Usually bright lights can worsen migraine headaches, but in a new study it was found that LED light might do the reverse. Two doctors recently used green and white LED lights on a small group of people with promising results.
Sometimes bright lights can worsen headaches, but in a new study it was found that LED lights can in-fact do the opposite.
Doxtors Rajesh Khanna and Mohab Ibrahim tested white and green LED lights on small group of people with chronic migraines.
They found the people in the group staring at the green light experienced significant reduction in their pain (around 55-60 percent). Participants in the trial were asked to observe the green light for at least two hours a day for 10 weeks.
One of the participants in this group, Debi Lesneski, experienced intense migraine attacks and was desperate to find any solution that could treat her pain.
“I used to experience one migraine right after another,” she said. “I happened forever without any breaks in-between.”
She was very sick, depressed and unable to move out of her bad for days. Lesneski said she was not too hopeful about the results when she joined this clinical trial, but was willing to try almost anything directed towards migraine cure.
“In the beginning I was skeptical because the process was too simple for me,” She said. Isn’t it amazing to continuously stare at the green light in search of some migraine relief for the problem that modern medicine can’t even address. And, I’m glad it worked for me.”
Even though there is no proven correlation between green light and migraine headaches, Ibrahim said maybe it’s partially psychological.
“Regardless of the actual mechanism, the actual outcome is what really matters,” said Ibrahim, director at Chronic Pain Clinic. “People in the study group were feeling much better and felt much less pain.”
This affirms that green lights can help regulate the brain chemistry, Khanna said.
“We feel that green light increases happy hormones, and level of endogenous opioids,” he said.
Khanna is a professor of pharmacology based at the University of Arizona. He felt that besides increasing happy hormones, it also made the patients happy.
“The participants of the group who stared at the green light refused to return the green lights, as they wanted to keep it, and we allowed them to do so,“ he said.
Even Lesneski now wants to keep her light. She uses it daily for about 20 minutes, three to four times a week and has also stopped taking pain medications.
Despite encouraging results, both doctors hope for grants from the National Institute of Health and Department of Defense to expand the study.
In the meantime, they want to caution migraineurs not not to give up their medications.
Learn more about the exciting possibilities of this light therapy at Testing the Healing Potential of Light.