Imaging Extraordinary Vessels with Kirlian Photography Analysis - a useful diagnosis?

By Neil Blacklock


The research investigated the hypothesis that there is a correlation between the energy emission as imaged by Kirlian photography and the energy of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The dissertation highlighted the historical antecedents and main scientific criticisms of Kirlian Photography, its present day application in the diagnosis of disease and the modern use of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels. The dissertation discussed a proposal that there are five defining operational properties which appear to be shared by the ‘energy’ photographed by Kirlian Photography and the ‘Qi’ (Jing) of two channels namely the Du and Ren Mai of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels.

Based on this proposal of a theoretical functional similarity (between the bio-energy photographed with the GDV device and the Jing of the Eight Extras) it was hypothesised that energetic changes in the Du Mai and Ren Mai might be reflected in changes in the corona produced by the right index finger-tip. Two sectors were mapped onto the corona image: the medial sector of the corona was hypothesised to represent the energy of the Ren Mai and the lateral side was hypothesised to represent the Du Mai. Two Null Hypotheses were proposed (Ho1 and Ho2). Hol stated that needling makes no difference to the glow scores. Ho2 stated that opening the Ren or Du Mai makes no difference to the glow scores. Baseline readings were taken to assess the initial uniformity of the coronal images. The actual Du Mai and Ren Mai were then opened (activated) using acupuncture. A comparison then was made of any change in appearance (degree of corona uniformity) of the lateral and medial sides of the corona images by calculating their respective fractality quotients. Thus, the corona was hypothesised to be a holographic representation (a reflection) of the actual Du and Ren Mai. Subjects were used as their own control.

Results obtained appeared to indicate that opening the Du and Ren Mai brought about statistically significant changes (p < O.O5) to the medial side of the corona image at the index finger tip. A Binomial Sign Test was used to analyse the glow scores. Results indicated that the Hol could only be rejected for the medial side of the finger after the second needling (P < O.05). Ho2 was retained.

The potential of Kirlian Photography (specifically the GDV technique) to assess the presence of pathology in the Eight Extraordinary Vessels was discussed. The use of the GDV technique as a valuable aid in the diagnosis of TCM patterns of disharmony and Western diseases and implications for future research were discussed.