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University Of Arizona Researcher Says Green LED Light May Help Chronic Pain

Tuesday 1 May 2018


From US newspaper the Arizona Daily Star:


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University of Arizona researcher says green LED light may help chronic pain

By Stephanie Innes, Arizona Daily Star
April 29, 2018
© 2018 Lee Enterprises

Inexpensive, green LED light bulbs are showing promise in helping patients alleviate chronic pain, a University of Arizona researcher says.

As director of the UA’s Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic, Dr. Mohab M. Ibrahim is always looking for non-opioid interventions to manage chronic pain. Chronic pain affects about 100 million Americans — nearly one-third of the population, said Ibrahim, who is a pain fellowship-trained anesthesiologist and pharmacologist.

Last year the peer-reviewed journal Pain published the results of a study by Ibrahim and his colleagues that showed exposure to green LED light can increase the circulation of natural opioids in rats, which may explain its pain-relieving effects.

The Star recently interviewed Ibrahim, who will be a keynote speaker at Wednesday evening’s “Living Healthy With Arthritis” lecture hosted by the UA Arthritis Center.

The following are excerpts from the conversation:

What is green LED light?

It’s as simple as the name indicates. It is a strip of light in the green spectrum in a given wavelength and given intensity that we use to manage fibromyalgia or migraines.


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