What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine created to fix damaged cells within the body by reducing inflammation and modulating the immune system. This phenomenon makes stem cell therapy a practical 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 provide a cure for these conditions, the premise is to allow the body to heal itself well enough to mitigate the symptoms of the conditions for long periods. In many cases, this effect can substantially improve the quality of life for patients as well as delay disease progression.
Where do stem cells originate from?
Stem cells can be acquired from various 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 fashions; 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 capacity to self-renew by dividing and turning into multiple specialized cell types present in a certain tissue or organ. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells, meaning they present no ethical concerns, MSCs are not sourced from embryonic material.
Stem cells target inflammation
The therapeutic uses of stem cells as a possible treatment for a range of conditions has been greatly explored, the amount of clinical trials performed with Mesenchymal Stem Cells has increased significantly over the past few years.
Stem cells have an unique, intrinsic quality that attracts them to inflammation in the body. Studies have shown 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 affecting 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 specific functions are developed. 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 defined by their ability to divide and turn into various specialized cell types present in a certain 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 commonly utilized in the treatment of different diseases due to their self-renewable, differentiation, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory qualities. In-vitro (done in a lab setting) and in-vivo (occurring in a living organism) studies have supported the understanding mechanisms, safety, and efficacy of MSC therapy in clinical settings.
Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to become new kinds of cells
A stem cell can turn into many different cell types in the human body. The process of stem cells developing into new kinds of cells is called differentiation. This process is the most vital aspect of stem cell therapies, as the cells turn into the kind 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 turn into nerve cells, and then multiply to produce significantly more nerve cells by themselves. This ability to replicate significantly increases the effectiveness of stem cell treatments over time.
How is stem cell therapy utilized?
Stem cell therapy may have the ability to treat orthopedic, inflammatory, autoimmune and neurological conditions, with studies performed 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 goal is allowing the body to heal itself well enough to alleviate the symptoms of the conditions for long periods. Oftentimes, this alone allows for a substantial increase in quality of life for patients.
Will the body reject stem cells?
Cord-tissue obtained 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 related to them either, removing the need for a donor match; they are universally accepted. These cells seek out inflammation in the body and begin to heal the damaged tissue. Mesenchymal cord tissue-derived stem cells have been administered countless times at clinics worldwide without instances of rejection.
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