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A brief report of a clinical study of
migraine treatment with Colorlight Therapy

by Fausto Pagnamenta, MD
with Nishant Matthews, MA.


Statistics show that 8% to 12% of the population suffers from migraine headaches. Another 33% of all people suffer from tension headaches. This paper will present a clinical study of applying Colorlight Therapy as a primary treatment modality to decrease the severity of migraine symptoms.

Highlights of the results of the clinical study

The statistics showing 65% cured and another 30% reporting "better" are quite extraordinary. This is especially so in the light of most other therapies offering only limited, short term pain relief with little long term amelioration of cause or symptoms.
In this study, the patients have been followed up for 4 years after the end of their treatments, and have confirmed the disappearance of symptoms even after the end of Colorlight Therapy sessions.
It is also worth noting that the patients in the study have presented migraine symptoms for an average of 14 years, with one individual suffering for 50 years previous. All of these patients have been through thorough medical examinations (often including TAC and EEG) and have tried the usual pharmaceutical drugs routinely prescribed by physicians.

This establishes Colorlight Therapy as a potentially swift, cost-effective, non-invasive, and effective therapy for clinical migraine disorders.

The researched group

During this study we have analyzed a group of 56 people, of which 11 were men and 45 were women. Ages ranged from 9 to 60 years old, with an average age of 39. 55 people presented a migraine and 1 presented a cluster headache. None of these presented the common tension headache.

The duration of each Colorlight Therapy session was 60 minutes for each patient.

The symptoms found:
  • 54% had diffuse pain (spread over the head)
  • 38% had lateral pain
  • 8% had pain on the back of the head and neck
  • 56% complained of nausea
  • 39% had vomiting disturbances
  • 31% experienced ocular disturbances.
The Intensity of the symptoms was "strong" for 49 patients and medium for 7. Those with strong symptoms were unable to work during attacks, while the medium intensity experiences allowed for some actions to be done, albeit under considerable duress.
The frequency of the symptoms is measured by the number of pain crisis days each month. The average frequency in this group was 12 days per month, with 12 patients suffering from daily migraines.
72% of the patients had irregular timing for migraine activity.
The duration or years of presence of the symptoms averaged 14 years, with 28 patients suffering with migraines between 1 to 10 years, and 1 patient complaining of migraines for over 50 years.
94.3% of the patients had been using prescribed analgesics for pain control.

Therapeutic effect

  1. Cured: no migraine crises for at least three months 65%
  2. Better: crises with less intensity and the ability to maintain normal activity 30%
  3. Not Successful: no basic improvement 5%.

Interesting observations

  1. Of the patients receiving four or less sessions, 71% reported "cured," and another 26% said they were "better." This shows how quickly Light Therapy can re-align the body's energy fields. It also gives both therapists and clients a short time frame to ascertain the efficacy and response with Colorlight Therapy.

  2. Patients requiring 5 or more sessions reported 38% cured, 46% better, and 15% not successful. Obviously, some of the more resistant conditions both take longer to treat, and offer less chance of a totally favorable outcome.

  3. In this study only one patient was suffering from "cluster headache," with a recurrence frequency of 10 days per month. While under our observation for 6 months, he has not presented any more crises after the first session.


Migraine headaches are a complex phenomenon due to the cross interference of many factors. Everyone knows the appearance of the symptoms--splitting headache pain, nausea, bad moods, and inability to work--but no one has isolated the cause sufficiently enough to provide a cure. Specialists in migraine headaches have found only limited success with a wide range of theories and treatment modalities. Often the therapies are only effective against the immediate symptoms but do little to resolve the underlying disturbances which bring the migraines about. This is especially true for the pain relief medications most frequently prescribed by doctors. These are at best partially effective in blocking the pain, and do nothing to prevent recurrent attacks. Further, such medications can frequently be highly toxic to the liver when taken frequently.

Various research mentions theories of the circulatory, neuro-genetic, and neuro-circulatory systems, as well as theories of pathology, neuro-transmitter deficiency, neuro-peptide disorders, anatomic dysfunction, and other sources (G. Jenzer).
In the alternative field, many different modalities are being used, but the authors have yet to find any definitive studies related to these. Once again, relieving symptoms is common, but preventing the recurrence of migraines is rare.

In the end, clients suffering from migraines often make the rounds from one modality and physician to another. Very seldom do they find lasting relief from this devastating condition.

Migraines Defined

The International Headache Society has proposed a detailed classification of headaches. We won't create further headaches by listing all of them, but for the purposes of this study we will follow their guidelines for what constitutes a migraine:
  1. At least 5 occurrences or more of the headache patterns.
  2. Headaches lasting from 4 to 72 hours (without medication or therapy).
  3. Headaches with at least two of the following descriptions:
    • lateral localization
    • strong pulsation
    • pain intensity from medium to very strong
    • pain increases with body activity.
  4. In the acute migraine crisis we find:
    • nausea and vomiting
    • hypersensitivity to light and noise.

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