From The Rhine Research Center:

Have Scientists Discovered CHI – The Life Force Reported by Eastern Mystics?


Researchers at the Rhine Research Center have found that experienced meditators, healers and martial artists who claim to manipulate "chi" or healing energies are actually able to produce energy at a far higher rate than average people under strictly controlled laboratory conditions. "Chi" is a thus far unproven form of energy, which is believed by many in Eastern societies to be a kind of "life" or "health" force.

Over the last 30 years, Rhine researchers have put these claims to the test, putting meditators, healers and martial artists who claim to control these energies into a light proof room designed to eliminate any interference from electrical equipment or any light sources.  Using a multiphasic ultra-violet light detector which is designed to measure individual photons produced per half second, Rhine researchers were able to measure dramatic increases in the number of photons in the light-proof room when certain people were meditating, performing healings, or claiming to manipulate Chi.  Since photons represent energy in physics, the increase in photons represents an increase in energy that ranges from 500% to 10,000% above the baseline measure of energy in the room.


Funded by the Bial Foundation, these experiments are designed to assist researchers and health professionals to understand the types of energies produced by the human body and to discover the limits for controlling these energies.  Meditators, energetic healers, and martial artists claim the ability to focus their attention and manipulate these energies, and these experiments appear to verify that some people are able to control these invisible energies of the body.


The Rhine Research Center ( is the oldest operating parapsychology laboratory in the country.  The Rhine laboratories were originally associated with the Duke University Parapsychology Laboratory and are famous for the first formal academic experiments used to test Extrasensory Perception or ESP.  In the 1960’s when the founder of the lab, J.B. Rhine, retired from Duke University, he moved his facilities off campus and continued his work as a non-profit center.  In 1995, the labs were renamed the Rhine Research Center to honor their founder, and they continue to pursue the advancement of science today relying on memberships and donations for funding.