Can green light therapy work on migraines?
“Nofire credits it with reducing the frequency of his migraines from about 10 or more before his use, to about five a month now.”
Migraines affect 40 million people here in the United States and one billion people worldwide.
It’s a crippling neurological disorder that’s often inherited and linked to environmental factors, but researchers haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact cause.
Despite this, they are constantly learning more about the disorder and expanding treatment options. There may be a green light at the end of the tunnel.
Jessica Nofire has spent her entire adult life battling chronic migraine pain.
She says the pain was debilitating and included a pounding head, nausea and vomiting which often caused her to isolate herself. Nofire says she relies on all sorts of medications and treatments.
“Imitrex was one they tried for me that worked for a little while, then didn’t work as well after a while.”
Cue the Allay lamp, which emits a soft green tint.
“We are exposed to this light every day. It’s part of the natural spectrum of light, but you just have to isolate yourself from that and to isolate to 10 nanometers of light you need very precise devices,” explains his co-worker. -founder, Ajay Kori of Tampa.
Narrowband green light therapy was researched at Harvard Medical School and brought to market through the lamp. Kori says the biggest benefit for users is that if they feel a migraine coming on, they walk into a room with no other light sources, turn on the lamp, and go about their business: “cook or play with your kids, whatever you be. gonna do it anyway,” he said.
Medical experts say the creators of the lamp are definitely onto something.
“Light in general was thought to trigger migraine, but there has been basic research that suggests that exposure to green light, in particular, does not trigger migraine attacks and may in fact have a reduction in your perception of headaches, so there may be a therapeutic opportunity in green light exposure in particular,” says Dr. Teshamae Monteith, head of the headache division at the University of Miami.
Nofire has been using the Allay lamp for about a year now and says she sees the best benefits with consistent use.
“Of course, I use it when I have a migraine, but I use it at night, every night. Usually 30 minutes to two hours, depending on my schedule.”
She explains that it helps her relax and release tension in her head and neck. It also improved his quality of sleep.
Although it’s not a panacea, Nofire credits it with reducing the frequency of his migraines from about 10 or more before his use, to about five a month.
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