There are a variety of issues that can impact our minds to the point that it affects how our mind functions, such as depression, chronic pain, migraines, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. Some people have areas of the brain that do not function properly and that is what causes these issues, which in turn impacts their minds and their lives. Ketamine infusions are a treatment that can heal the brain to heal the mind.
When our mind is in turmoil it impacts our lives. We become controlled by the pain or the mental health issues and don’t live the full life we would like to live. Activities that we treasure become something we long for but can no longer participate in because our mind has taken away the ability to function properly. The hardest aspect mentally is that we lose hope. Ketamine can bring back that hope and heal our brains and in turn our minds.
There are activities that occur within the brain that are directly connected to several issues that impact our minds. The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, or NMDA receptor is a glutamate receptor found in nerve cells. Glutamate is one of the brains key neurotransmitters, influencing the formation and number of brain synapses – the connections between neurons. When glutamate and glycine bind to the NMDA receptor it activates and allows positively charged ions to flow through the cell membrane. This controls synaptic plasticity and memory function. Glutamate works closely with GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, the body’s principal inhibitory neurotransmitter. An imbalance between glutamate and GABA is associated with depression, anxiety, and many mood disorders. Ketamine helps balance the glutamate system by binding to the NMDA receptor and blocking glutamate from binding on the cell membranes, creating an increase of glutamate. Researchers believe this is how Ketamine causes a cascade of neurobiological events that result in rapid antidepressant effects.
Ketamine also impacts the mTOR pathway, which regulates cell growth among other things, and the AMPA receptor which mediates synaptic transmission in the central nervous system. Ketamine impacts these pathways and drives the growth of new neural connections and increases neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to adapt and change. This is how Ketamine helps with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mood disorders.
Ketamine’s use as a pain reliever works by blocking the NMDA receptor of peripheral nerves. The pain signals transmitted from peripheral nerve pain are blocked before they reach the spinal cord and brain. This causes a desensitization of the central pain center to peripheral pain signals. This is how Ketamine effectively treats chronic pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
All of this explains what is physically taking place within the brain, but the important part is the healing of the mind. People who undergo ketamine infusion treatments can once again enjoy life, live pain free, and have hope and balance in their lives. If you want to heal your brain to heal your mind, call Ketamine Infusion Centers today.