Are Migraine Days Over With Green Light Therapy?

Headache pain may be reduced by up to 60 percent.

Oct 16, 2020

In science’s pursuit to find alternative ways to improve people’s health, promising therapies are arising that can complement or even replace conventional medicine. And now, a ground-breaking and life-changing technology professes to significantly reduce migraines.

Researchers at the University of Arizona have been studying the effects of green light therapy on those who suffer from migraines. In September, they completed their first clinical study and the results are very encouraging.

They found that green light therapy is extremely beneficial to those suffering from headaches. It not only reduces the intensity of the pain, but it can also diminish its frequency by 60 percent, significantly improving patients’ quality of life. 

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine is the third most common illness in the world, affecting one billion worldwide, including men, women, and children. Additionally, it is the sixth most disabling illness in the world and more than 90 percent of sufferers are unable to carry on with their normal activities during their episodes.

Even when it can be extremely incapacitating, migraine is still a poorly understood neurological disease that is commonly undiagnosed and undertreated. And when it is actually treated, medication overuse can lead to episodic migraine turning chronic. Therefore, green light usage can become a real game changer, offering a new approach to the treatment of this widespread and debilitating condition. 

According to Science Daily, the recent clinical study included 29 patients who suffer from episodic or chronic migraine. They have tried but failed several traditional therapies including Botox injections and oral medications.

Dr. Patwardhan, co-author of the study, told Science Daily that this nonpharmacological therapy greatly helps those who do not want to take allopathic medicine as well as those who do not respond to medications. “The beauty of this approach is the lack of associated side effects. If at all, it appears to improve sleep and other quality of life measures,” Patwardhan explained.

In the study, participants spent two hours at home each day staring at an LED strip that emitted green light. They did this for ten weeks, reporting the number and intensity of headaches they had.

But that’s not it. The participants also reported significant improvements in sleep quality and in the ability to perform every day normal activities such as exercise and work. And none of them reported any side effects.

As the study reveals, green light treatment is an unprecedented alternative for migraine sufferers. Once it is used to replace or complement traditional therapies, it is expected to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Not only is it a healthy alternative for treating migraines, LED is inexpensive. And this green light may even signal new routes to healing; Mohab Ibrahim, lead author of the study, told Science Daily that he hopes to look into utilizing green light therapy for other conditions.

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DAIANA BROJT, CONTRIBUTOR
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