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Research Projects in bioenergy

The Rhine Bioenergy Lab

This is an ongoing project. Data collection began over 10 years ago, and the Rhine continues to explore the nature of the human subtle energy field. Biophoton research has become an important factor in biological studies of the mechanisms of healing and potential information transfer in the human body.


The Rhine was on the forefront of this field of investigation, and continues to explore the frontiers of subtle energy research.  With an expansion of the current bioenergy lab, the Rhine is looking beyond individuals who can purposely increase the emission of biophotons to explore the environment around the healers and the targets of their healing activities.  In addition, other physiological factors are being measured to provide more information about how biophotons are associated with different states of mind or physiological activities.


Recently Completed Projects 

Electromagnetic Emissions:

The Human Bioenergy Field

The goal of this study is to use instruments that are commonly used in physics and engineering to explore the nature of the human bioenergy field. Biophotons are very weak light emissions from organic matter (people, animals, plants, etc.) in the invisible ultra-violet range.  Previous publications (Baumann, Joines, & Kruth, 2012) found that some participants are able to control the emission of biophotons during periods of focused intention – like energy healing, martial arts, or meditation.


The Rhine Bioenergy Lab has been measuring biophoton emissions (low levels of ultraviolet light) from people in different situations including people claiming to be psychic healers, PK agents, mediums, and people getting medical treatments.  


This is an ongoing study that has collected data consistently since 2013.


Sessions under Consideration


Five years of data is currently in analysis. The sessions included were the sessions where at least one person was in the lab. Some sessions involved two or more people, often a healer and patient.  Other sessions included a researcher in the lab to observe or take part in the session. Sessions varied in length from 10 minutes to over 45 minutes. 103 total sessions were recorded.


The primary measurement for these session is the number of photons counted by a Photomultiplier Tube (PMT) during the session.  The PMT produces data each half second (0.5 seconds) and determines the average number of photons counted by the PMT during that half second.  The lowest value possible is 0 to 1 photon each half-second, but the highest value has no limit.


In each session, a baseline was taken before and after a period of focus or intention.  During the baseline, the participant was asked to sit in the darkroom quietly without performing any activities and without an intention to produce light or perform any psi related activity. The baseline readings varied from participant to participant based on normal variations in natural biophotons produced by people in their normal resting state.



The count of photons during the baseline or resting state was compared with the count of photons during an active state or a period of intention.


This is an ongoing study that is currently in the data analysis stage.


Baumann, S., Joines, W.T., & Kruth, J.G. (2012). Electromagnetic emissions from humans during focused intent. Journal of Parapsychology, 76, 275-294.

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