Biophotons: A modern interpretation of the traditional "qi" concept

Ishar Dalmau-Santamaria

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


At present, there is sufficient scientific evidence demonstrating cell communication via electromagnetic radiation, i.e. electromagnetic bioinformation. Cells emit light of low intensity - ultraweak photon emissions - biophotons, in constant and specific rhythms. In addition, photon radiation would be the conductive basis of biologically important information in all living beings. In modern physics, the photon is the elementary particle responsible for quantum manifestations of the electromagnetic phenomenon. It is the carrier particle of all forms of electromagnetic radiation, including gamma rays, X rays, ultraviolet light, visible light (electromagnetic spectrum), infrared light, microwaves and radio waves. Light plays a key role in molecular processes exciting and modifying their energy levels from activated electronic states which involve the release and exchange of photons. This exchange of light is what makes the biochemical reactions possible, so in addition to the cellular metabolic processes, exchange and transfer information through biophotons should also be included as essential features of life. The evidence of information transmission from biological systems of biophotonic origin was developed by physicist Fritz-Albert Popp. Such ultraweak radiations are especially related to DNA molecule and have an important role in the regulation of biochemical processes and mitosis, cell communication, morphogenetic fields, and memory. The spectral distribution of biophotons covers the range of 200-800 nanometres. Dr. FA Popp along with Dr. Klaus Peter Schlebusch, physician in Essen, Germany, demonstrated for the first time the presence of infrared radiation biophotons belonging to range of wide wavelength in human body structures that appeared to be identical to the meridian system described by the Chinese medicine. This paper describes the scientific basis for a modern interpretation of the traditional concept of Qi from the physical concept of biophotons. In addition, the article will examine current scientific findings according to which one may relate biophotons and connective tissue, and their relationship with the meridian system. This could indicate that the meridians described by Chinese medicine are like fiber optic cables that carry large amount of bioinformation in the form of biophotons and with the function, among others, of contributing to the regulation and organization of biological systems. © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-64
JournalRevista Internacional de Acupuntura
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013


  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese medicine
  • Connective tissue
  • Photon
  • Ultraweak photon emission
  • Weak electromagnetic radiation


Dive into the research topics of 'Biophotons: A modern interpretation of the traditional "qi" concept'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this