Ketamine

The Biggest Breakthrough in Decades

About IV Ketamine Therapy

Used around the world for decades as an effective and safe anesthetic and pain reliever, ketamine is now paving the way for a new era of mental health treatment.

IV ketamine therapy has been shown to provide relief in up to 70% of patients. Ketamine is unique to other antidepressants in that it has little to no side effects and can bring on relief rapidly – sometimes within just hours of infusion.

Ketamine’s interaction with glutamate and NMDA receptors in the brain allows it to reset and restore nerve connections in the brain. This means it may be an essential key to treating depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.

Happy patient enjoying nature after ketamine infusion.

The Future of Mental Health Treatment

Conditions We Treat

Depression

Ketamine infusion therapy has a 70% success rate in treating depression, a condition that affects 264 million people worldwide (World Health Organization, 2020).

Anxiety

Forty million adults in the U.S. are affected by anxiety disorders every year. NorCal Infusions is here to help those searching for treatment.

How We Can Help You Find Relief

What to Expect From Us

At NorCal 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 Work?

Ketamine's Effect on the Brain

A picture of a neuron. The neuron below shows new dendritic formations, or new neural growth, within just 2 hours of receiving ketamine.
A CT scan of a human brain. After ketamine treatments, the depressed brain is almost identical to the non depressed picture as new neural activity has awakened the depressed areas.

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 key role in mental health and pain.

Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic for decades due to its powerful anti-inflammatory effect. In studies, it has been 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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