Research suggests green light can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines and certain forms of chronic pain. Our Migraine lamps deliver the specific type of narrow-band green light used in the studies on green light and pain. We now have these special green LED light sources in stock, order now to get yours in about a week!
$199.00 – $289.00
2 in stock
prototype Migraine lamps to alleviate pain and photophobia
Recent research suggests that a specific type of narrow band green light reduces the frequency and severity of migraine attacks (NPR story). Green light has also been show to reduce the pain and discomfort when exposed to light during a migraine attack (this phenomenon is called photophobia). Narrow-band green light shows promise as a drug-free approach to alleviating pain.
The links between green light and pain is being explored by several different research groups. Research conducted at the University of Arizona found that green light can provide relief from chronic pain caused by migraines and fibromyalgia (link). More recent work in this group suggests that green light can reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks (NPR story). In a landmark 2010 study, researchers showed that a specific type of ‘narrow-band green’ light can reduce migraine photophobia – reducing the pain caused by light-sensitivity during a migraine attack (link). By comparison, even relatively low levels of indoor light can be unbearable, and these studies show that fluorescent and LED lights, computer screens and even sunlight, can increase both the intensity and spread of headache pain. The preliminary research on underlying pathways suggests that our brains and nervous systems respond differently to narrow-band green light.
In an effort to help alleviate the misery of migraine sufferers, we’re offering two different prototype lamps which deliver the specific narrow band green light discussed in these ground breaking research studies. Our bottled sunshine table lamps and mySun desk lamps provide green light where you need it most. Our lamps come with a manual dimmer that allows you to adjust the intensity over a range of 1 to 100%. Dr. Ibrahim’s research suggests that regular exposure to green light can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Other research suggests you can minimize photophobia (pain caused by light – after the onset of a migraine) by moving to a dark or dim space, using a narrow band green light, and adjusting the intensity of the light to minimize discomfort. Please keep in mind that this body of research is new and still evolving!
Note that our Migraine lamps provide ONLY narrow-band green light = VERY unlike the other products we make (which deliver the daily and seasonal cycles of natural light)!
we need your feedback
please help us better understand how narrow-band green light works:
- does using narrow band green light reduce the frequency and severity of migraines?
- does using narrow band green light help alleviate pain from photophobia?
- how and when do you use narrow band green light?
- likes/dislikes / suggestions for our prototype Migraine lamps
not all green light alleviates pain
Research suggests that only a very specific range of green light (narrow range of wavelengths) alleviates photophobia. Unfortunately you can’t just run to your local hardware store and buy a generic green light bulb. Specialty green LED bulbs provide a broad-spectrum green (via phosphor down conversion) that may look similar to our eyes, but doesn’t match the spectral characteristics defined by the researchers. We’ve carefully designed our light source to closely match the experiments reported in the literature. Research has identified the underlying pathways but we still have more to learn about how light, chronic pain and photophobia relate … but in the meantime we’re making these prototypes available so that those suffering from migraines and chronic pain can have access to this technology (please share your feedback)!
– A Drug-Free Idea To Relieve Chronic Pain: Green Light (NPR story)
– migraine headaches and light sensitivity (photophobia)
– green light therapy: a stop sign for pain? (chronic pain including migraine and fibromyalgia)
– summary of Dr. Burstein’s research on green light and migraine pain
– ABC News video discussing how green light relieves migraine pain
– Dr. Mohab Ibrahim’s Interview ‘Green Light to Stop Pain’
– New York Times article on a new class of drugs for migraines
– for more on how we see green light
Green Light for Migraine relief – deep science links:
– Photophobia in Primary Headaches
– Dr Ibrahim’s initial study on the effects of green light in acute and chronic pain in rats
– Dr Burstein and Dr Noseda report their findings that narrow band green light reduces photophobia
– follow-up study by Burstein and Noseda suggesting that Photophobia goes beyond an aversion to light and color sensitivity
– next phase of study on green light and pain at the University of Arizona
science disclaimer #1: the research on green light, photophobia, and pain is still an emerging science — see the links (above) for more details!
science disclaimer #2: as biologists and color-theorists will tell you, wavelengths of light are not the same as color – color is the human perception of wavelength – but for the sake of this discussion we’re use this oversimplification.