Green Light's Surprising Role in Combating Migraines

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Discover how green light is becoming a game-changer for migraine relief

In a pioneering study published in the journal Cephalalgia, researchers have unveiled the potential of green light exposure to significantly ease migraine symptoms.1 By employing a rigorous design where participants alternated between white light and green light exposure over several weeks, the study meticulously compared their effects on migraine frequency and intensity.

Participants, who numbered 29, used the light therapy for 1-2 hours daily. Specifically, the green light, with its wavelength of 525 nanometers, was chosen for its qualities that may reduce pain sensitivity--making it easier for the body to handle pain without the need for medications.

The results were compelling. Switching to green light led to fewer headache days and improved quality of life aspects like sleep and overall pain intensity, without any negative side effects. This highlights green light therapy's potential as a safe, effective way to reduce migraine symptoms, steering clear of the drawbacks of traditional medications.

Reflecting on Green Light's Deeper Implications

As we delve into the therapeutic effects of green light, it prompts a broader reflection on our intrinsic connection to nature. Could the soothing power of green light be a testament to millions of years of evolution, during which humans lived in harmony with the natural world? Could the positive outcomes observed in this study be reproduced through increased time in Nature, and the abundance of green wavelengths of light found there? This research opens up fascinating philosophical questions about modern life's disconnection from nature and how this absence, such as the deficiency of exposure to natural green light, might be at the root of various health issues.

The findings of this study not only offer a promising new avenue for migraine relief but also invite us to reconsider our relationship with the natural environment. Perhaps, in our quest for advanced medical solutions, we've overlooked the simple, profound healing power that nature holds. As we navigate the complexities of modern life, the reintroduction of natural elements like green light into our daily routines could be a key to improving our overall well-being.

For more research on the therapeutic benefits of being in Nature, visit our database on forest bathing here.


References

1. Martin LF, Patwardhan AM, Jain SV, Salloum MM, Freeman J, Khanna R, Gannala P, Goel V, Jones-MacFarland FN, Killgore WD, Porreca F, Ibrahim MM. Evaluation of green light exposure on headache frequency and quality of life in migraine patients: A preliminary one-way cross-over clinical trial. Cephalalgia. 2021 Feb;41(2):135-147. doi: 10.1177/0333102420956711. Epub 2020 Sep 9. PMID: 32903062; PMCID: PMC8034831.

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