What biophoton images of plants can tell us about biofields and healing

Katherine Creath, Gary E. Schwartz

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Monitoring biofields around living organisms can provide information about the system, its state of health and how it is healing. Experimental evidence gathered by various researchers since the 1920s indicates that biophotonic emission (light) plays an important role in certain biological functions and processes. Advances in low-noise, cooled, highly-sensitive CCD (charge-coupled device) cameras essentially able to count photons over thousands to millions of pixels have made it possible to image biophoton emission in completely darkened chambers. Images of biofields can now be recorded and changes can be monitored over time. This paper reviews 2-1/2 years of research studies we have performed to develop biophoton imaging instrumentation for monitoring biofields around living organisms yielding quantitative information about their state of health and how they are healing. All but one of the experiments presented in this paper involves plants as subjects enabling a much larger subject sample and the ability to carefully test instrumentation and methodology. Because it is possible to pinpoint an area in an image and quantify the biophoton emission using the techniques presented in this paper, it is possible to create assays using plants to aid in determining healer efficacy and potentially to determine dosage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-550
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Scientific Exploration
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Bio-communication
  • Biological chemiluminescence
  • Biophoton emission
  • Biophoton imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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