For over 20 years, our board certified physicians have been pioneers in the effective use of ketamine and therapeutic infusions. What is ketamine and how can we help you?
Known as an anesthetic in the medical profession and for its illicit use as a street drug named Special K; in the last 15 years, Ketamine has gradually been used by medical professionals in non-traditional ways in treating severe depression, mood disorders, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS/RSD), and other pain conditions. As it stands ketamine is one of only two anesthetics listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an “essential drug”. In the last decade, leading institutions worldwide have reported a 70% success rate when IV (intravenous) ketamine is used to treat depression and various pain and mental health conditions including:
Major Depression (including Postpartum Depression)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Chronic Pain Syndromes
How ketamine works in the depressed brain
In a depressed brain, electrical circuits firing between neurons controlling brain activity begin to misfire. This happens due to Glutamate (a neurochemical that regulates information processing and overall communication throughout the brain) being overproduce. This overproduction (in response to stress on the brain), damages the networks of neurons that facilitate normal brain function, the damage results in feelings of depression and anxiety. Ketamines method of action once entering the brain acts as a blocker to the N-mehtyl-D-aspertate (NMDA) receptor which acts with Glutamate. This blockage prevents glutamate from production giving the neurons a chance to become chemically balanced promoting neuroplasticity which enables re-growth of neurons within days or even hours.
Once the brain is chemically balanced, the firing of circuits stabilize. A stabilized brain means a stabilized mood. Ketamine as a depression treatment blocks the NMDA receptor instead of inhibiting the uptake of serotonin/norepinephrine/dopamine, as most antidepressants currently on the market are designed to do. By blocking this receptor, ketamine allows the brain to begin repairing itself (neuroplasticty) and regulate the chemicals in the brain that cause depression.
Our staff of medically trained certified professionals are ready to inform you and get to know you in order to find out what treatment plan fits you best. Each and every one of our team the spirit of our company: driven, committed, and acutely aware of our mission. We go to great lengths to identify self-starters with diverse experience and skill sets to produce not just an effective workforce, but a well-rounded, talented and complementary team.
“Recent data suggest that Ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.”
– Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health