Ketamine & IV
If all other treatment options have failed you, Ketamine Treatment can bring long-awaited relief to sufferers of chronic pain, severe depression, PTSD and anxiety. We have the experience and training necessary to provide you with a superior treatment experience that will lead to a better quality of life.
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Why Choose Ketamine Therapy?
Ketamine infusion therapy at our South Jersey center is an innovative and fast-acting treatment for those affected by bipolar and unipolar depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, migraine, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Many patients try one conventional treatment after another to find they are running out of effective treatment options. If you are on a never-ending path of unsuccessful treatment and are losing hope, Ketamine may be a treatment option for you.
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Ketamine, discovered in 1962, is one of the most used anesthetics for many surgical procedures. It is even used in children due to its safety profile. A few people know ketamine to be “special K”, a recreational street drug or used in veterinary medicine as a tranquilizer. Even though Ketamine is used in all these situations, its primary purpose is anesthetic for humans. Ketamine has been included on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, highlighting its significance as a treatment option for a variety of medical conditions.
In recent times, there have been many factors contributing to increased depression across wide populations. There are several medications available for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders which involve daily administration of a medication aimed at correction of neurochemical imbalances via action at specific brain receptors (e.g. serotonin, dopamine, mu opioid).
Over the past two decades, researchers have found that ketamine, when given at a low dose intravenously, has a significant anxiety-reducing effect. This led to the development of Ketamine Infusion Therapy as an option for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain syndromes and suicidality.
During your ketamine treatment at Alternativ Total Wellness, low-dose ketamine will be administered over an hour. The number of sessions will be tailored to the condition that is being treated. Most patients receiving ketamine for mental health disorders will receive a series of six sessions over the course of 2-3 weeks. Many individuals will feel relief within hours to 1-2 days. Each progressive session builds on the progress made in the prior session.
Ketamine is a medication that works on the NMDA receptor in the brain, which plays a key role in the perception of pain and regulation of mood. Through blocking the NMDA receptor, Ketamine can relieve chronic pain and improve symptoms of mental health disorders. Furthermore, ketamine increases the levels of glutamate, a neurotransmitter in the brain, which can repair damaged neural connections and promote the growth of new ones, ultimately reducing symptoms of depression and other mental health disorders. With effects lasting for weeks or even months after treatment.
Apart from the neurological processes, the infusion experience also involves crucial mental experiences. Ketamine's dissociative effects often result in significant positive shifts in patients' psyche and consciousness. The infusion experience is unique to each individual and is instrumental in their healing, with many patients reporting a sense of connection to something greater, closure towards past traumas, and self-compassion. Many patients experience this after their first session.
We believe this experiential component or “journey” holds great therapeutic value in conjunction with the medication's neurological effects. Several factors, such as the patient's mindset, treatment environment, administration route, infusion rate and total dose, contribute to the infusion experience's variability.
Low dose IV ketamine is very safe when administered under medical supervision. The risk of adverse effects is low, and any side effects that do occur are usually mild and short-lived. At Alternativ Total Wellness, we take extra precautions to ensure your safety by monitoring you on hospital-grade continuous monitors checking your vital signs (Heart rate, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry) throughout your entire session. We have in place rigorous standards in safety protocols and are equipped with emergency medical supplies and equipment.
Ketamine infusion therapy is highly effective in reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health conditions. It often results in a rapid and significant improvement, particularly for those who have not responded well to other forms of treatment. Additionally, ketamine infusion therapy may be a viable option for those who are unable to take traditional antidepressants due to side effects or other contraindications, as it has none of the short-term side effects commonly associated with other medications.
Unlike conventional treatments, Ketamine is reported to improve the quality of relief by increasing empathy and restoring the ability to experience pleasure, thus making it an appealing alternative for individuals who prefer a more natural treatment approach or do not want to take medication daily.
What is IV Therapy:
IV Therapy is the intravenous delivery of specific nutrients and compounds that are naturally found in the body but get depleted by age, illness, stress or injury. IV Therapy is offered by Dr. Tijo Thomas and his team as an effective and fast way to help restore and replenish nutrient deficiencies that can occur due to illness or aging. IV Therapy is also offered as a preventative measure for athletes or travelers.
IV Hydration Services
Revive and recover with a blend of IV fluids, electrolytes, vitamins and medications that help your body recover from hangover symptoms quickly.
Improve endurance, shorten muscle recovery & refuel the body with this IV treatment that helps reduce inflammation and supports faster muscle healing.
Supercharge, protect and strengthen your immune system with a blend of IV fluids, vitamins and antioxidants.
Address a myriad of conditions from poor digestive health to jet lag with this classic combination of IV fluids, vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes.
Clear brain fog, improve mental clarity, boost energy, and increase concentration and memory with this unique IV treatment.
Vitamin infusion blend helps end bloating, irritability, abdominal discomfort, and symptoms of premenstrual and menstrual-related conditions like tiredness, anxiety, cramps, headache and pain.
Meet Dr. Thomas
Dr. Thomas is Fellowship Trained in Neuro-Critical Care from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He takes a holistic view of health and wellness, stressing the need to look at the whole person, including the physical, mental, emotional, environmental, spiritual and lifestyle values that make you who you are. He is dedicated to delivering exceptional, quality care and to helping patients who suffer from treatment-resistant conditions find relief.
Who Is ASKP3?
The American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners (ASKP3) is a non-profit group of professionals dedicated to the safe clinical use of ketamine for mental health disorders and pain conditions.