Green Light

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Gaz­ing at green light can re­duce chronic pain (caused by fi­bromyal­gia or mi­graines, for ex­am­ple) by up to 60 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to a study in the jour­nal Pain, and an­i­mal stud­ies have shown that the ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects can last up to nine days. “Look­ing at green light seems to lead to an in­crease in the body’s pro­duc­tion of enkephalins, pain-killing opi­oid-like chem­i­cals. And it re­duces in­flam­ma­tion, which plays a role in many chronic pain con­di­tions,” says re­searcher Dr. Mo­hab Ibrahim.

More stud­ies are needed be­fore doc­tors can make rec­om­men­da­tions on how and how of­ten to use green light to treat mi­graines and other pain, and Dr. Ibrahim says you should see a physi­cian be­fore try­ing to treat your­self at home. But at this point re­search in­di­cates that ex­pos­ing your­self to an hour or two ev­ery night—ei­ther by us­ing a green light bulb in a lamp or by wear­ing glasses fit­ted with tinted op­ti­cal fil­ters—may de­crease mi­graines and other types of chronic pain.

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