Eyes Hold Secret to Healthier You; WANT TO SOLVE THAT MYSTERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEM? YOUR EYES MAY HAVE THE ANSWER
Byline: Nan Spowart
WHEN Kathryn Henry started with a debilitating facial skin condition, she didn't realise the answer to her problem lay in her eyes.
Severe acne rosacea broke out on her face during a period of stress and it became so inflamed she stopped going out.
"It was terrible across my forehead and cheeks and when I washed my skin it would bleed," said Kathryn, of Edinburgh.
Now 39, the trouble began in 2007 when she was studying for a complementary health degree at Napier University.
"I think it was stress-related. When I started the degree, I was amazed at the amount of work involved," said Kathryn.
She also began to suffer severe period pains, although it was her skin that bothered her most.
"I stopped going out because my face was so bad," said Kathryn. "I would study all the time and some days I didn't even go to uni as my face was so tender.
"I even had to give up swimming, which I really enjoy. The whole thing was really tough because I had so much pain on my face. I was emotionally very low and debilitated with period pain."
By chance, Kathryn picked up a flier giving information on alternative therapist Michelle Matthews and, having already visited her GP in vain, she decided to see if she could help.
The Australian-trained naturopath, based in Edinburgh, uses iridology on patients before prescribing herbs for treatment.
Iridology is the study and analysis of the iris (the coloured area of the eye). Parts of the eye are believed to relate to parts of the body so, by studying the iris in detail, the practitioner is able to glean information about the patient's health.
Used in ancient India, China and Egypt, iridology was brought up to date by German and American practitioners who saw its potential as a diagnostic tool.
Iridology is said to be able to uncover inherited weaknesses, problems with organ function and body system function (such as the immune or nervous system), and toxic accumulations within the body.
Using the technique Michelle, who is a member of the Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists, gave Kathryn a detailed 60-minute consultation before giving her herbs to strengthen her immune system and balance her hormones.
"I saw a difference as soon as I started taking the herbs. …