What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative medicine developed to repair 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 range 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 always offer a cure for these conditions, the objective is to allow the body to heal itself well enough to alleviate the symptoms of the disorders for long periods. In some cases, this effect can considerably enhance the quality of life for individuals as well as delay disease progression.
Where do stem cells come from?
Stem cells can be obtained 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 number 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 influence positive change within the body. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) also have the ability to self-renew by dividing and turning into various specialized cell types present in a certain tissue or organ. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells, meaning they present no ethical issues, MSCs are not sourced from embryonic material.
Stem cells target inflammation
The therapeutic uses of stem cells as a potential therapy for a range of conditions has been greatly explored, the number of clinical trials conducted with Mesenchymal Stem Cells has grown significantly over the past few years.
Stem cells have an unique, intrinsic property that attracts them to inflammation in the body. Studies have shown that stem cells can regenerate damaged or diseased tissues, lower 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 change 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 specific functions are created. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells that have self-renewal, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, signaling, and differentiation properties. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), self renewal capacity is characterized by their ability to divide and become multiple specialized cell types present in a specific tissue or organ.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be sourced from a variety of tissues including adipose tissue (fat), bone marrow, umbilical cord tissue, blood, liver, dental pulp, and skin.
MSCs are commonly utilized in the treatment of different diseases because of their self-renewable, differentiation, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties. In-vitro (performed in a laboratory setting) and in-vivo (occurring 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 kinds 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 critical aspect of stem cell therapies, as the cells become the type of cells required 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 example, if stem cells were used to treat a neurological injury, cells administered during treatment could turn into nerve cells, and then duplicate to make significantly more nerve cells on their own. This ability to replicate dramatically enhances the effectiveness of stem cell therapies over time.
How is stem cell therapy utilized?
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 necessarily offer a cure for these disorders. The premise is allowing the body to heal itself well enough to reduce the symptoms of the conditions for long periods. Oftentimes, this alone allows for a considerable increase in quality of life for patients.
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 seek out 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.
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