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Patient Profile

Sex: Male
Age: 81
Height: 5 Foot 9 inches
Weight: 10 stone 8 pounds
Occupation: Retired army officer
Status: Widower
Children: 3

General Health

He suffers from occasional bouts of internal haemorrhoids, brought on by constipation with wind, both up and down. Otherwise, he feels good in himself and has a tremendous zest for life and values each day he has. However, following a check-up at the hospital two years ago, he was placed on a electrocardiogram (ECG) and found to have an arrhythmia. He was prescribed Digoxin and preceded to suffer from postural hypotension, swollen legs, shortness of breath, epistaxis and a general feeling of reduced energy and disorientation. Once he stopped taking the Digoxin, the symptoms subsided.

Family History

Mother: Skin disease
Father: Low blood pressure
Brother: Stroke

Medication

Nothing at present

(Stopped 2 weeks before visit)

Was taking: Amiodarone (100mg) Mornings
Spironolactone (25mg) Mornings
Lisinopril (2.5mg) Nights
Atorvastatin ‘Lipitor’ Tablets (40mg) Nights
Warfarin (3.5mg) 2 at night
Digoxin (1.5ng/ml) Mornings

Exercise

This patient has lead an active life in the army and continues ensure that he obtains adequate exercise. He tends to walk several miles every day, often at a fast pace, however, during the administration of Digoxin for 2 weeks (2 years ago), he was unable to do this.

Diet

The patient starts the day with water, then has wholemeal toast with soya/sunflower spread with cheese, he then has a cup of tea. Lunch tends to be soup with a glass of squash. The evening meal involves meat (chicken or beef) and vegetables, stir-fry, wheat free pasta meal or rice meal. He will have a lager or cider with this meal and has fruit or soya ice cream for dessert. He drinks several glasses of squash and water throughout the day.

Presenting Problem

Patient 1 has re-visited the hospital for a check up. Following another ECG the Doctor insists that he resumes the drug Digoxin. Reluctant to do, following the ‘nightmare’ two years ago, he has asked for my help. He also has intermittent labored breathing with shortness of breath.

Iris Analysis

The patient has a lymphatic iris with a hydrogenoid sub-type.

The iris fibers are tightly knit throughout the ciliary zone indicating a relatively strong degree of resistance and sympathetic drive. However, there are numerous rarefactions, lacunas and a significant array of irregularity or jaggedness around the ANW. The most prominent are around the lungs and heart and the distinct lacuna on the pancreas tail.

The ANW itself is very white, indicating a potentially high degree of reactivity and hyperactivity (the right irid photo does not show a true reflection of this). On the main heart reactive field, there is a large spooning of the ANW and immediately below this, another, but smaller one. There may be a digestive relationship to the heart irregularities in this patient; when the descending colon becomes congested, which the patient has a tendency towards, heart signs may become apparent (although he is not aware of cardiopathology himself). Another heart sign, on the right irid at 46-51’ are 2 large embryos of lacunas, again with a brilliant white showing the likelihood of much activity.

The sphincter pupillae is visible, highlighting the stomach zone. The stomach is therefore liable to show signs of weakness, presenting with signs of under function such as hypoacidity and poor digestion of proteins. He informs me he has feelings of fullness following a heavy meal. The belching maybe attributable to the fermentation of food in the stomach.

The sub-type, lymphatic rosary, may have an underlying issue within the health status of this patient. The flocculations scattered throughout this zone, are of a dark creamy/light orangey colour, indicating a sub-acute to chronic potential weakness, hence the lymphatic system may be sluggish. However, the patient is not showing overt signs to this effect.

There is a stream of pigmentation to the head, specifically on the right side of a lightish brown colour (likely of a liver origin). This is liable to present as congestion to the head exhibiting symptoms such as poor memory and concentration, forgetfulness and disorientation. This was present in the patient, during the administration of Digoxin, but may be a side-effect. I would however, be cautious to the effect of stomach haemorrhage or malignancy, but no further signs appear in this patient.

The most significant rarefaction in the ciliary zone is on the left kidney, perhaps groin, but on urine analysis, there was a small amount of blood and protein detected. This may have been precipitated by the long-term use of orthodox drugs, as many have kidney damaging side effects.

As mentioned above the pancreas tail has a closed lacunae indicating dispersed energy in the region. The patient does like to have a sleep following lunch. Finally, the left side of the prostate shows an intense white flare, an area of high actively, but the patient indicates no problems.

Treatment Principles

Ensure the digestion is flowing adequately

Increase consumption of non-starch polysaccharides

Avoid refined, fried foods and dairy foods

Ensure heart and kidneys are maintained

Drink plenty of water

Include oats, lecithin and garlic as part of regular diet

Avoid drinking with food, this upsets the gastric juices and generates mucous within the system, will also improve nutrient absorption.

Consider skin brushing and hot/cold showers (although the vigorous walking is likely to be enough in this patient)

Medication dispensed by the Herbal Clinic

Decoction, fresh prepared:

10ml 3 x daily (centred on the liver)

Mixture of tinctures, tailored:

40 drops 2 x daily, taken with hot water (centred on the heart and blood)

Progress

By the second visit, the patient said his energy level was much better and was sleeping well, undisturbed, within a week of new medication. He decided to come off all orthodox medication, whilst taking the herbal preparations. By the third visit, his Jugular venous pressure, on examination, was normal. His facial complexion was commented on by others to be better; the redness around the cheeks and nose has reduced. Also the tortured vessels under the tongue had reduced and his finger tips had returned to a normal, from a bluish colour. By the fifth and final visit the shortness of breath on exertion has subsided.

Patient Profile

Sex: Female
Age: 26
Height: 5 Foot 8 inches
Weight: 9 Stone 3 pounds
Occupation: Indian Head Massage practitioner
Status: Married
Children: 1

General Health

This patient suffered from low energy levels for more than five years, which tends to be worse in the evening.  Finds it almost impossible to complete a task as her energy reserves have depleted.  Will fall asleep when sitting for a prolonged period.  Has a good appetite, but has feelings of indigestion on many foods and has occasional heartburn.  Bowel movements occur most days, in the afternoon, but a feeling of fullness remains.  Periods tend to be short – 26 days and can be prolonged.  She is physically fit.

Otherwise in good health.

Family History

Mother: GIT Upsets
Father: Musculo-skeletal problems, CVS disease
Sisters: NAD (nothing abnormal detected), is 1 of 4
Grandparents: Lung problems, lived into late 80’s

Medication

No medication to note

Has regular massage

Exercise

Occasional bouts of Yoga, always planning on doing more, but doesn’t get round to it.  Has tried many activities, such as swimming, badminton, Tai Chi etc. but does not sustain.

Diet

Vegetarian since birth

Very conscious of healthy eating.

Porridge, fruit, nuts for breakfast

Eats grains, vegetables and fruit most day

Sometimes misses a meal and snacks

Drinks redbush tea, herbal teas, water, fruit juices, occasional wine and beer

PP (presenting problem)

Lack of energy; this patient would like more energy and feels that her diet and lifestyle do not warrant being tired all the time.  She gets frustrated as a consequence.

Iris Analysis

Has a mixed/biliary iris, with a ferrum cromatose sub-type.

The trabeculae are fairly tightly knit indicating a strong degree of resistance.  However, there a several areas of potential weakness, which may result in reduced energy flow.  The right kidney zone has two distinct rarefaction, at 27-28’ in the mid to outer ciliary zone.  The breast on the same side also shows dissipated energy flow and the bronchioles on the right side show the same.

The most prominent factor, is the darkened humeral zone with a bright red/brown ring throughout.  This indicates an inability to assimilate nutrients efficiently, despite their consumption.  The colouring points towards liver and pancreas and as both play a major role in the energy maintenance, this is liable to explain, at least in part, the issue with energy in this patient.

The sub-type of ferrum cromatose, the tiger stripping traveling through the ciliary zone from the ANW or humeral zone (difficult to identify origin as the humeral zone is so prominent) indicates an inability to metabolise iron efficiently.  Again, this must be an issue as the red blood cells are vital for oxygen and hence energy production.

The consistency of the ANW is difficult to determine, due to the humeral zone, but it is distinctly irregular throughout and of a constricted nature.  The patient is liable to show signs of intestinal pathology such as an ‘ÍBS’ type symptomology (spasticity within the GIT), but due to her attention to diet this does not appear to be a current issue.  She is, however, of an introverted nature and likes to keep issues to herself, often bottling up aggressions.  This provokes much personal mental torture, note the contraction furrows through the head area of both irides, and further depleted her energy reserves.

There are several pigments, all various shades of brown.  The darkest being on the right at 6-7’, and on the left there are 2 between 15-18’, and one at 34’.  This throws a further significance towards the liver.

The pupils are of a mydriatic disposition, indicating a sympathetic nervous system overdrive.  An over production of adrenal hormones are liable to be present.  This may be the result of pushing herself to live a normal life.

Treatment Principles

  • Liver restoration is vital
  • Regular and sustained exercise, starting of slow and building up
  • Breathing correctly; increase oxygen availability and provides constant movement to internal organs, especially the liver
  • Increase fibre rich foods
  • Consumption of bitter foods
  • Use lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and olive oil regularly
  • Avoid fried foods and snacking on refined foods
  • Avoid high intakes of calcium, phosphate (both organic and inorganic) and tannins (disrupt iron absorption)

Medication dispensed by the Herbal Clinic

Decoction, fresh prepared:

10ml 4 x daily (centred on the upper digestive system)

Mixture of powdered herbs:

2 x daily, morning and night

Progress

Energy level and general fatigue lifted gradually from the second week of medication.  The third appointment, following restoring the upper digestive system (the tongue revealed), allowed the treatment now to be focused on the liver.  Additionally, the patient required emotional support and tools to deal with self-confidence.  Addressing heated emotions, related to the liver, developed and resolved during the course of treatment.  By the fifth visit, the patients energy levels remained good and constant.

Patient Profile

Sex: Male
Age: 66
Height: 5 foot 6¾ inches
Weight: 15 Stone 6 pounds
Occupation: Retired lorry Driver
Status: Married
Children: None

General Health

This patient is suffering from intermittent swollen hands with reduced grip strength. His digestion is sluggish, often missing bowel movements in a day and has excessive flatulence. He has had polio at the age of 23 and several bouts of pneumonia throughout his life. When he was a child he almost died as a result. The patient also has palpitations, headaches and constant poor sleep – wakes up several times a night, feeling shattered. 8-9 years ago he had kidney stones removed.

Family History

Mother: Rheumatism
Father: Blood pressure problems
Sisters: Cancer

Medication

Prednisolone (6mg) 1 x daily

Tiloket (100mg) 1 every 3 days (3 weeks)

Steroid injections

Atenolol (in the past, unsure of dosage)

Occasional antibiotics

Exercise

Patient 3 has lead an active life driving and maintaining lorries. He also played football. However, over the past few years he does very little in the form of physical exertion, to the point, where he virtually does none at present.

Diet

He begins the day with ‘Special K’, ½ a banana, semi-skimmed milk and black tea. For lunch he consumes a wholemeal sandwich with ham, cheese, salmon or tuna. He may alternatively toast with scrambled eggs. He also has yogurt and tea. Dinner will generally be fish, chicken or pasta with vegetables and occasional fruit to follow and tea. He finishes the day with a tea and biscuit. He also drinks 2 cups of coffee during the day and a glass of water before each meal.

Presenting Problem

The patient wishes to address the problem he is experiencing with his hands. They are intermittently swollen, progressively getting worse. His grip strength is fading. They tend to be worse in the morning and in cold weather, but when he works (usually mechanical) they don’t appear to be a problem.

Iris Analysis

This patient has a mixed/biliary iris with a hydrogenoid sub-type.

There are few lesions in the trabeculae of these irides suggesting an overall potential strength of resistance. However, the pigmentation is likely to denote stagnation of energy and the potential for chronicity. The pupillary zone is a dark orange/brown colour suggesting a predisposition towards gastrointestinal, liver, gall bladder and pancreatic problems. This region, is greater emphasised by the very blue ciliary zone.

There are several deep crypts laying at the area associated with the transverse colon on right irid. This is liable to indicate chronic degeneration with the potential for ulceration, tumour building, cysts or perforation. Toxic material may be channeled to the head regions, and help to explain this patients tendency towards headaches. This also indicates a lack of secretions by the intestinal glandular system. The biliary nature of the iris and current symptom of excessive flatulence go hand in hand. There is likely to be reduced reactivity in the gastrointestinal system.

The ANW is often undetectable by the discolourisation, but it is thin and at places broken. This may indicate a high degree of irritation and general insufficiency within the GIT and suggest an individual with who is sensitive and lacking in nerve activity. The ANW is also doubled and kinked at 25-26’ on the left irid. This may emphasis the extra-delicate nervous system of this patient, their anxiety and sensitivity to weather changes. It is interesting to note that the PP is consistently worse in cold weather.

The largest and most prominent feature is the closed lacuna on the left irid at 8-11’ on the humeral to mid-ciliary zone. This must be significant as this is the only marking of this kind. Judging by the history of the patient a heart sign is suggestive. However, this area is liable to indicate dissipated energy, most likely from genetic background, showing a latent weakness and increased potential for lowered function.

The lymphatic rosary, seen on the outer ciliray edge indicates the possibility for sub-acute to chronic congestion within the lymph system. This could present as swollen extremities. The layers of pigmentation in this patient – orange/brown pupillary zone, blue ciliary and orange/brown lymphatic zone highlights the need to immune system support, especially in light of the patients chronic suppression of complaints with such drugs as steroids and antibiotics.

The pupils not circular; the right has a superior bulge and the left has slight superior/lateral bulge. This suggests a disturbance within the functional equilibrium of this individual.

There are also 2 prominent blood vessel in the sclera, one in the medial aspect of each eye, which indicate stagnations of the cardiovascular system.

Treatment Principles

  • Support the liver, pancreas and gall bladder
  • Suggest the use of bitters before meals
  • Perform regular, daily exercise
  • Increase lymphatic circulation by hot/cold showers, skin brushing, sauna etc.
  • Reduce wheat and dairy intake
  • Avoid mucous forming foods
  • Drink much more water
  • Avoid dehydrating drinks or food, especially tea and coffee
  • Increase fiber
  • Avoid fried foods and foods rich in denatured fats
  • Reduce intake of animal products

Medication dispensed by the Herbal Clinic

Decoction, fresh prepared:

10ml 3 x daily (centred on the lower digestive system)

5ml 3 x daily (centred on the blood and lymph)

Progress

By the second visit, the patient reported that the hands felt worse and grip strength had been intermittently better, but not sustained. The swelling had not changed. The medication and advice was tweaked to focus on elimination. During the three weeks between the following appointment, some relief had been observed, but the patient was eager to see more improvement. An additional three visits were necessary to allow the system to sufficiently detoxify itself and lasting results seen. The swelling had left by then.

Patient Profile

Sex: Female
Age: 70
Height: 5 Foot 1 inch
Weight: 10 Stone
Occupation: Retired (Social Services)
Status: Married
Children: 2

General Health

There are both many physical and psychological issues with this patient. Essentially she has never been right since marrying her husband, some 46 years ago. She feels ‘quashed’. Two years prior to her visit, she had gravel in her urine, causing discomfort. Following a hospital visit, she was informed that her gallbladder would need to be removed and she underwent surgery. The kidney issue was never resolved and she has periodic episodes of symptoms resembling the passing of stones. Since the operation she has developed ascites and severe bloating. There are numerous transient ailments including skin rashes, insomnia, depression, joint pains and muscle stiffness. Despite the catalogue of issues, she has a sparkling and uplifting temperament.

Family History

Mother: Blood pressure problems
Father: GIT disturbances, including ulcers
Sisters: Both in good health
Daughters: Respiratory and digestive weakness

Medication

Self medicates with a host of herbal products such as hawthorn, dandelion leaf, and maidenhair tree. Also uses aromatherapy and massage oils on a regular basis. Has also been through many courses of antibiotics and other suppressive drugs, but consistency feels no benefit and the problems worsen soon afterwards.

Exercise

This patient has much joy being outdoors and walking around her vast garden and taking in nature, however, due to constant physical problems, she rarely does this. She enjoys dancing, but, again problems persist and prevents this actively. She gets minimal to no exercise.

Diet

The patient has a packet of porridge each morning. She then snacks throughout the day; this tends to include bread, cheese and salad. She may have an evening meal such as stew, but this is rare as she finds it to difficult to cook. The patient drinks 2 cups of tea and a glass of water in the day and a cup of horlicks before bed.

Presenting Problem

At the moment, this patient is suffering from moderate to severe abdominal pain, located as a general feeling over the umbilicus region and more distinctly over the right iliac fossa. A feeling of warmth is present. There is no specific timing to the problem; it comes and goes. It began 3 months prior to this appointment and she fears the worst. She has constant nausea.

Iris Analysis

The patient has a lymphatic eye with a lipaemic and uric acid diathesis overtone. Please note that the pupils are not normally so large and the white flocculations, characteristically seen in the uric acid type are more prominent than the image reveals.

There is a high degree of reactively in this patient, present on both a physical and mental level. The ANW shows much irregularity and white flares throughout. This patient is rarely free from digestive upsets which tallies with this picture. Her diet is exacerbating the situation. There are several prominent white regions on the ANW. The sigmoid colon shows much reactivity (possible inflammation and irritation) and is liable to cast complications towards the reproductive system. The patient has suffered from periodic spotting, but this is not a current issue. The uterus on the right side also shows potential for activity. There is ballooning of the ANW pressing into the main heart reactive field, this is concurrent with her feeling of absence of love (from her husband and daughters). She also suffers from palpitations, when emotionally distressed.

The lipaemic diathesis aspect, encompasses the entire circumference of the cornea, principally the superior and inferior regions. This annulus is certainly consistent with her symptomology, of cerebral sclerosis (poor memory, depression postural hypotension, dizziness) and lower extremity blockages (cold feet, varicose veins, knee and hip pathologies). The resentment towards the husband and lack of support from her children is at the root of many of her complaints. She feels a victim and does not have the strength to act, rather, she voices constant complaints for attention. Breaking through this ingrained way of being, has proven very difficult. This of course is made more of a challenge by the rigid characteristics often seen in such lipaemic irises.

There is a hint of a sodium ring developing at 12-19’ and 45-49’ on the left irid at the outer skin zone. Also the embryo of one at 12-19’ on the right irid. These markings are elevated and appear a bright white, opposed to the creamy colour of the lipaemic type. Her current diet is likely the cause.

The adrenals are showing signs of dissipated energy. The left irid displays a significant degree of rarefaction, while the right houses a relatively deep lacuna. This patient has undergone a great deal of pain and suffering in her life and her ‘fight and flight’ mechanism is prevailing signs of depletion. The pupils are dilated more that normal, adding to this potential sign.

There is a brown pigment at the gall bladder. This has got to be a major sign in this patient due to its colour (liver and poor reactivity), the fact that it has been removed (will have poor bile secretion), she is grossly bloated, has pale stools and snacks on cheese as a major food source. This is liable to have some bearing on her presenting problem.

Treatment Principles

  • Avoid all forms of dairy
  • Ensure a low fat diet
  • Avoid the uric acid forming foods
  • Include lecithin and garlic to the diet
  • Include more water and/or juices (at least 4 pints)
  • Replace tea and other stimulants for non-stimulating beverages, preferably the relaxing teas such as chamomile
  • Eat at regular times and proper meals, not snacking all the time
  • Perform regular exercise
  • Empower the patient
  • Encourage the ability to ‘stand up for herself’ and to take on responsibility for her well-being (always provides an excuse to avoid change of any kind)

Medication dispensed by the Herbal Clinic

Decoction, fresh prepared:

10ml 3 x daily (centred on the lungs)

5ml 3 x daily, 20 minutes before food (centred on the blood)

External oil:

1 x daily & when required, hot

Progress

The patient reported immediate relief following the first visit. She acted religiously on the advice and felt the changes to diet were significant. Her energy levels raised and remained and digestive issues ceased. She also lost three pounds in the first two weeks. The shortness of breath reduced and by the third visit, has stopped. She also felt more inclined to speak her mind. Her bowel movements became regular and urine clear and copious. Her nausea completely left by the forth and final visit.

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