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Gas Discharge Visualization (GDV) and the Kirlian Effect

Currently, the term Kirlian effect is used to describe the visual observation and digital photographic capturing of biological subjects. A glow or “energy field” surrounds the object's surface when it is placed in a charged electrical field and photographed using a gas discharge emission. The results of capturing these biological subjects is known as “bioelectrography” or electrophotonics as well as Kirlian photography

The emission capturing of humans as well as biological objects in electromagnetically charged fields has been known for more than two centuries. However, the complexity of the earlier equipment that was in use at that time hindered the progress of the deeper study of the effect. It was only due to the efforts of Russian inventors, (a married couple named Kirlian) who independently discovered this phenomenon in the 1930’s. Due to their work, high-frequency photography method became widely known. For several decades the Kirlians were involved in glow studies of various substances. They attained more than thirty patents. Hence, the phenomenon became universely known as Kirlian effect.

Even the initial studies demonstrated that Kirlian captures reveal results that follow a person’s state of health. For example, it was possible to evaluate the general level and character of the organism's physiological activity judging by the size and shape of the fingertip and toe captures, as well as to assess the state of various systems of the organism. Further, the influence of different impacts, such as medications, therapy, etc. could be followed. This data provided the opportunity to develop various effective systems of diagnostics based on Kirlian effect usage. The two most notable systems of analysis are Peter Mandel’s system of Energy Emission Analysis (EEA) using a high-voltage analog camera and dark-room technology and more recently, Dr. Konstantin Korotkov’s Gas Discharge Visulaization (GDV) technology, using a much more sophisticated digital camera, and a sophisticated set of algorithms to process and display the finger captures.

Kirlian photography analysis became widespread as a method of research studies related to energy emissions. There are currently over one thousand publications available on the topic. However, human energy fields have aroused the greatest interest in the world today. Below is a list of some popular studies: