This is high-frequency photography used to produce a photograph of the ‘aura’ of energy that surrounds a person. Semyon and Valentina Kir-lian, who discovered and developed the method for diagnostic purposes, found that photographs made using this technique showed differences in the energy field of healthy and diseased subjects. It is said that a healthy person emits a strong aura, while a person with disease, whether manifest or latent, emits a weak aura. Any imbalances requiring treatment will be identified after interpretion of the aura by the practitioner.

Under strictly controlled conditions a Kirlian photograph of the two hands of the patient is usually taken. The resulting print will show a furry effect surrounding the outline of the hands, with flares of energy and areas of blockage that can be used to diagnose certain illnesses .