Healing With Light: The Future of Medicine? (Pt. I)


Warning: this story is about a man who has developed a groundbreaking new therapy: healing with light. The man is not a doctor. Nor is he an accredited scientist. His proof is rather anecdotal, and, yes, there are countless skeptics eagerly lining up to attack his results and conclusions. Yet Johan Boswinkel might just hold a key to the medicine of the future in his hands.

Why should you read on, after a warning like that? Because modern medicine, despite all its progress, often remains powerless against the many chronic illnesses spawned by our modern lifestyle. Albert Einstein said it well: You can never solve a problem on the same level of thinking on which it was created. My son’s T-shirt puts it more baldly: “It’s usually the oddballs who change the world.”

That’s a description—I say with all respect—that fits Johan Boswinkel to a “T.” “Oddballs” don’t fit neatly into known structures or frameworks. Boswinkel is the personification of the independent ­autodidact. He asked questions no one else asked and found a solution no one else found. He built an instrument that can measure disturbances in the body and correct them. Using that instrument, he and the hundreds of people he has trained in the past 20 years have helped thousands of people banish serious diseases and troublesome ailments. “Our approach should become primary health care. We have a success rate of 80 percent without harmful side effects,” Boswinkel says in his apartment overlooking the Maas River in central Rotterdam.

In the early 1980s, Boswinkel worked as a director of a travel agency in New Zealand. Suffering from exhaustion after a particularly busy period, he visited an acupuncturist at his secretary’s urging. The man treated him, but more important, he asked Boswinkel to translate an article for him from German into English. That article was written by German physicist Fritz-Albert Popp, and it discussed his research proving Russian embryologist Alexander Gurwitsch’s hypothesis that all cells emit an extremely faint light. Popp called that light “biophotons” and demonstrated that these biophotons direct the body’s biochemical processes.

That bit of translation brought about a radical change in Boswinkel’s life. He had always wanted to understand more about the way human beings work. He had studied economics but quit the program before completing it, after discovering that “the models never worked in the real world because they never took people into account.” He then studied medicine, only to discover that “people were missing there, too.” Psychology also failed to answer his questions, and he finally went to work for a bank. But his desire to understand what makes us tick kept burning. Popp’s article got him thinking. “If all the information required to control the body’s biochemical processes is in the light that the body emits, and if disturbances in that light disrupt ­biochemical processes and cause disease—as Popp claimed—then it must be possible to “examine” the light and remove the disease. Then you return the “repaired” light to the body. If it works, it will have enormous consequences for everything.”


Though he didn’t know it—there was no Internet 30 years ago—Boswinkel was following in the footsteps of several pioneers who, based on the realization that bodies ultimately consist of vibrations, had been experimenting since the early 19th century with instruments to combat disease using electromagnetic frequencies. Independently of one another, American inventor Royal Rife, San Francisco doctor Albert Abrams and British engineer George de la Warr had produced striking results using machines they built themselves. More recently, in the 1970s, Franz Morell in Germany developed a similar instrument. All these pioneers suffered the same fate: Despite results that invited further investigation, they were zealously attacked in courts by the medical establishment and their work fell largely into obscurity.

Boswinkel dove into Popp’s work, searched in vain for information on biophotons in the physics literature—“There wasn’t any then and there isn’t any now,” he growls—and began studying homeopathy and acupuncture. Using his acquired knowledge, he built his first machine in 1983 to measure and repair a body’s light emissions. His first experimental case involved a terminal liver cancer patient in New Zealand. “I measured and treated, measured and treated, and after about twelve sessions, the man was clearly improving,” Boswinkel recounts. And it was no accident, as his subsequent successes with AIDS patients proved.

Nearly 30 years later, Boswinkel’s instrument is on its sixth generation and he’s done enough “miracle working” that scientific recognition for his therapy is beginning to trickle in. The Medical University of Graz in Austria added Boswinkel’s biophoton therapy to its complementary medicine curriculum in 2007. In Wageningen, the Netherlands, researchers are investigating the effect Boswinkel’s therapy has on growth in plants and fowl. In addition, the first, limited observational studies are being conducted on people, and there are mainstream doctors using Boswinkel’s machine in their practices.

Biophotons are barely measurable. The light they emit is comparable to that of a candle flame 12 miles away. For this reason, Fritz-Albert Popp devised an ingenious amplifier to study cells’ biophotonic emissions. With it, Popp can demonstrate that cells emit either a coherent—healthy—light or a chaotic light that indicates disease. The explanation is simple: When biophotons direct the body’s biochemical processes in a chaotic manner, those processes are disrupted.

Popp’s amplifier is fine for a laboratory where cells can be viewed using a microscope, but not for the practical applications Boswinkel had in mind: a body—millions of cells—continuously emits electromagnetic radiation across a very wide spectrum. Boswinkel found his solution in an instrument developed in the 1950s by the German founder of ­electro-acupuncture, Reinhold Voll. Voll demonstrated that the electrical resistance at acupuncture points clearly deviated from that of the surrounding skin. He also determined that every ­acupuncture point is connected to a specific organ or gland. There are two possible outcomes for measurements made using Voll’s instrument: Either the device displays a straight line, indicating a steady resistance, or it displays a downward curve corresponding to a declining value—called an “indicator drop”—that indicates weakness at the point. Boswinkel says, “That was a breakthrough for me. Popp demonstrated exactly the same thing using his light amplifier: a steady line in the case of orderly, coherent light, and a drop in the case of chaotic light. That led me to conclude that measurements taken at acupuncture points correspond to biophotonic measurements.” Since then, other researchers have indeed determined that acupuncture points—and the eyes—serve as special windows for absorbing light into the body and that explains the difference in resistance that Voll measured at those points.

In case of a dropping measurement, there is a disturbance in the body, and that’s where Boswinkel’s diagnosis begins. In his instrument, he has combined Voll’s measurement method with an archive of homeopathic potencies. In the homeopathic tradition, bacteria, diseases, toxins and heavy metals are homeopathized: Their frequencies and information are stored into the homeopathic medicine. That homeopathic information—for some 500 substances—is stored as “counter-frequencies” in Boswinkel’s machine.

An example: A stomach acupuncture point displays an indicator drop when Boswinkel measures it. This means there is a disturbance in the stomach. If he includes the counter-frequency for salmonella in the measurement, and the line straightens and becomes coherent, Boswinkel knows the stomach disturbance is caused by salmonella. The sum of the disruptive frequency and the counter-frequency should be zero, because opposing waves cancel each other out. If the measurement including the salmonella counter-frequency still displays a drop, then Boswinkel must look for another cause. “Your body is like a radio; you only hear music when you’re resonating with a specific station. You only hear music if you’re properly tuned,” he says.


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Bruce A.
Bruce Atkinsabout a year ago

Nexus magazine Feb-Mar 2014 Vol. 21, No. 2 has an article written by me called "Porphyrins: how we assimilate light". It presents well-established scientific evidence-based facts (Britannica 2010) 'clarifying' and supporting biophoton and other 'light energy' theses. Mainstream academia refuses to comment because it makes them look a bit 'recalcitrant' with their 'Traditional refusal' to admit that light energy IS relevant to human biological processes. I am forming a network of informed, objective and educated professionals to 'force' academia to accept the obvious and enable medical and scientific knowledge-bases to be amended to reflect the Truth. Please contact me if you want to be part of this long overdue 'change'.

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado4 years ago


irene fernandez
irene Fernandez4 years ago

So interesting, hope to hear more about it

Sue H.
Sue H.4 years ago

Nothing would surprise me about the benefits of alternative therapies. Would love to see a study done on this therapy.

Kamakshi Kamath
Kamakshi Kamath4 years ago


Julija S.
Julija S.4 years ago


Jon T.
Jon T.4 years ago

Interesting but I would have thought that if he has his claimed 80% success rate, then he would have run some proper trials that could be analysed and published...

Rossy Osborne
Rossy Osborne4 years ago

Looking forward to the second article.
Thanks very much,so interesting.

Ameer T.
Ameer T.4 years ago

I am a master Reiki practioner and i have studied other alternative treatments as well. you may not believe what i say but i tell you that medicine and cures existed hundreds of years ago that were able to treat problems modern medicine can not.

Science is somewhat hindering because it discourages these therapies. but cures exist in nature that would help man if not science. there is a fruit called Guyabano that grows mostly in Sri Lanka and is able to actually kill cancer cells 10000 times faster than Chemo. (you can actually google this). So why doesn't the world know about it? despite several attempts by major pharma companies, medicine could not be made out of the fruit and hence it could not be profited from by the corporations. So no one learned of it.

KAREN L.4 years ago

to follow.........