Try to reduce stress and don’t let anxieties and worries build up. Find something stress-relieving that works for you such as meditation or walking.

Pure brown iris

Description: Pure brown iris

The haematogenic group: There are more tendencies towards blood sugar imbalances and poor circulation. Cold hands and feet, stomach cramps, PMS and hormonal balances are common.

Top tip: Try skin brushing, saunas and regular exercise that makes you sweat. Cardiovascular exercise so support circulation and protect against cold, such as running and swimming, are great.

Mixed iris – green or hazel eyes

Description: Mixed iris – green or hazel eyes

The biliary group: If you fall into this group you may experience complaints that relate to the other two groups as well as digestive concerns, flatulence, constipation, lethargy, migraines and skin complaints.

Top tip: Walking after eating is good, as well as yoga postures that benefit the digestive organs. Deep breathing is great to calm and soothe the nervous system.

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