Ketamine is a complex and often misunderstood substance that has evolved in both identity and purpose over the years. Originally introduced in the 1960s as an anesthetic, it took a different turn in the 1980s when it became associated with club culture. Fast forward to 2019, when the FDA approved Ketamine for treating depression. This development is a game-changer for individuals battling prolonged stress and depression.

In fact, studies have shown that Ketamine can alleviate depression symptoms in around 70% of patients. What sets Ketamine apart is its unique impact on brain chemistry, which makes it an exceptionally safe and effective treatment. Our aim is to demystify this process and shed light on the potential benefits of Ketamine infusion therapy.

Let’s explore the two ways in which Ketamine positively influences brain chemistry and reverses the effects of depression, stress, and aging. While other depression treatments help the brain produce dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, Ketamine stands out in its approach.

1. Glutamate

Long-term stress and depression can lead to the deterioration of connections between neurons in the brain. This breakdown hampers normal brain function, rendering traditional treatments slow and often ineffective. Ketamine, in contrast, affects numerous brain systems. One of its most remarkable impacts is on the glutamate system. In high doses, Ketamine inhibits the brain’s production of glutamate, making it an effective anesthetic. However, in low doses, it promotes the brain’s production of glutamate, aiding in the creation of new connections between neurons. Instead of merely masking depression symptoms, Ketamine’s encouragement of glutamate helps rewire the brain, reversing the effects of stress and depression. By strengthening synaptic connections, it can alter the way people learn, respond to, and remember experiences.

2. Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF)

As we age, our production of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a vital protein for regulating neural development, declines. Depression and stress exacerbate this reduced production. Ketamine, through a complex process, enhances BDNF production. This increase in the crucial protein aids in repairing brain areas that have atrophied due to depression, stress, and the aging process.

At Lakeside Med Spa, we recognize the challenges faced by our community concerning the health and well-being of our residents. Concurrently, there has been a reduction in available resources. We offer intravenous Ketamine to address medication-resistant depression, various mood disorders, PTSD, and chronic pain. You might understandably have reservations about seeking depression treatment at a Med Spa, but we want to assure you. Ryan’s extensive experience in utilizing Ketamine as an anesthesia provider has given him in-depth knowledge of Ketamine protocols, uniquely qualifying him to offer this vital service. Rachel also brings a background in sedation as a long-time healthcare professional in Coeur d’Alene. Both of us are dedicated to providing safe, effective access to mental health support in a comfortable and approachable setting.

In conclusion, please get in touch with us to arrange a complimentary consultation. We’d love to hear about your goals, discuss Ketamine’s impact on brain chemistry, and explore whether Ketamine might be the right path to help you achieve those goals.