Magazine Issue: July/August 2011


Standing in the light

By Editorial Team

How Johan Boswinkel is using biophotons, the faint light waves emitted by cells, to help the body heal.

Jurriaan Kamp | July/August 2011 issue

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—therewas 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.

As soon as he knows what’s causing the bodily disturbance, Boswinkel can treat it. The patient holds two glass electrodes, one in each hand. One electrode records what the body is emitting. That light is subsequently “inverted” in the machine and fed back into the body through the second electrode. The process is repeated with the feet, which are placed on two glass plates. “You’re treated with your own light. Every dysfunction can be identified,” Boswinkel says. His therapy is based on the same law of similars that underpins homeopathy.

Boswinkel needs less than an hour to diagnose and treat illness, and he can resolve most problems in five or six sessions. He estimates his therapy’s success rate at 80 percent and notes, “We treat precisely the chronic cases, the people who’ve already exhausted the entire mainstream medical gamut.” He grows thoughtful. “In principle, you can always heal everything. There are very few people who can’t get better. You can intervene at the last possible moment and restore the body’s ability to heal itself.” In his ideal world, everyone would undergo a checkup every six months. “No disturbance can build over that period of time into something that can’t be corrected simply.”

The greatest challenge to successful treatment using Boswinkel’s therapy is making the diagnosis. “That’s the trickiest part,” he says. In the human cellular organism, millions of processes are taking place at every moment. “You can compare it to a tree, where each leaf can display a particular symptom or disturbance. You can focus on each sick leaf and realign it. That will quickly relieve specific symptoms. But leaves get sick because there’s an underlying disturbance in the trunk and the roots of the tree. You have to look for that core. That’s where the real solution lies.”

He cites an example. “In mainstream medicine, the helicobacter bacterium is known to cause peptic ulcers. But when I want to treat a peptic ulcer, I treat the gall bladder, not the helicobacter. When organs or glands are exhausted, the immune system no longer functions optimally, and the body develops a receptivity that bacteria can exploit.” After 30 years, Boswinkel sees many connections that mystify the lay person—and even mainstream doctors. To Boswinkel, there’s a connection between Crohn’s disease and chronic appendicitis, between asthma and whiplash and between an enlarged prostate and a potassium deficiency. He sees the cause of liver cancer in pituitary malfunction, and that’s also where treatment begins for alcoholism caused by the pancreas in overdrive—because the pituitary gland influences the pancreas.

It takes extensive knowledge of the human body to make the right diagnosis, which Boswinkel painstakingly taught himself over many years. This is far from true of the hundreds of people he has since trained to operate his instrument. Several conversations with practitioners reveal that those who are most successful in using Boswinkel’s therapy are those who have completed a specific medical education—from natural medicine to physical therapy to nursing. That’s why Boswinkel is so enthused that his training program, which takes an average of 21 days spread over several months to complete, has become part of the complementary medicine curriculum at the Medical University of Graz in Austria. He has plans for even wider university exposure. “Such an integral approach offers the best chance of success,” he says.

An observational study conducted by two therapists who completed the training program in Graz illustrates the effect of Boswinkel’s therapy. Twenty patients of different ages with a variety of chronic complaints—from allergies and skin problems to sleeping disorders and fatigue—were treated for two weeks. After three months, symptoms had disappeared or radically diminished for 90 percent of participants. A test like this one doesn’t meet strict scientific standards, but it does indicate promise that invites more rigorous double-blind, controlled studies.

Boswinkel’s critics point to the danger of the “experiment effect”: the observer who influences the measurement. “That effect absolutely exists,” Boswinkel responds, adding that it plays a role across the board in science. The operator and his intellect are part of the diagnosis. “Every measurement is subjective, and that’s why it’s so crucial that the therapist makes himself as objective as possible,” he says. “When you’re taking measurements with the machine, you have to keep yourself open to every possible outcome; that gives you the most information, and makes a great deal possible.”

Boswinkel’s approach reaches far beyond the boundaries of medicine. Similar to a predecessor, George de la Warr, who drove ravenous Colorado beetles from a potato field by surrounding it with transmitters that produced the appropriate counter-frequency, Boswinkel had success fighting a plague of locusts in Morocco in the 1990s. The opportunities for ridding agriculture of chemical pesticides are evident. When we spoke, Japan had just been hit by the severe earthquake, and the danger of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant dominated the news. Boswinkel reached out to his contacts in Japan and offered help. “Every frequency can be inverted,” he says.

We stroll into Rotterdam’s city center on a sunny spring day, where people are walking down the street wearing sunglasses. “You shouldn’t do that,” Boswinkel says. “The eyes are precisely where the solar radiation that feeds life enters the body.” Nor is he a fan of sunscreens that cover up those other important windows to the sun, the acupuncture points. Johan Boswinkel knows that without light, there is no life. Not only are our food sources dependent on the sun, but our bodies cannot thrive without daily exposure to sunlight. It’s generally accepted that a lack of daylight causes seasonal affective disorder, or “winter depression.” Blind people whose pineal gland does not transmit the light entering their eyes to the brain can exhibit significant disturbances in their physiological and emotional stability. The late Hungarian biochemist Albert von Szent-Györgyi said in his 1937 Nobel Prize acceptance speech for discovering vitamin C, “A living cell requires energy not only for all its functions, but also for the maintenance of its structure. Without energy, life would be extinguished instantaneously, and the cellular fabric would collapse. The source of this energy is the sun’s radiation.”

Sunlight may be healthy and vital, but the artificial lighting in which so many of us spend so much of our days undermines health. Sunlight offers a balanced spectrum; in contrast, artificial lighting—depending on the type—provides only a limited portion of the spectrum. That limitation disrupts the body’s harmony, which is the start of all disease. That is: Disease begins with a lack of light. Johan Boswinkel’s message is that light is also the remedy.

We arrive at an outdoor café for lunch. Boswinkel chooses a table in the shade, and I raise my eyebrows. He laughs. “I already produce so much light.”

Ode’s publisher and editor-in-chief Jurriaan Kamp is hereby resolved to get out more.

Photo: Pieter de Swart


  1. So many devices and machines that are available to treat all kinds of illness, pain, syndromes, etc….
    I applaud all these “geniuses”. I wish the governments and pharmaceutical companies would mind their own business and let people have a choice on how to treat themselves.
    I am a healer (not a medical doctor) and work with different disciplines as well as devices with much better results than alopathic medicine without the undesired side effects. One of the most amazing to help people improve their quality of life are the CieAura holographic chips…….. but that is for another article!

  2. Jurriaan,

    I have been involved in homeopathic medicine since 1972, and I have known about Voll’s method and other similar new technologies that have emerged since the late ’70s. However, YOUR article is the best description of these developments that I have ever read. Good work, actually, great work!

    Back in 1981, I organized a conference at UC Berkeley entitled “Conceptualizing Energy Medicine.” I had hoped that this conference will help herald in a new paradigm of understanding and manifesting real healing. However, it seems that natural/alternative medicine in America has emphasized nutritional supplements much more than homeopathic (energy) medicines. And sadly, the “science” behind CAM have sought to emulate the same reductionistic practices for one specific treatment for everyone with one specific disease…and because that is not the way real healing works, such “scientific” investigations predictably enough have not proven the efficacy of natural treatments. GOOD scientific research must evaluate the overall SYNDROME of a person, not just a local disease (because disease is never local…it is systemic).

    Thank you, Jurriaan, for your writing…and a “high potency” thank you to John Boswinkel for his important work!

    For people who want to follow-up on some of my writings on homeopathy and energy medicine, see some of my work at: –of special interest to people interested in the above article will be my writings on “energy medicine” and the new research of Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier.


  4. Aloha,
    I agree with Dana Ullman, this is the best article I ever read on the development of biophotone – and bioresonance therapy. I worked in Germany as a Heilpraktiker for more than 30 years and have watched the development of these machines (I worked with MORA, and MORA color in the 80s and 90s) and I had, until I emigrated to Hawaii in 2009 a BICOM bioresonance device. The mode d’emploi is the same as Boswinkel describes it in his work. I also was also able to experience a BIONIC 880 (Biophotonen) device 2009 in Germany. The flaw on that device was, that it was trial and error how to find the right setting for a specific patient. Reading now, that Mr Boswinkel combines the diagnostic and application mode from the Bioresonance and the technique from the Biophotones – this must be an extraordinary device and I cannot wait to hear him speak via livestream in San Francisco.

    If there is interest in another further development of an ancient healing method I invite you to read more about european foot reflexology, where you can for example empty benign breast and ovary cysts (using the pituitary point as a catalyst point) to only name one of the possibilities.
    I hope that this forum will be meeting point to all the people, who are interested in the healing art. Love and light from Hawaii Ulla Meyerhof

  5. disentegrating vertebrae in cervical spine causing bone spurs, scar tissue and arthritis in right shoulder. will this process help theseallysics problems

  6. Thanks for the information. I hope you will do a follow up article.

  7. Many have been on the outer edges of this material – biophotons, etc. Back in the 1880s, Dr. Babbitt and others were using exceedingly simple illumination with colors to heal. From 1920 on, many practitioners continued with a system called Spectro-Chrome, and it is still in existence today. A household lamp in a box, and appropriate color filters is all that is required to cause cause surprising health changes in many cases. Recently, Japanese researchers took photos of a person, in complete darkness, showing visible light emanating from him. Live and learn does not seem to be the motto of the current medical profession.

  8. I’ve been useing flower essences produced at Perelandra for at least 20 years. They work by repairing the bodys electrical system [biophotons] whitch then impact the nervous system and that impacts the biochemistry. So it sounds like one can get pretty much the same effect without a device, and the body its self knows where the circutry is fried and sends the healing pattern of the essences directly where it is need. Anyway, anyone wanting to start immediately takeing care of their own health should check it out. Perelandra is a nature research center in Warrington VA run by Michaelle Small Wright. The prices are very reasonable and I highly recommend them.

  9. Very interesting and informative article. I have a rare form of leukemia, myelofibrosis, and this article leaves me thinking maybe there’s hope for me. I would be very appreciative if the author could provide additional information regarding bio phototonics as it relates to myelofibrosis. Thanking you in advance.

  10. I have been using this treatment to heal from the diagnosis of myelofibrosis with a JAK2 mutation and then a further diagnosis of CMML. What appreared to be a rather grim prognosis and no real treatment options, has turned into one of the most “healing adventures” of my entire life. I went from listless, exhausted, rising WBC count, crazy other cell counts, 100 % cellular marrow & enlarged abdomen to what looks like the beginning of a healthy life again. I am aggressive with the treatments and there is no adverse effect as there would be with chemo, to keep the spleen size down. (Mine has gone down). As the article says, I am “standing in the light.”

  11. As a Biontologist, went through the Institute of Johan Boswinkel, and did a Master of Science in the InterUni College Seggau in Graz, Austria, I have done scientific investigation with the use of the biophotonic instrument by Johan Boswinkel. This was, together with my fellow Biontologists, an extraordinary experience. There is still a lot to discover and there should be done more in order to have the effects of working with biophotons proven. On the other hand the people who have discovered their improvement of the quality of their health, take their action to show the world their achievement. This is great. This Article about Johan Boswinkel is giving a good impression of what is possible. There is more to come, also as I understand in the USA. People like Jan (see above January 30) with his website is showing how he recovered towards his better quality of life. Hopefully John (January 29) can benifit from the what John did, and get to a healer/biontologist in the USA. As also other reactions on this article on this website show, there are several people mentioning the fact that the medical doctors are working in very different way. As I read the stories, people are writing about a so called local sickness or disease, instead of the holistic view where the biontologist will look at the whole human being and search for the cause. With the appropriate energetic frequency many causes can be neutralized. A great thing to do with and for the patient. A world opened when starting to work with this and much is still out there to discover. A last statement: please remember that you are your own doctor, so he is never far away.

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