Ketamine, NAd, and Stellate Ganglion Block

Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Kaveh answer the most common questions about Ketamine, NAD, and SGB therapy in the San Francisco Bay Area

How is Clarus Health different than other Ketamine clinics?

The biggest difference between clinics is the quality of the infusion that determines how long the effects last. Drs. Kaveh and Shrestha have treated hundreds of patients with IV Ketamine therapy and are nationally recognized authorities in Ketamine therapy. Dr. Kaveh is an educator on the ethical use of Ketamine, lecturing to therapists and doctors across the Bay Area. He has numerous videos on YouTube explaining the Ketamine process with testimonials. He is also fellowship trained in integrative medicine by Dr. Andrew Weil. Both are board-certified, DEA-registered physicians graduating from Stanford, Harvard, and UCLA. Clarus Health is LegitScript certified.

Why do you require a holistic intake consutation?

More than 90% of our patients accomplish profound symptom relief. We accomplish this with preparation and individualized treatment planning. Our 1 hour holistic intake is used to prepare every patient for their healing experience and develop a personalized treatment plan that includes natural therapies and supplements. We find this preparation allows us to use fewer Ketamine infusions and have a longer lasting effect.

How long does each IV Ketamine infusion take?

Ketamine infusions for mental health are about 60 minutes and the total appointment is 2 hours to allow for time to check-in with your doctor before and after the infusion. Ketamine infusions for chronic pain can take 2-5 hours, depending on the treatment protocol.

How long is the Ketamine effective for?

Every patient is different. Clarus Health's holistic program provides most patients more than 4-6 months of symptom relief. This is made possible by addressing the root causes of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.

Will I need repeated Ketamine infusions or "boosters" ?

Some patients will benefit from Ketamine boosters. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. We individualize therapies to last as long as possible for each patient. Some patients benefit from "booster" sessions 3-6 times a year after completing their initial treatment. You can read Dr. Kaveh's article on Ketamine boosters here.

How safe are treatments?

Our Ketamine and NAD infusions, and Stellate Ganglion Blocks (SGB) are remarkably safe with our board-certified doctors. One of our expert physicians accompanies you during your infusion to ensure the safest healing experience. You can read more about the side effects of IV Ketamine in Dr. Kaveh's article.

Am I alone during the infusion?

No. Every patient has a "healing zone," and most patients prefer times of solitude during infusions, which our doctors accommodate when safe and appropriate. You are always safe with your doctor during treatment.

What is the Stellate Ganglion Block?

The Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) is a procedure to quiet the "fight-flight response." It involves numbing the bundle of nerves called the "Stellate Ganglion" that govern your "fight-flight" nervous system (called the sympathetic nervous system) with local anesthetics, similar to novocaine.

Does the Stellate Ganglion Block Work with Ketamine?

Many patients with PTSD, hypervigilance, fear, irritability, and other symptoms of an overactive "fight-flight response" find significant relief with combining IV Ketamine with the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB). Our doctors can discuss the synergy between the SGB and Ketamine to provide the fastest symptom relief.

How Safe is the Stellate Ganglion Block?

The Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) has been performed for nearly 100 years. Clarus Health uses ultrasound to perform the block to increase safety and effectiveness. Like all procedures, SGB carries some risks. You can learn more about the side effects here.

Are you a certified NAD+ center?

Yes, Clarus is BR+ certified. We source only the highest quality NAD+ and follow the most rigorous infusion protocols. You should always ask your center about their NAD+ certification.

Will I need an NAD+ booster?

Many patients will benefit from NAD+ boosters, especially before and after major stressors. Some common stressful events include surgery, athletic events, or psychologically taxing experiences. Some conditions, like chronic fatigue and Parkinson's, benefit from regular NAD+ infusions. Clarus Health aims to use the fewest number of interventions for the greatest therapeutic benefit.

How long is each NAD+ treatment?

Our BR+ NAD infusions take 2-5 hours depending on the dose. This duration is because our product is over 99.5% pure NAD+. Since there is no "dissociative" component to NAD, you can read a book or watch a show on your laptop during your infusion.

Do you provide financial assistance?

We provide discounts for military, education (teachers and students), first responder, and medical personnel. We recognize the incredible healing potential of these therapies and partner with Advance Care to provide interest-free medical financing. Our services are also HSA-eligible.

Do you take insurance?

Insurance does not yet cover the latest Ketamine, NAD, and SGB therapy techniques. Clarus Health provides patients a superbill to assist in obtaining reimbursement from your insurance.

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