Green Light Therapy for Migraines

Migraines can be absolutely debilitating, and the sad truth is that medications aren’t enough to help a lot of people. Natural approaches are often a better option, and now we may have a new tool in our migraine prevention toolkit!

Green Light

In a study at the University of Arizona, 29 people with episodic or chronic migraines were exposed to white light for 1-2 hours per day for 10 days. Then after a break for 2 weeks, they were exposed to green LED light for 10 days. Here’s what they found:

  • Overall, green light exposure reduced the number of headaches per month by 60%. 
  • Green light also decreased the intensity of pain from an average of 8 down to 3.2 on a scale of 0-10. 

The participants were very happy with the light therapy. Even though they were told at the beginning of the study that they would need to return their green light at the end, they were then given the option to keep it. 28 out of 29 said yes!

I found a company that sells green light lamps, called Allay if you want to get your hands on one. Do your research first.

Many women noticed that they get frequent headaches and migraines when they entered midlife. These headaches could be caused by hormone fluctuations during certain times of the menstrual cycle.

Want to discuss what you can do to find relief? Book some time with me and let’s talk it through.

Martin LF, Patwardhan AM, Jain SV et al. Evaluation of green light exposure on headache frequency and quality of life in migraine patients: A preliminary one-way cross-over clinical trial. Cephalalgia. 2020. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32903062/

People who suffer from migraine are reducing their pain and improving their quality of life thanks to pain specialists at the University of Arizona Health Sciences and their green light research. https://uahs.arizona.edu/tomorrow/shining-green-light-new-preventive-therapy-migraine