“C’mon… not AGAIN! We just went through this!”
That’s my reaction whenever I feel the telltale symptoms of an oncoming migraine. Although I have to admit, I cleaned up the language a little.
If you have migraines, you know the feeling I’m talking about. At their worst, migraines can mean DAYS of agonizing and debilitating pain, sometimes so bad it’s all you can do to just get out of bed.
The meds out there aren’t exactly winners. They have limited benefits with side effects so bad that many migraine sufferers would rather have headaches.
But new research offers hope from another place.
It’s not a drug but an extraordinary form of light therapy. And it can dramatically reduce both the frequency and intensity of the headaches.
Shine a little light on migraine pain
It’s incredible to think that a COLOR can act as a medicine. But the science doesn’t lie, and color has shown great promise in tackling migraines in many studies over the years.
Most of the research focuses on a unique shade of reddish-purple. When lenses made with this color are worn as glasses, they can cut the number of migraines the wearer suffers and the intensity of the pain when they strike.
The downside? You’ve got to literally change your view of the world, looking at it through actual rose-colored lenses.
Some folks find the minor inconvenience well worth the migraine relief reward. And if that’s you, go ahead and visit an optician and ask for FL-41 lenses, or hunt for them online.
But I’ll admit the thought of wearing the colored glasses every waking moment of my life is a bit much for me even if they do work. This is why I was really excited to discover a much less intrusive way color therapy can fight the pain.
Even better, it was tested on patients with episodic migraines (less than 14 a month) and chronic migraines (15 or more per month), and it worked like a wonder in BOTH groups.
Headache frequency and pain plunged 60%
The study volunteers had to spend one to two hours each day sitting in the glow of a lamp with green LED lights. Weird? Maybe. But worth it. Because here’s what happened next.
The unique green light therapy led to a…
- 60 percent reduction in headache frequency
- 60 percent reduction in pain levels when the headaches did strike
And it worked in the vast majority of patients, with a 50 percent or greater drop in the number of migraine days in…
- 86 percent of episodic migraine patients
- 63 percent of chronic migraine patients
These weren’t just any old migraine victims, either. Everyone in the study had been failed by multiple other headache treatments first.
In other words, they were the toughest of the tough cases. So if it worked for them, there’s a darned good chance it could do the trick for the rest of us, too.
The lamps used in the study are small enough to move around to any room you are in. Simply set it up on a table, flick it on, kick back… maybe read a book, or have your breakfast… and that’s it. That’s your “treatment.”
Unfortunately, the University of Arizona, which conducted the study, hasn’t released any specifics on the shade or intensity of green yet. But I expect that’ll come out soon, and you can search online for both the information and a way to buy a similar lamp if you want to test it out for yourself.
And of course, I will be sure to update this information when the details are released. You can look for it on the healthiertalk.com website.
In the meantime, you might want to give probiotics a try. In an exciting study last year researchers were able to slash migraine episodes by over 40 percent and intensity by up to 31 percent with a simple supplement. Click here for all the details.