Iridologists claim that every part of the body is mapped out, like a blueprint, on well defined areas of the iris and that analyzing the structure, marks and discolourations of the eye can reveal the conditions of every organ and each part of the horse's body.
The eye is examined using a torch and magnifying glass. The iridologist looks for marks, spots and colours in the iris which may indicate a possible problem.
These health problems may be shown as over or under activity in a specific organ or area of the body rather than a specific disease. An example would be that an underactive pancreas could indicate diabetes or a tendancy towards diabetes.
This could be a useful tool in helping to diagnose or pinpoint the cause of discomfort in a horse - as a horse cannot communicate to us where or why it is feeling ill or appearing unwell.
Opinion of the benefits of equine iridology amongst vets is divided. Some are skeptical - others are happy to work alongside an equine iridologist at the horse owner's request.
WHAT IRIDOLOGY CAN SHOW
Summary from "Visions of Health" by Dr. Bernard Jensen and Dr. Donald V. Bodeen
The Primary Nutritional Needs of the Body
The Inherent Strength or Weakness of Organs, Glands and Tissues
Constitutional Strength or Weakness
Which Organs are in the Greatest Need of Repair and Rebuilding
The Relative Amount of Toxic Settlement in the Organs, Glands and Tissues
Where Inflammation is Located in the Body
The Stage of Tissue Inflammation and Activity
Underactivity, or Sluggishness, of the Bowel
Spastic and Ballooned Conditions of the Bowel
The Need for Acidophilus in the Bowel
A Nervous Condition or Inflammation of the Bowel
High-Risk Tissue Areas in the Body that may be Progressing toward a Disease
Pressure on the Heart
The Circulation Level in Various Organs
Nerve Force and Nerve Depletion
Hyperactivity or Hyperactivity of Organs, Glands and Tissues
The Influence of one Organ on another, or the Contribution of an Organ to a Condition Elsewhere in the body
Lymphatic System Congestion
Poor Assimilation of Nutrients
Depletion of Minerals in an Organ, Gland or Tissue
The Relative Ability of an Organ, Gland or Tissue to Hold Nutrients
The Results of Physical or Mental Fatigue of Stress on the Body
The Need for Rest to Build up Immunity
Tissue Areas Contributing to suppressed or Buried Symptoms
Parasite infestation or damage.
Iridology readings can be done via the Internet for $40. If you would like to send your own photos, one of the right eye and one of the left eye (like the ones on this page) I can do a reading and email a full report of my findings with any ailments and how they can be helped within 24 hours. firstname.lastname@example.org