Iridology is an iris evaluation practice utilized for a variety of purposes by alternative health practitioners.
Iridology: The Iridology Eye Chart
An iridology eye chart divides the iris (the colored part of the eye surrounding the pupil) into different sections, and each of the sections is associated with various parts of the body. Iridologists use cameras, flashlights, magnifying glasses and microscopes to examine the markings and patterns of a patient's iris and compare the results to an iridology chart. This process can be used for the following purposes:
- Evaluating overall health
- Diagnosing nutritional imbalances
- Identifying parts of the body that are under stress
- Assessing the patient's susceptibility to disease
The study of the iris and the use of the iridology eye chart as a method of diagnosis are favored among naturopathic and homeopathic practitioners. Those who support iridology point to its noninvasive methodology. However, there is not currently any scientific research to support the accuracy or efficacy of iridology as a method of diagnosis, and this method is not generally accepted by Western medicine practitioners.
School and Certification Information
There are several naturopathic schools, organizations and online programs offering classes in iridology. Courses generally cover the following topics:
- Iridology theory
- Iridology practice
While the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) offers classes and industry certification, iridology is not currently accepted, regulated or licensed by any government agency in the United States. For IIPA certification, there are four requirements that aspiring iridologists need to meet:
- Completion of an anatomy and physiology class
- Submission of ten iris assessments
- Completion of a case study analysis
- Passing a written exam with a score of at least 80 percent
It is not necessary to take IIPA courses to earn certification, but the organization offers Comprehensive Iridology classes at two levels, which can help prepare candidates for success.
Although iridology is not a widely accepted practice among practitioners of Western medicine, some alternative health practitioners engage in the practice, and there are classes available for aspiring iridologists.