For years, we’ve been told that scientists and researchers are working hard to discover treatment options for patients who suffer from generally untreatable conditions such as baldness, autism, paralysis, Alzheimer’s disease, Osteoarthritis and obsessive-compulsive disorder. And while this is great news, unfortunately we’re often made to believe this medicine won’t be available for years.
While this is true that many of these types of medicines likely won’t be made public for a while, other scientists are working tirelessly to solve some of medicine’s greatest mysteries with something different: restorative medicine.
“Restorative medicines aren’t your typical options that your doctor might prescribe.”
Restorative medicine is a combination of complementary and alternative medicines and lifestyle changes which may help manage, treat or prevent certain diseases and conditions. This medicine may even help slow their progression. In a sense, restorative medicines aren’t your typical options that your doctor might prescribe because they treat more than just symptoms. As the term implies, restorative medicines focus on balancing a person’s entire endocrine system instead of just focusing on a single hormone. The endocrine system includes all the glands in a person’s body, which, in turn, regulates everything from a person’s metabolism and development to tissue function and mood.
For a closer look at how scientists are studying ways to use restorative medicine, let’s consider two case studies we’ve touched on in past articles.
In a previous post, Could Stem Cells Help Treat Baldness in Men and Women, we detailed a 2014 study, published in Nature by the Perelman School of Medicine, that indicated stem cell treatments could be a viable option for hair loss. As reported by Medical News Today, these researchers claimed they were the first to use stem cells to grow hair in mice or humans.
In another post, New Stem Cell Treatment is Helping Manage Multiple Sclerosis, we discussed how a recent study, reported by the BBC, provided 20 U.K. patients with bone marrow transplants with their own stem cells. Remarkably, some were able to walk again. The stem cell treatment, called autologous haematopoeitc, first destroys a patient’
s faulty immune system with chemotherapy before rebuilding it with their own stem cells. The reason this process works, scientists suspect, is because the new stem cells haven’t picked up bad habits like the faulty cells. One patient, Holly Drewry, received the treatment a few years ago and hasn’t had a multiple sclerosis relapse.
Some other restorative medicines include hormone replacement, platelet rich plasma and infusion therapy. If you have a medical condition and would like more information on alternative treatment options, contact Longevity and Stem Cell Centre of Houston. Our expert staff will examine your condition, answer your questions and concerns, and provide you with a treatment plan.