Author: Lee Richard H
Affiliation: China Healthways Institute, 117 Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672, USA 
Conference/Journal: 2nd World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1993
Other: Pages: 76 , Word Count: 364
Investigation into qi and qigong using the Kirlian photography shows that the energetic field surrounding the fingers varies constantly and is strongly affected by thought and emotion. While these findings are difficult to explain through western physics. they are easily explained by the Chinese concept of qi. Traditional Chinese medical theory holds that this energetic fluid permeates and surrounds all living things, its flow and function in constant flux with every movement and thought. Kirlian Photography produces a faint corona discharge around each finger which is easily directed by minor changes in the electrical characteristics of the finger and surrounding air.
Research comparing the Kirlian photography of fingers to acupuncture diagnosis have found that a small Kirlian image surrounding a particular finger corresponds to a weakness in the internal organ associated with the meridian that flows to that finger. Research into psychological disturbances shows that depression is associated with small Kirlian images, and that schizophrenic patients often have twisted. confused Kirlian images which become more normal when the patient gets improvement.
Drawings from thousands of Kirlian photos of individuals showed that young people had brighter pictures than the elderly and healthy individuals had brighter pictures than the ill. Healers usually have very strong pictures. I took a group of people and had those with the larger images act as the 'therapist', rubbing the shoulders on the other. the 'patient' for 3 or 4 minutes. The image of the “patient' got dramatically bigger, which is what most people would expect. However. that of the 'therapist' got much smaller. Often the 'patient' would report less discomfort and more energy while the 'therapist' reported feeling slightly more tired. The implication is clear that qi has been transferred from the 'therapist' to the 'patient'.
Many qigong doctors limit their load of qigong treatments to no more than three patients per day to avoid illness'. They also spend several hours per day doing qigong exercises to re build this qi. Kirlian photography shows that many qigong masters can. at will. create huge Kirlian images. qigong doctors who have just finished treating a patient or emitting qi during a lecture will often have a very small Kirlian image or none at all!