Author: Lee Richard H
China Healthways Institute, San Clemente, CA, USA
Conference/Journal: 3rd World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1996
Other: Pages: 119 , Special Notes: Some tables are only in Chinese abstracts. , Word Count: 585

Corona discharge photography, (Kirlian photography) is a high voltage photographic process which records the corona discharge from the fingers of test subjects on photographic film. This process has been shown to measure the electrical conductivity of the individual, and, appears to show the conductivity of individual meridians, the pathways defined in acupuncture which connect to internal organs.
Qigong practice studies conducted at CHI using Corona discharge photography have shown the following:
(1) Individuals performing external qigong in a park with pine trees with the intent to collect qi show an increase in brightness of the corona discharge indicating increased internal electrical conductance. (increasing the magnetic material of the meridians)
(2) Individuals performing internal qigong and other forms of quiet prayer and meditation show both a decrease in brightness of the corona discharge and a change in the nature of the image from one with substantial balls and streamers to one with a smooth round halo surrounding the finger. This appears to be a superconducting phenomenon in which electrons flow without the normal ionization of air, and may be a measure of the qigong process of converting qi into shen.
(3) Qigong masters often show no corona discharge at all despite a high flow of current through the fingers. This is apparently a much expanded superconducting field created by strong shen surrounding the fingers. At will, most of these masters can withdraw the shen from their hands and produce a normal corona discharge characterized by ball and streamers.
Thus, corona discharge photography documents a qigong master's mastery of qi.
Tumor Hospital tests of corona discharge photography reveal the following:
(1) Cancer patients show minimal brightness, thus are low on the magnetic aspect of qi. (meridians of low conductivity. )
(2) When their hand conductivity is increased through infrasonic therapy, they show a dominance of streamers, which is indicative of a deficiency of electrons or negative ions. ( the qi of electrical vitality. )
(3) All doctors with cancer patient contact showed a dominance of streamers, indicating that they were also depleted of negative ions.
(4) Corona discharge photography research shows that the tumor itself produces the ball formation indicating high negative ion concentration while the rest of the patient shows the streamer pattern, a sign of low negative ion concentration. This may account for the observed rapid growth and metabolic activity of cancer with simultaneous low vitality of the patient. The cancer apparently draws negative ions, an electrical aspect of qi from the rest of the body and from the doctors who have patient contact, leaving a feeling of exhaustion.
Gua Sha, a Chinese technique claimed to dredge 'bad qi' out the body in a way similar to that used by qigong masters was tested with Corona Discharge photography, finding the following:
(1) Gua Sha using a tool made from water buffalo made the corona image smaller and with more streamers, indicating that both magnetic material and negative ions had been removed from the individual. This corresponds to a feeling of fatigue after a treatment, and effective removal of 'bad qi'.
(2) Gua Sha using a tool made from Jade caused a shift from the balls and streamers to the halo, indicating a conversion from qi to shen, and did not create the feeling of fatigue.
Gua Sha may act in a similar manner to the qi removal techniques employed by qigong masters.
Summary: Three aspects of qi are thus isolated: the magnetic, which is electrically conductive, the electrical, which fuels rapid metabolic activity, and the shen, or superconducting field which is created through quiet prayer and meditation.