Have you or your loved ones tried every possible method to deal with depression, anxiety, and chronic pain, but to no avail? We understand how these “silent” illnesses can be difficult to treat. At Renew Health in Tempe, Arizona we look forward to helping you discover how Ketamine infusions can bring back joy and comfort to your life. This innovative treatment affects chemical processes in the brain to restore its natural balance. In doing so, this treatment helps reduce or eliminate the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.
The Chemical Processes Behind Ketamine Infusions
First, what is Ketamine? The substance is primarily used as an anesthetic. Many health professionals have been confidently using it for decades. Its first commercial introduction occurred during the 1970s. Ketamine was described as a rapidly acting, general anesthetic drug. Due to its nature and medical effects, Ketamine was deemed useful for short procedures or treatments. Over time, pharmacists and neuroscientists have discovered more of Ketamine’s beneficial clinical properties. It is now being used for a variety of medical purposes.
Currently, we are taking advantage of Ketamine’s neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects. In low doses, Ketamine is useful in various therapeutic applications. It has proven to be useful in the treatment of pain and mood disorders. The chemical process behind Ketamine infusions shows us why it has become one of the biggest breakthroughs in medicine in the past decades.
Ketamine targets the brain’s most common chemical messengers called glutamates. These are powerful neurotransmitters that are released by nerve cells in the brain. Acting as messengers, they send signals between nerve cells. They play a crucial role in cognitive functions such as memory and learning. You must have just the right levels of glutamates so you can function normally, on a day-to-day basis.
What happens when you have too much or too little brain glutamates? Chemical imbalances in the brain can cause you to function differently and affect how your body works. Excessive glutamates in the brain can cause anxiety and restlessness. On the other hand, a deficiency of these neurotransmitters can cause insomnia, low energy, mental exhaustion, and insomnia.
What Are the Traditional Methods for Increasing Brain Glutamates?
Have you experienced some of the symptoms of glutamate deficiency? Then you might have tried to change your diet and increasing your intake of foods that are naturally high in free glutamate. Some of these might include:
Many people have tried a diet that mostly consisted of these food groups. They are hoping that this can help increase mental energy and improve their mood, which might be affected by glutamate deficiency. If you are still not seeing results after going on a high glutamate diet, a Ketamine infusion treatment can help you achieve better results. After targeting glutamates, this substance helps produce and balance neurotransmitters in the brain.
Producing Glutamates and Balancing GABA Neurotransmitters
Ketamine infusions cause a rapid surge in brain glutamates. This effect can be observed in the brains of people with depression and other mood disorders. Thanks to its antidepressant properties, Ketamine helps improve or alleviate the symptoms of glutamate deficiency. It works by producing and balancing glutamate neurotransmitters. These brain chemicals improve cognitive functions and help restore mental energy.
On the other hand, Ketamine also balances Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) neurotransmitters. Unlike glutamates, GABA neurotransmitters cause a calming, inhibitory effect in the brain. They block certain brain signals and cause a decrease in the activities of the nervous system. GABA neurotransmitters have many contributions to how our body works. It affects functions such as vision, motor control, and the regulation of anxiety. They are widely distributed in the neurons of the cortex.
Why Do You Need to Balance Glutamates and GABA Neurotransmitters?
Ketamine infusions help balance GABA neurotransmitters in the brain. Why is this important? The right balance is the key to better mental health and wellbeing. For example, if you have high levels of glutamate but low GABA in the brain, you will experience anxiety or hyperactivity. Depression, on the other hand, is caused by low glutamates and depleted GABA neurotransmitters.
But what if you have too many GABA neurotransmitters? There will be excessive inhibition in your brain activity. You may become excessively sleepy or suffer from hypersomnia. Some people try to balance GABA neurotransmitters by relying on prescription pills, changing their diets, or even taking supplements. Have you or your loved ones tried various methods for dealing with too many or too little GABA neurotransmitters? A Ketamine infusion is another option that can directly improve your symptoms by targeting neurotransmitters in the brain.
Promoting Synaptic Growth in the Brain
Even before we are born, our brains produce trillions of synapses or connections between brain cells. Synapses are a type of brain structure that allows neurons to transmit signals between one another. It is a small pocket of space between our brain cells. As we age, our brains keep on making new connections. This is a continuous process. However, synapses or brain connections that are no longer in use become obsolete and eventually degenerate.
Synapses can also get weaker. This can cause significant effects on the brain’s development and everyday function. Neurons tend to have weaker synapses when they swallow up receptors that normally respond to glutamate. This happens when neurons want to get rid of unwanted connections and decrease their sensitivity to the presence of too many glutamates.
How Can Ketamine Infusions Help You Become Resilient to Stress?
When we experience too much stress, structural changes can happen to the brain. Ketamine can help restore your natural balance and default brain structures by promoting synaptic growth. This is especially true for people who are suffering from depression and anxiety. The prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus see the most improvement when it comes to increased synaptic growth. These are the parts of the brain responsible for regulating behavior, mood, memory, and personal development.
Resetting Activity in the Lateral Habenula
Difficult emotions and feelings are processed in the lateral habenula. This part of the brain is responsible for handling disappointment and other unpleasant feelings. Patients with depression demonstrate hyperactivity in this region. This causes you to feel overly negative thoughts that can lead to a depressive episode. To maintain good mental wellbeing, you’ll need to make sure that your lateral habenula isn’t doing more work than it’s supposed to.
Ketamine can directly affect the lateral habenula. In doing so, it helps ease the signs and symptoms of helplessness, lack of pleasure, and negative thoughts. It works to “reset” this area so that you can return to normal thinking. You will still feel negative thoughts such as disappointment or loneliness. But instead of falling into another depressive episode, you’ll be able to think more clearly and rationalize your emotions. Your emotional pain will not be so severe to cause you to spiral into depression.
Understanding Ketamine Infusions as a Treatment
Ketamine has been used for many decades for a variety of clinical applications. Currently, we recommend this treatment to those who need to address issues of chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Unlike antidepressants, Ketamine can work right away and you can experience the effects soon. It should not take weeks or months before you can feel any form of relief, unlike traditional methods and prescription medicines.
Why Is This Treatment So Important?
Are you considering this treatment for yourself or your loved ones? If you have been suffering from depression or chronic pain, you know that feeling better sooner can be life-saving. The instantaneous effects of this treatment make it extremely important as a medical treatment. By receiving Ketamine in a controlled, safe manner, your brain will experience a series of events. This includes the regeneration of neurons and the balancing of brain chemicals, such as glutamates and GABA neurotransmitters.
Are You a Good Candidate for Treatment?
Have you tried traditional methods, therapies, and psychiatric care, but without the results you expect? If you are suffering from the following conditions, a Ketamine infusion is another option you can certainly consider:
- Major depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Neuropathic pain
- Chronic musculoskeletal pain
If you are currently taking medications, we may advise you to consult with your psychiatrist or medical provider first. They may need to adjust your dosage before the treatment. We may also ask you to try other options instead of a Ketamine treatment if you are diagnosed with schizoaffective disorders or have ongoing substance abuse or drug misuse problem. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are also not ideal candidates for the treatment.
Will You Need Many Infusions to Completely Cure Your Medical Conditions?
For the best results, a series of infusions may be scheduled and suggested to you. A single treatment cannot instantly cure depression, no matter how effective and promising Ketamine treatments have proven to be. However, compared to traditional methods, it can alleviate most of your symptoms during the initial phases of the treatment.
What Happens During the Treatment?
You can expect a fairly brief and quick session which will take only a couple of hours of your day. One session itself can take about 45 minutes to an hour. However, many other activities and processes will occur before and after. For your safety, an anesthesiologist will be present to administer, supervise, and direct the infusion.
Can This Treatment Replace Your Current Medications?
Ketamine is not supposed to replace your current medication list, if you have any. You must consult with your psychiatrist or medical provider before and after the treatment, since your dosages may be adjusted. However, receiving an infusion can affect certain chemical processes in your brain. Your medication might need to be re-calibrated in response to, or in anticipation of, these changes.
What Will You Feel During the Treatment?
You will be awake during the infusion. As your healthcare provider, we will make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible, and that you can remain calm during the session. For your safety, we recommend that you have a companion who can drive you home after the treatment.
The rapid effects of the infusion include feeling relaxed, free from pain as if you are mildly sedated. This is completely normal and experienced by many. After the treatment, you’ll begin to notice sustained effects. Your glutamate receptors increase and levels of your GABA neurotransmitters become normalized. You might feel relaxed and invulnerable. As more of your brain chemicals become stabilized, new neural receptors will grow and help return your brain into its normal, healthy state.
There’s Another Way for You Live a More Joyful, Better Life
Neuroscientists spend decades and entire careers trying to understand the complex ways in which our minds work. We know how difficult it can also be for you when you can’t understand why you’re feeling a certain way. Have you tried countless methods for easing your depression, anxiety, or chronic pain? There’s a simple solution that may work wonders for your wellbeing. Get in touch with Renew Health in Tempe, Arizona today and schedule a consultation to get started with Ketamine infusions.