An iridologist studies the iris - the
coloured part of your eye - to determine your general level of health. According
to iridology theory, variations in the patterns and markings within the iris can
reveal emerging illness in the body.
Although modern iridology is a relatively
recent practice, the Greek physician Hippocrates was known to check his
patient's eyes for any signs of disease. Today the practice is particularly
popular in Europe, especially Germany and the UK.
Throughout Europe there are approximately 20,000 practicing iridologists.
cannot diagnose specific diseases;
rather, practitioners claim to point out any bodily systems or organs that are
susceptible to illness. Advice is then offered on how to ward off health
problems before they develop.