What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a kind 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 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 conducted 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 premise is to allow the body to heal itself well enough to mitigate the symptoms of the disorders for long periods. In many cases, this effect can significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals as well as delay disease progression.
Where do stem cells originate from?
Stem cells can be acquired from many different 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 variety 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 properties to influence positive change within the body. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) also have the ability to self-renew by dividing and becoming numerous specialized cell types present in a specific 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 possible treatment for a range of diseases has been immensely explored, the amount of clinical trials performed with Mesenchymal Stem Cells has increased significantly over the past few years.
Stem cells have a special, intrinsic quality 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 affecting tissue repair with paracrine effects (cell signaling in order to change the behaviour 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 qualities. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), self renewal ability is defined by their ability to divide and become numerous 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 widely used in the treatment of various conditions because of their self-renewable, differentiation, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory qualities. In-vitro (performed 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 settings.
Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to become new types of cells
A stem cell can turn into many different cell types in the human body. The process of stem cells maturing into new types of cells is called differentiation. This process is the most vital element of stem cell therapies, as the cells become 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 can turn into nerve cells, and then multiply to produce significantly more nerve cells on their own. This ability to multiply drastically enhances the effectiveness of stem cell therapies over time.
How is stem cell therapy used?
Stem cell therapy may have the ability to treat orthopaedic, inflammatory, autoimmune and neurological disorders, with studies performed 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 goal is allowing the body to heal itself well enough to mitigate the symptoms of the conditions for long periods. In some cases, this alone allows for a substantial 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, eliminating the need for a donor match; they are universally accepted. These cells look for 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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