What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine developed to fix damaged cells within the body by reducing inflammation and modulating the immune system. This phenomenon makes stem cell therapy a viable treatment option for a variety of medical conditions. Stem cell therapies have been used to treat autoimmune, inflammatory, neurological, orthopedic conditions and traumatic injuries with studies performed on use for Crohn's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, COPD, Parkinson's, ALS, Stroke recovery and more.
While stem cell therapy does not necessarily offer a cure for these conditions, the premise is to allow the body to heal itself well enough to minimize the symptoms of the disorders for long periods. In many cases, this effect can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals as well as delay disease progression.
Where do stem cells originate from?
Stem cells can be acquired from several sources. These include adipose (fat tissue), umbilical cord tissue, placental tissue, umbilical cord blood, or bone marrow.
How are stem cells administered?
Stem cells can be administered in a range of ways; IV Stem Cell Therapy (Intravenous administration), Intrathecal (directly into the spinal canal), Site injections into problem areas (Knee, hips, hands, etc.).
How does stem cell therapy work?
Mesenchymal stem cells utilize their self-renewal, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, signaling, and differentiation qualities to affect positive change within the body. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) also have the capacity to self-renew by dividing and turning into various specialized cell types present in a particular tissue or organ. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells, meaning they present no ethical problems, MSCs are not sourced from embryonic material.
Stem cells target inflammation
The therapeutic uses of stem cells as a potential therapy for a variety of conditions has been greatly explored, the number of clinical trials performed with Mesenchymal Stem Cells has increased significantly over the past few years.
Stem cells have a unique, inherent quality that attracts them to inflammation in the body. Studies have demonstrated that stem cells can regenerate damaged or diseased tissues, reduce inflammation and modulate the immune system promoting better health and quality of life. Mesenchymal stem cells do this by influencing tissue repair via paracrine effects (cell signaling in order to alter the behavior of existing cells) or direct cell-to-cell contact.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the body's raw materials-- cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are produced. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells that have self-renewal, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, signaling, and differentiation qualities. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), self renewal ability is characterized by their ability to divide and develop into various specialized cell types present in a specific tissue or organ.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be sourced from a number of tissues including adipose tissue (fat), bone marrow, umbilical cord tissue, blood, liver, dental pulp, and also skin.
MSCs are largely used in the treatment of numerous diseases because of their self-renewable, differentiation, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory qualities. In-vitro (done in a lab setting) and in-vivo (taking place in a living organism) studies have supported the understanding mechanisms, safety, and efficacy of MSC therapy in clinical applications.
Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to turn into new types of cells
A stem cell can become many different cell types in the body. The process of stem cells maturing into new types of cells is called differentiation. This process is the most important aspect of stem cell therapies, as the cells turn into the type of cells needed for one's body to heal.
Stem cells are also self-replicating; this ability allows the cells to multiply into identical copies of themselves. For instance, if stem cells were used to treat a neurological injury, cells administered during treatment could become nerve cells, and then duplicate to produce significantly more nerve cells on their own. This ability to multiply dramatically increases the effectiveness of stem cell treatments over time.
How is stem cell therapy used?
Stem cell therapy might be able to treat orthopedic, inflammatory, autoimmune and neurological conditions, with studies conducted on use for Crohn's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, COPD, Parkinson's, ALS, Stroke recovery and more.
Stem cells do not always offer a cure for these problems. The premise is allowing the body to heal itself well enough to minimize the symptoms of the conditions for extended periods. In some cases, this alone allows for a substantial increase in quality of life for individuals.
Will the body reject stem cells?
Cord-tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells do not have any risk of rejection within the body. They are youthful, immune-privileged, undifferentiated cells that have no rejection in the body because they have yet to be "claimed.".
There are no blood products associated with them either, removing the need for a donor match; they are universally accepted. These cells look for inflammation in the body and start to heal the damaged tissue. Mesenchymal cord tissue-derived stem cells have been administered thousands of times at clinics around the world without instances of rejection.
For more information about Dr. Linette's practice and Stem Cells in Rancho Bernardo, California, contact us at 760-875-2627 or visit our website at LinetteWilliamson.com and schedule your appointment today!