Understanding Radial Furrows

Understanding Radial Furrows

Dark spokes that radiate outward like spokes in a wheel. They are commonly referred to as Radii Solaris (rays of the sun) and are most commonly seen in the head zone.
There are two types; minor (There are two types of minor radials – neither of which interrupt the structure of the collarette) and major radials, the latter interrupting the structure and dynamics of the collarette.

Significance: The impact of radial furrows is determined by their size and location. Small examples that are confined inside the collarette are referred to as minor radials.

They indicate potential intestinal or stomach disorders including increased gastric tension and intestinal colic. The client could have a history of eating disorders, complaining of gastric pain associated with anxiety. (Yellow arrow)

Minor radials that commence outside the collarette and protrude via the humoral zone into the ciliary zone (blue arrow) are specific to the topographical reflex tissue, suggesting the tendency for spastic conditions. These are permanent features in the iris and the conditions represented will be part of this person’s personal pattern. It is useful for you to discuss ways of dealing with times of stress and anxiety so the client can be less symptomatic at such times.

Understanding Radial Furrows

Major radials that commence inside the pupillary zone, extending through the collarette into the ciliary zone (Red arrow) have the most significance as they suggest disturbed autonomic nervous system regulation and altered circulation of the blood and deep lymph in the adjacent tissues. This can be associated with irritable bowel symptoms in addition to autonomic nervous system disturbance for the organs and tissues in which they terminate.

Radial furrows located in the head zone indicate an increased likelihood for the client to experience headaches. They are considered to be a dark sign and can be psychologically significant according to their location.

Extract Integrated Iridology textbook. Chapter 8

For further information on this, see Chapter 18.

Understanding Lymphatic Tophi

Understanding Lymphatic Tophi

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Collagen bundles in the shape of flocks, clouds, smears or beads are collectively called lymphatic tophi. They are generally observed in the outer iris area. The colour is usually white.

Discolouration can indicate an increased likelihood of toxic loading of the lymph. A common cause of this is exposure to cigarette smoke or other airborne pollutants.

Significance: Tophi indicate a predisposition to stagnation, congestion, swelling and enlargement of adjacent lymph glands and tissue. This potential is exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle. The presence of tophi also indicates heightened sensitivity in the mucous membranes. Catarrhal conditions are stimulated by certain airborne substances and particular food groups; especially dairy, wheat and refined sugar.

Babies with this sign often become candidates for grommets due to excessive mucous production caused by reaction to these dietary substances. In fact, it has been my experience to see total resolution of excessive mucus production and the avoidance of grommet insertion altogether with a simple adjustment to the diet. What was the adjustment? Restriction of all dairy products, refined wheat flour and sugar.

Understanding Lymphatic Tophi

Females presenting with tophi in the respiratory sectors have an elevated tendency to experience cyclic breast tenderness due to the influence of increased estrogen. A disposition to fibrocystic breast disease is common in women with lymphatic tophi. Fibrocystic breast disease may affect one or both breasts but is usually benign. Symptoms include swollen, tender breasts, and/or one or more lumps. Frequently, symptoms worsen just before a woman’s menstrual cycle. For the majority of women this discomfort is temporary, however some women experience severe pain and increased breast dimension of up to a cup size the week prior to the period.
All women with tophi need to be vigilant with breast self-examination due to an increased disposition to having naturally “grainy” or lumpy breasts. This will become even more notable after they have had children.

Extract from (page 140) The Integrated Iridology Textbook 2008 by Toni Miller ND DHM