Ignatz von Peczely- ‘Father’ of Iridology

A brief history of Iridology – Frank Navratil, ND

The first record in history of the eyes being a mapping to containing information about the body, is from the book “Chiromatica Medica.” The book described how the top part of the iris represents the head, and the lower part represents the kidneys, spleen, and genital organs.

A few other publications had been made, but it was not until the early 1800’s that Iridology had it’s official beginning in the modern era.

Ignatz von Peczely, born in Hungary in 1826, who at the age of 11 accidentally broke the leg of an owl while attempting to let it free from his garden. He noticed that in the lower part of the owl’s eye there appeared a black stripe. After he splinted the owl’s leg and allowed a period of time for it to heal, white lines appeared where the dark line had been before.

The bird stayed with him in the garden for several years where he had time to notice the changes that occurred in the iris of the owl’s eye.

This made a lasting impression on the young Peczely and later in his career he had the opportunity to study the eyes of his patients in great detail and was able to confirm his findings by performing several autopsies. He began to look to the eyes as a way to see what was going on with people’s health, and he became quite famous.

In 1880 Von Peczely published his only book called ” Discoveries in the Realms of Nature and Art of Healing,” and in 1886 the first iridology map of the eyes was revealed for the world to see. Today, Ignatz von Peczely is known as the father of Iridology and his studies continue to inspire many great iridologists who have followed his path to our modern history.