How Ketamine Can Improve Your Mental and Physical Health

In March of 2019, the FDA sped up its approval of ketamine therapy in the form of a nasal spray called esketamine because of the resounding success the drug has had on patients who struggle with treatment-resistant depression. While this was happening, medical researchers and doctors have been using the therapy to successfully treat chronic pain.

At The Pazio Institute, Dr. Alexander Paziotopoulos and our team stay abreast of the latest treatments in order to bring our patients in the West Loop in Chicago the evidence-based tools they need for better health. As part of our comprehensive suite of services, which tackle everything from regenerative medicine to hormone deficiencies, we offer ketamine therapy to help our patients with depression, anxiety, and debilitating pain.

Here’s a look at how ketamine can improve your mental and physical health.

Treating depression

Depression is among the most common mental health disorders in the United States, affecting more than 17 million adults, which represents 7.1% of the population. As a disorder of the brain, depression has historically been a moving target when it comes to successful treatments, often requiring months of experimental dosing of pharmacological solutions alongside psychotherapy, with mixed results.

As suicide rates continue to rise in the US, medical researchers are frantically looking for viable solutions, and ketamine has answered the call.

While the specifics are still elusive (the brain remains an incredible mystery that even modern science hasn’t cracked), ketamine works quickly by reorganizing the neural activity in your brain away from stress and depression. Getting more specific, researchers at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, found that ketamine triggers glutamate production in your brain, which helps create new neural pathways.

And this process happens quickly, often within 24 hours of the first treatment, allowing patients to garner far faster results that last.

Ketamine therapy is in its infancy, but early studies are highly promising, especially among those with treatment-resistant depression and anxiety.

We offer ketamine therapy through an intravenous drip, which we administer under the doctor’s supervision here at our office. This is a 2 hour process, which includes a pre-drip consult (where intent is created and fears are addressed), a guided ketamine experience by the physician, and a post-drip consult (to review the discussion that occurred during the ketamine experience, to create a plan for journaling, and to discuss follow up).

Taking on chronic pain

The origins of ketamine lie in pain relief, and it was first used as an anesthetic during the 1960s. Ketamine still plays an active role in the medical world for acute pain and surgeries, but it’s also gaining favor as a potential therapy for chronic pain.

Using the same dosing as we do for depression, ketamine works to quiet your immediate pain, but these low doses may also “rewire” your brain to feel less pain moving forward.

Putting ketamine into action

If you’re interested in exploring whether ketamine can improve your mental or physical health, we will sit down with you to review the problems you have experienced (including your medical history and the treatments you’ve tried to date). If we find that you may benefit from IV ketamine therapy, we will determine a plan and approach for your therapy.

Rest assured, we monitor you diligently during this time and track your results closely so that we can make any necessary adjustments along the way.

To learn more about ketamine, please give us a call at (312) 239-6569 or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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