By Tammy Lindsay
Commonly practiced on humans, and in more recent times equines, iridology involves analyzing the structures of the iris (the coloured part of the eye) to identify areas of inflammation, injury, stress, and heredity conditions throughout the body.
So, how does it work?
Well the Iris is composed of hundreds of thousands of nerve endings, which are all connected by impulses to every tissue of the body through the brain and nervous system. Changes in tissue and organ conditions are received by the nerve fibers with a corresponding physiological reflex, which manifests as fiber changes, lesions and changes of color in the iris.
While iridology can identify problem areas, it can’t diagnose a named disease. It also can’t identify procedures done under anesthetic, as impulses to the brain are cut off, as well as natural processes, such as pregnancy.
The difference between iridology analysis and conventional veterinary diagnosis is, that iridology aims to find the root cause of a problem. Most problems, even physical, can be as a result of “malfunctioning” (less than optimal functioning) of organs and digestive system. It is also crucial as a means of a preventative health care plan and is an inexpensive, non-invasive means to get an overview of your horse’s health. Changes in the iris can occur weeks before physical symptoms may appear, giving owners a chance to address the “glitch” before it develops into a bigger problem. Diagnostics here in Dubai and the UAE, are very expensive and it can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, especially for those of us who have a limited budget and a horse where something is “just not right”. Treatment of a problem is also costly and thus, prevention is better than cure.
Iridology is also a great tool for assessing a horse before purchase, as a standard vetting will only tell you if a horse is “right” on that day and not what problems you could incur, what constitution the horse has, whether there is muscle damage from tying up in the past, or whether there is deep seated mucous in the lungs etc.
People are very skeptical of the “science” behind the iridology but most clients have been surprised by the accuracy whilst others don’t believe that their horses could be suffering from a toxic digestive system, or other internal problems, because they still achieve good results. It is the same with us humans, most of us probably eat too many processed foods, sugar, soft drinks etc. but we could still appear slim and healthy when the reality is our systems are toxic but, if we were to change our diet to more natural foods, increased our fruit and vegetable intake and exercised regularly, we would have more energy, be stronger and as a result, happier. That’s exactly what happens to the horses when we acknowledge these malfunctions and take steps to correct them by changing the diet, doing regular detoxes etc. I’m confident the results will speak for themselves.
I have seen amazing results with both my horses and I’m excited for other people to see the changes in their own horses.
An analysis takes around 30-45min (depending on how still the horse decides to stand) to examine the eye with a torch and a magnifying glass, followed by taking photos with a macro lens; these photos are used to further analyse the eye. I then put all the information into a report, which I aim to email within 24-48hr of the original consult.
The information we can get from the eye can be overwhelming for some owners, however I always aim to find the source of the problems and thereby the recommended treatment can be targeted at one or two key areas, which should have a knock on effect to the rest of the horse’s health.
It is important to remember that I am neither a vet nor a nutritionist, so with the information from the report I give, you are more than welcome to consult further with your vet and hopefully I would have narrowed down the areas of concern so as to have a more specific focus when it comes to diagnosing an issue.
I also strongly recommend natural treatments such as acupuncture, herbal and homeopathic remedies where conventional medicine can be avoided. Natural remedies will help the organs to function at a higher level and/or avoid burdening them in the first place.
A consultation is only necessary once a year or on an adhoc basis, based on a horse’s performance. The cost is AED250 per horse.