Inflammation is a normal and essential part of our immune system. The body responds by producing inflammation to defend against invaders such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. However, chronic levels of inflammation are counterproductive and can wreak havoc on the body. If you’ve been suffering from long-lasting conditions such as autoimmune disorders or post-COVID syndrome, there’s no question that you’re ready to find relief. COVID long-haulers and individuals with chronic pain disorders often struggle with daily activities and have a dramatically reduced quality of life. If you’ve tried several types of treatment with little or no success, exploring ketamine infusion therapy may be an option. Recent studies suggest that ketamine has anti-inflammatory properties that may aid in pain relief. Here, we share more about ketamine and its anti-inflammatory effects:
Inflammation and the Immune System
The body’s immune system is amazing. Inflammation plays an important role in protecting us, but in some cases, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive and inflammation becomes unregulated. Although post-COVID syndrome isn’t yet well understood, it’s thought to be related to high levels of inflammation. This is also the case in many autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and psoriasis. Interestingly, individuals who experience depression also have higher-than-average levels of inflammation within the body.
How Ketamine Can Help Treat Inflammatory Conditions
In a recent study, researchers measured inflammatory markers in the plasma of participants who received ketamine infusions. Nineteen pro-inflammatory cytokines were examined, and reductions in 14 of the 19 cytokines were recorded 14 days after the last infusion.
Additional studies have indicated that the multifunctional cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF) can be calmed through the use of ketamine treatments. This is exciting news, as the current treatment for excessive TNF includes anti-TNF monoclonal antibody drugs such as Remicade, Humira, and Cimzia.
This new information suggests that ketamine infusions may complement these medications or provide a side-effect free substitute.
The long-term effects of chronic inflammatory conditions, including post-COVID syndrome, can lead to severe disruptions in your way of life. If you’re tired of experiencing troubling symptoms related to excessive inflammation, you may be disheartened by the lack of answers. If conventional forms of treatment haven’t brought the relief that you need, ketamine infusion therapy is an option to consider. Promising new research is continuing to emerge regarding ketamine and inflammation reduction, and we’ve seen excellent results in individuals with chronic pain, depression, and more. When you’re ready to learn more about ketamine infusions, please contact our team. We’d love to learn more about you and determine if we can help.