It is vital for us to be able to assist you according to your own specific needs so we’ve gathered what we believe to be the best techniques to do just this for our nutritional counseling. The following methods are all based on the fact that the body is made to show you when and where there is an imbalance; they are examples of how intelligent our bodies are.
Each modality has a unique ability to allow us to gain knowledge on where your body strengths and weaknesses lie. No single modality is standalone so we use a combination of the following methods to focus our suggestions in the most accurate way possible.
Iridology means the study of the coloration of the eye. It is the science of analyzing the delicate structures of the iris of the eye. Under magnification, the iris reveals itself to be a world of minute detail and a land of many features.
The iris of the eye is the most complex tissue of the body meeting the outside world. It is an extension of the brain, being incredibly endowed with hundreds of thousands of nerve endings, microscopic blood vessels, muscle and other tissues.
The iris reveals changing conditions of every part and organ of the body. The iris is connected to every organ and tissue of the body by way of the brain and nervous system. The nerve fibers receive their impulses by way of their connections to the optic nerve, optic thalami and spinal cord. Both sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems are present in the iris. Nerve fibers in the iris respond to changes in body tissues by manifesting a reflex physiology that corresponds to specific tissue changes and locations. This structure has detailed fibers and pigmentation that reflects information about our physical and psychological makeup. It identifies inherited dispositions (how our internal environment reacts to our external environment and what symptoms to expect), and future challenges (where we are likely to have more problems as we advance in age).
Iridology cannot detect a specific disease, but can tell an individual if they have over- or under-activity in specific areas of the body. For example, an under-active pancreas might direct an Iridologist to make suggestions to balance the blood sugar. Modern diseases are based on a naming system that was not in place when many of these traditional sciences were developed so there is no intention on the part of the Iridologist to describe modern pathology or disease-state, but rather to educate the client on imbalances in the internal environment that contribute to your state of health and well being at present and the possibilities that lie ahead.
Face, Nail, and Tongue Analysis
Face, Nail and Tongue analyses have developed over thousands of years, resulting in a methodology that is so astutely precise and so natural that it makes for a perfect adjunct therapy for gathering information from the body.
Your Face as Gateway to Your Health
The face is an ancient tool of analyzing the constitution and condition of the body. From the shape of your face to the size of your lower lip, your facial features tell a story and provide inside information for your health practitioner.
The location of lines, markings, rashes, etc., can indicate an imbalance in a particular area or system in the body.
What Your Nails Say About You
Nails are the transfer point for all nutrients in the body. They never finish their cycle of growth and, thus they are an accurate record of a person’s systemic and physical situation. As your body chemistry changes, we can see these changes happen in the structure of the fingernails.
A natural health professional will begin by looking at the nail strength, its particular shape and color. From there, the details are detected like ridges, bump and other markings. Each nail is specific to a certain system in the body and provides a clear, visual appearance of which systems are strong and which are weak.
Your Tongue as Assessment Tool
Generally, the appearance of the tongue can give valuable information on organ function, by looking at various components of it. The tongue is one of the most visible internal members of the body.The topmost layer of epithelial tissue is constantly growing and replacing old tissue with new. The entire layer takes only 2-3 days to become fully replaced, and the regeneration of tissue is fast enough to be compared with that of the tissue state of the intestines. The tongue contains a lot of blood vessels and thus reflects the condition of the blood, making it an excellent tool to watch the constituents of the blood and sudden changes in health status.
By looking at the vitality of the tongue, the color, shape, coating, and moisture level, one can determine what changes are appropriate to bring the body fluids back to balance.
Kinesiology is an alternative therapy based on the theory that muscles and organs are connected anatomically (by blood vessels) or energetically, and that weakness in certain muscles is a signal of imbalance in the corresponding organ or body system. The basis of Kinesiology is that the human body is a conductor of electricity. Kinesiology taps into the continual communication that the brain has with the muscles via nervous system. If a muscle is electrically in balance, it is possible to measure a constant electrical signal from the brain to that muscle and back again, communicating to the practitioner that there is a strong or weak connection to that area of the body. However, when the body is out of balance, the electrical signals in one or more muscles go weak. It is like a fuse in your fusebox blowing. The body figures that it is better to blow a fuse than the whole thing.
Applied kinesiology is also used to detect sensitivities or intolerances to food and other substances.
Practitioners of applied kinesiology typically test muscles by asking a person to resist the pressure they apply against a limb. The substance being tested is often placed directly against the person’s body.
Changes in muscle strength with and without the substance are noted, and muscle weakness is considered to be a sign that the person has a sensitivity to that substance.
Note: The term “kinesiology” as used here is used to mean that which is connected with either Academic Kinesiology (including Applied Kinesiology) or Specialized Kinesiology and always includes manual muscle testing. It is not to be confused with another definition of ‘kinesiology’ which is that which is taught in some colleges and is defined simply as “the branch of physiology that studies the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement.”