Eyes are often overlooked when it comes to inspecting a person’s health history and current state of wellness. However, it is an excellent tool that can be used in conjunction with a natural wellness practitioner to expand and find potential sources and causes of ill health.
Currently, there are fourteen practitioners spread throughout Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories; all accredited by the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA). As a member of the Association, a Certified Iridologist is required to complete continuing education, engage in certification exams and adhere to a professional code of ethics and standards.
Healthy Living Asia sat down with IIPA Certified Iridologist, Cristina Rodenbeck to seek out why this method is so useful as a natural wellness tool and how Cristina uses it to help her clients. She is one of the foremost experts on iridology in Asia, having completed both the physical and emotional/spiritual certifications in order to help her clients optimally.
Why did you get into iridology?
Like many in the natural health and wellness field, I came to Iridology through a life-changing experience. I discovered the power of iridology when a friend introduced me to a renowned iridologist 20 years ago in Brazil, in the hope of helping me with a debilitating chronic illness. It was the most powerful and insightful experience; one that changed my life for the better. Living with my disease at the time was so tiring. I was being poked, prodded and highly medicated. It was only through iridology that I finally understood more about my body, what it liked, what it disliked and how to manage it better. I finally felt empowered to take care of my own health.
This is exactly what I want to do for my clients now – use this analysis tool to empower each individual with information to take care of his/her own health and wellbeing, to take the driver’s seat, to make better choices and to lead healthier lives. Iridology does not intend to substitute a qualified doctor’s diagnosis or prescribed treatment, instead our mission is to provide information and work hand-in-hand. Iridology give you the permission to nurture yourself, working from the inside out. Planning and prevention are always better options than attempting to cure or remediate, no matter how challenging it may seem.
Tell us about the analysis?
In order to do a proper analysis, before I meet a client for the first time I offer a thorough history form. At the first appointment we then discuss whats on the form, any physical symptoms, history, current conditions and if he/she is willing, we discuss emotions and spirituality. I then take close-up pictures of the eye and do a short exam of the eyes with a magnifying glass. Iridology can bring up a range of genetic history, experience and environmental conditions, so I like my clients to be comfortable with every aspect from our discussion to the picture taking. The patterns, structures, colors and degrees of lightness and darkness in the iris allow one to analyze if an area of the body is inherently strong or weak. It helps to reveal the precise location of over-activity, irritation, injury or degeneration of the tissues and organs. Toxin accumulation levels can be identified, as well as nutritional and chemical imbalances. The one thing iridology cannot do is give a diagnosis.
What is unique about an iridology appointment with you?
Dr. Bernard Jensen, the true pioneer in iridology in the United States used to say ‘Your eyes reveal the real you,’ and they are the most expressive organ in our body.
This is one of the reasons I decided to study emotional iridology as well as physical iridology, as it amplifies our understanding of clients holistically. The mind can equally be the start of disease. For me, if the client is willing to look at all aspects of his/her life, they will have a more complete picture to understand themselves as a person and how they can improve their quality of life.
Secondly, I have a longstanding relationship with my iridology mentor. Every client that comes through my office and does an analysis has that analysis examined twice. This ensures client gets a very exacting and thorough report.
Lastly, the iridology reports themselves are a masterpiece of information. The last report I completed was more than 20 pages! This will vary depending on whether or not the client allows for the emotional/spiritual analysis. Each report goes covers an analysis of strengths, areas of weakness, areas to nurture for development based on symptoms and background and diet and lifestyle recommendations and tips. My clients are most surprised at the level of information gleaned from one iris photo allowing them to get to know themselves at their core essence. I am a true believer that ‘awareness creates choice.’ The more we know about ourselves, the more consciously and successfully we can navigate life.
Cristina is a Certified Iridologist (IIPA), Bach Remedy Practitioner (BFRP) and Crystal Healer (Katrina Crystal Academy). She also holds qualifications as a Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Executive Coach (ACC, ICF) and Trainer.
She has 8-years of corporate training experience and prior to this 11 years in Advertising with Ogilvy and Leo Burnett across Asia, Europe and Brazil. My time in the corporate arena has further enabled me to support clients holistically with an understanding of the challenges that the corporate world can have on wellbeing.
You can find Cristina at Integrated Medical Institute (IMI) – Central
Address: 13/F Kailey Tower,
16 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Phone: (852) 2523 7121
Special note: Throughout the rest of Asia there are practitioners in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines and Japan. See the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) @ http://www.iridologyassn.org for more information on Iridology and to find a practitioner.