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What Is IV Ketamine Therapy?
Ketamine is paving the way for a new era of mental health treatment. First used worldwide as an FDA-approved anesthetic, it has evolved into a new treatment referred to as ketamine infusion therapy.
Ketamine is unique to other antidepressants or anesthetics in that it has little to no side effects and can bring on relief rapidly – sometimes within just hours of infusion. In fact, IV ketamine therapy has provided relief in up to 70% of patients after just one infusion.
It’s possible through ketamine’s interaction with the brain and the parts that interact with glutamate and NMDA receptors.
Ketamine, when infused into the bloodstream at a low dose, allows the brain to reset and restore nerve connections across the body. This means it may be an important key to treating depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.
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At New England Wellness Infusions, IV ketamine therapy is part of a comprehensive treatment plan. This new use of ketamine allows the brain to “restock” on nerve cells, creating new pathways and strengthening existing ones.
Studies show this has a positive effect on mood and thoughts. Compared to the 35% success rate of traditional antidepressants, IV ketamine therapy can bring relief in as many as 70% of cases.
Our experienced providers will create a tailored treatment plan for you, giving you the time and space needed to address your symptoms.
How Does It Affect the Brain?
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Although research is still underway, we know that ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist and interacts with glutamate – a key neurotransmitter. As ketamine increases glutamate levels, the parts of the brain shut down due to pain or depression find themselves reawakened. This can lead to neuroplasticity – new neural growth, essentially “rewiring” parts of the brain that play a crucial role in mental health and pain.
Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic for decades due to its powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Studies have shown to impact the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for fear and emotion. Because of this, the amygdala is a vital component of how our brains deal with anxiety and depression.
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