How Stem Cells Work
You’ve heard that advanced stem cell therapy treatments are available outside of the US and that there have been incredible stories of healing and recovery from them, but do you know how stem cells work?
What makes stem cells so unique is that they can:
- Renew and multiply themselves through the process of cell division,
- Change into other types of cells, providing exactly what your system needs to heal or recover.
There are four categories different stem cells can fall into:
- Totipotent - Can differentiate (turn into) into all cell types needed to grow a human body, as well as the placenta and embryo.
- Pluripotent - Can differentiate into all types of cells needed to grow a human body.
- Multipotent - Can differentiate into multiple, specific types of cells.
- Unipotent - Can differentiate into only one specific cell type (such as blood, bone, etc.)
Anatomically speaking, many painful conditions stem from damaged, degenerating, or dying cells in the affected area instead of the normal vibrant, healthy, alive cells making up that tissue.
Think of a torn rotator cuff that causes immense shoulder pain and limits one’s ability to use that arm for anything beyond texting. Now imagine being able to flood that shoulder with a plethora of healthy, vital stem cells, ready to replicate themselves and differentiate into exactly what is needed to heal the torn rotator cuff - cartilage, connective tissue, nerve cells, you name it. The cytokines, peptides, and other growth factors present in the stem cells and generated by them help spur on the regeneration of healthy cells and replacement of damaged tissue.
You can imagine the possibilities, right?
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
The types of stem cells we use at Alive Stem Cells are called mesenchymal cells, also called MSCs, and these are only multipotent - only able to turn into very specific types of other cells, such as muscle, blood, cartilage, nerve, etc. They provide the benefits of youthful healing and regeneration without the risks associated with some other types of stem cell therapy.
This advanced stem cell therapy is only available outside the US and provides patients with renewed hope for a pain-free, healthier, and more active life.
Benefits of mesenchymal stem cell therapy include:
- Enhanced healing
- Faster recovery time
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased mobility
- Increased energy levels
- Repairs damaged tissue
- Stimulates new healthy tissue growth
- New hope for “incurable” diseases
- Little to no downtime
- Minimally invasive
- Natural treatment
- Improved quality of life
- Cost-effective, safe alternative to surgery
- And much more!
Conditions Stem Cell Therapy Can Treat
The innovative technology surrounding stem cell therapy gives new hope to those suffering from what has previously been thought of as incurable diseases, such as:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cerebral palsy
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Neurological disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
There are also tremendous benefits of stem cell therapy in terms of pain relief and accelerated healing from conditions such as spinal cord injuries, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, joint pain, sports injuries and other orthopedic conditions.
Risks of Stem Cell Therapy
In earlier days of stem cell therapy, before current research and advancements were present, many stem cell treatments were done not with mesenchymal stem cells but with other types of stem cells that were pluripotent and/or totipotent, meaning they can turn into any type of cell in a human body. While that’s very useful and indeed necessary when a baby is growing in the womb, that’s not what you want when getting an injection into, say, an injured shoulder or when trying to treat a neurological condition.
Chances are if you’ve heard any negative stories about stem cell therapies, it wasn’t referencing the modern treatments we offer at Alive Stem Cells, which rely on mesenchymal stem cells.
One of the greatest aspects of using MSCs is that the only healing and growth that can occur is the kind you want - healed connective tissue, nerves, cartilage, muscle, and the like.
Plus, the process of harvesting MSCs from Wharton’s Jelly is painless to the donor, unlike the stem cell therapies often offered to adults in the United States, where their own fat deposits or bone marrow are tapped for stem cell retrieval.
There is virtually zero risk of immune response rejection when using mesenchymal stem cells derived from Wharton’s Jelly, as these cells are immune-privileged. In addition, since this tissue was harvested before it had developed an immune system of its own, there is almost no chance of a recipient’s body rejecting the cells, which isn’t the case when using adult tissue allografts.
If you would like to learn more about how stem cells work in Mexico, Texas, El Paso or any nearby area, call us today at (915) 730-0905 to schedule a free consultation.