For a number of years, researchers have studied the use of ketamine in treating chronic treatment resistant mental conditions and pain. For decades, ketamine has been used safely as an anesthetic, and in recent years as an effective off-label treatment for conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, complex trauma, eating disorders, and chronic pain syndromes, to name a few. Ketamine has also been shown to be effective in helping patients deal with existential and spiritual crises.
Here at SageMED, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal is now utilizing sublingual lozenges and intramuscular injections of ketamine to treat patients suffering from these chronic conditions. Dr. Aggarwal has been certified in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy by the Ketamine Training Center.
How It Works
Unlike the majority of psychiatric medications (benzodiazepines, SSRIs etc.), ketamine works through a different neurotransmitter system, known as the glutamate neurotransmitter system. Working through this system means that ketamine may be more effective than other medications in patients whose mental conditions have been resistant to traditional therapeutic modalities. Laboratory research has demonstrated that ketamine promotes the growth of new neurons and connections in the brain. Clinical studies show that ketamine produces rapid and powerful antidepressant effects.
During treatments, which are aided by soothing music, a relaxation mask, and guided therapy, patients may experience some dissociation which facilitates transcendence of their ordinary consciousness. This dissociative trance is believed to be integral to the efficacy of ketamine, as it allows for a more robust effect and deeper perspective on one’s life. Following ketamine treatments, patients often experience a transformative response - they have a positive change in outlook and often their character as a whole. In addition, there may be significant improvements in chronic pain, depression, and trauma-related conditions. Patients also experience a deeper mind-body connection which further facilitates healing and growth.
Is Ketamine Right for You?
Dr. Aggarwal is currently accepting new patients, and can work with you to determine if ketamine-assisted therapy is the right treatment option for you. You can learn more about Dr. Aggarwal's ketamine treatment here. Schedule onlineor call us at (425) 679-6056 to get started on your path to greater happiness and health.