Regenerative medicine, also known as stem cell therapy, is among the most transformative, cutting-edge technology in the health care industry – and it could change the world of sickness as we know it.
According to Mayo Clinic, stem cell therapy can help repair and restore damaged, dysfunctional, injured or diseased tissue in the body.
Stem cells have the potential to transform into other cell types that are necessary to repair a certain part of the body.
Additionally, it’s an option for those who are in need of new organs, instead of waiting around for donor organs.
Let’s take a closer look at what stem cells are and common uses for the therapy centered around them:
What sets stem cells apart?
According to the National Institute of Health, stem cells differ from other types of cells based on two different characteristics. Those include:
- Cell division – Stem cells are unspecialized, and capable of renewing themselves.
- Cell induction – Under experimental conditions, stem cells can become tissue or organ-specific cells.
The two primary types of stem cells used include embryonic and adult mesenchymal. Here are the main differences between the two:
- Embryonic: Can be grown easily in culture.
- Adult: Isolating these cells in adult tissues is more challenging.
According to the National Institutes of Health, adult stem cells are considered less likely to be rejected by the immune system after a transplant.
That’s one of the reasons the Longevity & Stem Cell Centre of Houston does not use embryonic stem cell therapy – only adult mesenchymal stem cells.
As studies on stem cells resume, researchers are continuing to find out how organisms develop from a single cell and how they can transform and repair damaged cells in a human body.
The rapid transformation of society will have an impact on stem cell research, hopefully for the better, as new discoveries are put to great use to promote the use of stem cell therapy.
What are the common uses of stem cell care?
Stem cell care has the ability to help bring one’s body back to health and kick-start the regenerative process. Here are some of the more common uses of stem cell therapy:
- Orthopedic uses – Providing relief for joint pain in the knees and feet.
- Auto-immune disorders – Treating rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, lichen sclerosis, Chron’s disease or polychondritis.
- Ophthalmology – Repairing tissues that caused macular degeneration, dry eyes or optic neuritis.
- Cardiac/Pulmonary issues – Providing relief for asthma issues, post myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure.
- Neurological problems – Treating multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, stroke and incomplete spinal cord injury.
- Urological problems – Interstitial cystitis, Peyronie’s disease, erectile dysfunction, male incontinence, female incontinence.
Based on the common ailment you’re seeking treatment for, the specialist injects the stem cells into a particular area of the body.
Typically, a single treatment takes a few hours and the recovery time is virtually immediate.
The Longevity & Stem Cell Centre of Houston provides stem cell therapy with stromal vascular fraction.
The stem cells are harvested from mesodermal tissues, which are approved and covered by the Cell Surgical Network, a chain in Beverly Hills of nearly 50 stem cell clinics in the country.
These clinics share philosophies, institutional review boards, procedures, device and malpractice insurance.
For more information on stem cell therapy provided at the Longevity and Stem Cell Centre of Houston, or you’re ready to schedule your complimentary consultation, don’t hesitate to contact us today.