What is ketamine infusion therapy?
Ketamine is a medication that has been prescribed to men, women, and children since the 1960’s, primarily as an anesthetic.
In 2000, researchers discovered that ketamine Infusion Therapy had a powerful effect on depression, especially for patients resistant to treatments with typical antidepressants. In careful research and treatment since then, doctors have seen powerful and continuous results. These include a lift in mood in as little as a few minutes or hours, a reduction in suicidal thinking, and none of the side effects typically seen with classic antidepressants. Ketamine infusion therapy has a success rate in improving depression in about 70% of people, which is far more than traditional antidepressants (about 30%).
What kinds of disorders does ketamine treat?
Ketamine treatment is useful for bipolar and unipolar depression, anxiety disorders, postpartum mood disorders, PTSD, chronic migraine, fibromyalgia, and pain. Additional studies have shown that ketamine treatment can rapidly reduce suicidal thoughts as well.
How do ketamine treatments work?
While research continues to clarify the complex role ketamine plays in brain health, at its most basic level, the anesthetic temporarily blocks neurotransmitter receptors in specific areas of the brain responsible for sensory integration, memory, and learning. By blocking these pathways, ketamine creates a favorable chemical environment for neuron growth. This allows time for repair and regeneration of neural pathways, which often reduces symptoms associated with mood disorders, PTSD, and chronic pain. Ketamine has also been noted to have strong anti-inflammatory effects, which may assist in alleviating chronic pain.