Doctors Find a Way to Treat Migraines with LED Lights

Doctors Mohab Ibrahim and Rajesh Khanna recently conducted a study that seems to show the positive effect of green LED lights on migraines. With further research, it is a possibility that this method may be useful in the future for treating the issue of migraine headaches, which has been notoriously difficult to treat.

The Green Light-White Light Study

The doctors asked trial participants to stare at LED lights for 1 to 2 hours a day over a period of 10 weeks. These participants all suffered from chronic migraine headaches, and many were willing to try anything to create a beneficial change. One group was asked to stare at green LED lights while the other stared at white. Those in the green LED light group reported that looking at this light minimized their pain by 40 to 50 percent.

Participants Thrilled at the Effects

The participants in the green light group were absolutely shocked by the effects of the study. One participant, Debi Lesneski, told ABC13 her migraines never gave her a break in between and that she often couldn’t get out of bed for a whole day because of them. She was desperate for anything to work.

“[I was] very skeptical because it is so simple. It doesn’t make any sense that just some light can fix a problem that modern medicine can’t even address. And it worked.”

The doctors stated many of the individuals in the green light trial asked to keep their lights after the study ended, and they allowed them to do so. Lesneski kept hers as well and says she still uses it for 15 minutes, 3 times a week.

Further Studies Needed

Unfortunately, even with the apparent success of the green light in the study, the correlation between the light and its effects on migraines is currently unknown. Further studies will be necessary in order to learn more, and the doctors are hoping to receive grants from the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Health to continue their work.

While the doctors maintain that the effect may potentially be psychological, Dr. Ibrahim states, “Regardless of the mechanism, the outcome is what really matters. People are both feeling better and their pain is getting better.”

Some participants have even stopped taking their medications in favor of using the green light. The doctors do warn against this, though, as further research is still necessary.

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