Biophotons Science History and Research

Alexander Gurwitsch (1874-1954) was a Russian-Soviet biologist who was the first researcher to discover the biophoton and originated the “morphogenetic field theory.” Biophotons are ultra-weak light emissions that are emitted by all living organisms. This is a well-documented science, and benefits of biophoton and bioelectron science extend from raw food nutrition and yoga to meditative practices and multivariate ways to measure health and disease within the body (1-3). Gurwitsch spent much of his time studying plants, living embryos, and the intricate processes of cell division. In 1922, he described the morphogenetic field: “such a field is produced by the developing body itself, rather than appearing in an unknown way in the space surrounding the developing organism” (4). Other researchers, such as Pjotr Garjajev and Fritz-Albert Popp, further expanded on these discoveries and were able to measure communications from DNA molecules in the form of ultraviolet photons. Later scientific research has been able to better measure these biophotonic cellular emissions, and much of this research has expanded the understanding of biophotons and how they relate to the human organism and its environment. The morphogenetic field theory today has become a central way to explain how all organisms and matter are forms of energy, and they are all interconnected and interrelated on the atomic level. It also explains how information is communicated throughout your entire body.

This research is fundamental to understanding how the human body works on a sub-atomic level and how our diets and lifestyle choices can influence the energies emitted from each of our cells. According to Hamouda et al.:

It has been scientifically proven that every cell in the body emits more than 100,000 light impulses or photons per second. These biophotons which are not only emitted by humans but by all living things, and have been found to be the steering mechanism behind all biochemical reactions. A biophoton is always emitted before every biochemical reaction. Without the biophoton signal, there can be no chemical reaction; they are like a steering system for all the biochemistry that takes place in the body (3).

Our bodies must coordinate over  one-hundred thousand biochemical reactions every second, and they must be carefully timed and sequenced together. If these reactions occur in an orderly fashion, the molecules and cells involved will emit photons to communicate with all of the cells throughout our bodies in an optimal and organized way. These communications could involve activating or deactivating metabolic enzymes, various portions of our DNA, or triggering cell division. Illness and disease occurs when these energetic transmissions operate out of sync with each other, triggering a downward cascade of reactions. Diseased or injured cells emit more photons than healthy cells (5).

On another related note, sunlight is the most abundant energy source available to our planet, and we have long believed that plant cell chloroplasts were the only cells capable of converting sunlight energy into fuel. However, it has been shown in research that mammals who consume chlorophyll-rich, green foods on a regular basis are actually able to generate more energy (ATP) in their cellular mitochondria through the absorption of sunlight through their skin (20). Now isn’t that amazing? The human body is actually able to generate certain amounts of energy from the sun if we have adequate amounts of chlorophyll bathing our cells. It is plausible that this additional energy production can increase lifespan and/or prevent/reverse tissue damage and disease (6). This research shows us that our cells and our bodies are not only emitting light energy, but under the right conditions, they are also absorbing it and utilizing it as energy.

This video explains how this process works in the body:

David Wolfe wrote in his book The Sunfood Diet and Success System, “Chlorophyll is the blood of plants, just as hemoglobin is the blood of the body. The difference between the two molecules is that chlorophyll is centered on magnesium, while hemoglobin is centered on iron. Eating green leafy food is a transfusion of sun energy to blood energy in the arteries” (p. 182) (7).

Light energy is critical to our health. What we eat, whether we spend time in the sun, what types of people and energy we surround ourselves with on a regular basis, and how we live our day-to-day lives dramatically influence how our cells function individually and collectively. Whole person health involves the deepest levels of energetic science and shows us how we can literally maximize the positive radiant energy emitted and received by our bodies.

Every living organism emits biophotons as energy, and every person requires intake of adequate biophotons to support health. Certain foods, especially raw fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices, are able to store much higher levels of light energy. It is therefore thought that the more vibrant biophotonic energy consumed, the greater potential for cellular energetic resonance, vitality, and well-being. This is why it is important to consume a large portion of your daily calories from quality raw plant food sources.




  1. Srinivasan, T., Biophotons as subtle energy carriers. International journal of yoga, 2017. 10(2): p. 57.
  2. Pagliaro, G., et al., Human Bio-Photons Emission: an observational Case Study of Emission of Energy Using a Tibetan Meditative Practice on an Individual. BAOJ Physics, 2017. 2: p. 025.
  3. Hamouda, S., N. Khalifa, and M. Belhasan, Bio-Photon Research and Its Applications: A Review.
  4. Beloussov, L.V., J.M. Opitz, and S.F. Gilbert, Life of Alexander G. Gurwitsch and his relevant contribution to the theory of morphogenetic fields. Int J Dev Biol, 1997. 41(6): p. 771-7; comment 778-9.
  5. Creath, K. and G.E. Schwartz, Biophoton images of plants: Revealing the light within. The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 2004. 10(1): p. 23-26.
  6. Xu, C., et al., Light-harvesting chlorophyll pigments enable mammalian mitochondria to capture photonic energy and produce ATP. J Cell Sci, 2014. 127(Pt 2): p. 388-99.
  7. Wolfe, D., The Sunfood Diet Success System. 2008: North Atlantic Books.