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What are Biophotons?

By R. Kayne
Updated May 23, 2024
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Biophotons are weak emissions of light radiated from the cells of all living things. A photon is a single particle of light. Plants, animals and humans generate up to 100 photons per second, per .15 square inches (1 sq. centimeter) of surface area. The light is too faint to be seen by the naked eye, but biophotons have been detected and verified using photomultiplier tubes.

According to a leading researcher of biophotons, German biophysicist Fritz-Albert Popp, light is constantly being absorbed and remitted by DNA molecules within each cell's nucleus. These biophotons create a dynamic, coherent web of light. A system that could be responsible for chemical reactions within the cells, cellular communication throughout the organism, and the overall regulation of the biological system, including embryonic development into a predetermined form.

The laser-like coherence of the biophoton field is a significant attribute, making it a prime candidate for exchanging information in a highly functional, efficient and cooperative fashion, lending credence to the idea that it may be the intelligence factor behind the biological processes. An aspect of, or cousin to consciousness, though this remains speculative.

Biophoton emissions will vary according to the functional state of the organism. If a disease such as cancer affects certain cells they will radiate a different photonic signature than healthy cells of the same type. In this way biophotons can be a noninvasive tool for assessing the state of health or vitality. Applications can extend far into other areas like testing food and water quality, checking for chemical or electromagnetic contamination, or agricultural testing for products that improve crop resistance to disease. Biophysicists in many European and Asian countries are currently engaged in such research.

Proponents of alternative medicine see a possible connection between biophotons and natural healing techniques. For example acupuncture is based on manipulating or exciting "ch'i" energy -- the vital life force that, according to ancient Chinese belief, regulates body function and is responsible for well-being. It is suggested that the meridians or energy points used by acupuncturists may tap into node lines within the biophoton field.

It is further hypothesized that all living things might be connected together through dynamic biophoton fields.

A Russian scientist discovered bipohotons in 1923, dubbing them mitogenetic rays. Though Professor Alexander Gurvich's discovery sparked wide research, it wasn't until 1974 that Popp proved their existence, revealed their origin in DNA, and subsequently their coherence. Popp's biophoton theory provides an intriguing and promising path for more international research, which could lead to major developments in our understanding of life, the mechanisms of healing and health, and our interconnectedness with the world around us.

Though skeptics relegate much of this to pseudoscience, research may eventually shed light on biophotons for us all.

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Discussion Comments
By Mindful — On Aug 01, 2013

I'm confused. Help me understand this. When a molecule emits a photon it does so based on its temperature so for living tissue this is basically heat. As photons travel through any opaque substance (flesh) they 'random walk' from molecule to molecule countless times with energy based on the most recent emission. How then can there be any kind of coherence, any pattern of energy or information ultimately transferred through this process. How can the informational significance of a Biophoton coming from DNA survive even its first molecular encounter?

By anon341089 — On Jul 08, 2013

To clarify, are biophotons properties considered as a part of molecules?

By anon318821 — On Feb 09, 2013

The study of Biophotons and their relation to the human body is called Biontology. The spiritual father of Biontology is Johan Boswinkel. He has evaluated thousands of people with various health stress conditions and through the Chiren instrument has relieved their stress conditions so that the body is able heal itself.

By anon164551 — On Apr 01, 2011

I know that light therapy cures, or at least controls some types of depression, could it be a valid therapy for other ailments? Could it, for instance, "cure" cancer, by correcting the "photonic signature" of the damaged cells? Just wondering.

By anon18509 — On Sep 24, 2008

You are absolutely right about living organisms emitting biophotons, however if you think of a photon as both a particle and a wave, you will realize that the photon particles are literally trapped inside the bio material emitting them. So just like you freeze food in the freezer, living properties are preserved. I only know of one company in the world right now that does stuff like that huashen. I think they have a US branch here, but not a 100%, I haven't searched for it. Hope that answers your questions.

By anon9839 — On Mar 14, 2008

I was reading about the commercial products (clothing, drinking cups, etc) claimed to be made with use of nanothechnology and emitting biophotos due to addition of plants ( they have the whole list of them posted on their website) How reliable the information? I have doubts because biophotons are emitted by live organism. What do you think?

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