Medical Iridology:
Historical Background

Artwork: Iridology

Saint Hildegard's Healing

St. Hildegard is a famous German mystic of the twelfth century whose spiritual teaching is a perfect example of the old European natural healing tradition.

Having had divinely inspired visions since she was six years old, she based all her work upon them. Revealing a complete understanding of the human being, physical, spiritual and mental, she outlines a comprehensive system of healing practices. She advocates fasting, diet, supplements etc for protecting our well being or regaining it. Her theories are based upon a self-healing system which stimulates the production of the body's own healing substances.

Using the eye as a mirror of the soul and your health, she describes five constitutional types of irises (coloured part of the eyes). Based upon their colour (blue-grey eyes, fiery eyes, diversified coloured eyes, turbulent eyes, and black eyes), she recommends herbs for each iris type in her book of "Healing Methods". We don't usually refer to eye colour this way. Also is Healing methods the name of her book.

Her teachings formed a basis for the Iris analysis (Iridology) in Europe more than 800 years ago. Using the eyes for windows into the soul and body, this amazing teaching is now spread all over the globe enhancing diagnostic treatment of many ills.

Eyes are perhaps the most important link between our outer and inner worlds; they bridge the gap between the physical universe and the eternal unseen realities within us. These "windows of the soul" lie at the threshold of two worlds; they mediate the outer light of the sun and the inner light of the soul.

Greek Mythology

Greek mythology also suggest this esoteric function of the eyes. Iris was the goddess of the rain - bow. Her role, along with Hermes, god of medicine,was to transfer information about reality from Olympus to Earth. We can read in this myth the very similar function of our physical iris, the rainbow bridge which connects two realms of consciousness, the soul (like Olympus) and the body (like the Earth).

Eastern Point of View

From the Eastern point of view, the eye may be viewed as a mandala. This Sanskrit word means, literally, circle or center. For ages, in many cultures, the circle has symbolized the entire cosmos, and, with a dot placed within it, the essence and the source of all things.

The mandala links the microcosm and the macrocosm. Jose and Miriam Arguelles, in their book Mandala say, "A mandala consists of a series of concentric forms, suggestive of a passage between different dimensions. Through the mandala man may be projected into the universe and the universe into man". The mandala expresses the notion that all parts of the whole are interrelated, and that each part contains a seed picture of the whole.

Modern Science

Recent scientific evidence supports the application of these ideas to study of physical health.

The discovery that each cell of our bodies contains a tiny DNA blueprint for the complete life - form is an example. The eye is the single most obvious mandala in our physical body. We may easily view it as a small world reflecting the entire person behind it.