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Improvements in Gulf War Illness Symptoms After Near-Infrared
Transcranial and Intranasal Photobiomodulation: Two Case
Researchers tested the effects of the Vielight Neuro Alpha photobiomodulation device on Gulf War Illness (GWI) symptoms. GWI symptoms include persistent headaches, cognitive difficulties, joint pain, musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems. Because the pattern can present in non-Gulf War veterans, the phenomenon is also called Chronic Multisymptom Illness (CMI). A CMI diagnosis is 6 months of symptoms in at least two of these categories: fatigue, pain, and cognitive-mood. A Kansas GWI is moderately severe or multiple chronic symptoms in at least three of these categories: fatigue/sleep problems, pain, neurological/
cognitive/mood problems, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal problems, and skin problems.
Subjects took self-assessment questionnaires and cognitive tests. They tested before treatment and at the 12-week mark. Gulf War Veteran 1 (GWV1) presented as a Kansas GI. Gulf War Veteran 2 (GWV2) presented as Kansas GWI. Subjects used the Vielight Neuro Alpha device daily for 12 weeks. The device delivers:
- 810 nm 100 mW/cm^2 pulsed at 10 Hz to 3 posterior transcranial targets
- 810 nm 75 mW/cm^2 pulsed at 10 Hz to an anterior target
- 810 nm 25 mW/cm^2 pulsed at 10 Hz to an intranasal passage
At 12 weeks both subjects improved on multiple scores. GWV1 no longer qualified as Kansas GWI. He was re-categorized as mild-moderate CMI. GWV1 showed improvements in mood-cognitive, pain, sleep and fatique categories.
GWV2 was re-categorized from severe CMI to mild-moderate CMI. He showed improvements in fatique, pain and mood-cognitive scores.