What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a kind of regenerative medicine designed 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 provide 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 result can substantially increase the quality of life for patients as well as delay disease progression.
Where do stem cells originate from?
Stem cells can be obtained 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 number 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 ability to self-renew by dividing and turning into multiple 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 diseases has been greatly explored, the amount of clinical trials conducted with Mesenchymal Stem Cells has grown significantly over the past few years.
Stem cells have an unique, innate property 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 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 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 ability is defined by their ability to divide and develop into multiple specialized cell types present in a particular 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 also skin.
MSCs are widely utilized in the treatment of various conditions due to their self-renewable, differentiation, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties. In-vitro (performed 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 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 human body. The process of stem cells developing into new types of cells is called differentiation. This process is the most vital aspect 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 example, if stem cells were used to treat a neurological injury, cells administered during treatment could turn into nerve cells, and then replicate to create exponentially more nerve cells on their own. This ability to multiply significantly increases the effectiveness of stem cell therapies over time.
How is stem cell therapy used?
Stem cell therapy might 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 always provide a cure for these conditions. The premise is allowing the body to heal itself well enough to alleviate the symptoms of the conditions for extended periods. Oftentimes, this alone allows for a considerable improvement in quality of life for individuals.
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 given that 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 begin 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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