*The FDA has not approved intravenous ketamine or NAD+ for the treatment of any psychiatric or pain condition. These articles reference off-label use. Like all medical treatments, the discussed therapies carry risks and benefits. Speak with a doctor at Clarus Health to learn if these therapies may be right for you.

Jan 8, 2024

Migraine Relief: Ketamine, NAD, and Stellate Ganglion Block

Migraine relief is possible with Stellate Ganglion Block, NAD, and Ketamine

Migraine Relief: Ketamine, NAD, and Stellate Ganglion Block

Migraines affect nearly half of the population according to some estimates. 25% of young adults have experienced a migraine in the last 3 months. Despite affecting so many people, most prescription medications are ineffective or carry side effects, including worsening headaches if used excessively. Learn how Stellate Ganglion Blocks, NAD, and Ketamine are powerful, safe treatments for migraines that can offer lasting relief.

NAD+ to Reduce Migraines

NAD+ is a coenzyme of vitamin B3 that is vital to healthy brain function. Some patients with migraines experience profound relief with NAD+. This is believed to be because NAD+ is critical to cellular energy metabolism, reducing neuroinflammation, replenishing cellular energy - all of which are critical to relieving migraines.

Neuroinflammation, in particular, plays a role in migraines. NAD+ given intravenously can have a rapid effect of metabolism and energy replenishment in the brain and body. Since the brain uses 20% of your body's energy, it is crucial to ensure optimal energy production when treating migraines.

NAD+ is a powerful molecule for brain restoration, improving not only migraines, but also brain fog.

IV Ketamine is Powerful for Migraine Treatment

Ketamine is known to be a critical migraine medication in emergency settings to provide rapid pain relief. It is often combined with lidocaine for serious headache episodes. After several infusions, prolonged relief may be experienced for several weeks. This migraine relief is in part due to Ketamine's NMDA receptor antagonism. However, IV Ketamine often needs to be combined with other therapies for sustained relief.

Migraine rarely occurs in isolation. Many patients also struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. IV Ketamine's potent anti-depressant and PTSD-healing properties likely contribute to longer-term migraine relief. The mind and body are heavily interconnected, and treating the mind requires treating the body, as well.

Stellate Ganglion Blocks (SGB) for Migraine Relief

The Stellate Ganglion is a bundle of nerves in your neck that controls your body's "fight-flight" response. This is called your sympathetic nervous system, and it controls your heart rate, blood pressure, pain perception, and much more.

In some individuals, the Stellate Ganglion is responsible for a fight-flight response that appears to trigger, or worsen, headaches and migraines. This appears similar to how it can potently reduce PTSD symptoms. As research accumulates, it appears that significant relief can be experienced by "blocking" the Stellate Ganglion. Stellate Ganglion Blocks can be very helpful for those who suffer side effects from traditional medications for headaches. This must be discussed with your doctor because of rare reports of SGB being followed by migraines in rare cases.

Start Your Migraine Relief Today

Sustained migraine relief is possible with integrated and holistic treatment that combines advanced modalities like IV Ketamine, NAD+, and SGB. It's important to select a clinic with experienced doctors to personalize a treatment plan to you and your specific medical history.

You can learn more by scheduling a free consultation with Clarus Health today.

Anthony Kaveh MD

Anthony Kaveh MD

Dr. Kaveh is a Stanford and Harvard-trained anesthesiologist and integrative medicine specialist. He has over 800,000 followers on social media and has guided hundreds of patients throughout transformative healing experiences. He is an authority on Ketamine, NAD, and SGB therapies. He is a registered continuing education lecturer in the Bay Area.