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Eye can provide relief to headache

Posted - Nov. 10, 2004 at 4:20 p.m.



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LANGLEY, British Columbia, Nov 10, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A Canadian researcher claims one's eyes can provide faster relief from migraine headaches than any pill.

Kevin Lefebvre, a graduate student at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, prescribes what is called the One Eye Integration treatment, normally reserved for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lefebvre says by manipulating a patient's field of vision, headache symptoms can be reduced by up to 70 percent, or be prevented altogether.

In his study, Lefebvre says he employed a modified form of OEI therapy on 16 headache sufferers. The treatment controls the amount of light entering parts of the brain through the eyes by alternately covering each eye in a "switching" method.

The results saw 13 participants experience considerably reduced migraine and non-migraine headache pain. Three participants did not experience any headache pain, claiming the process created a "heightened awareness to symptoms" that helped prevent the onset of headaches.

"The effects of this treatment are robust," says Lefebvre, a former migraine sufferer and now a mental health clinician.

OEI therapy is based on the understanding that each eye stimulates different parts of the brain, which elicits different reactions.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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