Stem Cell Treatment
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are a type of mother cell that has the ability to develop into any other cell in the body. This makes stem cells incredibly important and valuable. These cells have the capability to self-renew and multiply themselves into other cells the body may need such as blood, heart, bones, skin, muscle etc. Due to this unique feature stem cells also provide a constant repair system to all parts of the body. If the body is damaged or in need of a certain type the stem cell will divide and transform to meet the body’s needs.
Where are they found?
Embryonic Stem Cells: Stem cells are found in the embryonic system that develops when a human fetus is formed. These stem cells help the babies develop and create cells as they grow inside the womb. Stem cells are first found in early development stages in what is known as a blastocyst. In the first stage of fetal development a microscopic group of cells form a cluster and the embryonic stem cells (stem cells) reside within this cluster of cells. These stem cells can be extracted and used I medical procedures to rebuild damaged tissue.
Adult Stem Cells: Stem cells may also be found in some human cells as well. Some areas that contain stem cells include the brain, peripheral blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscles, skin, teeth, heart, gut, liver, ovarian epithelium and testis. Bone marrow has a higher level of stem cells that can be derived. These ‘adult’ stem cells can be used to treat blood disease and some cancers. These cells can remain in a non-dividing stage for years until the body needs them to fight of disease or repair a wound.
How are stem cells used?
Since stem cells have the unique ability to become any type of cell they may be used for a large variety of ailments. Stem cells are transplanted into the damaged are of the body. The cells are then stimulated to divide and create more tissue cells of the area i.e. muscle or brain cells. Stem cells may be administered subcutaneously, intravenous therapy (IV), through injections, Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or intranasal.
What conditions are treatable with stem cells?
• Organ regeneration
• Tissue regeneration
• Cardiovascular disease treatment
• Brain disease treatment
• Cell deficiency therapy
• Blood disease treatments
• Heat Failure
• Cerebral Palsy
• Acquired hearing loss