A Day in the Life of an Iridologist
Iridology is a method of alternative medicine that involves studying the human iris to examine it for changes that may indicate a health issue. According to this practice, the iris is composed of “zones” that are directly linked to parts of the human body. By studying the iris, an iridologist may be able to indicate a weak part of the patient’s body and indicate whether there could be susceptibility towards specific types of illnesses.
Although natural medicine has been proven to be effective in treating and preventing diseases, iridology has not yet been widely embraced as a practical form of preventative medicine. There has not yet been enough clinical research to prove our relationship between changes in the iris and corresponding changes in the body. However, this does not mean that iridology cannot be a rewarding career.
A typical day as an iridologist would likely involve meeting with patients and using various technical devices to get a closer look at their irises. Using detailed charts you would map out any irregularities in the color or texture of the iris, and give the patient a detailed analysis of their potential physiological weaknesses.
From here the patient can choose to have regular sessions in order to track the progress or reversal of recognition while they receive preventative treatment. Part of the reason why iridology is as of yet an unproven science is the fact that when people are warned about potential future conditions they make lifestyle changes that effectively prevent the condition from occurring. Therefore, it is difficult to prove the correlation between a diagnosis given by an iridologist and the resulting outcome.
It can be more beneficial for potential iridologists to obtain training to also become homeopathic physicians, as this will provide them with the means to help people achieve an overall healthy lifestyle, and also supplement their income if they live in an area where iridology is not a popular practice. Hopefully, given time and with further clinical research, iridology will become as widely used as other natural medicine practices.
As an iridologist, you will likely work in a small practice or with other types of natural medicine providers – such as homeopathic doctors, aromatherapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, or reflexologists. By combining your practice with others, you can save on building and administrative costs. If you choose to work alone, you’ll be responsible for answering phones, scheduling patients, paying bills, and receiving payments, until such time as you can afford to hire an assistant.
Since this is currently not a recognized type of medicine, it is not regulated. However, it is recommended that anyone wanting to enter the field of iridology take a course through a school with a good reputation for teaching alternative medicine. This way, you can prove that you are qualified for the position should there be regulations put in place down the road. The last thing that an early type of new medicine needs is untrained people taking money from unsuspecting patients under the guise of preventing diseases through iridology.
This can be a rewarding career, but it may take some time before you have a loyal client base. With patience and training you can be successful in showing the world that iridology is a valuable practice.