How It Began

In the early 1800s, a young lad named Ignatz von Peczely of Egervar near Budapest, Hungary, caught an owl in his garden. The 11-year-old boy struggled with the frightened bird and met with its fierce claws as the bird instinctively tried to defend itself. In the struggle, the boy accidentally broke the owl's leg. As the youth and the owl glared into one another's eye, the boy observed a black stripe rising in the owl's eye. Von

Ignatz Von Peczely
IGNATZ VON PECZELY

Peczely bandaged the owl's leg and nursed it back to health and released the bird; but the bird stayed in the garden several years afterward. Von Peczely observed the appearance of white and crooked lines in the owl's eye where the black stripe had originally appeared.

The black stripe eventually became a tiny black spot surrounded by white lines and shading. When von Peczely grew up, he became a physician and never forgot the incident with the owl. Working on the surgical ward of a college hospital afforded him an opportunity to observe the irides of patients after accidents, and preceding and following surgery. A study of the changes in theeye coincided with their r

Iridology Eye Chart

THE FIRST CHART TO IRIDOLOGY DEVELOPED AND USED B Y IGNA TZ VON PECZEL Y IN THE EARL Y 1800s.

THE FIRST CHART TO IRIDOLOGY DEVELOPED AND USED B Y IGNA TZ VON PECZEL Y IN THE EARL Y 1800s.

injuries, surgery or illnesses, and this convinced von Peczely that there was a reflex relationship between the various markings in the iris and the rest of the body. He was certain that the iris mirrored tissue changes of the various organs. Von Peczely created the first chart of the iris based on his findings.

At a similar point in history. Reverend Nils Liljequist, a Swedish clergyman, discovered a relationship between various drug settlements and specific discolorations in the iris of the eye. Extremely ill asayouth, Liljequist was given massive quantities of quinine. This led to a correlation of the yellow-green discoloration in his eye to the use of quinine.

Iridology has progressed tremendously since the 1800s. Numerous scientists and doctors have researched iridology, revising and improving the iris chart. Iridology is based on scientific observation. It is the kind of science that cannot be related through scientific tests, for it does not provide clinical information. The state of the art in Western medicine cannot reveal all the answers either. It is difficult to test one scientific system against another when two types of data are given.

Dr. Bernard Jensen pioneered the science of iridology in the United States. He developed one of the most comprehensive iris charts showing the location of the organs as they reflex in the iris of the eye. His chart is still the most accurate one available today.

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